Press Release

05.13.15

Homeland Security Subcommittee to Markup First Responder Protection, Information Sharing, and Communications Legislation

Media Contact: Susan Phalen (202) 226-8477

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tomorrow, the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications will hold a markup to consider the following legislation.

Thursday, May 14 at 10:00 a.m. ET

Markup

Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications

Chairman Martha McSally (R-Ariz.)

311 Cannon House Office Building

The Subcommittee is marking up three pieces of legislation informed by hearings and briefings held by the Subcommittee this year. These bills seek to enhance the analysis and sharing of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threat information, protect first responders from biological threats, and enhance emergency communications. 

·         H.R. 1300, the First Responder Anthrax Preparedness Act, introduced by Rep. Peter King, R- N.Y., directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to make anthrax vaccines and antimicrobials available to emergency response providers. An Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute is expected to be offered by Rep. McSally.

·         H.R. 2200, the CBRN Intelligence and Information Sharing Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., establishes chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear intelligence and information sharing function of DHS’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis and requires the dissemination of information analyzed by the Department to entities with responsibilities relating to homeland security. An Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute is expected to be offered by Rep. McSally.

·         H.R. 2206, the State Wide Interoperable Communications Enhancement Act, introduced by Rep. Donald Payne, D-N.J., requires recipients of State Homeland Security Grant Program funding to preserve and strengthen interoperable emergency communications capabilities.

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