By: Congressman Van Taylor and Congressman Joe Neguse – vantaylor.house.gov – April 29, 2020
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Van Taylor (R-TX-03) and Congressman Joe Neguse (D-CO-02) announced the introduction of a bill establishing a Federal Commission to address the current shortcomings of the Strategic National Stockpile.
|Congressman Van Taylor (R-TX-03) said, “COVID-19 has presented an unprecedented threat and has impacted every facet of life as we know it.” He continued, “We are facing serious disruptions to our pharmaceutical and medical supply chains and while we continue to increase domestic production efforts to combat this pandemic, it’s imperative we understand and learn from the current situation. By creating this bipartisan commission, we can help ensure the Strategic National Stockpile contains the supplies and resources needed by federal, state, and local governments in times of crisis and improve our nation’s ability to prepare for future national emergencies.”
“The COVID-19 pandemic sweeping our nation has exposed the shortcomings of the Strategic National Stockpile to adequately provide states and localities across our nation with critical personal protective equipment, ventilators, and other desperately needed supplies,” said Congressman Joe Neguse (D-CO-02). “In light of these shortcomings, we must have dedicated oversight and forward looking assessments of this vital inventory to ensure that we will never again be unprepared to react to any emergency situation we encounter.”
H.R. 6641, the Commission on the Strategic National Supply Act will establish a ten member bipartisan Commission to assess, strategize, and issue recommendations for the best methods to appropriately stock the supply for local, state, and national emergencies. Members of the Commission will be chosen by the President, Speaker of the House, Minority Leader of the House, Majority Leader of the Senate, and Minority Leader of the Senate—with each official appointing two members. H.R. 6641 requires the Commission to submit a report to Congress one year after its creation outlining its strategic recommendations.
The complete text of H.R. 6641 can be found here.
Congressman Van Taylor and Congressman Joe Neguse and serve as Co-Chairs of the Bipartisan Congressional Innovation and Entrepreneurship Caucus.
A 7th generation Texan, Congressman Van Taylor is a dedicated family man, successful businessman, and decorated Marine Officer. Taylor served Collin County both in the Texas House of Representatives and Texas Senate. Today, Taylor is proud to serve on the House Committee on Financial Services.
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