H.R. 3242 (107th): Biological and Chemical Weapons Preparedness Act of 2001

Nov 07, 2001 (107th Congress, 2001–2002)
Died (Referred to Committee)
Rod Blagojevich
Representative for Illinois's 5th congressional district
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Last Updated
Nov 07, 2001
40 pages
Related Bills
S. 1486 (identical)

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Oct 03, 2001


This bill was introduced on November 7, 2001, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Nov 07, 2001
Referred to Committee Nov 07, 2001
Full Title

To ensure that the United States is prepared for an attack using biological or chemical weapons.


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Biological and Chemical Weapons Preparedness Act of 2001 - Amends the Public Health Service Act to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop a coordinated plan to achieve the following biological or chemical preparedness goals by 2010:
(1) first responders (law enforcement, fire, and medical services) will have adequate response capacity, training, and technology;
(2) sophisticated electronic disease surveillance and information exchange; and
(3) development of the health care and public health workforce in key biopreparedness priority areas.Requires such plan to include specific benchmarks and outcome measures.
Funds activities through block grants to States. Includes Indian tribes in this program at their request.Requires each participating States' public health agency to develop (with the recommendations of a State Bioterrorism Preparedness Advisory Committee) a certifiable plan.
Sets forth uniform data collection and reporting requirements.
Requires fiscal controls on the use of such funds, including audits, repayments, and withholding (after investigation).Requires compliance with specified nondiscrimination acts.
Establishes criminal penalties for fraudulently collecting payments.Directs the Secretary to award competitive grants with an emphasis on building emergency surge capacity, biocontainment, and decontamination capabilities.Authorizes additional appropriations for programs concerning;
(1) vaccine, antibiotic, and therapeutic research and development;
(2) protecting the food supply (including interdiction); and
(3) research by specified federal agencies and departments.Requires the Secretary to review Federal counterterrorism efforts in light of unique rural community requirements.

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