Cisneros legislation to overhaul national stockpile, make more critical supplies in America passes House with unanimous, bipartisan support

Today, Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) praised the unanimous, bipartisan House passage of the bipartisan Strengthening America’s Strategic National Stockpile Act. Rep. Cisneros joined his Republican and Democratic House colleagues to introduce this legislative package, which would reduce America’s dependence on foreign sources of critical medical supplies the country needs to fight COVID-19 by making much-needed improvements and updates to America’s Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), and boosting domestic manufacturing of those supplies here in America.

The Strengthening America’s Strategic National Stockpile Act was introduced on July 15th by Reps. Cisneros, Elissa Slotkin (D-MI-08), Susan Brooks (R-IN-05), Anna Eshoo (D-CA-18), Earl L. Buddy Carter (R-GA-01), Jackie Walorski (R-IN-02), Diana DeGette (D-CO-01), David McKinley (R-WV-01), G.K. Butterfield (D-NC-01), Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ-02), Darren Soto (D-FL-09), Fred Upton (R-MI-06), Tom Malinowski (D-NJ-07), Richard Hudson (R-NC-08), Kim Schrier (D-WA-08), Greg Gianforte (R-MT-At-Large), Joe Neguse (D-CO-02), Michael Burgess (R-TX-26), Debbie Dingell (D-MI-12), Brain Fitzpatrick (R-PA-01), and Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM-03).

The Strengthening America’s Strategic National Stockpile Act combines several bipartisan bills previously introduced to spur domestic manufacturing and strengthen the stockpile, a repository of critical supplies and medicines maintained by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to respond to public health emergencies. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the stockpile has been unable to fulfill urgent needs in the states for personal protective equipment, ventilators and other supplies to fight the pandemic, failing to fulfill requests for supplies or providing expired our outdated items.

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