CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Monday, March 4, 2013, the House is scheduled to consider the Senate Amendment to H.R. 307, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act of 2013, under a suspension of the rules. The bill was introduced on January 18, 2013 by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI)) and passed the House by a vote of 395-29 on January 22, 2013. It was referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) which held a markup and passed an Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute. The amended bill then passed the Senate on February 27, 2013 by unanimous consent.
The Senate Amendment to H.R. 307 consists of mostly technical changes. The main substantive changes update the authorization years to reflect that FY2013 is almost halfway over (i.e. FY2013-2017 becomes FY2014-2018 throughout the bill). The Temporary Reassignment provision, formerly the Temporary Redeployment provision, has changed as well. It is now voluntary in nature for employees instead of mandatory.
The original text of H.R. 307 that passed the House in January included a provision allowing the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to temporarily redeploy public health personnel in the event of an emergency (§201). If redeployed by the Secretary, the redeployment was mandatory for the employee. The Senate HELP committee re-titled this provision “Temporary Reassignment” and made it voluntary for the employee.
The original bill passed the House by a vote of 395-29 (Roll no. 24). To see a more detailed section by section analysis of H.R. 307, please see the Legislative Digest for the original text, located here.
H.R. 307 authorizes at levels identical to appropriations for FY2012. According to CBO, the bill would authorize $11 billion over a five year period (FY2014-2018). H.R. 307 would authorize $5.18 billion in FY 2014, and $2.39 billion for FY 2015-2018. It would decrease the deficit by $58 million over the 2013-2018 period, but would balance over the FY2013-2023 period. Pay-as-you go procedures apply because it affects direct spending.