Statement Of Sen. Lamar Alexander Project Bioshield Act Of 2004

Posted on May 19, 2004

Today the Senate approved S.15, the Project Bioshield Act of 2004, by a vote of 99-0. Upon passage, Sen. Lamar Alexander said: I applaud Sen. Frist's efforts and am pleased to have joined him as a co-sponsor of the "Project Bioshield Act of 2004." This is important legislation to protect our country from bioterrorism. The bill will improve our government's ability to produce countermeasures against biological, radiological, chemical and nuclear threats. It also provides research and development opportunities for Tennessee health care businesses to be part of our nation's response to the threat of bioterrorism. During his State of the Union Address last year, President Bush introduced the Project BioShield initiative to develop and make available modern, effective drugs and vaccines to protect against biological and chemical attacks. This bill fulfills that commitment.