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U.S. Senators Aim to Reform Health Agencies Before Next Pandemic

The U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

Photographer: Samuel Corum/Bloomberg

Two influential senators are calling for an overhaul of the U.S.’s public health programs in a new bill that would change how the government monitors disease outbreaks, stockpiles supplies, and responds to future pandemic threats.  

The legislation, released as a draft on Tuesday, also aims to refocus the mission of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The proposal is being made by the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, which is led by its Chair Patty Murray, a Democratic Senator for Washington state, and ranking member Richard Burr, a Republican Senator for North Carolina.