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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Statement from the Press Secretary on H.R. 307

On March 13, 2013, the President signed into law:

H.R. 307, the "Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013," which reauthorizes appropriations through Fiscal Year 2018 and revises authorities for activities to improve public health and bioterrorism emergency planning, preparedness, and response; streamlines authorities within the Department of Health and Human Services to improve coordination and eliminate inefficiencies; and strengthens the role of the Food and Drug Administration to bring prevention and treatment products, known as "countermeasures," to market for emergency use.