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house Bill H.R. 1300

Should First-Responders Have Access to Anthrax Vaccines and Antimicrobials?

Argument in favor

Taking advantage of the vaccines and antimicrobials would be completely voluntary, and could prevent first responders from getting anthrax if it is used in a terror attack.

AndyV's Opinion
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05/30/2015
What good are first responders if they're dead? I want them to have absolutely whatever they might need so that in the event of such an attack they can protect me and my family and other people. I guess common sense isn't so common
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pgshpak's Opinion
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05/31/2015
I find it to be distasteful that this needs to go through congress. The means to respond to emergency events need to be available to first responders. That's the reason they're there. This shouldn't even be going through congress. DHS or local departments should be able to secure this without a bill, but if that's what it takes then sure.
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Scott's Opinion
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08/04/2015
Protect your first responders from potential terrorists.
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Argument opposed

Having vaccines available when there is an anthrax attack is important, but administering vaccines ahead of time is unnecessary.

ThomasParker's Opinion
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05/29/2015
Let's see here: one federal department made a significant error, resulting in anthrax being spread, and now we need another to fix it? No. This is a classic example of the government breaking your leg, giving you a sling, and claiming credit for fixing the problem.
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Mdurham44's Opinion
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05/31/2015
DHS oversight = bad bill and government overstepping their boundaries. No thanks. Sorry First Responders... Maybe if another agency had oversight on this I would be okay with it.
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05/30/2015
Take it out of the hands of DHS and place it with the health department and then we can talk.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • The house Passed July 29th, 2015
    Roll Call Vote 424 Yea / 0 Nay
      house Committees
      Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Health
      Committee on Homeland Security
    IntroducedMarch 4th, 2015

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Bill Activity

  • action
    Introduced in House
  • referral
    Referred to House Homeland Security
  • referral
    Referred to the Committee on Homeland Security, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
  • referral
    Referred to House Energy and Commerce
  • referral
    Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
  • referral
    Referred to the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications.
  • action
    Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee (Amended) by Voice Vote .
  • action
    Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
  • calendar
    Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by Voice Vote.
  • action
    Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Homeland Security. H. Rept. 114-222, Part I.
  • action
    Committee on Energy and Commerce discharged.
  • calendar
    Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 168.
  • action
    Mr. King (NY) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
  • action
    Considered under suspension of the rules.
  • action
    DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1300.
  • action
    At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
  • action
    Considered as unfinished business.
  • vote
    On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 424 - 0 (Roll no. 485).
  • action
    Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
  • referral
    Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • The house Passed July 29th, 2015
    Roll Call Vote 424 Yea / 0 Nay
      house Committees
      Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Health
      Committee on Homeland Security
    IntroducedMarch 4th, 2015

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    What good are first responders if they're dead? I want them to have absolutely whatever they might need so that in the event of such an attack they can protect me and my family and other people. I guess common sense isn't so common
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    Let's see here: one federal department made a significant error, resulting in anthrax being spread, and now we need another to fix it? No. This is a classic example of the government breaking your leg, giving you a sling, and claiming credit for fixing the problem.
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    I find it to be distasteful that this needs to go through congress. The means to respond to emergency events need to be available to first responders. That's the reason they're there. This shouldn't even be going through congress. DHS or local departments should be able to secure this without a bill, but if that's what it takes then sure.
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    It could be too late by the time they decide to administer it. Unnecessary? Anything that could wipe out a small town is nothing to be toyed with "until it's time".
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    Protect your first responders from potential terrorists.
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    If individuals who 'respond first' are at danger, there will be fewer 'first responders'. It is important to invest in those who want to help.
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    They don't? If not it's wrong to deny them this
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    First responders are dutiful and courageous. They should have the option for these vaccines.
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    Time is of the essence when treating victims
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    Why not? It seems unreasonably pissy to not protect 1st responders as much as possible!
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    If they want to pay for it... Yes i believe anyone should be able to get any vaccine they can afford
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    As a 18 month pilot program, let's see how it works.
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    We can't just stand by and allow first responders to be exposed to Anthrax.
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    My son is a first responder and cares more for the patient than himself
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    Of course they should. They are on the front lines hence the name First Responder. If they are not vaccinated then who is going to combat the threat and prevent further deaths?
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    I still believe an MD should see patient first.
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    Anthrax vaccines are a long and strenuous series, having them available to everyone at risk is valuable, but if we can anticipate a threat enough in advance to administer the vaccine, we should just deal with the threat
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    This aught to allow treatment for such victims to begin at crucial times; how many people die while strapped to the back of an ambulance while paramedics are trying to race around unruly traffic? This should be the rule for all vaccines.
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    Word cost-effective, I would make this one of the mandatory innoculations across the country. Since that is not physically viable let's at least get those who are tasked with saving our lives
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    Being a first responder should not put one at more risk than necessary. This gives them a leg up to do their jobs.
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