Walorski Praises House Passage of Bipartisan Package to Overhaul National Stockpile, Make More Critical Supplies in U.S.
The Strengthening America’s Strategic National Stockpile Act Includes Walorski’s Bipartisan Legislation to Incentivize Production of Critical Medical Items in America
WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today praised the House passage of H.R. 3635, Strengthening America’s Strategic National Stockpile Act, which includes her bipartisan legislation with Rep. Debbie Dingell (MI-12) to incentivize production of critical medical items at home in America.
The bill makes much-needed improvements and updates to America’s Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), and ramps up domestic manufacturing of those supplies here in the United States.
“As our nation recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, we must end our dependence on the Chinese Communist Party for the production of medicines, PPE, and other critical supplies. Secure and resilient supply chains are vital to our national security and Americans’ health,” said Rep. Walorski. “To fully prepare for the next crisis and better protect front line health care workers, we need to boost U.S. manufacturing of PPE and strengthen the Strategic National Stockpile. This bipartisan legislation – which includes my bill with Congresswoman Dingell to incentivize production of critical medical items at home in America – will strengthen our national security, protect Americans, and ensure we can maintain a reliable reserve of lifesaving supplies.”
The package of legislation would make long overdue changes to the SNS including:
- Improving maintenance of and transparency around the stockpile to ensure its supplies are in good working order and ready to use if and when a crisis hits;
- Boosting manufacturing of critical supplies in America to diversify sources of personal protective equipment (PPE) and partner with industry to replenish existing stocks;
- Providing more federal resources to states to expand or maintain their own strategic stockpiles; and
- Bringing transparency to stockpile allocations by requiring a report to Congress on all requests for stockpile supplies during the pandemic and the response to each request.
In addition to sponsor Rep. Elise Slotkin (MI-08), Rep. Walorski and Reps. David McKinley (WV-01), Richard Hudson (NC-08), Kim Schrier (WA-08), Diana DeGette (CO-01), Buddy Carter (GA-01), G.K. Butterfield (NC-01), Joe Neguse (CO-02), Fred Upton (MI-06), Tom Malinowski (NJ-07), Michael C. Burgess (TX-26), Debbie Dingell (MI-12), Jeff Van Drew (NJ-02), Darren Soto (FL-09) and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) are original co-sponsors of the House bill.