Rep. French Hill has reintroduced a bill into U.S. Congress that aims to address the shortage of medical supplies.
On Wednesday, May 12, Hill reintroduced the Securing America’s Vaccines for Emergencies (SAVE) Act of 2021, which was first introduced in March 2020.
Hill’s bill allows the President of the United States to provide incentives to ensure that there medical materials essential for national defense are available and tasks the President with using DPA authorities to secure medical supply lines. It also requires the President to develop a strategy on securing these supply chains and providing progress reports.
“The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic made it clear that we must take action to reduce our dependency on other countries for supplies critical to protecting families in Arkansas and across the nation during a crisis,” Hillsaid in a statement. “My bill will help improve our medical supply chains and work to ensure that we as a nation are prepared and ready to address any crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic head on.”
Hill will be working with Rep. Juan Vargas of California on the bill.