Sending Office: Committee on Homeland Security
Become a Cosponsor of the COVID-19 Commission Act
Join as a Cosponsor! — Bill text
Current cosponsors (25): Reps. Jackson Lee (D-TX), Langevin (D-RI), Richmond (D-LA), Payne (D-NJ), Rice (D-NY), Correa (D-CA), Slotkin (D-MI), Cleaver (D-MO), Barragan (D-CA), Watson Coleman (D-NJ), Clarke (D-NY), Titus (D-NV), Green (D-TX), Demings (D-FL),
Khanna (D-CA), Cicilline (D-RI), Sherman (D-CA), Clay (D-MO), Wild (D-PA), Haaland (D-NM), Cohen (D-TN), Wilson (D-FL), Trone (D-MD), Fudge (D-OH), and Cooper (D-TN).
Presently, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases are over 3,084,000 across the world and over 1,004,000 in the United States. While we do not yet know the full impact COVID-19 will have on the nation, already more Americans have been killed by the virus
than died in the September 11, 2001 attacks. After those attacks, the 9/11 Commission was established to provide a full accounting of the circumstances surrounding the attacks and the Commission’s recommendations drove massive reforms to how we share intelligence
and organize the government to counter terrorist threats. It is clear that we, as a nation, are at another inflection point. Americans today will again demand a full accounting of our level of preparedness and response to this global public health emergency.
Given the magnitude of COVID-19 on all aspects of national life, I recently introduced legislation to establish a bipartisan commission, modeled after the 9/11 Commission, to identify and examine the lessons learned from the COVID-19 response and producing
a public report with recommendations to improve preparedness, response, and recovery from future pandemics. “National Commission Regarding 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Act” (COVID-19 Commission Act). This COVID-19 Commission Act would establish
a 25-member bipartisan commission, modeled after the 9/11 Commission, to—
• Provide a full and complete accounting of the circumstances surrounding the emergence of the 2019 novel coronavirus since the World Health Organization designated COVID-19 a public health emergency of international concern on January 30, 2020;
• Identify and examine lessons learned regarding preparedness, response, and recovery efforts at all levels relating to the 2019 novel coronavirus;
• Review and evaluate recommendations and pandemic plans issued by the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense and other nonpartisan entities regarding health security, pandemic preparedness, response, or recovery; and
• Not later than 18 months of its first meeting, release a public report that includes recommendations for the development of a national plan to minimize negative public health, economic, and social impacts of future wide-scale public health emergencies.
Commissioners would be equally balanced by political party and nominated by Chairman and Ranking Members of 12 Congressional Committees and the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee and would have significant expertise in the following
areas: (1) Public health preparedness, response, and recovery operations; (2) Administration of emergency preparedness, response, and recovery operations; (3) Transportation; (4) Education; (5) Economics; (6) Healthcare, with a focus on biotechnology and
biomedical sciences; (7) Foreign policy; (8) Logistics and supply chain; (9) Intelligence; and (10) Election security and administration.
Importantly, to ensure bipartisan operations, the legislation requires bipartisan agreement between the Chairman and Vice Chair, who are of different political parties, to authorize any subpoenas.
Text of the bill can be found here. To become a cosponsor of this bill, please fill contact Ethan McClelland at Ethan.McClelland@mail.house.gov.
Bennie G. Thompson
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