O'Halleran Cosponsors Bill to Ensure Federal Govt is Prepared for Potential COVID-19 Resurgence

August 3, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, the House Problem Solvers Caucus endorsed the COVID Preparedness, Response, and Effective Planning for Advanced Requirements by the Executive Branch (PREPARE) Act, a bill cosponsored by Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) to require federal agencies to submit a report to Congress on the steps they are taking to respond to a potential resurgence of COVID-19, including measurable goals, anticipated challenges, and how they will consult with Congress.

The Problem Solvers Caucus is a bipartisan group in Congress comprised of 50 members – equally divided between Democrats and Republicans – who are committed to forging bipartisan cooperation on key issues. 

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: we need a comprehensive, national plan for addressing this pandemic, not 50 disparate plans made by governors operating in a void of helpful information,” said O’Halleran. “The COVID PREPARE Act will require federal agencies to submit data-driven reports to Congress on how they will respond to potential resurgences of COVID-19 so that we can better coordinate at the federal level and address this viral spread head-on. I am proud to cosponsor this important bill.” 

The PREPARE Act was introduced in the House of Representatives by Problem Solvers Representatives Brad Schneider (D- IL) and John Katko (R-NY).