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April 16, 2021

U.S. Reps. Trone and Joyce Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen America’s Medical Supply Chain to Prepare for Future Public Health Crises

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Contact: Hannah Muldavin, Hannah.Muldavin@mail.house.gov 

U.S. Reps. Trone and Joyce Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen America’s Medical Supply Chain to Prepare for Future Public Health Crises

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representatives David Trone (D-MD) and John Joyce (R-PA) introduced the Strengthening our Health Security Through Resilient Medical Supply Chains Annual Review Act.

This legislation would require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to produce an annual report detailing the United States’ dependence on critical devices, supplies, and drugs sourced outside of the U.S. and provide recommendations to strengthen domestic medical supply chains. The Strengthening our Health Security Through Resilient Medical Supply Chains Annual Review Act would help the United States build a resilient medical supply chain that can support our population through future public health crises and help create American jobs.

The legislation comes following widespread personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages throughout the COVID-19 pandemic that endangered frontline workers and communities.

“As a business owner, I know that the success of a business comes from a resilient, reliable supply chain,” said Congressman Trone. “The pandemic has shown us that our nation’s medical supply chain is anything but. By studying our medical supply chain, we can make the changes necessary to prevent supply chain interruptions so we are prepared for the next public health emergency.”

“Moving our medical supply chain to the United States and our allies – and away from hostile regimes such as the Chinese Communist Party – is key for our nation’s health and safety,” said Congressman Joyce. “By ending our dependence on the Chinese government for critical medicines and supplies, we can ensure the safety of our supply chain while creating family-sustaining jobs for American workers. This commonsense legislation takes a step in the right direction as we seek to move our sourcing away from China. The United States never should be beholden to the Chinese Communist Party for our health care supplies, and I will continue working to strengthen our supply chain and protect American families.”

For a section-by-section summary, click here.

To read bill text, click here

Congressman David Trone was elected to the House of Representatives in November 2018 to serve the 6th District of Maryland, which includes all or part of Montgomery, Frederick, Washington, Allegany, and Garrett Counties. Trone serves on the Appropriations, Veterans’ Affairs, and Joint Economic Committees in the 117th Congress and previously served on the Education and Labor and Foreign Affairs Committees. In Congress, Trone is fighting to make progress on issues that matter to Marylanders, including the mental health and addiction crises, criminal justice reform, and funding for medical research.

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