More than 90 members of Congress from both parties introduced a resolution on Friday affirming that vaccines save lives, amid a measles outbreak that has sparked a national debate.
It was introduced by Reps. Adam SchiffAdam SchiffSchiff: Trump will blame Obama during his entire presidency Russia investigation 'back on track' after Nunes recusal Overnight Defense: US moving missile defense system to South Korea | Dems want justification for Syria strike | Army pick pushes back against critics of LGBT record MORE (D-Calif.), Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), Thomas Marino (R-Pa.) and Peter WelchPeter WelchTrump to continue paying ObamaCare subsidies House Democrats call for revoking Kushner’s security clearance Pelosi seeks to unify Dems on ObamaCare fixes MORE (D-Vt.).
A measles outbreak has risen to 121 cases in 17 states, centered on Disneyland in California. The majority of people affected have not been vaccinated, according to the CDC.
“Vaccinations save lives," Dent said in a statement. "It is unconscionable that children are being put at risk because of decisions based on faulty information and untruths."
The resolution pushes back against fears that vaccines could be harmful. It "recognizes that the lack of vaccination can cause a true public health crisis, and that there is no credible evidence to show that vaccines cause life-threatening or disabling diseases in healthy children or adults."
The vaccination debate entered into the early stages of the presidential race earlier this month when New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulRand Paul to teach a course on dystopias in George Washington University Destructive 'fat cat' tax law a complete flop. It's time to repeal it. Trump must take action in Macedonia to fix damage done by Obama and Clinton MORE (R-Ky.) sparked an outcry by suggesting that parents should have some choice over whether to vaccinate their children.
A bipartisan group of senators also sought to make clear that vaccines are safe at a Senate health committee hearing on Tuesday.
"Too many parents are turning away from sound science," said Sen. Lamar AlexanderLamar AlexanderLawmakers reintroduce online sales tax bills Overnight Healthcare: New GOP health bill on life support | ObamaCare insurer threatens to leave over subsidies Trump's FDA nominee clears key Senate committee MORE (R-Tenn.). "Sound science is this: Vaccines save lives."