By Peter Sullivan - 02/13/15 01:17 PM EST
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 SchiffEverything you need to know about the National Guard's bonus controversy Lawmakers praise bonus-clawback suspension, pledge permanent fix California National Guard official: Congress knew about bonus repayments MORE (D-Calif.), Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), Thomas Marino (R-Pa.) and Peter WelchPeter WelchYahoo hack spurs push for legislation Retailers have jumped the shark EpiPen investigation shows need for greater pricing transparency, other reforms 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 PaulWhat the 'Bernie Sanders wing of the GOP' can teach Congress GOP senators avoid Trump questions on rigged election How low is the bar for presidential candidates, anyway? 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 AlexanderObama meets a crossroads for his healthcare law Music streamer Spotify joins Gillibrand’s push for paid family leave GOP senators avoid Trump questions on rigged election MORE (R-Tenn.). "Sound science is this: Vaccines save lives."