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.
The resolution "affirms vaccines and immunizations save lives and are essential to maintain the public health, economic and national security of the people of the United States."
It was introduced by Reps. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffOvernight Hillicon Valley — Hacking goes global Schiff calls on Amazon, Facebook to address spread of vaccine misinformation Spotlight turns to GOP's McCarthy in Jan. 6 probe MORE (D-Calif.), Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), Thomas Marino (R-Pa.) and Peter WelchPeter Francis WelchShakespeare gets a congressional hearing in this year's 'Will on the Hill' Democrats debate shape of new Jan. 6 probe On the Money: Tech giants face rising pressure from shareholder activists | House Democrats urge IRS to reverse Trump-era rule reducing donor disclosure | Sen. Warren, Jamie Dimon spar over overdraft fees at Senate hearing 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 PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSenate lawmakers let frustration show with Blinken Rand Paul: 'Hatred for Trump' blocking research into ivermectin as COVID-19 treatment Masks and vaccines: What price freedom? 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 AlexanderAuthorities link ex-Tennessee governor to killing of Jimmy Hoffa associate The Republicans' deep dive into nativism Senate GOP faces retirement brain drain MORE (R-Tenn.). "Sound science is this: Vaccines save lives."