Lawmakers introduce 'vaccines save lives' resolution

Lawmakers introduce 'vaccines save lives' resolution
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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. 

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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 SchiffWhite House adopts confident tone after Pelosi signals go on impeachment Democrats could introduce articles of impeachment next week The shifting impeachment positions of Jonathan Turley MORE (D-Calif.), Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), Thomas Marino (R-Pa.) and Peter WelchPeter Francis WelchProviding more information on the prescription drug supply chain will help lower costs for all Impeachment hearing breaks into laughter after Democrat contrasts it to Hallmark movie Diplomat ties Trump closer to Ukraine furor 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 PaulTrump's legal team huddles with Senate Republicans Democratic congressman calls for study of effects of sex-trafficking law McConnell says he's 'honored' to be WholeFoods Magazine's 2019 'Person of the Year' 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 AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderSenate passes bipartisan bill to permanently fund historically black colleges Rick Perry says Trump is the 'chosen one' sent 'to do great things' Impeachment will make some Senate Republicans squirm MORE (R-Tenn.). "Sound science is this: Vaccines save lives."