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 SchiffPelosi, Democrats launch Mueller messaging blitz Mueller testimony could be frustrating for both parties Hillicon Valley: Equifax to pay up to 0M over data breach | Settlement invites criticism from lawmakers | Microsoft settles bribery case | Election security to take back seat at Mueller testimony MORE (D-Calif.), Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), Thomas Marino (R-Pa.) and Peter WelchPeter Francis WelchTwo Democrats vow to press forward on Trump impeachment Here are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment Sanders: 'I'm only grumpy most of the time' 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 PaulThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump applauds two-year budget deal with 0 billion spending hike The Hill's Morning Report — Mueller Time: Dems, GOP ready questions for high-stakes testimony This week: Mueller dominates chaotic week on Capitol Hill 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 AlexanderFinding a path forward to end surprise medical billing The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - Trump attack on progressive Dems draws sharp rebuke Republicans make U-turn on health care MORE (R-Tenn.). "Sound science is this: Vaccines save lives."