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 SchiffSchiff: Impeachment proceedings could be 'tool' to get information, evidence Schiff: Escalating Iran tensions 'all too predictable' 5 things to watch as Trump, Dems clash over investigations MORE (D-Calif.), Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), Thomas Marino (R-Pa.) and Peter WelchPeter Francis WelchBernie Sanders is hypocritical on most significant campaign issues Booker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements Divisions emerge over House drug price bills 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 PaulBolton emerges as flashpoint in GOP debate on Iran US ambassador to Germany ruffles State Department with budget stand Overnight Defense: Congressional leaders receive classified briefing on Iran | Trump on war: 'I hope not' | Key Republican calls threats credible | Warren plan targets corporate influence at Pentagon 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 AlexanderIt's time for Republicans to lead (again) on climate WANTED: A Republican with courage Overnight Health Care — Presented by Campaign for Accountability — House passes drug pricing bills amid ObamaCare row | Senate Republicans running away from Alabama abortion law | Ocasio-Cortez confronts CEO over K drug price tag MORE (R-Tenn.). "Sound science is this: Vaccines save lives."