Bipartisan lawmakers introduce resolution supporting vaccines

Bipartisan lawmakers introduce resolution supporting vaccines
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House lawmakers on Tuesday introduced a bipartisan resolution in support of vaccines amid an uptick in measles outbreaks across the country.

The Vaccines Save Lives Resolution — spearheaded by Reps. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffNewsom says he has already received a number of pitches for Harris's open Senate seat Here's who could fill Kamala Harris's Senate seat if she becomes VP Democrats ramp up warnings on Russian election meddling MORE (D-Calif.) and Michael BurgessMichael Clifton BurgessTechnical difficulties mar several remote House hearings The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Moniz says U.S. needs energy jobs coalition and Manchin says Congress is pushing Wall Street solutions that don't work for Main Street; Burr to step aside The Hill's 12:30 Report: House returns to DC for coronavirus relief MORE (R-Texas) — calls on Congress to reject “unfounded and debunked theories” that vaccines are dangerous and encourages educating the public using scientifically proven research on their benefits.

The lawmakers urged adults to vaccinate their children and prevent unnecessary outbreaks of potentially fatal diseases.

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“As a physician, I am grateful for their immense value and lifesaving potential,” Burgess said in a statement. “In the 21st century, Congress should be focused on investing in vaccines’ further development as safe and effective tools to protect Americans and people around the world from preventable suffering.”

The resolution says an “estimated 43,000 adults and 300 children die annually” from diseases from complications that could have been prevented through immunizations.

“The scientific and medical communities agree — vaccines are both safe and effective and there is no evidence to suggest that vaccines cause life-threatening or disabling diseases,” Schiff said in a statement. “Vaccines have saved millions of lives worldwide and prevented suffering for millions more. The importance of vaccinating your children, especially given the recent outbreak of preventable diseases, cannot be overstated.”

The resolution's introduction comes as health experts have attributed the increased outbreaks to parents who are forgoing vaccinations for their children.

Sens. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthChris Wallace: Kamala Harris 'not far to the left despite what Republicans are gonna try to say' GOP lawmaker: 'Pretty cool' Harris has a shot at being the 'most powerful person in the world' Fox's Ari Fleischer: Harris 'not that historically exciting to African Americans' MORE (D-Ill.) and Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnTrump campaign blasts 'phony' Harris after Biden names her VP Davis: The Hall of Shame for GOP senators who remain silent on Donald Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Negotiators 'far apart' as talks yield little ahead of deadline MORE (R-Tenn.) are expected to introduce a companion measure in the upper chamber.

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Tuesday held a hearing on the benefits of vaccines, which included the testimony of a teen who got vaccinated against his parents' wishes.