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 SchiffMcConnell, White House lawyer huddle on impeachment strategy House GOP lawmaker wants Senate to hold 'authentic' impeachment trial Live coverage: House panel debates articles of impeachment MORE (D-Calif.) and Michael BurgessMichael Clifton BurgessHillicon Valley: House passes anti-robocall bill | Senators inch forward on privacy legislation | Trump escalates fight over tech tax | Illinois families sue TikTok | Senators get classified briefing on ransomware House passes anti-robocall bill Overnight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul 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 DuckworthLawmakers call for investigation into program meant to help student loan borrowers with disabilities Overnight Energy: Protesters plan Black Friday climate strike | 'Father of EPA' dies | Democrats push EPA to abandon methane rollback Democratic senators push EPA to abandon methane rollback MORE (D-Ill.) and Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnTikTok chief cancels Capitol Hill meetings, inflaming tensions Lawsuits pose new challenge for TikTok TikTok's leader to meet with lawmakers next week 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.