House defense leader proposes $1B for Pentagon 'pandemic preparedness' fund

By Justin Doubleday / June 25, 2020 at 12:26 PM
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) is proposing $1 billion for a new "pandemic preparedness" fund for the Pentagon to conduct medical research and bolster small businesses critical to national security. The "Pandemic Preparedness and Resilience National Security Fund" is included in Smith's " chairman's mark " of the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill. The full committee is scheduled to mark up the bill July 1. The fund would be available "only for the purposes of pandemic...

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