House Bills - 108th Congress
Session I | Session II
H.R. 3714The BSE and Other Prion Disease Prevention and Public Health Act
On January 21, 2004, Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced H.R. 3714, a bill to provide
better protection against bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and other prion diseases.
Provisions of interest would require the Secretaries of Health and Human Services (HHS) and of
Agriculture to establish liaison positions at each appropriate Undersecretary level to ensure adequate
coordination and communication between the two departments regarding prion diseases. The
Secretaries would also be required jointly to establish a task force on prion diseases to provide
recommendations to Congress on the status of all surveillance and research programs. Representatives
from NIH and other relevant agencies would be required on the task force. H.R. 3714 was referred to
the Committees on Agriculture, on Energy and Commerce, and on Ways and Means.