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CBO: National Biodefense Strategy Bill Could Cost $2M in 2017-2021

CBOsealThe Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the implementation of a national biodefense strategy bill could amount to nearly $2 million from 2017 through 2021.

The National Biodefense Strategy Act of 2016 would call on the president to stand a Biodefense Coordination Council to help the federal government address biological threats, CBO said Monday.

The president must also brief lawmakers on the status of the strategy every 180 days through to its completion and update of the national strategy every five years thereafter.

The legislation would also call on the president to provide details of the total federal expenditures on biodefense activities through an annual report and describe the relationship of the costs to the strategy’s priorities.

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