Bioterrorism: Legislation to Improve Public Health Preparedness and Response Capacity [Updated March 8, 2002] [open pdf - 240KB]
From the Document: "The recent anthrax attacks, though small in scale compared to the scenarios envisioned by bioterrorism experts, strained the public health system and raised concern that the nation is insufficiently prepared to respond to bioterrorist attacks. [...] While lawmakers work towards final passage of new authorizing legislation, Congress has appropriated $3 billion to the Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) for FY2002 to increase bioterrorism preparedness at the federal, state, and local levels. [...] HHS is dispersing the funds according to existing authorities and the broad spending parameters set out in the appropriations bills."
CRS Report for Congress, RL31263