Tuberville’s CDC Director Legislation Passes out of HELP Committee

Senator Tuberville’s legislation to make the CDC Director a Senate-confirmed position included in Committee’s pandemic preparedness bill 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) released the following statement after his legislation to make the CDC Director a Senate-confirmed position was included in the Prepare for and Respond to Existing Viruses, Emerging New Threats (PREVENT) Pandemics Act which passed out of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) today by a vote of 20-2. 

The CDC Director must be someone who is highly qualified and who the American people trust,” said Senator Tuberville. “We have all experienced how important – and powerful – the person who holds this position is, and that is why they should be subject to a Senate confirmation vote to give the American people a voice in the process. It is a win that this legislation was included in part of the larger HELP committee package, and I look forward to a day when the Senate can exercise the proper oversight in the confirmation process of future CDC Directors.”

Senator Tuberville’s Restoring Trust in Public Health Act  would require that nominees for Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) be confirmed by the United States Senate.  Sens. Tuberville and Mike Lee (R-UT) originally introduced the Restoring Trust in Public Health Act in September 2021. They were joined by Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), and Mike Braun (R-IN) as cosponsors.

The full text of the bill can be read here.

Senator Tommy Tuberville represents Alabama in the United States Senate and is a member of the Senate Armed Services, Agriculture, Veterans’ Affairs, and HELP Committees.