Ernst stresses impact of HPAI in Homeland Security hearing

Joni Ernst -- CROPPEDFrom Press Release


U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) questioned the panel Wednesday at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing titled, “Stopping an Avian Influenza Threat to Animal and Public Health” on the need for a plan to prevent a future outbreak of such magnitude. The Iowa Senator also highlighted the devastating impact of the highly pathogenic avian influenza on Iowa poultry farmers, producers, and the surrounding communities.

Those testifying before HSGAC included Dr. John Clifford, Deputy Administrator of the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service within the U.S. Department of Agriculture; Dr. Anne Schuchat, Director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Mr. Chris Currie, Director of Homeland Security and Justice within the U.S. Government Accountability Office; Dr. Jack Gelb, Director of the Avian Biosciences Center at the University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources; and Mr. Scott Schneider, President of The Wisconsin Poultry and Egg Association and Owner of Nature Link Farm.

The HSGAC hearing comes on the heels of Tuesday’s Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee hearing titled, “Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza: The Impact on the U.S. Poultry Sector and Protecting U.S. Poultry Flocks”.

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