Congressman Joe Morelle Announces Rules Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process To Hold Hearing on “Using Budget Principles To Prepare For Future Pandemics and Other Disasters”

Hearing will focus on need to build economic resiliency

to respond to future emergency events

January 12, 2022 (Washington, DC) Today Congressman Joe Morelle (NY-25), Chairman of the Rules Committee’s Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process, announced a subcommittee hearing to be held on Wednesday, January 19 at 10:00 AM EST. The hearing, “Using Budget Principles to Prepare for Future Pandemics and Other Disasters,” will focus on the importance of making strategic investments in advance across the federal budget to ensure an efficient federal response to future pandemics and other disasters. Witnesses will discuss lessons learned from the federal response to COVID-19, including for both public health funding and food distribution networks, and suggest potential changes for how to use the budget to improve such disaster response and coordination between government and private stakeholders.

“As we continue to navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must use the lessons we have learned to prepare for the future,” said Congressman Joe Morelle. “This hearing will focus on the investments that must be made to bolster our economic resiliency and support families in their time of need. I look forward to hearing testimony from our witnesses and working with my colleagues to ensure we are equipped to manage future emergencies, protect public health, and uplift our communities.”

“This pandemic has brought home the importance of planning today for the emergencies of tomorrow. We must use every tool in the toolbox to make sure our nation is prepared for the unexpected, whether it’s a natural disaster or a future public health emergency. With the COVID pandemic expected to cost the American economy more than $15 trillion according to experts, we cannot afford not to. I’m looking forward to this discussion, and I thank Chairman Morelle for his leadership on this important issue,” said Rules Committee Chairman James P. McGovern.

WHAT: Subcommittee Hearing on Preparing for Future Pandemics and Other Disasters

WHEN: Wednesday, January 19 at 10:00 AM via Cisco WebEx

WHERE:  The hearing will be virtual and streamed online at




Jan 12, 2022