Bush signs into law terror-defense bill
Seattle Times/July 22, 2004
President Bush yesterday signed into law a $5.6 billion bill aimed at bolstering the nation's defenses against biological, chemical and nuclear terrorism.
In a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden, Bush said the legislation, the Project Bioshield Act of 2004, "will help America purchase, develop and deploy cutting-edge defenses against catastrophic attack."
He said the new law "is part of a broader strategy to defend America against the threat of weapons of mass destruction."
The legislation, which took 18 months to reach his desk despite broad bipartisan support in Congress, enables the government to purchase and stockpile vaccines, expedite research on medicines to combat bioterrorism and, in a crisis, distribute new drugs that have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.