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(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – By a vote of 98-0, the U.S. Senate today passed a $4.6 billion bioterrorism bill that will stockpile medicines and vaccines, boost water system security, and improve food safety inspections.

Senator Murray released the following statement:

"Today, the U.S. Senate took a critical step in protecting our communities from the threat of bioterrorism. This bill helps us stockpile vaccines, protect our water supplies and improve food safety inspections. Importantly, the bill also continues the grant program to help states prepare for bioterror threats.

Recent FBI warnings serve as a reminder that we must remain vigilant and committed to protecting our communities against all possible threats. Part of remaining vigilant is doing all that we can to prepare ourselves for the worst.

This is not a war with battlefields thousands of miles away. As we learned with the Anthrax letters last year, terrorists may come after us here at home. We must make every effort to protect our families and our communities, and this bill takes a giant step toward improving the safety and security of our homeland.