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In rare bipartisan move, Republicans and Democrats alike fight vaccine misinformation

May 23, 2019 - 7:13 pm

Republican Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas is partnering with two Midwestern Democrats to fight the spread of misinformation about vaccines in the face of measles outbreaks across the nation.

The Kansas City Star reports Roberts introduced legislation Thursday to instruct Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to award competitive grants for public information campaigns aimed at combating the anti-vaccine movement.

The bill does not specify a dollar figure, but would enable the CDC to steer money toward them.

The Kansas senator called a lack of confidence in vaccines as one of the top public health threats in a video released by his office Thursday.

Co-sponsors on the legislation are Senator Gary Peters of Michigan and Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, both Democrats.

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