Rheumatic heart disease program funding cut
A bill aimed at expanding access to healthy food and healthy 속초출장안마housing is facing renewed scrutiny after the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works approved it Friday.
After months of discussions, the Senate committee voted 8-1 to eliminate funding for more than 300 program offices in rural areas, where there is a large and growing population of people living in poverty who suffer from acute heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension and other chronic disease problems.
“I just think what’s wrong with this is it does nothing to prevent or prevent people from getting sick and getting ill,” Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-AL, the committee chairman, said in an interview, according to Reuters.
Under the new plan, about 2,000 rural program offices would be eliminated statewide. The bill, which was introduced last month by Senate Environment and Public Wo양산출장샵 양산안마rks Committee Ranking Member Shelley Moore Capito, R-WV, would restore the funding that the committee proposed.
The Senate bill, H.R. 1576, passed after nearly 60 hours of debate, largely along party lines, with two Republican senators voting with Democrats to repeal the funding. The bill is not a final version of the legislation until the legislation moves to the full Senate and is reviewed by the House.
A previous version of the bill, House H.R. 1268, was approved by both chambers of Congress last year, but it was removed for unrelated reasons.
Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said in a statement the bill “cuts vital programs for families struggling with chronic health problems.”
“It’s a big mistake for the Senate and for America,” he said.
The bill now moves to a conference committee, where Democrats and Republicans would have the opportunity to pass their own version of the bill.
“While the bill that passed the Senate does not eliminate programs, it does close some offices around the nation that provide emergency funding that helps sick and disabled people in rural areas to access fresh, healthy food and affordable housing,” Capito said in a statement, as quoted by The Hill.
The Senate bill calls for $2.7 billion to the Healthy People 2020 program to provide emergency funding. Currently, abo오바마 카지노ut 9,000 Americans receive such emergency funding, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP).
The cost of that emergency funding has risen because in recent years the population and health conditions in many rural areas have increased, the CBPP study found.
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