Yesterday, U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly helped the Senate pass a bipartisan appropriations bill that would fund multiple federal agencies, including the Department of Labor and the Department of Health and Human Services. The bill includes Donnelly’s bipartisan amendment that he introduced with Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID), which would provide $1 million in funding for implementation of Trevor’s Law. Donnelly has been pressing the Administration to fully implement Trevor’s Law as it could be valuable in investigating potential cancer clusters in communities such as Franklin in Johnson County. Also, the bill would double the current level of funding for CDC’s efforts to reduce childhood lead poisoning, which could benefit communities like East Chicago that have been impacted by lead contamination. The funding would help in efforts to lower children’s blood lead levels, preventing future harm. It would help educate health care providers and the public about lead poisoning, monitor childhood blood lead levels, and provide funding to states for childhood lead poisoning prevention initiatives.
August 23rd, 2018|Local News|