Every news outlet has some variation on “top five takeaways from the State of the Union,” mostly dealing with the President’s main points of economic recovery, education, immigration, and tightening of gun laws. He made some great points: saying he will work “with states to make high-quality preschool available to every child in America,” the idea of a “college scorecard” to determine the cost-to-value ratio for colleges, and of course “what I’ve said tonight matters little if we don’t come together to protect our most precious resource – our children.”
Impact on children’s health careShare
Members of Congress come from all sorts of backgrounds. Many have “day jobs” you might expect (there are 128 lawyers in the House of Representatives, and nearly half of all Senators – 45 – cite lawyer as a profession) but others have jobs that may come as a surprise. There are youth camp supervisors, carpenters, a mill supervisor, and 15 farmers.
The 113th Congress is off to a busy start, taking swift action on a couple of kid-friendly bills.
The 113th Congress got off to a promising start as Representatives Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Joe Pitts (R-PA) introduced legislation to reauthorize the Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education program (CHGME). This early start is great news for children’s hospitals and the future pediatric specialists who train there.
On January 3, a new Congress (the 113th) was sworn in, and any unfinished work by the previous Congress was left on the table. Unfortunately, one of the many things left undone was reauthorization of the Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) program. This means that CHGME continues to be an “unauthorized” program, but at the same time continues to be funded. Wait, you’re thinking – how can Congress provide money to an unauthorized program?
Unless you’re a hardcore policy wonk, you probably don’t care too much about the backroom dealings that led to Congress’ later-than-last-minute deal to avert the “fiscal cliff,” at least not as much as you care that a deal finally got done. (Either way, you can read a fascinating day-by-day breakdown of the negotiations - or lack thereof - here.)