CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.R. 3470 is expected to be considered on the House floor on Wednesday, September 22, 2010, under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. Rep. Cohen (D-TN) introduced H.R. 3470 on July 31, 2009, and it was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce. On September 16, 2010, the committee reported the bill by voice vote.
H.R. 3470 would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), to award up to $10 million annually in grants to communities to implement programs to reduce infant mortality in the United States. Grant recipients would be chosen based on the communities with the highest rates of infant mortality. Grant recipients would be required to submit annual reports to HHS. To carry out the grant program, the bill would authorize the appropriation of $10 million for each fiscal year 2001 through 2015.
The infant mortality rate in the United States is 6.8 per 1,000 births, according to the Centers for Disease Control National Vital Statistics Reports Volume 58, Number 17, issued on April 30, 2010.
Assuming the appropriation of all funding, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that implementing the act would cost $4 million in 2011 and $45 million over 2011-2015. Pay-go does not apply.