CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.R. 577 is being considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) on January 15, 2009.
H.R. 577 would amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize the Department of Health and Human Services to provide new grants to states to support efforts providing eye examinations for low-income children (as defined by the state) identified as needing such services. The bill authorizes $10 million in appropriations for Fiscal Year 2010, and a total of $65 million over five years.
On October 15, 2007, the House passed a similar bill (H.R. 507) by voice vote. The Senate never considered the legislation.
According to the Congressional Budget Office, implementation of H.R. 577 would increase spending subject to appropriations by $4 million in Fiscal 2010 and $54 million over five years.