CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Res. 260 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Monday, September 14, 2009, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) on March 18, 2009.
H.Res. 260 would resolve that the House of Representatives:
• "Acknowledges that the United States has a disturbingly high infant mortality rate in relation to the global community;
• "Supports efforts to lower the rate of infant mortality in the United States; and
• "Supports efforts to correct the racial disparities in prenatal care to lower the infant mortality rate in the United States."
According to the resolution's findings, non-Hispanic black mothers were 2.6 times more likely than non-Hispanic white mothers to begin prenatal care in the third trimester, or not receive prenatal care at all. Babies born to mothers who received no prenatal care are three times more likely to be born at low birth weight, and five times more likely to die, than those whose mothers received prenatal care, as stated by the Department of Health and Human Services.