CARDIN SAYS SENATE BUDGET MOVES BEYOND SEQUESTRATION AND RESTORES FISCAL BALANCE, PRIORITIZES GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES
CARDIN SAYS SENATE BUDGET MOVES BEYOND SEQUESTRATION AND RESTORES
FISCAL BALANCE, PRIORITIZES GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES
Cardin Amendments Highlight Support for Children’s Dental Health, Protecting our Environment and Economy, and
World-Class Research at NIH in Bethesda
Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, called the FY14 Budget Resolution passed early this morning by the U.S. Senate a solid blueprint for returning our nation to a time of fiscal certainty that will allow for a controlled debt and economic growth.
“One of my primary goals for the FY14 budget was to make sure that sequestration was history. The Senate budget sets priorities and creates the proper framework for a responsible, balanced budget without the mindless cuts we endured for FY13. It actually contains more spending cuts and less revenue than Simpson-Bowles and keeps us heading in the right direction. We invest in infrastructure, research and development, and education because they all translate into job growth. More jobs mean more tax payers, helping to balance the budget while lowering the tax burden for everyone.
“I was also pleased that we were able to hold the line against aggressive efforts to roll back the life-saving and money-saving provisions of health care reform, as well as protections for our clean air and clean water.
Adopted with strong bipartisan support, the Senate adopted by voice vote Senator Cardin’s amendment (#273) to expand access to prevention-based oral health services for children enrolled in Medicaid. “Good oral health care is essential to good overall health,” said Senator Cardin. “Through CHIP and the Affordable Care Act, Congress guaranteed affordable dental coverage for all children. Now we must ensure that access is complete, so that no child loses his life because of untreated tooth decay like Deamonte Driver.”
Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease affecting American children -- more than 40 percent between ages 2-11. Low-income children are more likely to have oral disease and are less likely to have adequate access to preventive and restorative care. While dental benefits are provided to children through Medicaid’s child health component, Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT), reliable access to services is often lacking because of a shortage of pediatric dentists in many communities across the nation, and as a result, children forgo needed preventive care.
Senator Cardin also joined with Senators Durbin, Moran and Mikulski in sponsoring an amendment (#525) to allow for growth of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland. “Sequestration and years of flat funding have taken a toll on America’s premiere medical research institutions, allowing NIH to fund just a fraction of qualified research. By supporting NIH, we are supporting life-saving research, as well as stimulating our economy with grants and increased business activity. It’s a clear win for the American people,” Senator Cardin added.
Every state and the District of Columbia received NIH funding in FY2012. Nationally, every $1 investment in NIH funding stimulates $2.21 in business activity, such as support staff, supplies, food services, and building development. NIH funding supports 351,000 U.S. jobs.