Rep. Gonzalez works to make stronger investments in Congressional appropriations process
Washington, June 13, 2019
Tags: Federal Spending
U.S. Representative Anthony Gonzalez (R-Rocky River) worked this week to make stronger investments of taxpayer dollars through the annual appropriations process. He introduced three amendments to the H.R. 2740 spending bill to improve school safety, increase research on food allergies and protect people with pre-existing conditions.
Rep. Gonzalez’s second amendment passed the House in a strong bipartisan vote of 356 to 68 on Wednesday evening and will reallocate $3 million in funding from the Secretary of Education’s administrative account to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease to support the Consortium of Food Allergy Research. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) reports the prevalence of food allergies in children increased by 50 percent between 1997 and 2011. Additionally, the prevalence of peanut or tree nut allergies have more than tripled in American children in recent years.
Rep. Gonzalez: “Clearly, we need to do more to find the scientific causes for this spike in allergies — Madame Speaker our amendment is a step in the right direction. Last year the Allison Rose Foundation in Northeast Ohio was launched to educate the public about the real risks food allergies can pose on individuals who suffer from it. The Foundation was established in name of Allison Rose, a young college student, who died from an anaphylactic reaction due to her peanut allergy.”A further amendment, co-lead with Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL), would have prohibited any funds appropriated in the bill to the Department of Health from being used to limit access to health care for anyone with a pre-existing conditions. This amendment was also blocked in the House Rules Committee, despite broad bipartisan support for ensuring protections for people with preexisting conditions. This is the third time Rep. Gonzalez has proposed legislation to protect people with pre-existing conditions since being sworn in to Congress in January.