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Child nutrition reauthorization
In addition, Congress is working to review legislation
to fund several federal child nutrition programs, including the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for
Women, Infants and Children (WIC), school meals, and
the Child and Adult Care Food Program. The Senate
Agriculture Committee recently announced a planned
markup of a bipartisan child nutrition bill on Sept. 17 to
discuss the legislation and any potential changes before
sending it to the full Senate for consideration.
The Academy has focused its advocacy on three
• Keep the nutritional standards for the school
• Maintain adjunctive eligibility for WIC with
Medicaid so that numerous pregnant women
and children will not lose access to WIC.
meals program strong.
• Address childhood hunger and food insecuri-
ty during out-of-school time, especially in the
In advance of the reauthorization deadline, the Academy has been leading advocacy efforts at the federal
level, offering timely grassroots advocacy opportunities
and working with pediatricians to place opinion-edi-torials in newspapers in key legislative markets to urge
Congress to protect child nutrition programs.
Members in both chambers also will work to reconcile the Elementary and Secondary Education Act,
commonly known as No Child Left Behind. The
House version, the Student Success Act, and the Senate version, the Every Child Achieves Act, vary greatly.
As the bills head to conference, the Academy will
continue to advocate for policies that are most supportive to children and urge the conferees to pass legislation that promotes their development inside and
outside the classroom. An outline of AAP education
principles can be found at http://bit.ly/1e Tbnow.
Liquid nicotine poisoning prevention
The Academy supports the bipartisan, bicameral
Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act and will
continue to urge for its swift passage. This legislation
would give the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission authority to require child-resistant packaging on liquid nicotine containers, which are used
to refill e-cigarettes and have become increasingly
common in U.S. households. Exposure to or ingestion of liquid nicotine can lead to serious injuries
or death for children.
In addition, the Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) announced its potential consideration of
new regulations on liquid nicotine refills, including
child-resistant packaging and warning labels. In August, the Academy submitted comments to the FDA
emphasizing the need to take immediate action to
For the latest information on the Academy’s fed-
eral advocacy priorities and opportunities to take
action, visit http://federaladvocacy.aap.org (login
Steven E. Krug, M.D., FAAP, (left) spoke at a briefing
hosted by Save the Children, “Ten Years After Katrina.” Dr. Krug discussed the Academy’s work to educate pediatricians and federal partners about how
to care for children in disasters. Also pictured from
left are Lynette M. Fraga, Ph.D., executive director of
Child Care Aware of America, and Cokie Roberts, NPR
contributor and Save the Children board member.
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Bills to watch
As Congress returns, the Academy also will be
advocating for the following bills:
• Airplane Kids in Transit Safety (Ki TS) Act:
This AAP-championed legislation, which was
introduced in the U.S. House of Representa-
tives before the August recess, would require the
Federal Aviation Administration to ensure that
emergency medical kits on airplanes contain
medication and equipment to meet the emer-
gency medical needs of children, including an
• Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the
Shadows Act: Also introduced in the House
before the recess, this bill aims to expand awareness, screening and treatment for postpartum
• Reach Every Mother and Child Act: This bill,
introduced in the U.S. Senate in late July, aims
to accelerate the reduction of preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths worldwide,
helping the United States achieve its commitment to end these deaths by 2035.
• Family Stability and Kinship Care Act: Also
introduced in the Senate, this bill would allow
states to use funds previously allocated for foster
care maintenance payments to go to services to
prevent children from entering foster care. In addition, the bill would significantly increase funding for services to support families in adversity.
• Early Hearing Detection and Intervention
(EHDI) Act: This legislation passed out of
the House Energy and Commerce Committee
and would reauthorize the federal authority for
hearing tests and intervention programs for
newborns, infants and young children.
• Protecting Our Infants Act: Along with the
EHDI Act, this bill will be considered by the
full House. The legislation directs the secretary
of Health and Human Services to identify and
make available recommendations for the diagnosis and treatment of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), evaluate and coordinate federal
efforts to research and respond to NAS, and assist
state health agencies with data collection efforts.
Beyond the bricks and mortar of any new house are
the familiar comforts and personal touches that make
it a home,” she said. Careful consideration, she added,
is being given to all aspects of the new building to ensure it provides a happy, healthy and sustainable work
To help the guide the challenges of internal and
external design decisions for the 193,000-square-foot
building, Dr. Remley and the Headquarters of the Future Committee will work with the construction and
The new headquarters will be located on 11. 1 acres in
Itasca, Ill., approximately 10 minutes from its current
headquarters and 12 miles from O’Hare International
Busting at the seams
Growth of the AAP family also necessitated a larger
home. Since 1984, the membership has grown from
26,200 to 64,000, and staff has increased from 124 to 487.
“When a family outgrows its
home, a decision has to be made:
Do we add on, buy a larger home or
build new?” Dr. Remley said.
For about a year, the three op-
tions were studied by a task force
that included AAP board members,
“The entire process has focused on being prudent
stewards of the AAP’s resources,” she said.
To help fund the project, the Academy is exploring
financing and fundraising options and soon will announce how pediatricians, corporate and foundation
partners will have the opportunity to participate. There
is no plan to increase dues or apply an assessment to
the membership for this project.
Primary construction is expected to begin in spring
2016, with a planned occupancy around mid- to late-
Dr. Remley urged members to watch for project updates in AAP News.
“After all, this isn’t just another building,” she said.
“It’s a new pediatric home.”
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Speaking up for children in disasters