Yesterday the Senate passed H.R. 2468, the School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act, my bipartisan bill to encourage schools to implement management plans to help students identify and control their asthma and allergies and reduce absenteeism. More than six million children in our country suffer from asthma and allergies, and it's one of the leading causes of school absenteeism.
As someone who suffers from asthma, I know how devastating an asthma or allergy attack can be. I've worked hard for many years to ensure the passage of legislation that provides peace of mind to students and parents that their schools are equipped to help in an emergency. The School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act builds on the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, a law that I helped enact in 2013 to make emergency epinephrine available to students experiencing severe allergic reactions at school.
I'm so glad the Senate passed H.R. 2468 yesterday after the House passed it in September; it now heads to the President's desk to be signed into law. I am hopeful that my legislation will give students the support they need and reduce absenteeism, ensuring more Maryland students are able to focus on learning.
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Steny H. Hoyer