STATEMENTS ON INTRODUCED BILLS AND JOINT RESOLUTIONS -- (Senate - November 18, 2005)
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Mr. OBAMA. Mr. President, today I rise in support of Senator CLINTON's bill which would provide tax credits of $1,000 to $3,000 to property owners who eliminate or contain lead-based paint hazards in homes where low-income young children or women of childbearing age live.
Children who eat lead paint chips ingest a highly toxic substance that can produce a range of health effects including reduced IQ, reading and learning disabilities, reduced attention spans, kidney damage, and hyperactivity. The sad fact is that there are still over 400,000 children suffering from lead poisoning in this country, many of them poor and many of them minorities. My home State, Illinois, is the State with the highest number of these children.
The loss of IQ and ability to learn affects these children and their families for the rest of their lives and imposes an economic burden on the rest of us because of their reduced productivity.
I urge my colleagues to join Senators CLINTON, SMITH, DEWINE, and me in preventing future lead poisonings by giving property owners a tax incentive to eliminate this problem.