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Prematurity Research Expansion And Education For Mothers Who Deliver Infants Early Act

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PREMATURITY RESEARCH EXPANSION AND EDUCATION FOR MOTHERS WHO DELIVER INFANTS EARLY ACT -- (House of Representatives - December 08, 2006)

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Mr. PALLONE. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

Unfortunately, Mr. Speaker, I have to rise in opposition to this legislation, and the reason is very simple. Those of us on the Democratic side were very supportive of the PREEMIE Act, S. 707, when it was given to us in the last few days, and we were prepared to support it. However, the bill that I have in front of me now, S. 707, which has a time of 12:44 a.m. and we received it after 1:00, which was less than an hour ago, has 10 pages that have been added by the majority, much of which does not seem, on first reaction here, to even be related to the issue, and we simply cannot support something that has been changed this dramatically without having the opportunity to see it at 1:45 a.m. in the morning on the last day before we adjourn sine die.

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Mr. PALLONE. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

Again, I want to repeat, just having the cursory look at this additional 10 pages right now, it refers to contact lenses, Medicare changes with regard to hospitalization, a number of other things that do not relate to the PREEMIE Act.

So, again, I would say that at this point, because we have not had a chance to review this, I continue to oppose the bill.

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