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Children's Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act of 2013

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Mr. WAXMAN. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to support H.R. 297, the Children's Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act of 2013.

H.R. 297 reauthorizes the children's hospital graduate medical education--or CHGME--program at the program's current authorization level. This program provides ongoing and consistent financial support to hospitals such as Children's Hospital of Los Angeles for the training of doctors who want to specialize in pediatrics. Over the years, the CHGME program has been enormously successful in reversing the significant decline in the number of pediatrician trainees across the country. Indeed, today, children's hospitals nationwide that are supported by the program train 40% of all pediatricians and 43% of all pediatric specialists.

Not surprisingly, the CHGME program has a decade-long history of bipartisan support. The program was first established in 1999 and has subsequently been reauthorized on two occasions. During the 112th Congress, the House passed legislation that would have reauthorized the CHGME program for another five years.

I'm sure that Members of both sides of the aisle agree we want to make certain this important program remains in place, and we want to send a strong message about the importance of fully funding it.

I want to commend the work of members of the Energy and Commerce Committee for advancing H.R. 297 to the floor today. I especially want to recognize and applaud the leadership of Ranking Member Pallone and Chairman Pitts on this bill. I know we are all hopeful the Senate will act quickly to enact H.R. 297, so we can send legislation to the President for his signature.

I urge my colleagues to join me in supporting H.R. 297.

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