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Childrens Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act of 2011

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. LANCE. Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of H.R. 1852, legislation to reauthorize the Children's Hospital Graduate Medical Education program.

Today's legislation will assist pediatric training programs across the country by maintaining and strengthening existing hospital graduate medical education programs for children.

Independent children's hospitals have an indispensable role in the children's health workforce, training 40 percent of all pediatric residents and 43 percent of pediatric specialty fellows, and providing pediatric training for many other residents. Nowhere is this more evident than Children's Specialized Hospital in Mountainside, New Jersey, in the district I have the honor of serving. Under the strong leadership of my friend, Amy Mansue, the staff does an excellent job training and caring for children and making sure that highly qualified, effective medical personnel exist.

I thank Health Subcommittee Chairman Pitts for his tremendous work in this effort, as well as Ranking Member Pallone. And I thank them for working in a bipartisan capacity to bring this legislation to the floor. I am honored to serve on Chairman Pitts' subcommittee, and I am pleased that the full Energy and Commerce Committee has agreed with what we have tried to accomplish in the subcommittee.

I urge all of my colleagues here in the House of Representatives to support H.R. 1852. It is essential that this program be reauthorized.

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