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Congressman Darren Soto

Representing the 9th District of Florida

Soto Secures $5 Million in Health-Related Funding in House Spending Bill

October 2, 2018
Press Release
Provisions include funding for National Early Child Care Collaboratives program, Gulf War illness research

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019, which includes provisions introduced by Congressman Darren Soto to continue funding the National Early Child Care Collaboratives (NECCC) Program at $4 million and increases funding for Gulf War illness research under the Defense Health Program by $1 million.

Children’s health: NECCC is administered by Nemours Children’s Health System, located in Central Florida. Rep. Soto led a multimember letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of Appropriations Subcommittee urging for the funds be included in the FY2019 appropriations bill.  

“I am proud to have led the efforts to secure funds for NECCC, and I will continue supporting this program’s vital work improving children’s health. I wholeheartedly support Nemours’ mission to help children grow healthy by focusing on early preventive initiatives and investing in research programs,” said Rep. Soto.

“We thank House and Senate appropriators and our bipartisan delegation members, including Congressman Soto, for inclusion of funding and language to support child health priorities in the FY 2019 appropriations package. We are very appreciative of this leadership,” said Robert Bridges, Chief Executive of Florida Operations from  Nemours Children’s Health System.

Gulf War Illness Research: In June 2018, the House passed Rep. Soto’s amendment that increased funding for Gulf War illness research under the Defense Health Program by $1 million, bringing the total funding for the program to $22 million in the final Minibus package.

We’re also pleased to secure funding for the Defense Health Program’s Gulf War Illness Research Program. These increased funds will allow  for further innovative, competitively peer-reviewed research to provide a better understanding of Gulf War illness and develop treatment for the symptoms and underlying causes,” said Rep. Soto

The bipartisan Conference Report to accompany H.R. 6157 was passed last week by a vote of 361 to 61. Click here for Rep. Soto’s Gulf War amendment to the Department of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations FY19, click here for the letter he led to fully fund the NECCC, and click here for the full report language introduced by Rep. Soto  (Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome page 61 and Pediatric Precision Medicine page 74).

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