Community health centers bill a step closer to White House
July 22, 2008
Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Senate stamped its approval on U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy’s bipartisan bill Health Care Safety Net Act of 2007 (S. 901) without opposition Monday. The Health Care Safety Net Act is the companion version of Rep. Gene Green’s (D-Houston) Health Centers Renewal Act of 2007 (H.R. 1343).
“I’d like to thank Senator Reid and Senator Kennedy for moving quickly on this bill,” Green said. “By establishing more and better health centers in underserved areas we will be helping the most vulnerable families stay healthy. The sooner this bill becomes law, the higher America’s quality of life will be.”
The legislation will authorize more funding for community health centers around the country, including three in Green’s congressional district: the Pasadena Health Center, El Centro de Corazon's Eastwood Clinic, and the Denver Harbor Clinic.
The next step for this landmark piece of legislation will be for both the House and Senate to appoint a conference committee to work through differences in the two bills. Once the conference committee has completed work on the bill it will be passed again by both chambers and sent to the President for final approval.