Senate passes premature birth bill

Posted on August 3, 2006

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., today touted the passage of a bill he authored that aims to stall the nation’s rising rate of premature births. The Prematurity Research Expansion and Education for Mothers who deliver Infants Early, or PREEMIE Act, passed without objection in the Senate. It would establish research and education programs for premature births at a cost of $91 million over five years. “This bill will help mothers, babies and families in Tennessee and across the country,” Sen. Alexander said. The bill has not passed the House, and Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., said it could be difficult to get full funding for the measure in its first year