Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

The Serrano Report - Volume XVI, Issue #8

Mar 23, 2017
The Serrano Report

In Washington, DC

Congressman Serrano On President Trump’s Budget Blueprint

Yesterday, Congressman Serrano, senior member of the House Appropriations Committee and Ranking Member of the Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) Subcommittee, released the following statement in response to President Trump’s budget blueprint:

“President Trump’s budget blueprint is an insult to working families and a blow to the future of America. Trump claims he is “draining the swamp” of special interests and cutting wasteful government spending; what he is really doing is disinvesting in the most important programs for our economic competitiveness, the well-being of all Americans, and continued global leadership.  He claims increases are needed for defense spending and a needless and expensive border wall – neither of which have any substantive justification.

“I am particularly concerned that this budget proposal guts a number of areas that have I fought for and that have been important for me as a member of Congress for decades.  It harms the environment by gutting funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by $2.5 billion or 31%.  It weakens workforce protections by cutting funding for the Department of Labor by $2.5 billion or 21%, and hurts underserved communities by reducing access to affordable housing and eliminating funding for community programs at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), a cut of $6.2 billion, or 13%.  The Trump budget cuts these and other programs that are crucial for areas like the Bronx.   

“To claim that you will “Make America Great Again” while ransacking the programs that invest in America’s competitiveness and leadership, spur scientific innovation, create jobs, protect our environment, and make quality education accessible for our future generations is an oxymoron. Trump’s proposal is dangerous in the short and long term, which is why I will do everything I can to prevent such extreme cuts from taking place.  We need to maintain healthy levels of funding to guarantee our government is able to continue America’s global leadership.”


Congressman Serrano Introduces Bill to Require that Over-the-Counter Medicines are Packaged with Dosage Devices

Also yesterday, Congressman Serrano introduced the Protecting Our Kids Act of 2017, which would direct the Food and Drug Administration to require pharmaceutical companies to include dosage delivery devices, commonly known as flow restrictors, when selling over-the-counter medicines.

“More than 70,000 children end up in the emergency room (ER) every year as a result of an unintentional medication overdose. These accidents are easily avoidable. By simply requiring pharmaceutical companies to include flow restrictors with over-the-counter medicines, the Protecting Our Kids Act of 2017 will help prevent tens of thousands of accidents every year. It will also make the lives of children and parents easier when taking or dispensing medicine to treat an illness or condition.  This legislation will help keep our children safe by ensuring they receive the appropriate dose of medicine while at the same time reducing our healthcare costs,” said Congressman Serrano.

Flow restrictors are used voluntarily in the drug industry in infants’ and children’s acetaminophen products.  A syringe is inserted into a small opening (a self-sealing cap) and the exact amount of medicine required is withdrawn, rather than relying on a cup or spoon that could lead to error.  The device also slows the flow of medicine, making it more difficult for a child to ingest a dangerous amount.  The FDA has indicated its support of flow restrictors, but they have not been required by law.



SAVE THE DATE: Serrano Immigration Info Session

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Bronx Museum of the Arts
1040 Grand Concourse Avenue
2nd Floor 10456