3:40 PM EDT
Lois Capps, D-CA 23rd

Mrs. CAPPS. Madam Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

I rise in strong support of H.R. 2063, the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Management Act of 2008.

This legislation would provide schools with uniform guidance on how to create appropriate management and emergency plans for children with food allergies.

I was a school nurse, again, for 20 years, and I know so well the challenges confronting educators when working to ensure that their students are adequately cared for. And with the current shortage of school nurses, it is more important than ever that we assist local educational agencies in being prepared to manage the risk of food allergy and anaphylaxis in school.

The risk of accidental exposure to foods can be reduced in the school setting if schools will work with students, parents, nurses, and physicians to minimize risks and provide a safe educational environment for food-allergic students.

I want to commend my good friend from New York Nita Lowey for her tireless work on this important bill. I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to join me in supporting H.R. 2063.

Madam Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time.