Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2004: Hearings before a Subcommittee of the Committee on Appropriations, United States Senate One Hundred Eighth Congress, First Session on H.R. 2660/S. 1356, March 19, 27, April 8, and 9, 2003   [open pdf - 2MB]

This hearing discusses key issues in the President's budget. The budget proposed by the President for HHS will enable the Department to continue its important work with partners at the State and local levels and the newly created Department of Homeland Security. Working together will hold fast to the commitment to protecting our Nation and ensuring the health and wellbeing of all Americans. Many programs at HHS provide necessary services that contribute to fighting the war on terrorism to provide a more secure future. This hearing examines the focus on preparedness at the State and local level, HHS's ability to respond rapidly to a bioterrorist attack, research on and development of vaccines and other therapies to counter potential bioterrorist attacks, and ensuring the safety of our food supply. The President's fiscal year 2004 budget request continues to support the needs of the American people by strengthening and improving Medicare and Medicaid; enhancing Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Foster Care; strengthening the Child Support Enforcement Program; and furthering the reach of the President's New Freedom Initiative. The support of the committee is vital to achieving many of the Administration's most important priorities. Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Duane Alexander, James F. Battey, William R. Beldon, Robert C. Byrd, Elaine L. Chao, Francis S. Collins, Claude Lenfant, Donald Lindberg, Patty Murray, Kenneth Olden, Roderick Paige, Audrey S. Penn, Roderic I. Pettigrew, John Ruffin, and Paul A. Sieving.

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