Illinois’ two U.S. senators are congratulating themselves for passing a measure that encourages schools to supply the antidote for food allergies. The School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act gives money to states that require schools to maintain a supply of epinephrine injectors, in case students experience an anaphylactic reaction.
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“Congress finally got something right, and did something that literally will help families all across America,” U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said at a news conference Sunday with advocates of the measure at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago.
Durbin and U.S. Sen. Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill.) pushed the bill through Congress. It awaits action by the president.