Senate Leads Bipartisan Budget Push to Help Save the Lives of Premature BabiesDonor Breast Milk Bill Blocked In Closed-Door Budget Talks
A low-cost proposal to expand the use of breast milk to save premature babies’ lives and avoid lifelong disabilities has been dropped from closed-door budget negotiations, two senior legislators said Monday. Senate Health Committee Kemp Hannon (R-Garden City) and Assembly Health Committee Chairman Richard Gottfried (D-Manhattan) made a last-ditch case for the bill in the final week of negotiations over the $162 billion state budget. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo vetoed the bill a year ago after it was overwhelmingly passed by the Senate and Assembly. The governor argued the measure should be part of the state budget talks because it involves a cost.