The Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee today approved by voice vote the Protecting Our Infants Act (S.799/H.R.1462). The AHA-supported legislation would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop a strategy and recommendations to decrease the number of infants with opioid dependency, and encourages HHS to work with states to improve the public health response to this epidemic. The legislation is sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Robert Casey (D-PA) in the Senate and by Reps. Katherine Clark (D-MA) and Steve Stivers (R-OH) in the House, which approved the measure earlier this month. The full Senate is expected to consider the bill soon.