The AHA and three other organizations today urged Senate leaders to pass legislation that would reauthorize the Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education program, which provides funding to help freestanding children's hospitals train pediatric residents. "The CHGME program is an investment in the health care of every child in this country, and an investment in the future of the nation," the groups wrote to senate leaders. "In these challenging times, passage of CHGME reauthorization legislation before the end of the year will signal Congress's continued bipartisan, bicameral support of this critically important program." The American Academy of Pediatrics, Association of American Medical Colleges and Children's Hospital Association also signed the letter. The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday approved by voice vote S. 1440, which reauthorizes both the CHGME program and the Prematurity Research Expansion and Education for Mothers who deliver Infants Early Reauthorization Act. The PREEMIE Act reauthorizes funding for the prevention of preterm births.