"The funding for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (C.D.C.) for its lead poisoning and prevention programs (combined with asthma control in the “Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program) was cut from $29 million to $2 million for the 2013 fiscal year. What that means, says Rebecca Morley, executive director of the National Center for Healthy Housing, is that “the programs that states run to prevent lead poisoning and to respond to children with elevated blood levels will be eliminated.”----
KJ Dell'Antonia, New York Times "Motherlode" blog
Please see the New York Times "Motherlode" article here (sorry if you have to cut and paste):
and sign the petition that was linked as a reader comment.
edited to add: This story has only received 8 reader comments on the NYTimes site (versus, for example, 48 comments on a piece about teenagers' Facebook habits). I find this disturbing and hope the Mothering readership can do better