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U.S. House passes resolution congratulating ADA on its sesquicentennial

Washington—The U.S. Congress passed House Resolution 204 congratulating the American Dental Association for its 150 years of service May 13 during the Washington Leadership Conference.

Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), one of two dentists currently serving in Congress, sponsored the resolution. The House of Representatives passed it unanimously.

Speaking on the House floor May 12, Rep. Simpson commended the Association as a leader advocating for improved health care access for underprivileged Americans, its activity in cutting-edge dental research and the ADA Give Kids A Smile program.

"Even today, as Congress wrestles with the issue of health care reform, the ADA is continually reminding us that oral health is an integral part of overall health," Rep. Simpson said.

"The ADA's health care reform principles focus on three things: prevention and wellness; fixing Medicaid; and improving the public oral health infrastructure.

On behalf of the 157,000 members of the ADA, its officers and its staff, ADA President John S. Findley made an official statement thanking Rep. Simpson and the entire House of Representatives.

"It is truly moving to receive such recognition," Dr. Findley said. "Though always vigilant on behalf of its members, the ADA nonetheless devotes considerable time and resources advocating for public health measures like community water fluoridation and initiatives to improve access to oral health care services for all Americans."

In H. Res. 204, the House of Representatives:

  1. congratulates the American Dental Association for its 150th anniversary;
  2. commends the American Dental Association's work to improve the public's oral health as well as access to oral health care for all Americans, especially low-income children;
  3. recognizes the tens of thousands of dentists who volunteer their time and resources to provide charitable and uncompensated oral health care to millions of Americans; and
  4. commends the American Dental Association's efforts to keep American dentistry the best in the world.