From: Amy Stewart/CNN
Subject: Clinton Orders Safeguards For Children's Health
President Bill Clinton has signed an executive order requiring that all federal departments and agencies work together to strengthen policies protecting children and children's health.
Vice President Al Gore announced the order Monday at Children's National Medical Center in Washington.
The order is aimed at reducing environmental health and safety risks to children. It requires agencies to improve research into children's health issues and insure that all new rules, safeguards and policy decisions concerning children use the latest scientific research.
Gore, along with Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Carol Browner, spoke of the need for the order, which requires that all federal agencies work together and make environmental health and safety concerns for children a priority.
Shalala called the order "a step forward in the battle for our children's health and our nation's future."
In his speech, Gore highlighted the importance of research and policymaking focused on children's health. "We have to recognize the special vulnerabilities of children," Gore said, and explained that while many environmental health and safety risks have little impact on the safety of adults, the same risks can have an enormous and often devastating impact on children's health and well-being.
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