According to the CDC, one in five babies is born with cytomegalovirus, or CMV, a virus that can cause deafness, seizures and developmental delays.
Blumenthal introduced a bill that would offer screenings for newborns at hospitals and by health care providers.
He said early screening is key.
"Screening is the means to intervention and treatment. Screening is a way for parents to understand what the causes may be of a birth defect or a developmental disability," said Blumenthal.
The proposal also includes $10 million for education and research.
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