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H.R. 6048 (115th): COUNT Victims Act

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When a hurricane hits, who should determine the official death count: the government or independent researchers? And how much after the hurricane hits should deaths still be counted towards the death count?


After the category 5 Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in September 2017, the death count was originally listed as 64.

Yet a George Washington University study from September 2018, from researchers at the school’s Milken Institute School of Public Health, estimated the actual death count as 2,975. The significantly higher number was determined in part by including deaths determined to be indirectly caused by the hurricane but occurring up to five months later.

The Puerto Rican government requested the study and officially accepted its revised death count, but the federal government has not.

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Nydia Velázquez

Sponsor. Representative for New York's 7th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jun 7, 2018
Length: 3 pages
Jun 7, 2018
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on June 7, 2018, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.



Jun 7, 2018

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H.R. 6048 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 6048. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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