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H.R. 2499: Federal Firefighters Fairness Act of 2022

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To amend chapter 81 of title 5, United States Code, to create a presumption that a disability or death of a Federal employee in fire protection activities caused by any of certain diseases is the result of the performance of such employees duty, and for other purposes.

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Sponsor and status

Salud Carbajal

Sponsor. Representative for California's 24th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: May 12, 2022
Length: 12 pages
Apr 14, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Passed House (Senate next) on May 11, 2022

This bill passed in the House on May 11, 2022 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.

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203 Cosponsors (176 Democrats, 27 Republicans)

39% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

Position statements

Statement of Administration Policy

President Joseph Biden [D]: H.R. 2499 – Federal Firefighters Fairness Act of 2022 (May 5, 2022)

What legislators are saying

Carbajal Testifies on Health Benefit Disparity for Federal Firefighters in Committee Hearing
    — Rep. Salud Carbajal [D-CA24] (Sponsor) on Dec 2, 2021

Rep. Courtney Votes to Support Federal Firefighters at SUBASE New London and Around the Country
    — Rep. Joe Courtney [D-CT2] (Co-sponsor) on May 11, 2022

Rep. Payne, Jr. Votes to Provide Expanded Health Benefits for Federal Firefighters
    — Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10] on May 11, 2022

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Apr 14, 2021

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Dec 2, 2021
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Mar 16, 2022
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May 3, 2022
Text Published

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May 6, 2022
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May 11, 2022
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