About the bill
Currently only victims of “major disasters” are covered, but not “emergency declarations.”
The Crisis Counseling Program is available to address the mental health needs of people for up to nine months after they experience a natural disaster. The program is funded by grants from FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) and run by states, territories, and tribes. The program is activated in areas after a presidential major disaster declaration.
There are two main types of disaster declarations: “major disasters” and “emergency declarations.” The president determines both, with the former generally reserved for events with greater monetary damage and longer-duration effects, such as Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The latter is usually more limited in scope and duration and cannot exceed $5 million in federal assistance, such as the Boston …
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Representative for Massachusetts's 7th congressional district. Democrat.
Last Updated: Sep 28, 2022
Length: 4 pages
117th Congress (2021–2023)
This bill was introduced on April 28, 2022, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.
Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).
15 Cosponsors (9 Republicans, 6 Democrats)
What legislators are saying
Oct 22, 2021
Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.
Apr 28, 2022
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Sep 23, 2022
Updated bill text was published as of Preprint (Suspension).
Sep 28, 2022
Reported by House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
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H.R. 5703 (117th) was a bill in the United States Congress.
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This bill was introduced in the 117th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2021 to Jan 3, 2023. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.
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