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S. 3689: Crisis Counseling Act


The text of the bill below is as of Feb 17, 2022 (Introduced).


II

117th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 3689

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

February 17, 2022

(for himself, Ms. Stabenow, and Mr. Padilla) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

A BILL

To ensure that, after the declaration of a major disaster, States, local governments, and Indian tribal governments affected by the major disaster receive immediate approval for services and assistance under section 416 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Crisis Counseling Act.

2.

Crisis counseling assistance and training

Section 416 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5183) is amended—

(1)

by striking The President is authorized and inserting the following:

(a)

In general

The President is authorized

; and

(2)

by adding at the end the following:

(b)

Immediate assistance required

(1)

In general

A State or local agency, or an Indian tribal government, that is affected by a major disaster may submit to the President a request for the financial assistance described in subsection (a).

(2)

Immediate approval

Immediately upon receipt of a request for financial assistance under paragraph (1), the President shall—

(A)

approve the request; and

(B)

grant the financial assistance.

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