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Cosponsors of Federal Death Benefit Nonprofit EMS Bills

Nov 23, 2011

Here is a list, current as of today, of members of Congress who have officially been added as cosponsors to the Dale Long Act (S. 385) or the Danny McIntosh Act (H.R. 1668.


One of NAEMT's legislative priorities is to ensure that paramedics and EMTs who are employed by nongovernmental EMS agencies are covered by the Public Safety Officer Benefit (PSOB) program.  The PSOB program provides death benefits to the family members of public safety officers who die in the line of duty.

 

To extend coverage to paramedics and EMTs employed by private non-profit EMS agencies, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced the Dale Long Emergency Medical Service Providers Protection Act (S. 385) and Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA) introduced the Danny McIntosh Emergency Medical Service Providers Protection Act (H.R. 1668).  H.R. 1668 has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee and S. 385 was included in the Senate version of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Authorization Bill.  The House also passed a version of the FAA bill which did not include the Dale Long Act language so House and Senate conferees are currently negotiating to merge the two bills.

 

Senator Leahy has also introduced the Public Safety Officers' Benefits Improvements Act of 2011 (S. 1696) which would improve the PSOB program.  Included as part of S. 1696 is the language of the Dale Long Act (S. 385) which provides yet another legislative vehicle for expending federal death benefit coverage to paramedics and EMTs employed by private non-profit EMS agencies and who die in the line of duty. NAEMT strongly supports expanding the program to those paramedics and EMTs employed by all nongovernmental EMS agencies.

 

Below is a list, current as of today, of members of Congress who have officially been added as cosponsors to the Dale Long Act (S. 385) or the Danny McIntosh Act (H.R. 1668.  The names of sponsors and champions of the bills are underlined.

 

Dale Long Act (S. 1353) Cosponsors

 

ID: Sen. Mike Crapo

MA: Sen. John Kerry

MN: Sen. Al Franken

NY: Sen. Chuck Schumer

ND: Sen. Kent Conrad

VT: Sen. Patrick Leahy, Sen. Bernie Sanders

 

Danny McIntosh Act (H.R. 1668) Cosponsors

 

CT: Rep. Joe Courtney

PA: Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick