H.R. 235: Veteran Emergency Medical Technician Support Act of 2013

H.R. 235

Veteran Emergency Medical Technician Support Act of 2013

Date
February 12, 2013 (113th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Tuesday, February 12th, the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 235, the Veteran Emergency Medical Technician Support Act of 2013, under a suspension of the rules. The bill was introduced on January 14, 2013 by Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and referred to the Committee on Energy & Commerce, which reported the bill by unanimous consent.

Bill Summary

H.R. 235 amends the Public Health Service Act to provide demonstration grants to states with EMT shortages. H.R. 235 streamlines state certification requirements to support returning veterans who have already completed military EMT training enter the workforce without unnecessary duplication of their training.  The bill also requires an annual report to Congress.

Background

On September 19, 2012, the House passed H.R. 4124 by voice vote.  H.R. 4124 is nearly identical to H.R. 235, with changes limited to minor technical corrections and updates. For more information, see H.R. 4124 here.

Cost

According to CBO, The bill would authorize the appropriation of $1 million and CBO estimates that implementing the bill woul dcost $1 million over the 2014-2018 period, assuming the appropriation of the authorized amount.  Pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply to this legislation because it would not affect direct spending or revenues.