Fire Fighter Cancer Registry Act Advances in the House
Posted On: Jul 12, 2017
Taking another step closer to becoming law, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health unanimously approved H.R. 931, the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act of 2017. The bill, introduced by Representatives Chris Collins (R-NY) and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), directs the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to establish the first national cancer registry specifically for fire fighters.
The registry will collect detailed data about fire fighters with cancer on a national scale, providing scientists with the specialized information they need for research activities. Such research will help strengthen our understanding of the link between fire fighting and cancer and could potentially lead to better prevention and safety protocols.
Speaking on the bill at the mark up session, Representative Collins explained, “This is an important piece of legislation that truly can save lives. This database will assist the CDC with research, and the more information they have, the better when it comes to developing new protocols and safeguards for these brave men and women.”
Following the mark up Representative Pascrell added, “Given the strong showing of bipartisan support for this legislation, I am pleased to see it pass the House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously. The brave men and women who stare down danger, entering smoked filled rooms and hazardous environments every day in service to their communities deserve our support.”
General President Harold Schaitberger says, "Again, I offer a thank you to Subcommittee Chair Michael Burgess (R-TX) and Ranking Member Gene Green (D-TX) for holding this markuphearing on the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act. Today’s unanimous vote to move this legislation forward is a testament to the need for a greater understanding of cancer within the fire service and our ability to work in a bipartisan manner on Capitol Hill as we further the interests of fire fighters.”
He adds, “Collins and Pascrell are commended for their continuous hard work on this important piece of legislation, and I look forward to witnessing its final passage in the 115th Congress.”
The IAFF anticipates a vote on the bill before the full Energy and Commerce Committee shortly after the July 4 recess.