Introduced in House Passed House Introduced in Senate Passed Senate To President Became Law
01/16/2020          

Michael Lecik Military Firefighters Protection Act

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01/19/2020 Introduced in House Open
01/16/2020 Introduced in House Open

            


116th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 5637


To amend title 38, United States Code, to establish presumptions of service connection for diseases associated with firefighting.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 16, 2020

Ms. Spanberger (for herself, Mr. Bacon, Ms. Slotkin, Ms. Stefanik, Mr. Cole, Mr. Mitchell, Ms. Houlahan, Mr. Fitzpatrick, and Mr. Gottheimer) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs


A BILL

To amend title 38, United States Code, to establish presumptions of service connection for diseases associated with firefighting.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Michael Lecik Military Firefighters Protection Act”.

SEC. 2. Presumptions of service connection for diseases associated with firefighting.

(a) Establishment.—Subchapter II of chapter 11 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

§ 1119. Presumptions of service connection for diseases associated with firefighting

“(a) Service connection.—For the purposes of section 1110 of this title, and subject to section 1113 of this title, a disease specified in subsection (b) becoming manifest in a veteran described in subsection (c) to a degree of disability specified in subsection (d) and within the period specified in subsection (e) shall be considered to have been incurred in or aggravated during active military, naval, or air service, notwithstanding that there is no record of evidence of such disease during a period of such service.

“(b) Specified diseases.—The diseases specified in this subsection are the following:

“(1) Heart disease.

“(2) Lung disease.

“(3) Brain cancer.

“(4) Cancer of the blood or lymphatic systems.

“(5) Leukemia.

“(6) Lymphoma (except Hodgkin’s disease).

“(7) Multiple myeloma.

“(8) Bladder cancer.

“(9) Kidney cancer.

“(10) Cancer of the reproductive system (including testicular cancer).

“(11) Cancer of the digestive system.

“(12) Colon cancer.

“(13) Liver cancer.

“(14) Skin cancer.

“(15) Lung cancer.

“(16) Breast cancer.

“(17) Each additional disease (if any) that the Secretary determines in regulations prescribed under this section—

“(A) warrants a presumption of service connection by reason of having positive association with firefighting; and

“(B) becomes manifest within the period (if any) prescribed in such regulations in a veteran described in subsection (c), not­with­stand­ing subsection (e).

“(c) Covered veterans.—A veteran described in this subsection is a veteran who—

“(1) is trained in fire suppression; and

“(2) served on active duty in a military occupational specialty or career field with a primary responsibility for firefighting or damage control for at least five years in the aggregate.

“(d) Degree of disability.—The degree of disability specified in this subsection is 10 percent or more.

“(e) Period.—The period specified in this subsection is within 15 years of the date on which the veteran separated from active military, naval, or air service.

“(f) Effective date of award.—The effective date of an award under this section shall be determined in accordance with section 5110 of this title.”.

(b) Clerical amendment.—The table of sections at the beginning of such chapter is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 1118 the following new item:


“1119. Presumptions of service connection for diseases associated with firefighting.”.


Picture Name From Date Type
Abigail Spanberger D-VA 01/16/2020 Sponsor
Haley Stevens D-MI 02/05/2020 Cosponsor
Elise Stefanik R-NY 01/16/2020 Cosponsor
Elissa Slotkin D-MI 01/16/2020 Cosponsor
Max Rose D-NY 02/05/2020 Cosponsor
Paul Mitchell R-MI 01/16/2020 Cosponsor
Chrissy Houlahan D-PA 01/16/2020 Cosponsor
Josh Gottheimer D-NJ 01/16/2020 Cosponsor
Brian Fitzpatrick R-PA 01/16/2020 Cosponsor
Tom Cole R-OK 01/16/2020 Cosponsor
Don Bacon R-NE 01/16/2020 Cosponsor
Pete Aguilar D-CA 02/05/2020 Cosponsor
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Date Branch Action
01/30/2020 President Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR H740)Action By: House of Representatives
01/16/2020 President Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.Action By: House of Representatives
01/16/2020 President Introduced in HouseAction By: House of Representatives
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