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Collins’ Federal Firefighters Fairness Act headed to full Senate for action

The U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on May 25 advanced a bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) that would provide federal workers’ compensation to firefighters who contract certain illnesses as a result of their service.

The full chamber will now consider the Federal Firefighters Fairness Act, S. 1116, which Sen. Collins introduced in April 2021 with bill sponsor U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE). The senators are co-chairs of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus.


The U.S. House of Representatives on May 11 voted 288-131 to approve and advance the companion bill, the same-named H.R. 2499, which was also introduced in April 2021 by U.S. Reps. Salud Carbajal (D-CA) and Don Bacon (R-NE). 

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