Sending Office: Honorable Salud O. Carbajal
Sent By:
Johanna.Montiel@mail.house.gov

Cosponsor H.R. 1174 – Federal Firefighters Fairness Act

Supported by: International Association of Federal Firefighters (IAFF), American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)

Cosponsors (38): Reps. Stefanik*, Takano*,
Bacon*, Brindisi, Fitzpatrick, Haaland, Kilmer, Luria, Sean Patrick Maloney,
Mitchell, Norton, Pappas, Swalwell, Trahan, Turner, Kim, Peters, Harder, Jayapal, Lujan,
Cole, Schrier, Johnson(OH), Torres-Small, Wexton, Raskin, Jackson-Lee, Brown, Brownley, Spanberger, Dean, Wild, Rouda,
Mckinley, King, Sires, Pocan, Slotkin

Dear Colleague:

Please join us as a cosponsor of H.R. 1174, the Federal Firefighters Fairness Act of 2019. This bill would create the presumption that federal firefighters who become disabled by serious diseases, such as heart disease, lung disease, certain cancers,
and other infectious diseases, contracted the illness on the job. 

Federal firefighters are currently denied this right that a large majority of municipal firefighters already enjoy. To qualify for disability retirement, federal firefighters who suffer from an occupational illness must specify the precise exposure that
caused their illness. This burden of proof is extraordinarily difficult for firefighters to meet given the wide variety of conditions and environments in which they work.

Forty states already recognize the link between certain serious diseases and the occupational hazards of firefighting and have enacted presumptive disability laws, including: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii,
Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South
Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

These laws presume that heart disease, lung disease, certain cancers, and other infectious diseases are job-related for purposes of worker’s compensation and disability retirement unless proven otherwise.

The Federal Firefighter Fairness Act of 2019 would help provide our nation’s federal firefighters the fair and equitable compensation and retirement benefits they earned. Congress has provided presumptive disability benefits to other groups of individuals,
such as military veterans, World Trade Center responders and public safety officers who die in the line of duty.

To sign on as a cosponsor please contact Johanna Montiel at
Johanna.Montiel@mail.house.gov
in my office.

Sincerely,

 

SALUD CARBAJAL                                                    ELISE STEFANIK

Member of Congress                                                  Member of Congress

 

MARK TAKANO                                                          DON BACON

Member of Congress                                                  Member of Congress

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