US HB6398 | 2019-2020 | 116th Congress

Status

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 59-0)
Status: Introduced on March 26 2020 - 25% progression
Action: 2020-03-27 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management.
Pending: House Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Introduced) [PDF]

Summary

Frontline Health Care Workers Assistance Act This bill directs certain actions to procure equipment necessary to prevent, identify, and mitigate cases of COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019). The National Response Coordination Center of the Federal Emergency Management Agency must, within seven days, submit a report to Congress and the President that (1) assesses the need for equipment, including personal protective equipment and ventilators, across the United States; and (2) identifies the industry sectors and manufacturers capable of fulfilling purchase orders for such equipment, as well as government-owned and privately owned stockpiles of such equipment that could be refurbished. Within 24 hours, the President must issue a purchase order with the highest priority rating under the Defense Priorities and Allocations System (DPAS) for a specified number of N-95 respirators and face masks. (DPAS is used to prioritize national defense-related contracts, subcontracts, and purchase orders.) Within seven days of receiving the center's report, the President must also issue priority purchase orders for the equipment identified in the report under authorities provided by the Defense Production Act of 1950. (That act confers upon the President a broad set of authorities to influence domestic industry in order to provide essential materials and goods for the national defense.) The bill waives certain requirements under the act related to congressional notification and authorization and makes specified funds available for these efforts.

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Title

Frontline Health Care Workers Assistance Act

Sponsors

Rep. Jason Crow [D-CO]Rep. Katie Porter [D-CA]Rep. Sean Maloney [D-NY]Rep. Ayanna Pressley [D-MA]
Rep. Nanette Barragan [D-CA]Rep. Grace Napolitano [D-CA]Rep. John Larson [D-CT]Rep. Elizabeth Fletcher [D-TX]
Rep. Thomas Suozzi [D-NY]Rep. Joseph Neguse [D-CO]Rep. Lois Frankel [D-FL]Rep. James McGovern [D-MA]
Rep. Ro Khanna [D-CA]Rep. Joaquin Castro [D-TX]Rep. Brendan Boyle [D-PA]Rep. Jamie Raskin [D-MD]
Rep. Harley Rouda [D-CA]Rep. TJ Cox [D-CA]Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard [D-CA]Rep. Mark Pocan [D-WI]
Rep. Jerrold Nadler [D-NY]Rep. Jahana Hayes [D-CT]Rep. Ann Kuster [D-NH]Rep. Tom Malinowski [D-NJ]
Rep. Derek Kilmer [D-WA]Rep. Ed Perlmutter [D-CO]Rep. Seth Moulton [D-MA]Rep. Nydia Velazquez [D-NY]
Rep. Jimmy Panetta [D-CA]Rep. Gwen Moore [D-WI]Rep. Terri Sewell [D-AL]Rep. Jesus Garcia [D-IL]
Rep. Adriano Espaillat [D-NY]Rep. Darren Soto [D-FL]Rep. Stephen Lynch [D-MA]Rep. Debra Haaland [D-NM]
Rep. Anthony Brown [D-MD]Rep. Steve Cohen [D-TN]Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ]Rep. Peter DeFazio [D-OR]
Rep. Ilhan Omar [D-MN]Rep. Juan Vargas [D-CA]Rep. Frederica Wilson [D-FL]Rep. Bobby Rush [D-IL]
Rep. Cindy Axne [D-IA]Rep. David Trone [D-MD]Rep. Val Demings [D-FL]Rep. Chellie Pingree [D-ME]
Rep. Filemon Vela [D-TX]Rep. Madeleine Dean [D-PA]Rep. Theodore Deutch [D-FL]Rep. Joyce Beatty [D-OH]
Rep. Christopher Pappas [D-NH]Rep. Jerry McNerney [D-CA]Rep. Conor Lamb [D-PA]Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon [D-PA]
Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee [D-TX]Rep. Andre Carson [D-IN]Rep. Bennie Thompson [D-MS]

History

DateChamberAction
2020-03-27HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management.
2020-03-26HouseReferred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
2020-03-26HouseReferred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
2020-03-26HouseIntroduced in House

Same As/Similar To

SB3570 (Related) 2020-03-23 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

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