[House Report 116-488]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office]


116th Congress    }                                     {       Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 2d Session       }                                     {      116-488

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  EXPRESSING SUPPORT FOR DESIGNATION OF OCTOBER 28 AS ``HONORING THE 
                     NATION'S FIRST RESPONDER DAY''

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 September 4, 2020.--Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be 
                                printed

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 Mr. DeFazio, from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, 
                        submitted the following

                              R E P O R T

                     [To accompany H. Con. Res. 37]

    The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, to whom 
was referred the concurrent resolution (H. Con. Res. 37) 
expressing support for designation of October 28 as ``Honoring 
the Nation's First Responder Day'', having considered the same, 
reports favorably thereon without amendment and recommends that 
the concurrent resolution be agreed to.

                                CONTENTS

Purpose of Legislation...........................................     1
Background and Need for Legislation..............................     2
Hearings.........................................................     2
Legislative History and Consideration............................     2
Committee Votes..................................................     2
Committee Oversight Findings.....................................     2
New Budget Authority and Tax Expenditures........................     3
Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate........................     3
Performance Goals and Objectives.................................     3
Duplication of Federal Programs..................................     3
Congressional Earmarks, Limited Tax Benefits, and Limited Tariff 
  Benefits.......................................................     3
Federal Mandates Statement.......................................     3
Preemption Clarification.........................................     4
Advisory Committee Statement.....................................     4
Applicability to Legislative Branch..............................     4
Section-by-Section Analysis of the Legislation...................     4
Changes in Existing Law Made by the Bill, as Reported............     4

                         PURPOSE OF LEGISLATION

    The purpose of H. Con. Res. 37 is to express support to 
designate October 28th as ``Honoring the Nation's First 
Responders Day''.

                  BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR LEGISLATION

    Dedicated first responders across our Nation put the safety 
and well-being of their communities above their own. First 
responders have a life expectancy 20 years less than the 
average American, between 20 and 25 percent of first responders 
experience post-traumatic stress, and first responders suffer 
death by suicide at a higher rate than death in the line of 
duty.\1\ According to the Department of Homeland Security, 
there are an estimated 4.6 million career and volunteer 
professionals composing the first responder community.\2\ These 
professionals fall within five primary disciplines, including 
Law Enforcement, Fire and Rescue Services, Emergency Medical 
Services, Emergency Management, and Public Works.\3\
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    \1\IACP (International Association of Chiefs of Police). 2014.IACP 
National Symposium on Law Enforcement Officer Suicide and Mental 
Health: Breaking the Silence on Law Enforcement Suicides. Washington, 
DC: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Accessible at 
https://www.theiacp.org/sites/default/files/Officer_Suicide_Report.pdf.
    \2\Emergency Services Sector Profile, Department of Homeland 
Security, November 2017.
    \3\Id.
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    These men and women train, plan, and respond each day, 
often risking their lives, to save others. When major disaster 
strikes, such as the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, 
they rush into danger to respond. Recognizing the sacrifice 
these professionals make is important to the Nation.

                                HEARINGS

    No hearings were held on H. Con. Res. 37 in the 116th 
Congress.

                 LEGISLATIVE HISTORY AND CONSIDERATION

    H. Con. Res. 37 was introduced in the House on May 1, 2019, 
by Mr. Meadows and referred to the Committee on Transportation 
and Infrastructure. Within the Committee, H. Con. Res. 37 was 
referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public 
Buildings, and Emergency Management.
    The Chair discharged the Subcommittee on Economic 
Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management from 
further consideration of H. Con. Res. 37 on October 29, 2019.
    The Committee met in open session to consider H. Con. Res. 
37 on October 29, 2019, and ordered the measure to be reported 
to the House with a favorable recommendation, without 
amendment, by voice vote, a quorum being present.

                            COMMITTEE VOTES

    Clause 3(b) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives requires each committee report to include the 
total number of votes cast for and against on each record vote 
on a motion to report and on any amendment offered to the 
measure or matter, and the names of those members voting for 
and against.
    There were no recorded votes taken in connection with 
consideration of H. Con. Res. 37.

                      COMMITTEE OVERSIGHT FINDINGS

    With respect to the requirements of clause 3(c)(1) of rule 
XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the 
Committee's oversight findings and recommendations are 
reflected in this report.

               NEW BUDGET AUTHORITY AND TAX EXPENDITURES

    With respect to the requirements of clause 3(c)(2) of rule 
XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives and section 
308(a) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 and with respect 
to requirements of clause (3)(c)(3) of rule XIII of the Rules 
of the House of Representatives and section 402 of the 
Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the Committee has requested 
but not received a cost estimate for this bill from the 
Director of Congressional Budget Office. The Committee has 
requested but not received from the Director of the 
Congressional Budget Office a statement as to whether this bill 
contains any new budget authority, spending authority, credit 
authority, or an increase or decrease in revenues or tax 
expenditures. The Chairman of the Committee shall cause such 
estimate and statement to be printed in the Congressional 
Record upon its receipt by the Committee.

               CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE COST ESTIMATE

    With respect to the requirement of clause 3(c)(3) of rule 
XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, a cost 
estimate provided by the Congressional Budget Office pursuant 
to section 402 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 was not 
made available to the Committee in time for the filing of this 
report. The Chairman of the Committee shall cause such estimate 
to be printed in the Congressional Record upon its receipt by 
the Committee.

                    PERFORMANCE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

    With respect to the requirement of clause 3(c)(4) of rule 
XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the 
performance goal and objective of this legislation is to 
express support to designate October 28th as ``Honoring the 
Nation's First Responders Day.''

                    DUPLICATION OF FEDERAL PROGRAMS

    Pursuant to clause 3(c)(5) of rule XIII of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives, the Committee finds that no provision 
of H. Con. Res. 37 establishes or reauthorizes a program of the 
federal government known to be duplicative of another federal 
program, a program that was included in any report from the 
Government Accountability Office to Congress pursuant to 
section 21 of Public Law 111-139, or a program related to a 
program identified in the most recent Catalog of Federal 
Domestic Assistance.

   CONGRESSIONAL EARMARKS, LIMITED TAX BENEFITS, AND LIMITED TARIFF 
                                BENEFITS

    In compliance with clause 9 of rule XXI of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives, this bill, as reported, contains no 
congressional earmarks, limited tax benefits, or limited tariff 
benefits as defined in clause 9(e), 9(f), or 9(g) of the rule 
XXI.

                       FEDERAL MANDATES STATEMENT

    An estimate of federal mandates prepared by the Director of 
the Congressional Budget Office pursuant to section 423 of the 
Unfunded Mandates Reform Act was not made available to the 
Committee in time for the filing of this report. The Chairman 
of the Committee shall cause such estimate to be printed in the 
Congressional Record upon its receipt by the Committee.

                        PREEMPTION CLARIFICATION

    Section 423 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 
requires the report of any Committee on a bill or joint 
resolution to include a statement on the extent to which the 
bill or joint resolution is intended to preempt state, local, 
or tribal law. The Committee finds that H. Con. Res. 37 does 
not preempt any state, local, or tribal law.

                      ADVISORY COMMITTEE STATEMENT

    No advisory committees within the meaning of section 5(b) 
of the Federal Advisory Committee Act were created by this 
legislation.

                  APPLICABILITY TO LEGISLATIVE BRANCH

    The Committee finds that the legislation does not relate to 
the terms and conditions of employment or access to public 
services or accommodations within the meaning of section 
102(b)(3) of the Congressional Accountability Act (Public Law 
104-1).

             SECTION-BY-SECTION ANALYSIS OF THE LEGISLATION

    The resolution expresses support for designation of October 
28th as ``Honoring the Nation's First Responders Day'' and 
lists several facts about the first responder community.

         CHANGES IN EXISTING LAW MADE BY THE BILL, AS REPORTED

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