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Introduced in House (04/14/2015)


114th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 1786


To reauthorize the World Trade Center Health Program and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 14, 2015

Mrs. Carolyn B. Maloney of New York (for herself, Mr. Nadler, Mr. King of New York, Mr. Gibson, Mr. Tonko, Mr. Hanna, Mr. Katko, Ms. Slaughter, Mr. Higgins, Mr. Fitzpatrick, Mr. Connolly, Mr. Pocan, Ms. Lofgren, Mr. Lance, Ms. Clarke of New York, Mr. Rangel, Mr. Crowley, Mr. Serrano, Mr. Engel, Mrs. Lowey, Mr. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, Mr. Grijalva, Mr. Vargas, Mr. Smith of New Jersey, Ms. Stefanik, Mr. Collins of New York, Mr. Larson of Connecticut, Mr. Courtney, Ms. DeLauro, Mr. Himes, Ms. Esty, Ms. Norton, Ms. Schakowsky, Mr. McGovern, Mr. MacArthur, Mr. Pallone, Mr. Sires, Mr. Pascrell, Mrs. Watson Coleman, Mr. Zeldin, Mr. Israel, Miss Rice of New York, Mr. Meeks, Ms. Meng, Ms. Velázquez, Mr. Jeffries, Mr. Cárdenas, Mr. LoBiondo, Mr. Lynch, Mr. Reed, Mr. Murphy of Florida, Mr. Payne, and Mrs. Capps) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on the Budget and the Judiciary, 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


A BILL

To reauthorize the World Trade Center Health Program and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001, and for other purposes.

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 “James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act”.

SEC. 2. Reauthorizing the World Trade Center Health Program.

(a) World Trade Center Health Program Fund.—Section 3351 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 300mm–61) is amended—

(1) in subsection (a)—

(A) in paragraph (2)—

(i) in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by striking “each of fiscal years 2012” and all that follows through “2011)” and inserting “fiscal year 2015 and each subsequent fiscal year”; and

(ii) by striking subparagraph (A) and inserting the following:

“(A) the Federal share, consisting of—

“(i) for fiscal year 2015, $431,000,000; and

“(ii) for each subsequent fiscal year, the amount specified under this subparagraph for the previous fiscal year increased by the percentage increase in the medical care component of the consumer price index for all urban consumers as estimated by the Secretary for the 12-month period ending with March of the previous year; plus”; and

(B) by striking paragraph (4) and inserting the following:

“(4) AMOUNTS FROM PRIOR FISCAL YEARS.—Amounts that were deposited, or identified for deposit, for any fiscal year preceding fiscal year 2015, under paragraph (2)(A)(ii)(I), as such paragraph was in effect on the day before the date of enactment of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act, that were not expended in carrying out this title for any such fiscal year, shall remain deposited, or be deposited, as the case may be, into the Fund.

“(5) AMOUNTS TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL EXPENDED.—Amounts deposited into the Fund under this subsection shall remain available until expended.”;

(2) in subsection (b)(1), by striking “sections 3302(a)” and all that follows through “3342” and inserting “sections 3301(e), 3301(f), 3302(a), 3302(b), 3303, 3304, 3305(a)(1), 3305(a)(2), 3305(c), 3341, and 3342”; and

(3) in subsection (c)—

(A) in paragraph (1)(C), by striking “consumer price index for all urban consumers (all items; United States city average)” and inserting “medical care component of the consumer price index for all urban consumers”;

(B) in paragraph (2)—

(i) in subparagraph (B), by striking “and” at the end;

(ii) in subparagraph (C)—

(I) by striking “for each subsequent fiscal year” and inserting “for each of fiscal years 2013 through 2014”; and

(II) by striking the period and inserting a semicolon; and

(iii) by adding at the end the following:

“(D) for fiscal year 2015, $200,000; and

“(E) for each subsequent fiscal year, the amount specified under this paragraph for the previous fiscal year increased by the percentage increase in the consumer price index for all urban consumers (all items; United States city average) as estimated by the Secretary for the 12-month period ending with March of the previous year.”; and

(C) in paragraph (4)—

(i) in subparagraph (B), by striking “and” at the end;

(ii) in subparagraph (C)—

(I) by striking “for each subsequent fiscal year” and inserting “for each of fiscal years 2013 through 2016”; and

(II) by striking the period and inserting a semicolon; and

(iii) by adding at the end the following:

“(D) for fiscal year 2017, $15,000,000; and

“(E) for each subsequent fiscal year, the amount specified under this paragraph for the previous fiscal year increased by the percentage increase in the consumer price index for all urban consumers (all items; United States city average) as estimated by the Secretary for the 12-month period ending with March of the previous year.”.

(b) Regulations.—Section 3301 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 300mm) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(i) Regulations.—The WTC Program Administrator is authorized to promulgate such regulations as such Administrator determines necessary to administer this title.”.

(c) Clinical centers of excellence and data centers.—Section 3305 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 300mm–4) is amended—

(1) in subsection (a)—

(A) in paragraph (1)(B), by inserting “and retention” after “outreach”; and

(B) in paragraph (2)(A)—

(i) in clause (i), by inserting before the semicolon “, including data on the evaluation of any new WTC-related health conditions identified under section 3304(a)”; and

(ii) in clause (iii), by inserting “and retention” after “outreach”; and

(2) in subsection (b)(1)(B)(vi), by striking “section 3304(c)” and inserting “section 3304(d)”.

(d) World Trade Center Responders.—Section 3311(a)(4)(B)(i)(II) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 300mm–21(a)(4)(B)(i)(II)) is amended by striking “through the end of fiscal year 2020”.

(e) World Trade Center Survivors.—Section 3321(a)(3)(B)(i)(II) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 300mm–31(a)(3)(B)(i)(II)) is amended by striking “through the end of fiscal year 2020”.

(f) Payment of claims.—Section 3331(d)(1)(B) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 300mm–41(d)(1)(B)) is amended—

(1) by striking “in fiscal years 2012 through 2015” and inserting “of each subsequent fiscal year”; and

(2) by striking “and with respect to calendar quarters in fiscal year 2016” and all that follows and inserting a period.

(g) World Trade Center Health Registry.—Section 3342 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 300mm–52) is amended by striking “April 20, 2009” and inserting “January 1, 2015”.

SEC. 3. Reauthorizing the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001.

(a) Purpose.—Section 403 of the Air Transportation Safety and System Stabilization Act (49 U.S.C. 40101 note) is amended—

(1) by inserting “full” before “compensation”; and

(2) by inserting “, or the rescue and recovery efforts during the immediate aftermath of such crashes” before the period.

(b) Timing requirements for filing a claim.—Section 405 of the Air Transportation Safety and System Stabilization Act (49 U.S.C. 40101 note) is amended—

(1) in subsection (a)(3)(B)—

(A) by striking “during the period” and inserting “during an indefinite period”;

(B) by striking “section 407(b)” and inserting “section 407(b)(1)”; and

(C) by striking “and ending on” and all that follows and inserting a period; and

(2) in subsection (c)(3)—

(A) in subparagraph (A)(iii), by striking “section 407(a)” and inserting “section 407(b)(1)”; and

(B) in subparagraph (C)(ii)(II), by striking “section 407(b)” and inserting “section 407(b)(1)”.

(c) Payments to eligible individuals.—Section 406(d) of the Air Transportation Safety and System Stabilization Act (49 U.S.C. 40101 note) is amended—

(1) in paragraph (1)—

(A) by striking “section 407(b)” and inserting “section 407(b)(1)”; and

(B) by striking “$2,775,000,000” and inserting “such sums as may be necessary to carry out this Act”; and

(2) in paragraph (2)—

(A) in subparagraph (A), in the matter preceding clause (i), by striking “shall ratably reduce the amount of compensation due claimants under this title in a manner” and inserting “may ratably reduce the amount of compensation due claimants under this title if necessary”; and

(B) in subparagraph (B)—

(i) in the matter preceding clause (i), by striking “on or after the first day” and all that follows through “the difference between” and inserting “the Special Master, when amounts are available, shall pay to the claimant the amount that is equal to the difference between”;

(ii) in clause (i)—

(I) by striking “during such period”; and

(II) by striking “applicable to such period” and inserting “applicable to the 5-year period described in such paragraph”; and

(iii) in clause (ii), by striking “during such period”.

(d) Regulations.—Section 407(b) of the Air Transportation Safety and System Stabilization Act (49 U.S.C. 40101 note) is amended—

(1) by striking “Not later than” and inserting the following:

“(1) JAMES ZADROGA 9/11 HEALTH AND COMPENSATION ACT OF 2010.—Not later than”; and

(2) by adding at the end the following:

“(2) JAMES ZADROGA 9/11 HEALTH AND COMPENSATION REAUTHORIZATION ACT.—Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act, the Special Master shall update the regulations promulgated under subsection (a) to the extent necessary to comply with the amendments made by such Act.”.

SEC. 4. Amendment to exempt programs.

(a) In general.—Section 255(g)(1)(B) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 (2 U.S.C. 905(g)(1)(B)) is amended by—

(1) inserting after the item relating to Retirement Pay and Medical Benefits for Commissioned Officers, Public Health Service the following:

“ September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (15–0340–0–1–754).”; and

(2) inserting after the item relating to the Voluntary Separation Incentive Fund the following:

“ World Trade Center Health Program Fund (75–0946–0–1–551).”.

(b) Applicability.—The amendments made by this section shall apply to any sequestration order issued under the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 (2 U.S.C. 900 et seq.) on or after the date of enactment of this Act.