Campus Fire Safety Education Act, H.R. 1609/S. 750
Annualized Cost: $15 million ($75 million over five years)
The Campus Fire Safety Education Act was reintroduced for the third consecutive Congress in both the House and Senate. Sponsored by Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) and Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), the bill calls for the establishment of a grant that would improve fire and safety awareness programs on higher education campuses. Colleges and universities could receive up to $250,000 per year to teach students how to recognize, fight, escape, and prevent fires. Financial assistance would also be made available to provide students living off-campus with similar instruction and outreach programs.
H.R. 1609 and S. 750 would build on the Campus Fire Safety Right-to-Know Act, passed in a 2008 higher education bill. The law requires higher education institutions that maintain on-campus housing to compile annual fire safety reports and incident logs. The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) also currently operates similar firefighter assistance and fire prevention programs, including the Fire Prevention and Safety Grant Program, all of which requested $670 million in funding in FY 2014.
According to the text of the Act, the Department of Education would be authorized to spend $15 million in additional tax dollars for each of the next five years.
This article originally appeared in the National Taxpayers Union Foundation’s Taxpayer’s Tab weekly newsletter, The Taxpayer’s Tab, on May 3, 2013. The Foundation’s BillTally project scores the potential spending of every introduced bill in Congress.