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  • Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act

    by Representative Mark Meadows

    Posted on 2014-01-08

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    MEADOWS. I thank the gentleman for yielding, and I thank him for his leadership on this commonsense approach to solving a problem that was unintended.

    Mr. Speaker, when it really gets down to it, our firefighters and our first responders deserve our attention and our support. They are the ones who, quite frankly, are missing birthdays, anniversaries, who are called out in the middle of the night to serve their communities. My communities in western North Carolina are served by some of the greatest volunteers that a country could want; and here we are tonight, debating this over something that should be common sense.

    I would just urge my colleagues across the aisle to join with many of the fire chiefs whom we talked to today--over 13 of them--from large counties and small counties alike, Democrats and Republicans. Every one of them without exception, Mr. Speaker, said that we need to address this because it will hurt the people that they serve.

    {time} 1915 I think it is time that we come together in this Chamber and make sure that we correct a wrong that has been done.

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