Veteran Emergency Medical Technician Support Act of 2013by Representative Ed Whitfield
Posted on 2013-02-12
WHITFIELD. Mr. Speaker, I move to suspend the rules and pass the
bill (H.R. 235) to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide
grants to States to streamline State requirements and procedures for
veterans with military emergency medical training to become civilian
emergency medical technicians.
The Clerk read the title of the bill.
The text of the bill is as follows: H.R. 235 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 ``Veteran Emergency Medical Technician Support Act of 2013''.
SEC. 2. ASSISTING VETERANS WITH MILITARY EMERGENCY MEDICAL TRAINING TO MEET REQUIREMENTS FOR BECOMING CIVILIAN EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIANS.
(a) In General.--Part B of title III of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 243 et seq.) is amended by inserting after section 314 the following: ``SEC. 315. ASSISTING VETERANS WITH MILITARY EMERGENCY MEDICAL TRAINING TO MEET REQUIREMENTS FOR BECOMING CIVILIAN EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIANS.
``(a) Program.--The Secretary shall establish a program consisting of awarding demonstration grants to States to streamline State requirements and procedures in order to assist veterans who completed military emergency medical technician training while serving in the Armed Forces of the United States to meet certification, licensure, and other requirements applicable to becoming an emergency medical technician in the State.
``(b) Use of Funds.--Amounts received as a demonstration grant under this section shall be used to prepare and implement a plan to streamline State requirements and procedures as described in subsection (a), including by-- ``(1) determining the extent to which the requirements for the education, training, and skill level of emergency medical technicians in the State are equivalent to requirements for the education, training, and skill level of military emergency medical technicians; and ``(2) identifying methods, such as waivers, for military emergency medical technicians to forego or meet any such equivalent State requirements.
``(c) Eligibility.--To be eligible for a grant under this section, a State shall demonstrate that the State has a shortage of emergency medical technicians.
``(d) Report.--The Secretary shall submit to the Congress an annual report on the program under this section.
``(e) Funding.--Of the amount authorized by section 751(j)(1) to be appropriated to carry out section 751 for fiscal year 2014, there is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $1,000,000 for the period of fiscal years 2014 through 2018.''.
(b) Conforming Amendment.--Section 751(j)(1) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 294a(j)(1)) is amended by striking ``There is authorized to be appropriated'' and inserting ``Subject to section 315(e), there is authorized to be appropriated''.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. Pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from Kentucky (Mr. Whitfield) and the gentleman from New Mexico (Mr. Ben Ray Lujan) each will control 20 minutes.
The Chair recognizes the gentleman from Kentucky.
General Leave Mr. WHITFIELD. Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent that all Members may have 5 legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and insert extraneous materials in the Record on the bill.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. Is there objection to the request of the gentleman from Kentucky? There was no objection.
Mr. WHITFIELD. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.
I rise in strong support and urge my colleagues to vote for H.R. 235, the Veteran Emergency Medical Technician Support Act of 2013.
At this time I yield 5 minutes to the gentleman from Illinois (Mr. Kinzinger), a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, who wrote this important legislation.