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Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2008

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DEPARTMENTS OF LABOR, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, AND EDUCATION APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2008--Resumed -- (Senate - October 18, 2007)

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Mr. KERRY. Mr. President, today I filed an amendment which may provide up to $2.5 million in additional funds for the Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program, contained within the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The account for this funding is Other Occupational Safety and Health Research. The funding, which can be used across the United States, will be used to allow the agency to more effectively and comprehensibly investigate fire fighter fatalities, so that the cause of fatalities may be identified and future fatalities may be avoided. The inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services found that flat funding for the program since 1998 has resulted in a reduced number of investigations over time. As a result, NIOSH has to prioritize certain types of investigations. The inspector general concludes that limited resources are a significant constraint which limits the program's effectiveness.

I urge my colleagues to support this amendment.

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