This morning, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 931, the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act, by unanimous consent, sending the bill to the president for his signature. This final action by Congress is the culmination of several years of work by the IAFF to establish a one-of-a-kind national cancer registry specifically for fire fighters.
The Centers for Disease Control within the Department of Health and Human Services will partner with the IAFF and public health experts to establish the registry, which will collect detailed data on the occurrence of cancer in fire fighters. This data will provide scientists with the specialized information they need for research to help strengthen our understanding of the link between firefighting and cancer, which could potentially lead to better prevention and safety protocols.
This victory was only possible with the dedication and hard work of our members and a bipartisan cadre of elected federal officials. Representatives Chris Collins (R-NY) and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) first introduced the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act in 2016, and worked closely with the IAFF throughout its entire legislative journey. Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced companion legislation which set the stage for its passage in the Senate.
We fully expect the president to sign the bill into law in the coming days, after which the we will work closely with the Trump administration to begin planning and building the registry.