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Bill requiring carbon monoxide detectors in public housing passes House

Bill requiring carbon monoxide detectors in public housing passes House
© Greg Nash

The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill requiring carbon monoxide detectors in public housing, according to NBC News.

The bipartisan Safe Housing for Families Act provides $300 million over the next three years to install the detectors and comes after an NBC investigation found at least 13 public housing residents have died due to carbon monoxide poisoning since 2003.

“No family should live with the fear of being poisoned in their sleep,” Rep. Jesús Garcia (D-Ill.), the lead sponsor of the bill, tweeted Tuesday ahead of the vote.

"It is unconscionable that the very people our government seeks to provide shelter for are dying in their homes," he added Tuesday on the House floor, according to NBC News.

"This is a bill that will save lives and help make us all safer,” added Rep. Steve StiversSteven (Steve) Ernst StiversGOP lawmakers distance themselves from Trump comments on transfer of power Business groups back pandemic insurance bill modeled on post-9/11 law National Retail Federation hosts virtual 'store tours' for lawmakers amid coronavirus MORE (R-Ohio), according to NBC News.

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The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) does not currently require carbon monoxide detectors in federally subsidized housing. In April, in light of the NBC investigation, HUD Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonBuilding the Dream: We're in This Together The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by JobsOhio - Showdown: Trump-Biden debate likely to be nasty Ben Carson notes reveal he's 'not happy' with White House official: report MORE announced the department was drafting a rule to require them.

“Given the unevenness of state and local law, we intend to make certain that CO detectors are required in all our housing programs, just as we require smoke detectors, no matter where our HUD-assisted families live,” he said in a statement.

A similar proposal is under consideration in the Senate, and in May Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter As VP Kamala Harris could be a powerful voice for women's retirement security The clock is ticking and Trump is still taking a shellacking MORE (D-Calif.) joined Garcia and Rep. Joe CunninghamJoseph CunninghamMichigan Republican isolating after positive coronavirus test Chamber-backed Democrats embrace endorsements in final stretch GOP Rep. Mike Bost tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (D-S.C.) in pushing the House Financial Services Committee and the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee to advance the two chambers’ respective bills.