Bill requiring carbon monoxide detectors in public housing passes House

Bill requiring carbon monoxide detectors in public housing passes House
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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 StiversKoch campaign touts bipartisan group behind ag labor immigration bill Waters clashes with Trump officials over 'disastrous' housing plans Financial sector's work on SAFE Banking Act shows together, everyone achieves more 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 CarsonAid restrictions sideline Puerto Rican civil society Trump administration ending delay on over B in Puerto Rico disaster aid HUD to roll back Obama-era housing desegregation rule 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 Devi HarrisBiden leads 2020 pack in congressional endorsements Harris on 2020 endorsement: 'I am not thinking about it right now' Panel: Is Kamala Harris a hypocrite for mulling a Joe Biden endorsement? MORE (D-Calif.) joined Garcia and Rep. Joe CunninghamJoseph CunninghamHouse Democrats launch effort to register minority voters in key districts The Hill's 12:30 Report: Pelosi plans to send impeachment articles next week The lawmakers who bucked their parties on the war powers resolution 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.