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H.R.592: Federal Disaster Assistance Nonprofit Fairness Act of 2013

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about emergency management
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Sponsor Christopher H. Smith, R-N.J.
Total Cosponsors 9 (5 Democrats, 4 Republicans)
Introduced Feb. 8, 2013
Latest Major Action March 13, 2013
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Bill Summary

(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary of that version is repeated here.)

Federal Disaster Assistance Nonprofit Fairness Act of 2013 - Amends the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to include community centers, including tax-exempt houses of worship, as "private nonprofit facilities" for purposes of disaster relief and emergency assistance eligibility under such Act.

Makes a church, synagogue, mosque, temple, or other house of worship, and a private nonprofit facility operated by a religious organization, eligible for federal contributions for the repair, restoration, and replacement of facilities damaged or destroyed by a major disaster, without regard to the religious character of the facility or the primary religious use of the facility.

Makes this Act applicable to the provision of assistance in response to a major disaster or emergency declared on or after October 28, 2012.

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
March 13, 2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
Feb. 14, 2013 Received in the Senate.
Feb. 13, 2013 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
Feb. 13, 2013

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 354 - 72 (Roll no. 39). (text: CR H465)

Feb. 13, 2013 Considered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H479-480)
Feb. 13, 2013 At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
Feb. 13, 2013 DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 592.
Feb. 13, 2013 Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H465-479)
Feb. 13, 2013 Mr. Barletta moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.
Feb. 11, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management.
Feb. 8, 2013 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.