July 25, 2006
House Passes 21st Century Emergency Communications Act of 2006
Fact Sheet on H.R. 5852
Committee on Homeland Security: "Today, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed H.R. 5852, The 21st Century Emergency Communications Act of 2006. The bipartisan bill, introduced by Reps. Dave Reichert (WA) and Bill Pascrell (NJ) originally part of the Committee on Homeland Security's Hurricane Katrina Lessons Learned legislation, takes the necessary steps to help ensure that our nation's first responders are able to communicate during an emergency. Members of the Committee drafted this legislation following recent Subcommittee hearings on the state of emergency communications. This bill will improve both operable and interoperable communications for emergency responders nationwide."