Weldon Calls for Quick Action on his Sprinkler Legislation

Washington, D.C. – Following a deadly nursing home fire in Nashville, Tennessee that claimed seven lives, Congressman Curt Weldon (R-PA) urged his colleagues to pass HR 1824, the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act of 2003.

“This deadly fire was a horrific and preventable tragedy. It is disgraceful that in this day and age, a nursing home is not properly protected from fire. I only hope my colleagues will continue to work with me and pass legislation that I introduced earlier this year to help install this lifesaving technology,” said Weldon.

In March, Congressman Weldon and Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) created a task force designed to draft commonsense legislation that resulted in a bill that provides tax incentives and makes changes in depreciation guidelines for owners of older buildings that want to install sprinkler systems. Many buildings built before 1974 are often exempt from installing the expensive systems.

“Many business owners and landlords want to do the right thing by installing sprinkler systems, however, the often prohibitive costs are preventing their installation. This means that the longer we wait, the longer we continue to put lives at risk,” noted Weldon. “If we can justify tax incentives to purchase certain types of automobiles or business investments, we can justify incentives for life-saving sprinkler systems.”

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