US House, Senate pass transplant legislation clearing way for first reauthorization of NOTA in 14 years.The first reauthorization of the National Organ Transplant organ transplant: see transplantation, medical. Act (NOTA) in 14 years is just a signature by President Bush away from becoming law. After 2 months of inaction, the House of Representatives passed the Organ Donation Organ donation is the removal of the tissues of the human body from a person who has recently died, or from a living donor, for the purpose of transplanting or grafting them into other persons. and Recovery Improvement Act (H.R. 3926) on March 24. The Senate followed suit a day later on March 25. The legislation is expect to be on the president's desk in the very near future. The vote was nearly unanimous-414-2-with only Reps. Ron Paul (R-TX) and Jeff Flake Jeffry "Jeff" Flake (born December 31, 1962), an American politician, has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives since 2001, representing Arizona's At-large congressional district. (R-AZ) voting in opposition.
The House bill, which was guided through the House by Representative Michael Bilirakis Michael Bilirakis (born July 16 1930), American politician, was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives since 1983 until 2007, representing the 9th District of Florida. (R-FL), was virtually identical to The Donation and Recovery Improvement Act (S.573) passed by the Senate on November 25, 2003. (Transplant News, November 30, 2003)
The only change in the bill is the effective dates-the Senate bill was FY 04, the House bill is effective FY 05--the bills are virtually identical.
The bill authorizes $25 million to be appropriated for carrying out a variety of provisions, including:
*$5 million for reimbursement of travel and subsistence Travel and subsistence expenses describe the cost of spending on business travel, meals, hotels, sundry items such as laundry (though usually only on long trips) and similar ad hoc expenditures. expenses incurred by living donors;
*$3 million in funding to hospitals to hire in-house organ procurement coordinators;
*$15 million in grants for developing public awareness programs and demonstration projects to increase organ donation; and
*$2 million in support of studies on increasing organ donation, and improving the recovery, preservation and transportation of organs.
The last reauthorization of NOTA occurred in 1990 when both houses passed a bill which was signed by then President George Herbert Walker Bush Noun 1. George Herbert Walker Bush - vice president under Reagan and 41st President of the United States (born in 1924)
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