WASHINGTON – Yesterday, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) helped pass the Safe Housing for Families Act of 2019 to mandate the use of carbon monoxide detectors in Housing and Urban Development (HUD) units. Earlier this year, Congresswoman Bustos – a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee – helped pass a major funding package out of the House which included her provision that recommends carbon monoxide detectors in rental housing units that receive funding from HUD.

“I’m pleased to see this common-sense legislation passed the House that can help save lives in communities all across the country,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “The Department of Housing and Urban Development has a responsibility to keep public housing safe, and taking this step to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning is something that cannot be delayed. The Senate should bring this bill to a vote as soon as possible to prevent another family from being impacted by this danger.”

In March, Congresswoman Bustos called out HUD’s “clear negligence on this issue” and pushed Secretary Ben Carson to take action.