Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate: S. 1756: Republic of the Marshall Islands Supplemental Nuclear Compensation Act of 2007   [open pdf - 36KB]

"S. 1756 would amend the Compact of Free Association Amendments Act of 2003 and the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000. The legislation would appropriate $4.5 million annually (plus adjustments for inflation) over the 2009-2023 period to supplement health care in communities affected by the U.S. nuclear testing program. In addition, under S. 1756, workers employed at nuclear test sites would be eligible for compensation and medical benefits. Finally, the legislation would require monitoring of a specific nuclear test site. CBO estimates that enacting this bill would increase direct spending by $7 million in 2009, $31 million over the 2009-2013 period, and $57 million over the 2009-2018 period. Enacting the bill would not affect revenues. […] Section 4 would provide $4.5 million (plus adjustments for inflation as specified in the Compact of Free Association Amendments Act of 2003) annually over the 2009-2023 period for supplemental health care grants for communities of the Marshall Islands that were affected by the United States nuclear testing program."

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