S. 481 would authorize $2 million for each year over the 2020-2024 period for the Nicholas and Zachary Burt Memorial grant program, which provides assistance to states carrying out prevention activities for carbon monoxide poisoning. The legislation also would require the Consumer Product Safety Commission to submit a report to the Congress that evaluates the implementation of the grant program no later than one year after each fiscal year for which grants are awarded. Based on historical spending for these activities, including the reporting requirement, CBO estimates that enacting the bill would cost $8 million over the 2020-2024 period, assuming appropriation of the authorized and necessary amounts.
On September 16, 2019, CBO transmitted a cost estimate for H.R. 1618, the Nicholas and Zachary Burt Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2019, as ordered reported by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on July 17, 2019. The Senate and House bills are identical, and CBO’s estimates are the same.