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Washington Report – Feb. 14, 2020

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: February 14, 2020


NAPO is working with Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) and staff for both House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) and Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-TX) to put together a package of pro-law enforcement tax provisions to prioritize and move during National Police Week. The package would consist of the Supporting America’s First Responders Act (H.R. 5342), the Putting First Responders First Act (H.R. 2560 / S. 1278), and the Public Safety Retirees Healthcare Protection Act (H.R. 4897); President Trump released his Fiscal Year 2021 budget request Feb. 10. The budget proposal includes funding requests for NAPO’s priority grant programs within the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security including $411.7 million for the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) Program, with several carve out programs, and $99 million for the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Program. COPS Program funding proposed is well below the $235 million the Program was appropriated in Fiscal 2020; In response to the growing opioid epidemic, the DEA extended a temporary emergency two-year order to May 6, 2021 that classified all fentanyl-related substances as Schedule 1 drugs under the Controlled Substances Act, making them illegal. According to the DEA, over the past two years, it has seen a 50 percent decrease in fentanyl-related substances encountered; NAPO endorsed the Help Obtaining Presumption of Exoneration (HOPE) for Victims of Human Trafficking Act, H.R. 5080, which will follow the lead of other states who have acted to help protect victims from being punished for non-violent acts their traffickers compelled them to commit; Please join NAPO on May 13, 2020 for our Legislative Day on Capitol Hill. Use this opportunity to lobby Congressional Representatives and Senators on behalf of your members concerning the issues which affect law enforcement.

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