Register today for NAPO’s 2023 Lobby Day, Legislative Breakfast & Legislative Awards Luncheon on Capitol Hill May 11. Lobby Congressional Representatives and Senators on behalf of your members concerning the issues which affect law enforcement; On Feb. 9, the House passed a bipartisan resolution, H.J.Res. 26, that disapproves of the D.C.’s Revised Criminal Code Act of 2022 (D.C. Act 24–789) as approved by the D.C. City Council on Jan. 17, 2023. The Senate passed an identical resolution, S.J.Res. 12, by wide bipartisan margins on March 8, sending it to the President, who stated last week that he will not veto it as was expected. With the President’s signature, Congress will successfully overturn D.C.’s Revised Criminal Code Act of 2022, a bipartisan victory for public safety; The Senate passed the Fighting Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Act, S. 645, by voice vote March 2. This is a victory for NAPO as we worked hard to try to pass this bipartisan bill at the end of last Congress only to run out of time; President Biden’s nominee to be a Federal Communication Commission (FCC) commissioner, Gigi Sohn, withdrew her nomination March 7, after facing continued significant opposition. This is a win for NAPO due to her significant record of supporting anti-law enforcement statements on social media; On Feb. 28, the 9/11 Responder and Survivor Health Funding Correction Act, (H.R. 1294 / S. 569) was introduced. This legislation would address the remaining projected shortfall as well as make important changes to improve the ability of the 9/11 World Trade Center Health Program to certify both health care providers and WTC-related health conditions and ensure 9/11 responders at the Pentagon and Shanksville who were active-duty Department of Defense military or civilians, as well as other federal employees, are included in the 9/11 World Trade Center Health Program; NAPO once again pledged our support for the Recruit and Retain Act, S. 546, which would expand the Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Program to help agencies that are both understaffed and struggling to attract new applicants. The bill would also create a new program to encourage partnerships between schools and police departments to foster a stronger local pipeline for law enforcement careers; Over the past two weeks, NAPO has worked with bill sponsors to introduce, amongst other pieces of legislation: the Law Enforcement Officers’ Equity Act, Eric’s Law, Public Safety Retirees Healthcare Protection Act, the Protecting Americans from Fentanyl Trafficking Act, and the Tax Fairness for Workers Act; On March 9, President Biden released the topline summary of his proposed budget request for Fiscal Year 2024, with more details to follow the week of March 13. NAPO will share an in-depth analysis of the request once the full proposal is released.
For more details on these and other legislative issues, please click here for the March 10, 2023 Washington Report.