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Legislation Introduced to Cover Officers with Federal Benefits if They Die or are Disabled by COVID-19

“America’s public safety officers are out on the frontlines of this pandemic keeping America up and running as best they can,” said Rep. Bill Pascrell.

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President Trump Signs LE Museum Coin Bill

President Donald J. Trump has signed the National Law Enforcement Museum Commemorative Coin Act into law. Proceeds from the sale of the commemorative coin will help endow programs and exhibits at the Museum.

MO Congressman Proposes Bill Requiring Federal Officers to Only Use Force as "Last Resort"

The measure also would require state and local governments to pass similar standards for their police agencies or face a cutoff of federal law enforcement aid.

Senate Passes Bill Ensuring Funding for 9/11 Victims' Support

The United States Senate on Tuesday passed a bill to ensure that the fund to compensate victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks remain funded through 2092, effectively making the federal financial support permanent for those affected by the event.

House Committee Passes Bill Extending Benefits for 9/11 First Responders

Following Tuesday's emotional testimony by cancer-stricken 9/11 first responders and comedian Jon Stewart, the House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed a bill Wednesday to extend funding for the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund.

New Bill Would Make Dispatchers and Call Takers First Responders Nationwide

According to the website for California Representative Norma Torres—who is a co-sponsor of the bill along with Republican Richard Burr of North Carolina—the proposed legislation seeks to reclassify communications officers nationally from a non-protective service occupation to a protective one in the Standard Occupational Classification system, giving dispatchers recognition as first responders.

Video: Comedian Jon Stewart Blasts Congress Over Treatment of Sick and Dying 9/11 Heroes

One of the 9/11 first responders who attended the hearing was retired NYPD Det. Luis Alvarez. The cancer-stricken bomb tech told the representatives that he would be returning to New York after the hearing for his 69th round of chemotherapy. "I should not be here with you, but you made me come," he said.

Senate Unanimously Passes Grassley-Gillibrand Bill to Aid Officers Disabled in Line of Duty

The United States Senate has unanimously passed legislation authored by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) to improve access to assistance for first responders permanently disabled in the line of duty.

Texas Lawmakers Introduce Proposed "Back the Blue Act" During Police Week

Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Representative Ted Poe (R-TX) announced on Wednesday that they have introduced the Back the Blue Act, which would increase the penalties for criminals who intentionally target law enforcement officers, and provide new tools for officers to protect themselves.

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Missouri Lawmaker Introduces Legislation to Prevent Officer Suicide

Senator Josh Hawley introduced a bill last week dubbed the "Supporting and Treating Officers in Crisis Act" aimed at preventing police officer suicides.