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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.

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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.

Hypocrisy in Congress

Many who believe the anti-Trump bias of an FBI agent didn't affect his investigation also believe every officer is biased against minorities.

Bill to Require Background Checks for Ammo Purchases Introduced in Congress

If the bill passes, the law would use the FBI’s Instant Background Check System, which is the same one used for firearms purchases.

Video: "Cajun Captain" Clay Higgins Places "Thin Blue Line" Flag Outside His Congressional Office

Former St. Landry Parish (LA) Sheriff's captain Clay Higgins, who vaulted to fame in a series of local Crime Stoppers videos, is now a U.S. Congressman. Congressman Higgins recently placed a "Thin Blue Line" flag honoring the service and sacrifice of American law enforcement outside of his Washington, DC, office.

What Are Our Priorities?

As the White House commits to providing funding for 10,000 Syrian refugees to settle in the United States, the bill that funds the 9/11 World Trade Center Health Program for first responders has expired. How do 9/11 heroes take a funding back seat to refugees?

The Forgotten Fallen of 9/11

On Sept. 11, 2001, 72 officers were killed in the line of duty. But they were not the only law enforcement casualties of 9/11. Today, 13 years after the attacks, officers continue to die from exposure to the toxins that were released by the destruction of the World Trade Center towers.

Militarization or Officer Safety Precautions?

Seizing upon the naive theme that law enforcement has become over militarized, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) recently introduced a bill titled "The Regulatory Agency Demilitarization Act" (H.R. 4934) that would disarm most Inspector General (IG) criminal investigators. His bill would revoke most IG agents' law enforcement authority and take away their authority to carry firearms and to make arrests.

Unfair Criticism of U.S. Marshals

Despite a three-year budget freeze and stagnating staff levels, the U.S. Marshals Service's Regional Fugitive Task Force (RFTF) units apprehended 73,422 fugitives last year. So why would the news media criticize their performance and commitment?

You Have the Right to Record

The Citizens Empowerment Act is an attempt to thwart criminal investigations by launching them into the court of YouTube. It would require federal officers to serve written notice to people under investigation that they are entitled to record interviews with the officers.