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House passes PSOB legislation, COVID presumption extension

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: October 27, 2021

In a NAPO victory, the House passed the Protecting America’s First Responders Act (S. 1511) by voice vote Oct. 27. The Senate passed the bill by unanimous consent on June 10.

NAPO was able to get an amendment to the bill prior to the House vote to include a two-year extension of the COVID presumption for PSOB eligibility for public safety officers who had COVID-19 at the time of death or who are disabled due to COVID-19. The presumption will last through Dec. 31, 2023 or until the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, whichever occurs later.

NAPO worked closely with Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) to introduce this bill, which will make it easier for public safety officers disabled in the line of duty to qualify for the federal Public Safety Officer’s Benefits (PSOB) Program’s disability benefits and several other important programmatic changes.

The bill will now go back to the Senate, where NAPO expects it will be taken up quickly and again be passed by unanimous consent, before being sent to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

For NAPO’s complete statement on the PSOB legislation, please click on the Oct. 27, 2021 Washington Report below.


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