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Washington Report – Aug. 2, 2017

Posted by: Jennifer Gomori Posted date: August 3, 2017

The Police Officers Labor Council was recognized for their sponsorship of NAPO’s 2017 Convention; Thanks to the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) Improvement Act, a NAPO priority bill passed into law at the end of May, the PSOB Office is now publishing weekly data reports on the status of pending death, disability and educational claims and monthly performance measurement reports; Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced immigration compliance requirements for the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) Program that affect Fiscal 2017 and future grant recipients; NAPO’s submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on July 17, 2017, about the need to create a dedicated Emergency Alert System (EAS) event code for Blue Alerts, were picked up by Radio World in a July 26, 2017 article entitled, “Police Organizations Voice Support for Blue Alerts”; The House passed H.R. 2825, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Reauthorization Act, which reauthorizes the entire Department and all the programs within it. The reauthorization of DHS is important because it legitimizes the programs within the Department and authorizes funding to continue being appropriated to its various grant programs; In a late night of voting, the Senate failed to pass any version of an Obamacare repeal and replace bill, with three senators – Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Susan Collins (R-ME) – providing the fatal “no” votes. None of the repeal and replace proposals on which the Senate voted on July 27 and 28 repealed the 40 percent tax on employer-sponsored health plans (Cadillac tax). Two of the proposals voted on delayed the tax until 2025. With no changes to the health care law, the Cadillac tax is still scheduled to go into effect in 2020. NAPO strongly believes that delaying the excise tax until 2025 will not provide relief to the public safety officers who will be negatively impacted by the tax whether it goes into effect in 2020 or 2025. For more information on these and other legislative topics, please click on the Aug. 2, 2017 Washington Report below.

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