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Washington Report – Aug. 7, 2020

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: August 10, 2020

NAPO endorsed President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign for President of the United States. Our endorsement recognizes his steadfast and very public support for our men and women on the front lines, especially during this time of unfair and inaccurate opprobrium being directed at our members by so many; Week two of negotiations around the next coronavirus aid package ended and the White House and Democratic Congressional leadership are far from a final agreement and hopes of an agreement any time soon are dwindling. Meanwhile, the House adjourned for a five-week summer recess, while the Senate will remain in session this week. The House will be called back into session to vote once, and if, a deal is made. President Trump tweeted that if a deal is not close by Aug. 7, he will look to take unilateral action via Executive Orders regarding eviction protections, unemployment extensions and student loan repayment options; NAPO pledged its support for the Qualified Immunity Act of 2020. This legislation recognizes that Courts have repeatedly noted that the doctrine does not shield the inept or willfully blind, but does protect law enforcement officers from attempts to impose “after-the-fact” liability for actions that no reasonable official could have known were unlawful at the time; The House adjourned for August recess on July 31 and the Senate will officially adjourn for recess on Aug. 13. Before adjourning, the House passed 10 of the 12 Fiscal 2021 appropriations bills, mainly along party-line votes, including the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) spending bill. The Senate has yet to act on any Fiscal 2021 appropriations bills, even at the subcommittee level, due to policy and procedural disagreements; The City of Hurst Police Department, a Civil Service Department, is seeking a Police Officer. Applicants must pre-register for the Police Officer Entrance Examination and apply for the Police Officer position online at www.hursttx.gov/openpositions; and NAPO’s updated “Sponsor/Cosponsor” spreadsheet is available by clicking here and the latest “Legislative Positions” is available by clicking here.

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