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Washington Report – Dec. 20, 2019

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: December 20, 2019

In a significant victory for NAPO and our members, Congress repealed the “Cadillac Tax”, the 40 percent excise tax on employer-sponsored health plans, as part of the Fiscal 2020 appropriations agreement (H.R. 1865); In another victory for NAPO, the House passed the Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act (H.R. 5377) by a vote of 218-206. This bill would temporarily eliminate the cap on the state and local tax (SALT) deduction for tax years 2020 and 2021. The bill also includes the language of the Supporting America’s First Responders Act, which reinstates above-the-line itemized deductions for work-related out-of-pocket expenses for first responders; Congress passed the final Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations bills just in time to avert a government shutdown. The final appropriations agreement, which funds the government through the end of the fiscal year, was split into two bills, H.R. 1865 and H.R. 1158. H.R. 1865 included eight appropriations bills as well as a tax extender package and the repeal of the “Cadillac Tax” and H.R. 1158 covered the Defense, Homeland Security, Commerce-Justice-Science, and Financial Services appropriations; Don’t forget TOP COPS nominations are due by January 13th! Please take the time to nominate examples of outstanding police work for this prestigious award. We count on you, our members, to help us get the word about TOP COPS out and obtain nominations for officers nationwide; Don’t miss out on your chance to join NAPO for our 32nd Annual Police, Fire, EMS & Municipal Employee Pension & Benefits Seminar to be held at Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 26-28, 2020. For more information on these and other legislative initiatives, please click on the Dec. 20, 2019 Washington Report below and related links.

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