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Washington Report – July 24, 2020

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: July 24, 2020

The White House, Republican and Democratic Congressional leadership are working towards beginning discussions about the next coronavirus aid package, which the White House hopes to have wrapped by the time Congress adjourns for a month-long recess on August 7; Congress passed S. 3607, the Safeguarding America’s First Responders Act, which establishes a presumption under PSOB that an officer’s death or disability due to contracting COVID-19 is in the line of duty; NAPO testified before the President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice on the issues of Community Trust and Respect for Law Enforcement and the Rule of Law, respectively; NAPO helped defeat a pair of amendments regarding the Department of Defense’s 1033 program. This program has been a vital resource for state and local law enforcement to acquire surplus military equipment used in search and rescue operations, disaster response, and active shooter situations that they otherwise would not be able to afford; NAPO pledged support for the Public Safety Officer Support Act of 2020 (H.R. 7568), which would make post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) a line of duty injury under the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) Program and ensure officers who suffer from PTSD and those who take or attempt to take their own life due to that diagnosis will be covered under the program; On July 17, the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security held a hearing on the “Impact of COVID-19 on Social Security and Its Beneficiaries”. NAPO submitted a statement requesting the Subcommitee consider the Social Security Fairness Act (H.R. 141), which would repeal the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), as a significant way to limit the financial impact of COVID-19 on Social Security beneficiaries.



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