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Washington Report – July 29, 2019

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: July 30, 2019

President Donald Trump signed the Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Reauthorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act into law on July 29. NAPO members and elected officers were on hand for the ceremony, and as 9/11 first responders, were invited by the President to join him on stage to witness the signing of this vital legislation into law; On July 17, the House overwhelmingly passed the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act (H.R. 748) by a vote of 419-6. This is an incredible step forward for our efforts to repeal the 40 percent excise tax (“Cadillac Tax”) on employer-sponsored health plans. However, the repeal of the “Cadillac Tax” has a $193 billion 10-year price tag attached to it that will make its passage an uphill battle in the Senate. NAPO believes this number is highly inaccurate as studies have shown that a majority of employers planning to reduce their plan values have indicated they most likely would not provide a corresponding wage increase; On July 24, the House passed the NAPO-endorsed H.R. 397, the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act by a vote of 234-195. This bill would help our fellow workers in the private sector who are facing the nightmare of having their hard-earned pensions possibly taken from them. Nearly 300 multiemployer plans across the country are in danger of failing, which would impact millions of American workers and retirees who have worked their entire lives earning their pensions; The COPS Office announced it will soon be opening applications for both the 2018 and 2019 COPS Hiring Program (CHP) and the Community Policing Development Microgrant Initiative. On July 12, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the Department of Justice (DOJ) in the City of Los Angeles v. William P. Barr, Attorney General, case lifting the nationwide injunction on CHP and the Microgrants;  On July 25, Attorney General Barr directed the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to adopt a new execution protocol, clearing the way for the DOJ to resume the death penalty after a nearly 20-year relapse. He also directed the Acting Director of the BOP, Hugh Hurwitz, to schedule the execution of five death row inmates convicted of murdering, and in some cases torturing and raping, women and children for December and January. The new protocol would kill the inmates with an injection of a single lethal drug called pentobarbital. For more about these and other legistlative issues, please click on the July 29, 2019 Washington Report below.

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