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Washington Report – March 18, 2021

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: March 19, 2021


President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan (Public Law 117-2), his $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid package, on March 11. The aid package includes $362 billion in aid to state, local, and Tribal governments as well as U.S. territories to help address budget and revenue shortfalls caused by the pandemic and assist in covering the continuing costs of responding to COVID-19. NAPO worked to ensure that direct aid to state and local governments was included in the American Rescue Plan. The largest portion of the direct aid – $195.3 billion – would go to state governments, most of which ($169 billion) will be distributed based on a state’s share of total unemployed workers and the rest ($25.5 billion) will be evenly divided among the states. $130.2 billion will go directly to county, municipal and city governments; Senator Thom Tillis reintroduced NAPO priority legislation, the Protect and Serve Act, which would provide for new criminal provisions for deliberate, violent targeted attacks on officers. Senator Tom Cotton and Congresswoman Yvette Herrell introduced the Defending the Defenders Act, which would make the murder of a state or local law enforcement officer a federal crime punishable by life in prison or the death penalty. These bills are critical, as there is a serious and growing trend of armed attacks on law enforcement officers; NAPO pledged support for H.R. 946, the Stop the Attack on Local Taxpayers (SALT) Act of 2021, as introduced by Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. This important bill would repeal the $10,000 cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions and reinstate above-the-line deductions for certain, significant work-related out-of-pocket expenses for first responders; and the Senate confirmed Judge Merrick Garland as the next Attorney General in a strong bipartisan vote of 70-30.

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