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Washington Report – March 25, 2019

Posted by: Jennifer Gomori Posted date: April 3, 2019

NAPO President Mick McHale and Executive Director Bill Johnson met with Attorney General Bill Barr on March 21. McHale and Johnson discussed NAPO’s priority issues regarding the Department of Justice (DOJ) and praised the direction the Department is going under the Trump Administration, adding that they hope that the close relationship between the Department and state and local law enforcement continues under his leadership; President Trump released his fiscal year 2020 budget request. The budget proposal includes funding requests for NAPO’s priority grant programs within the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security (DOJ and DHS, respectively). In general, the budget proposal for DOJ focuses on reducing violent crime, fighting against the opioid crisis and enforcing immigration law and proposes adequate sustained funding for several of NAPO’s priority grant programs, including the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Grant Program, the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act (MIOTCRA), and the Adam Walsh Act. The President’s budget requests $405.2 million for the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) Program; Please join NAPO May 14, 2019 for our Legislative Day on Capitol Hill to lobby Congressional Representatives and Senators on behalf of your members concerning the issues which affect law enforcement. Prior to lobbying, plan to attend NAPO’s Legislative Breakfast for an update on NAPO’s legislative priorities, results to date from the 116th Congress, and to receive handouts to use during your Hill visits. While on Capitol Hill, stop by NAPO’s Legislative Awards Luncheon, where several Representatives and Senators will be recognized for their continued support of Law Enforcement. Register for Legislative Day below. For more information on these and other legislative issues, please click on the March 25, 2019 Washington Report below.

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