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Washington Report – Oct. 1, 2018

Posted by: Jennifer Gomori Posted date: October 3, 2018

Congress passed the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6), the negotiated final bill between the House-passed measure and the Senate’s Opioid Crisis Response Act (S. 2680). The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act is a package of opioid-related legislation that provides significant resources to help address the significant drug crisis our country is facing. The measure includes several NAPO-endorsed provisions that support state and local law enforcement’s efforts to combat opioids in our communities; In a victory for NAPO, the House passed the 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor Act (H.R. 3834). This legislation would reestablish the original 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor, which would be provided by the President to the families of those police officers, firefighters, and EMTs who have died due to their exposure to toxic chemicals during the rescue and recovery efforts following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks; In another win for NAPO, Congress passed the Justice Served Act (H.R. 4854) Sept. 26 and the bill is on its way to the President to be signed into law. This bill amends the Debbie Smith DNA Analysis Backlog Elimination Act of 2000 to provide resources to help law enforcement convict guilty offenders and exonerate the innocent; On Sept. 25, the House passed the Kerrie Orozco First Responders Family Support Act (H.R. 6580), which would make immediate family of first responders killed in the line of duty eligible for immediate naturalization. The family members would have to comply with all U.S. citizenship requirements except for the length of prior residence and physical presence within the country; On Sept. 28, the House passed the Protecting Family and Small Business Tax Cuts Act (H.R. 6760), the sequel to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – the Republican tax cuts that were passed last year. The legislation includes a permanent extension of the individual tax cuts and it would make permanent the $10,000 combined cap on state and local property, sales and income tax deductions. The individual tax breaks and the cap on state and local tax deductions are currently scheduled to expire Dec. 31, 2025. The bill is not expected to go anywhere in the Senate given the incredible price tag for making the individual tax breaks permanent; President Donald Trump averted a government shutdown by signing a continuing resolution Sept. 28 funding the federal government through Dec. 7. The resolution makes no changes to funding levels, so the covered departments and agencies will continue to be funded at fiscal 2018 levels; and NAPO is encouraging members to register for the 2018 Annual Legal Seminar: The Aftermath of Janus and Other Current Issues for Attorneys through the link below. For more information, click on the Oct. 1, 2018 Washington Report below and related information.

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