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Washington Report – Sept. 10, 2021

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: September 10, 2021


Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack on our nation’s soil. On Sept. 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 of our fellow citizens gave their lives in New York City, at the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. This includes the more than 400 federal, state, and local public safety officers who ran into harm’s way to save others, many of whom were NAPO members. As we remember those who died on Sept. 11, 2001, we also must recognize those we have lost and continue to lose as the lasting effects of that day make themselves known; NAPO pledged its support for the 9/11 Responder and Survivor Health Funding Correction Act (S. 2683, H.R. 4965), introduced by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY). This bipartisan bill would address a funding shortfall in the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) and ensure its adequate funding now and in the future; Negotiations over police reform continue between Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), but they seem to have slowed down over the August recess. Their staff continues to draft and share proposals on various issues such as the Department of Defense 1033 Program, the use of chokeholds, no-knock warrants, and certification and accreditation for law enforcement officers and agencies, but no specific proposals have been agreed to yet. NAPO continues to work with staff as the process continues to ensure our members voices are heard, particularly around safeguarding the rights of officers; The Senate will return from recess Sept. 13 to a full calendar that includes funding the government before the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30; House Democrats are preparing to introduce the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act, which would grant the basic rights to collectively bargain over wages, hours and working conditions to all public servants, except for state and local law enforcement. The legislation specifically carves out law enforcement from its definition of “public employee”, exempting law enforcement from benefiting from the collective bargaining rights extended in this bill. Corrections, though, are included in the definition as public employees.

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