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Washington Report – Sept. 18, 2020

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: September 18, 2020

In response to the senseless ambush attack on two Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs on Sept. 12, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) tried to bring the Thin Blue Line Act (S. 1508) up for a vote on the Senate floor. In a move called a live unanimous consent vote, Toomey called on his colleagues to join him in providing additional protections for officers against such acts of violence. Senate Democrats blocked passage of this legislation; NAPO submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding its proposal, “Expanding Access to and Investment in the 4.9 GHz Band”. NAPO believes this proposal would negatively impact public safety communications on the 4.9 GHz Band; NAPO supports the Thank You Act (S. 4558) which provides a one-time tax credit for tax year 2020 of up to $1000 and a permanent above-the-line deduction of $1,500 for law enforcement officers. For the tax credit, an officer with more than 10 years on the job can claim $1,000 and officers with less than 10 years can claim $500. For tax year 2020, officers who chose to take the tax credit are ineligible for the deduction; NAPO opposes the No Tear Gas or Projectiles Act, S. 4114, which would ban the use of riot control agents by law enforcement and penalize the officers who use them; NAPO endorsed the David Dorn Back the Blue Act (S. 4543), which would provide $15 billion to state and local law enforcement agencies for the hiring and retention of officers. This funding could also be used to augment officer salaries up to 110 percent of the State real median household income of the preceding year; With negotiations between the White House and Democratic leadership still stalled, a bipartisan group of representatives that call themselves the Problem Solvers Caucus, introduced a compromise bill that would provide $1.5 trillion in coronavirus relief aid, including $500 billion for state and local governments. Democratic leaders say it falls well short of the assistance needed. While the White House responded favorably to the bill, Senate and House Republicans indicated the price tag is too high to get a majority of Republican support.

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