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FLEOA Initiated Bills Clear the House

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:

May 13, 2015

Jason Briefel

202-293-1550

 

FLEOA INITATED BILLS CLEAR THE HOUSE DURING NATIONAL POLICE WEEK

 

Washington, DC – Today, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) is proud to announce the passage in the House of Representatives of a FLEOA-initiated bill and two other law enforcement bills that FLEOAhas been a pivotal advocate.

 

FLEOA is proud that the below listed bills passed the House of Representatives last night. FLEOA has been aforceful voice ensuring that each of the below bills was introduced and brought to the floor for a vote.

 

The first bill,S. 665 - the Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act of 2015, namedafter the two NYPD Heroes that were assassinated,was sponsored by Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD)and will create a national Blue Alert system, similar to the AMBER Alert system that would alert law enforcement nationwide if a threat to law enforcement exists or after a law enforcement officer is shot.

 

The second,H.R. 606 - Don’t Tax Our Fallen Public Safety Heroes Act, was sponsored by Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN), and would eliminate anytax on an officer’s line of duty death benefits.

 

The third bill, H.R. 2146 - Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act, is a FLEOA-initiated bill, sponsored by Reps. David Reichert (R-WA) and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ),Co-Chairs of the House Law Enforcement Caucus, and would eliminate the 10% tax penalty for federal law enforcement officers allowing them to access their Thrift Savings Plan at age 50, consistent with the benefit state and local law enforcement officers enjoy.

 

"During this solemn time for law enforcement, when theNational Law Enforcement Officers Memorial will inscribe more names onto its sacred walls, all American's should pause andour government should remember whatlaw enforcement officers sacrifice,” National President Jon Adler said."We appreciate the House’s leadership with bringing these three bills to the floor for a vote during National Police Week. We are pleased that the Blue Alert legislation honoring our fallen NYPD heroes will now head to the President’s desk so it can be signed into law. Now it's time for the Senate to act and vote to send the two additional FLEOA supported bills to the President's desk so they can also be signed into law."