Blue Light Bill Passes

Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, applauded news that the Senate passed S. 665, the “Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act,” by unanimous consent.

“This bill is a key piece of the FOP’s Officer Safety Agenda,” Canterbury said. “Immediately after it was favorably passed by the Judiciary Committee we began working with Senate offices to get the bill to the floor and pass it. Today, we saw the success of that effort.”

The legislation would provide for local, regional, and national dissemination of time sensitive information that would help apprehend a suspect accused of killing, kidnapping, seriously wounding, or who may pose an imminent and credible threat to a law enforcement officer. It will now go to the House for further consideration. The FOP engaged with those Senate offices who had raised concerns about the bill and were able to help craft an agreement which led to its passage on the Senate floor today.

“The FOP did not do this alone,” Canterbury said. “Staff in the offices of the Majority Leader, Senator McConnell, as well as the lead sponsors, Senators Cardin and Graham, and of course to Chairman Grassley and especially to Senator Leahy, whose dogged efforts played a critical role in getting this to the floor and through the Senate. We are deeply grateful to all of them for their help and support.”

The House, which will be in recess next week, will consider S. 665, possibly under a suspension of the rules, on Tuesday, 12 May.

“We are also on the brink of an agreement for the consideration of S. 125, legislation that would reauthorize the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) grant program,” Canterbury reported. “Nothing is finalized, but we are optimistic that we can move this bill through the Senate in very near future as well.”