Last night the House passed the S. 3607, the Safeguarding America's First Responders Act. Now the bill awaits President Trump's signature.
The bill would ensure that families of first responders that die in the line of duty or become disabled from COVID-19 are eligible for the U.S. Department of Justice's Public Safety Officers' Benefits program.
Fire Chief Gary Ludwig, President and Chairman of the Board, International Association of Fire Chiefs, said:
"I thank the House and Senate for passing this important legislation. Every day, first responders are risking COVD-19 exposure as they serve their communities. Should they make the ultimate sacrifice in service to their fellow citizens, they will rest assured that the nation will take care of their families. We urge President Trump to sign this legislation."
The bill was sponsored by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and co-sponsored by Senator Corey Booker (D-NJ). We are grateful to Senators Grassley and Booker, Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) of the House Judiciary Committee, and Representative David Joyce (R-OH) for their leadership on this issue.