In-Depth: Sponsoring Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) introduced this bill to give Congress a new way to honor the sacrifices of first responders who lost their lives in the line of duty by providing their families with flags flown over the U.S. Capitol:
nation’s first responders put themselves in harm’s way to keep us safe,
and we mourn the loss of all those who have given their lives in the
line of duty. We can never repay the debt we owe to them and their
families; all we can offer is our eternal gratitude. My hope is that
each flag that is flown over the Capitol and provided to these families
will be a lasting symbol of our appreciation, and a fitting honor to
those who embody the very best of who we are as a nation.”
This legislation was passed by both the Senate Rules and Administration Committee and the entire Senate through unanimous consent. It is cosponsored by 24 Senators—including 14 Republicans, nine Democrats and one Independent.
Of Note: As of May 8, a total of 34 law enforcement officers, 23 firefighters, and at least five emergency medical personnel have been killed in the line of duty so far in 2016.
Summary by Eric Revell
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