August 02, 2022

On National Night Out, Grassley Lauds Senate Passage of Bills Supporting Law Enforcement

Grassley-led proposals on PTSD, investing in police departments receive bipartisan support

WASHINGTON – Last night, the U.S. Senate passed multiple bipartisan bills led by Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) that seek to provide resources, grants and other support to law enforcement officers. National Night Out, a day that focuses on fostering stronger relationships between law enforcement and neighbors in the communities they serve, is recognized annually on the first Tuesday in August.
 
“As crime rates soar due in part to dangerous anti-law enforcement rhetoric, we need to empower police by providing them with needed protection and resources so they can do their jobs safely and effectively. Our men and women in blue put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe. These bills are a step in the right direction as we work to support, recognize and thank law enforcement officers and their families. I urge my colleagues in the House and President Biden to support these bipartisan bills,” Grassley said.
 
Grassley led a bipartisan group of senators in introducing the Fighting Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Act of 2022 to help police, fire, emergency medical and 911 personnel cope with the stresses of responding to crisis situations. The bill would establish mental health programs for America’s first responders who often face long-term effects from providing life-saving services in moments of crisis. The bill passed the Judiciary Committee in May by voice vote without objection, and it now awaits a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives.
 
Over 90 percent of all police departments nationally have fewer than 200 full-time officers. Grassley partnered with Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) to introduce the Invest to Protect Act, which seeks to provide $250 million over the next five years to small law enforcement agencies across the country. This funding will help them invest in training, equipment, mental health support and recruitment and retention of officers. The bill passed the Judiciary Committee in May by voice vote without objection, and it now awaits a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives.
 
The TBI and PTSD Law Enforcement Training Act would provide resources for training law enforcement officials and first responders when handling incidents that involve individuals who have a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The bill, which now heads to President Biden’s desk, previously passed the U.S. House of Representatives on a vote of 400 to 21.
 
Last week, Grassley questioned witnesses at a Judiciary Committee hearing on law enforcement safety and the rising crime against police. Iowan Zach Andersen of Cedar Falls, a public safety officer, testified about the ambush on Iowa police last year that resulted in the death of Sergeant Jim Smith of the Iowa State Patrol. He also discussed the need to support the law enforcement community, urging Congress to provide more support for law enforcement.
 

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