It’s National Police Week, and House Republicans honored it by showing support for our men and women in blue throughout the week. Our nation’s law enforcement risks their lives and sacrifice for us and our families each and every day, and they deserve Congress’s support. That’s why historically — and always under a Republican majority — during National Police Week legislation moves on the House floor to enhance law enforcement’s ability to keep us safe. Unfortunately, the current Democrat majority made no such plans.
Still, House Republicans introduced The Back the Blue Act (H.R. 3080) and the Protect and Serve Act of 2021 (H.R. 3079) which would each support the police through common sense measures that benefit the community. Vice Conference Chair Mike Johnson (LA-04) also hosted a special order in which several members outlined the importance of Congress supporting our officers and shared stories of them and their families.
Yesterday, Leader McCarthy hosted the “Back the Blue Bike Tour” and was joined by about 40 House Republicans, dozens of Capitol Police and Park Police, and CEO of the The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Marcia Ferranto.
Listen to remarks from Leader McCarthy, Marcia Ferranto, and Reps. Pete Stauber (MN-08), Kat Cammack (FL-03), and John Rutherford (FL-04) below:
The Stories of Our Officers, Their Families, and Supporters
Earlier in the week, we shared a letter written by a middle schooler named JP to his father, a police officer for over 31 years. JP tells the story of his family’s faith, sacrifice, and pride all in one touching tribute.
“I know your eyes have seen things you never want me to see. And you face these situations every day, without a complaint, it doesn’t go unrecognized. You chose your childhood profession because back then, police were portrayed as the heroes they are. You are a hero, dad!!” JP wrote.
To get through the tough days, JP’s mom told us: “For everything in my life, my faith and trust in God has always and continues to see me through so many of my fears and uncertainties.”
Ahead of the Back the Blue Bike Tour, we spoke to Marcia Ferranto about the importance of honoring our nation’s fallen officers. Unfortunately, 2020 will go down as one of the deadliest years for law enforcement officers. “While we were all at home, adjusting to a new normal, the lives of our law enforcement didn’t change. They had no time or choice but to dive right in. No officers sat in their car saying they can’t go in because of Covid,” Marcia said, adding that the memorial also recently had to expand its wall to fit all the incoming names of fallen officers. God bless them and their families.
On Wednesday, we shared the story of Officer Dan Donnerstag, who exemplifies the best our law enforcement offers. At the age of 15, Dan watched his older sister volunteer with the EMS and decided he too wanted to help people in need. Since that day, he never stopped. He served in the United States Marine Corps for six years before becoming a police officer.
“Like any job, it can be difficult. But you have to stay grounded, and remember why you’re doing the job you’re doing, because ultimately, it’s not about you — it’s about the folks you’re helping,” Dan told us.
The Return of the Republican Address
Rep. Kat Cammack (FL-03) is set to deliver the first Republican Address of this Congress on Sunday in honor of our nation’s law enforcement officers and their families. As the wife of a firefighter and swat medic, she understands the sacrifices they make and the burdens they take on to protect our communities.