MPA Particiaptes in Conference Call with VP Biden – American Jobs Act

VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN

Dear Members,

Vice President Biden held a conference call this afternoon regarding the proposed American Jobs Act. If you missed the call here are the major points.  DOWNLOAD THE PDF OF THE AMERICAN JOBS BILL HERE

DOWNLOAD THE PDF OF THE SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS OF THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT HERE

First, there will be funding of $5 billion for the COPS Stabilization fund to be available until end of fiscal year 2012. (Sep 30, 2012) This will be broken up as follows:

• $4 billion for the Attorney General to carry out competitive grant program under Section 214. (as highlighted below)

• $1 billion of this will be transferred to a First Responders Stabilization Fund that will go to make competitive grants for hiring, rehiring or retention or for the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act.

Secondly, the Vice President promised the completion of the D Block with $10 billion build out of the network included.

Bottom line: NAPO Supports the law enforcement provisions of the President’s proposal currently known as the “American Jobs Act” because it supports and funds the COPS program. It also supports a national first responder communications network known as the D Block.

Passage of this legislation will be controversial and will not be swift. NAPO is the first law enforcement organization to broadcast this pertinent information. We applaud the administration for their efforts, especially our friends in the Vice President’s Office. Also attached is full text of the bill and a section by section analysis.

Regards, NAPO

UPDATE: Obama’s job’s bill died in the Senate in the middle of October, and promising to renew efforts and currently traveling the nation to get Republicans to vote on individual parts of the legislation.  Find out the latest from NAPO’s November Washington Report.

About the American Jobs Act: The American Jobs Act includes $5 billion to support the hiring and retention of public safety and first responder personnel. By supporting such jobs, the plan aims to keep communities safe from crime and able to maintain critical emergency response capabilities. To watch the President’s speech or to find out more, click here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/09/08/american-jobs-act