NAPO Attends White House Meeting with Vice President Biden on Passage of Spectrum Legislation

NAPO President Tom Nee to the left of Vice President Joe Biden, Official White House Photo by David Lienemann.

NAPO President Tom Nee to the left of Vice President Joe Biden, Official White House Photo by David Lienemann.

NAPO’s President Tom Nee and Vice President Mick McHale attended a meeting on the passage of spectrum legislation with Vice President Biden in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Tuesday, February 21, 2012. NAPO was the only rank-and-file organization of the eleven members of the law enforcement community in attendance. NAPO’s inclusion in the meeting signified the recognition of our dedication to law enforcement as evidenced in our hard work for the passage of a nationwide interoperable public safety network.

The Vice President and meeting attendees joined hundreds of first responders via telephone. They were thanked for their service and included in the discussion in the implementation of the nationwide public safety broadband network.  During the call Tom Nee voiced thanks to President Obama and Vice President Biden for their commitment to this issue, “People want to come to this country for personal liberties and safety. The communication standards we see on television are becoming a reality. You enable police, firefighters and EMTs to reach a higher level of service and we can’t thank you enough.”

President Obama signed H.R. 3630, The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, into law on February 22, 2012. In addition to allocating Spectrum (known as the D Block) to public safety, it extends a reduction in employment tax rates, extends unemployment benefits and provides for a Medicare physician payment update delaying a reduction in reimbursements for physician services.

NAPO’s work on this issue is not complete. We will continue to join the Administration, Congress and the FCC to ensure that the public safety network reflects the needs of rank-and-file officers.