President Donald Trump signed the Wounded Officers Recovery Act of 2017 into law on Friday. This bill was created after the June 14 shooting that took place at a practice session for the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity.
According to the President, the purpose of H.R. 3298 is to allow the U.S. Capitol Police Memorial Fund to provide financial assistance to Capitol Police officers injured in the line of duty. Special Agents David Bailey and Crystal Griner were wounded defending members of Congress and others from the bullets of a GOP-hater and former Bernie Sanders campaign volunteer. They successfully fought off and subdued the gunman.
When the bill was introduced on July 27 by Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) – who were all members of the Republican or Democrat congressional baseball teams – the Senate passed it unanimously.
The bipartisan, bicameral bill amends the United States Capitol Police Memorial Fund to expand eligibility to include any U.S. Capitol Police employee that has been injured in the line of duty. Prior to this, the fund only allowed money donated to be distributed to families of officers killed in the line of duty.
Because of this bill, Griner and Bailey will be able to access funds raised for victims of the congressional baseball practice shooting.
“It’s good to see Congress speak with one voice in support of the brave men and women of the U.S. Capitol Police,” said Flake. “Special agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey had our backs on that baseball field, and now we have theirs. I am grateful for their sacrifice and humbled to be able to assist in their recovery.”
“It is vital that we always stand up for those that risk their lives to defend us. I continue to believe that the United States Capitol Police diverted a massacre from happening on that field. I stand with these heroes,” said Paul.
“The Capitol Police are heroes who put their lives on the line to protect members of Congress and our constituents who come to Washington. Officers who sustain serious injuries in the line of duty deserve extra support and recognition for their service,” said Murphy. “They’re always there for us, and this bill ensures we’ll be there for them.”
“Every day, Capitol Police officers put their lives on the line to ensure the safety of members of Congress, our staff, and visitors from across the country and world. Capitol Police officers severely wounded in the line of duty, including those who saved lives at last month’s shooting in Virginia, should be eligible for United States Capitol Police Memorial Fund assistance, and I’m honored to work with my colleagues on this bipartisan legislation,” said Donnelly.
H.R. 3298 – Wounded Officers Recovery Act, 2017
One Hundred Fifteenth Congress of the United States of America
AT THE FIRST SESSION
Begun and held at the City of Washington on Tuesday,
the third day of January, two thousand and seventeen
To authorize the Capitol Police Board to make payments from the United States Capitol Police Memorial Fund to employees of the United States Capitol Police who have sustained serious line-of-duty injuries, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the “Wounded Officers Recovery Act of 2017”.
SEC. 2. PAYMENTS FROM UNITED STATES CAPITOL POLICE MEMORIAL FUND FOR EMPLOYEES KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY OR SUSTAINING SERIOUS LINE-OF-DUTY INJURIES.
(1) in the section heading, by inserting “AND CERTAIN OTHER UNITED STATES CAPITOL POLICE EMPLOYEES” before the period at the end;
(2) by striking “Subject to the regulations” and inserting “(a) In General.—Except to the extent used or reserved for use under subsection (b) and subject to the regulations”; and
(3) by adding at the end the following new subsection:
“(b) Payments For Employees Killed In The Line Of Duty Or Sustaining Serious Line-Of-Duty Injuries.—In addition to the amounts paid under subsection (a), and in accordance with the regulations issued under section 4(b), amounts in the Fund may be paid to—
“(1) families of employees of the United States Capitol Police who were killed in the line of duty; or
“(2) employees of the United States Capitol Police who have sustained serious line-of-duty injuries.”.
(1) by striking “The Capitol Police Board” and inserting “(a) In General.—The Capitol Police Board”; and
(2) by adding at the end the following new subsection:
“(b) Regulations Governing Payments For Employees Killed In The Line Of Duty Or Sustaining Serious Line-Of-Duty Injuries.—In carrying out subsection (a), the Capitol Police Board shall issue specific regulations governing the use of the Fund for making payments to families of employees of the United States Capitol Police who were killed in the line of duty and employees of the United States Capitol Police who have sustained serious line-of-duty injuries (as authorized under section 2(b)), including regulations—
“(1) establishing the conditions under which the family of an employee or an employee is eligible to receive such a payment;
“(2) providing for the amount, timing, and manner of such payments; and
“(3) ensuring that any such payment is in addition to, and does not otherwise affect, any other form of compensation payable to the family of an employee or the employee, including benefits for workers’ compensation under chapter 81 of title 5, United States Code.”.
(c) Treatment Of Amounts Received In Response To Incident Of June 14, 2017.—The second sentence of section 1 of Public Law 105–223 (2 U.S.C. 1951) is amended by striking “deposit into the Fund” and inserting “deposit into the Fund, including amounts received in response to the shooting incident at the practice for the Congressional Baseball Game for Charity on June 14, 2017,”.
Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Vice President of the United States and
President of the Senate.