President Trump said Friday he was “very happy” to sign into law two bills that would provide help to members of law enforcement and veterans, reports Fox News.
Seated at a table in the White House’s Diplomatic Reception Room, Trump approved a measure giving priority for federal grants to those federal and state law enforcement agencies that hire and train veterans. “We are behind you 100 percent,” he said to the public safety officers and vets at the ceremony.
The American Law Enforcement Heroes Act and the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Improvement Act is the product of a bipartisan effort by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.
The second measure – the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Improvement Act – takes steps to reduce the backlog of families awaiting approval of survivor benefits of public safety officers killed in the line of duty.
Trump said it was “unacceptable” that injured officers have suffered and that children of fallen officers have had to put off their dreams of college.
The bill, co-sponsored by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., gives state and local officials determine eligibility and will allow beneficiaries to track their claims online.
Both bills passed Congress in May.
Like this story? Want to know why tens of thousands of law enforcement people receive stories like this in their email twice a week?