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Donnelly’s Wounded Officers Recovery Act Signed Into Law by President Trump

August 12, 2017


Legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) – all members of the Republican or Democratic congressional baseball teams – was signed into law by recently President Trump. The Wounded Officers Recovery Act amends the United States Capitol Police Memorial Fund to expand eligibility to include any U.S. Capitol Police employee that has been seriously injured in the line of duty. The fund previously only allowed funds donated to be distributed to families of officers killed in the line of duty.

The law now enables Capitol Police special agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey to access funds raised for victims of the congressional baseball practice shooting. Griner and Bailey were both wounded in the line of duty as they successfully fought off and subdued the gunman.

Donnelly said, “I’m pleased that President Trump has signed my bipartisan bill into law. Capitol Police officers come to work every day to protect our nation’s Capitol building, 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 the recent shooting in Virginia, will now be eligible for United States Capitol Police Memorial Fund assistance as they deserve to be.”