More than 100 economists agree the incentive auctions that my bill calls for are smart spectrum policy. These auctions will raise billions beyond what is needed to pay for building the public safety network ó funds that will go directly toward paying down the deficit.
My plan also has broad support from national and local organizations that represent firefighters, sheriffs, governors and more. Itís not just good policy ó itís the right thing to do.
On the eve of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, we have a historic opportunity to honor our public safety officials not just with words, but with deeds. Itís time to invest in the brave men and women who risk their lives so the rest of us can be safe and to send this bill to the president to sign into law.
Letís rally again, as one nation, to give our first responders the tools they need to do their jobs. Letís keep our commitment to them ó and finally fulfill one of the last major recommendations of the 9/11 commission.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.