Unfortunately, despite significant bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress as well as overwhelming support from state and local elected officials and the public safety community, this critical legislation languishes.
We will never forget the brave men and women who selflessly put their lives on the line to help their fellow Americans a decade ago. Now, we call on Congress to take the final step to ensure that the first responders of the present and the future have the tools that they need to do their jobs and help save lives.
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) and Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead (R) are co-chairmen of the National Governors Association’s Special Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety. This is the first in a series of pieces that Roll Call will run by state governors who want to convey a policy message to Capitol Hill.
Lois Lerner, director of exempt organizations for the IRS, arrives for a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the investigation of the IRS' targeting of political groups. Lerner invoked her Fifth Amendment right to not testify and caused a protest from some committee members when she offered an opening statement and engaged in dialogue with members before invoking the right.
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