Finally, it establishes a framework to begin a conversation about governance of the new public safety network. We believe governors and public safety leaders need a voice in how this mission critical system is built and managed to ensure that all areas of the country are served.
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.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.