Trump Signs Bills Helping Police Officers, Veterans

“We are behind you 100 percent.”

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, according to Fox News.

Trump approved a measure called the American Law Enforcement Heroes Act, which gives priority for federal grants to those federal and state law enforcement agencies that hire and train veterans.

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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.

The Public Safety Officers’ Benefits program was established by Congress in 1976 to financially assist survivors of officers killed in the line of duty, but many families face long waiting periods to receive their benefits.

According to the latest data, there were 756 active claims before the PSOB Office at the end of March 2017.

“We are behind you 100 percent,” the President told the public safety officers and vets at the ceremony.

Both bills passed Congress in May. They are the product of a bipartisan effort by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.