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During this pandemic, protect our protectors: What we owe law enforcement during the coronavirus crisis

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During this pandemic, protect our protectors: What we owe law enforcement during the coronavirus crisis

by Nita Lowey, José Serrano

9/11. Superstorm Sandy. And, now, coronavirus.

Through it all, we have seen firsthand heroism of law enforcement in protecting our communities and saving lives.

As these men and women continue balancing public health and public safety, the federal government must provide them significant resources to do their jobs safely and effectively while confronting coronavirus.

As chairs of the House Appropriations Committee and its Subcommittee on Commerce-Justice-Science, we are on the frontlines of the fight in Congress to make these investments as part of a strong federal, state and local response to coronavirus.

Since March, Congress has provided $850 million in criminal justice assistance to states and local governments for personal protective equipment (PPE) and other needs. Additionally, we have provided $100 million to meet needs in the federal prison system, which faces rising infections and deaths and is ripe for virus spread in facilities and in nearby communities.

Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/during-this-pandemic-protect-our-protectors-what-we-owe-law-enforcement-during-the-coronavirus-crisis/ar-BB13sSgK