WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) and Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) today introduced H.R. 4120, which would allow construction to proceed on the National Law Enforcement Officers Museum by extending authorization for the non-profit National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF).
In 2000, Congress passed the National Law Enforcement Museum Act to authorize the building of a museum to honor federal, state and local law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. An extension of this authorization was passed in 2010 to continue construction after the original bill’s authorization expired. This bill would extend authorization for the construction of this project by three years so that the project can continue.
“The brave men and women who serve and protect our communities put their lives on the line every day, and it is our duty to honor and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice,” said Whip Hoyer. “I’m pleased to introduce this bipartisan legislation today, which will ensure that we may do so by allowing construction of the National Law Enforcement Officers Museum to proceed. I thank Rep. Wolf for working with me to introduce this bipartisan measure and I urge Congress to take action as soon as possible so that we may pay tribute to our fallen heroes."
“As the son of a police officer, I understand the danger these brave men and women face every day. I also am well aware of the they sacrifices they make and the sacrifices their families make. They deserve to be honored,” said Rep. Wolf.
The National Law Enforcement Officers Museum will be built next to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Judiciary Square, which is operated and maintained through a partnership between the NLEOMF and the National Park Service. The Memorial recognizes the almost 20,000 local, state, and federal law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice on the Memorial Walls.Moving forward with the Museum would create more than 325 construction jobs with an additional 40-50 jobs once the Museum is open and operating.