|Sponsor||Rep. McNerney, Jerry|
|Date||May 19, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)|
|Staff Contact||Ja'Ron Smith|
H.Res. 426 is being considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA) May 12, 2009.
H.Res. 426 would resolve in the House that:
"It is the sense of the House of Representatives that-
"The House of Representatives honors police officers for their efforts to create safer and more secure communities; and
"The House of Representatives expresses its strong support for the Nation's police officers and law enforcement personnel."
According to the resolution's findings, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation declaring May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day to honor law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, and to designate the calendar week in which May 15th occurs as Police Week. Police officers protect communities across our Nation, selflessly put their lives on the line to keep Americans safe. Police officers perform a variety of duties to pursue justice and maintain public safety. In just the last decade, hundreds of police officers were killed in the line of duty, and in just the first four months of 2009 more than 40 officers around the country have made the ultimate sacrifice.