WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Chris Coons (Del.) and Roy Blunt (Mo.), co-chairs of the Senate Law Enforcement Caucus, yesterday introduced their bipartisan National Law Enforcement Museum Commemorative Coin Act, legislation authorizing the Treasury Department to mint coins to commemorate the opening of the National Law Enforcement Museum. The museum is dedicated to highlighting and honoring past, present, and future law enforcement officers.
“The women and men of law enforcement protect and serve each of our communities every day,” said Coons. “I’m proud to join with Sen. Blunt to recognize the achievements and sacrifices of officers from around the country on display at the National Law Enforcement Museum.”
“The National Law Enforcement Museum is a powerful tribute to the countless sacrifices made every day by the men and women who keep us safe,” said Blunt. “The commemorative coin will help celebrate and honor law enforcement officers and their families. I hope more Americans will visit the museum and gain a deeper appreciation for all our law enforcement does. I encourage my colleagues to support this effort to show our gratitude for those who risk their lives to save others.”
The coin comes at no cost to taxpayers and the Treasury Department will be reimbursed for the costs of issuing the coins. Proceeds from the coin will support the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund’s educational and outreach programs.
The museum opened last year and is located in Washington, D.C.
The bill is supported by many of the nation’s top law enforcement advocacy groups, including the Concerns of Police Survivors, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, the Fraternal Order of Police, the Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Brotherhood of Police Officers, the International Union of Police Associations, the National Association of Police Organizations, the National Black Police Association, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, the National Sheriffs' Association, the National Troopers Coalition, the Police Executive Research Forum, the Police Foundation, the Police Unity Tour, and the United Federation of Police Officers.
In addition to Blunt and Coons, original cosponsors include U.S. Sens. Tammy Baldwin (Wis.), John Boozman (Ark.), Shelley Moore Capito (W. Va.), Ben Cardin (Md.), Bob Casey (Pa.), Bill Cassidy (La.), Susan Collins (Maine), John Cornyn (Texas), Catherine Cortez Masto (Nev.), Kevin Cramer (N.D.), Mike Crapo (Idaho), Tammy Duckworth (Ill.), Joni Ernst (Iowa), Deb Fischer (Neb.), Cory Gardner (Colo.), John Kennedy (La.), Angus King (Vt.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Maggie Hassan (N.H.), Josh Hawley (Mo.), John Hoeven (N.D.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (Miss.), Jim Inhofe (Okla.), Johnny Isakson (Ga.), Doug Jones (Ala.), Patrick Leahy (Vt.), Jerry Moran (Kan.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), David Perdue (Ga.), Gary Peters (Mich.), Rob Portman (Ohio), Pat Roberts (Kan.), Jacky Rosen (Nev.), Mike Rounds (S.D.), Marco Rubio (Fla.), Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.), Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.), Tina Smith (Minn.), Debbie Stabenow (Mich.), Jon Tester (Mont.), and Thom Tillis (N.C.).
U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell (N.J.) introduced companion legislation in the House.