April 06, 2016
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, today introduced the Fallen Heroes Flag Act. The measure would provide U.S. flags, which have been flown over the U.S. Capitol, to the families of firefighters, law enforcement officers, members of rescue squads or ambulance crews, and public safety officers who are killed in the line of duty.
“Our nation’s first responders put themselves in harm’s way to keep us safe, and we mourn the loss of all those who have given their lives in the line of duty,” Blunt said. “We can never repay the debt we owe to them and their families; all we can offer is our eternal gratitude. My hope is that each flag that is flown over the Capitol and provided to these families will be a lasting symbol of our appreciation, and a fitting honor to those who embody the very best of who we are as a nation.”Rep. Peter King (N.Y.) introduced the companion measure in the House, where it was passed on May 12, 2015. The Senate bill is cosponsored by Rules Committee Ranking Member Charles Schumer (N.Y.) and 19 additional senators.