Congressional Baseball Team Managers Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Wounded Capitol Police Officers

Jul 19, 2017 Issues: Gun Violence

Washington, DC -- U.S. Representatives Mike Doyle (D-PA) and Joe Barton (R-TX) introduced the Wounded Officers Recovery Act of 2017 (H.R. 3298) on behalf of over one hundred Members of Congress - including each player in this year’s Congressional Baseball Game.

The bipartisan bill would amend the law governing the United States Capitol Police Memorial Fund to expand eligibility for financial support to include any United States Capitol Police employee who has been injured in the line of duty. The fund at present only allows funds donated to be distributed to families of officers killed in the line of duty. A companion bill will be introduced by the Senate baseball team members later this week.

“Over the years, a number of Capitol Police Officers have been killed or injured in the line of duty,” Congressman Doyle observed. “Every member of the House and Senate understand the risks that are willingly taken by these officers every day to keep us, our staffs, and the Capitol’s many visitors safe. The Capitol Police Memorial Fund was originally established with a specific limited purpose – namely, to make it easier for individuals to provide financial support for the families of two Capitol Police Officers killed in the line of duty in 1998. In light of the attack on the Congressional Republicans’ baseball practice last month, in which two Capitol Police Officers were wounded while bravely working to stop the gunman, we believe that the law should be amended to allow the Fund to provide similar support to US Capitol Police Officers seriously injured in the line of duty.”

“Sometimes, even simple and caring gestures require an act of Congress,” Congressman Barton said. “Following the tragic shooting on June 14th, the Congressional Baseball game achieved record setting crowds and donations for local charities. This year we will be donating a portion of the funds raised to help those injured at the baseball practice. Officers Bailey and Griner saved my life along with those of my sons and of everyone out at that field. This bill allows the United States Capitol Police Memorial Fund to distribute funds to any of their employees who are seriously injured in the line of duty. Officers Bailey and Griner have received a great deal of care and will require more - the members of the baseball teams wish to make sure they have the necessary resources for recovery.”