Attorney Generals across several states, including Michigan Attorney Dana Nessel, wrote a letter urging congress to pass, “Safeguarding America’s First Responders Act.”
The act aims to permit families of first responders who die, or are permanently disabled from COVID-19 to get the same federal benefits extended to first responders, or survivors otherwise killed, or injured in the line of duty.
The letter sent to congress states, “when public safety officers are called to respond, they do not know whether they are coming into contact with a person who is positive for COVID-19. We have seen harrowing stories about how public safety officers have taken heroic actions to save the lives of others, knowing that they risked infection in doing so.”
This legislation was originally proposed by Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, and Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey.
So far, this recently passed the United States Senate and currently considered by the House of Representatives.
However, now the letter was signed and waiting for a response.