Act passed through Congress in barely one month

A bill introduced by Missouri's Republican Senator to provide families of fallen emergency workers with a Capitol-flown flag now heads to President Barack Obama's desk.

Blunt pplauded House passage of the Fallen Heroes Flag Act on May 10. The Senate approved the Act on April 19.

Blunt's measure would provide a flag flown over the Capitol to the family of first responders killed in the line of duty. Blunt introduced the legislation in the Senate on April 6, where it passed unanimously last month. The Act's succession through Congress was unusually quick.

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) introduced a similar measure in the House, and has led efforts to pass the bill in that chamber for several years.

“In Missouri, we lost nine first responders in the line of duty last year,” Blunt said. “We pray for their families and mourn their loss in our communities. These men and women dedicated their lives to the safety and well-being of others. Their courage and sacrifice exemplify our nation’s highest ideals, and it is only right that we honor them with a flag flown over the United States Capitol.”

This week marks National Police Week and Peace Officers Memorial Day will be May 15. Ahead of police week, Blunt recently spoke on the Senate floor to recognize and honor Missouri’s fallen first responders.