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Senate Proceeding on Mar 28th, 2011 :: 0:51:50 to 0:56:00
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Benjamin L. Cardin

0:51:43 to 0:52:03( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: quorum call: a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from maryland. mr. ask unanimous consent thaot call of the quorum be -- that the call of the quorum be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. cardin: mr. president, i take this time to inform my colleagues of legislation that i've introduce it had today to establish a national blue alert act.

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:51:50 to 0:56:00( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Benjamin L. Cardin

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:52:04 to 0:52:24( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: this would establish a nationwide program for blue alert. it would be similar to what we do for amber alert today. amber alert, as you know, for abducted children we use the communication system nationwide to get information out about the abductor so we can get the public assisting law enforcement

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:52:25 to 0:52:48( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: in apprehending the individuals responsible for the abduction of a child. my legislation would establish a similar system of disseminating information when a police officer has been murdered or severely injured as a result of a violent attack against a police officer. this bill would help in keeping

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:52:49 to 0:53:09( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: our law enforcement safer by removing these individuals who have committed these horrible crimes off the street sooner and holding them accountable for their act. every day 900,000 law enforcement officers go out in our community to keep us safe. they are the front line for public safety.

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:53:10 to 0:53:32( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: they put their lives on the line, and our community is much safer as a result of their actions, and we want to do everything we can to help our law enforcement officers. in recent years, too many have lost their lives in the line of duty. we need to do something about that. in prince george's county

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:53:33 to 0:53:53( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: maryland today, i joined with law enforcement officers at the f.o.p. lodge 89 to talk about this legislation. there is a fallen heroes memorial located at that f.o.p. lodge to honor the law enforcement officers in prince george's county who gave their lives in the line of duty. unfortunately, there's 26

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:53:54 to 0:54:16( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: individuals who are honored at that fallen heroes memorial. they have lost their lives since 1937. our superintendent of state police was also there, and we recalled a state trooper, wesley brown, who died in june of last year in forestville at the age

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:54:17 to 0:54:37( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: of 24 serving his community. i mention trooper brown specifically because as a result of trooper brown's death, governor o'malley, the governor of maryland, took executive action to establish a blue alert system in the state of maryland. we now have nine states, nine other states that have joined maryland -- we have ten states

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:54:38 to 0:54:58( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: altogether -- that have established their own blue alert programs so that we can assist in the capture of those who murder or seriously injure our law enforcement officers. we need to get -- use technology the best that we can to help those who are serving our community. my legislation would make that

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:54:59 to 0:55:19( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: program nationwide. i'm proud that we have bipartisan cosponsorship -- senator graham, senator leahy, senator klobuchar and senator coons. it complements the work being done by attorney general holder in his law enforcement officer safety initiative. the purpose here is to try to keep our law enforcement

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:55:20 to 0:55:40( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: officers safer and keep the community safer. and we think both are achieved by using a blue alert system nationwide. i'm also pleased to say that it has the endorsement of the fraternal order of police and

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:55:41 to 0:56:00( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: the concern of police survivors. i would urge all my colleagues to join me in supporting this legislation. i hope that we can get it enacted shortly because i think this can really help us in living up to our commitment to help those who serve us. with that, mr. president, i would yield the suggest the absence of a quorum.

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