Former Vice President Joe Biden will travel to the state of New Hampshire on Friday to sign two bills in support of federal law enforcement.
Mr. Biden will sign bills into law that would strengthen access to resources for local law enforcement agencies and ease regulatory barriers for hiring and retention of U.S. Secret Service agents.
Two Biden campaign veterans, Jay Rickey and Jim Tripp, will join Mr. Biden on the trip.
“Law enforcement officers in communities across the country risk their lives on a daily basis to keep communities safe,” Mr. Biden said in a statement on Thursday. “Bipartisan measures I’m unveiling today provide law enforcement with the tools they need to protect us, and will improve our safety nationwide.”
The FBI charged Suspect James Hodgkinson of Alexandria, Virginia, with shooting and wounding five members of Congress and a congressional aide during a baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday.
The visit will mark the sixth event Mr. Biden has made as part of his To Honor and Serve initiative, which is meant to highlight his work as a prosecutor and Senator to better inform the public about programs that will help put people into law enforcement.
The Biden Faith and Law Enforcement Partnership on Public Safety Education will focus on strengthening outreach to law enforcement on issues of race, economy, violence, and criminal justice reform, according to a copy of the legislation the former vice president signed.
At the event, Mr. Biden will “sign two bills passed by Congress in 2017 that support local law enforcement by allowing departments access to increased funding and expanded resources to hire, retain, and support federal law enforcement,” the former vice president’s office said in a statement.
One of the bills, the No Kill Certification Act, was passed in the 2017 version of the federal appropriations bill.
The other, the Returning Officers Standards Act, was passed in the 2017 version of the federal authorizing bill. The former vice president will sign this bill on Friday morning in Dover, New Hampshire.
The partnership on law enforcement legislation builds on the work the Biden Faith and Law Enforcement Partnership on Job Creation initiative, which Mr. Biden launched last year to encourage faith-based groups to consider opportunities to hire for law enforcement jobs.
According to Mr. Biden’s office, these are his first bill signings since the release of the “steady state of decline” series he released last fall. In the series, Mr. Biden wrote about the obstacles that first responders face on a daily basis.