Washington, D.C. In the early morning hours of Friday, May 16th, the Senate agreed by unanimous consent to pass S. 535, the Fallen Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters Flag Memorial Act of 2003. The legislation allows the family of a law enforcement officer or firefighter who has died in the line of duty to request from the Department of Justice or the Department of Homeland Security a United States flag to be flown over the Capitol Building in their honor.
Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell, co-chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, was the sponsor of S. 535. Senator Chris Dodd, co-sponsor of the legislation, offered an amendment to the bill that would provide for delivery of the flags by Congress. The amendment passed by unanimous consent. The legislation will be sent to the House for consideration.