2012 PRESS ROOM
February 17, 2012 - Washington, DC
Congressional NG 9-1-1 Caucus
achieved a significant legislative victory today (February 17,
2012). Legislation sponsored by the Co-Chairs of the Caucus, Rep.
John Shimkus (R-IL), Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Sen. Amy Klobuchar
(D-MN), and Sen. Richard Burr (R-SC), The NG 9-1-1- Advancement Act,
passed as part of a tax reduction bill that President Obama is
expected to sign.
9-1-1 legislation would prove $115 million in funding for 9-1-1
services and technology as well continue operations of the National
This legislation provides the most significant level of federal
funding to advance 9-1-1 services in memory. The leadership of the
Co-Chairs and their Caucus colleagues who helped to fight for this
9-1-1 legislation will be applauded throughout the public safety
community and the general public.
This is a fitting success near the
44th anniversary of the birth of 9-1-1.
Washington, DC 20515
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For Shimkus: Steve Tomaszewski
February 17, 2012 For Eshoo:
NEXT GEN 9-1-1 CAUCUS CELEBRATES
DC….As House co-chairs of the Next Gen 9-1-1 Caucus, Congressman
John Shimkus (R, Illinois) and Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (D,
California) are pleased to announce the inclusion of the Next
Generation 9-1-1 Advancement Act (HR 2629) in the Conference Report
to extend the payroll tax holiday that passed both the House and
Senate on Friday.
will allow for matching grants to eligible entities that will enable
the delivery of voice, text, photos, video, and other data to 9-1-1
“This will help 9-1-1 agencies bring advanced equipment into their
call centers. Rep. Eshoo and I have worked on 9-1-1 technology for
some time; this brings us closer to allowing more information to get
into the hands of emergency responders.”
Eshoo, ranking member on the Communications and Technology
Subcommittee: “For over a decade, Rep. Shimkus and I have been
working to bring our 9-1-1 call centers into the 21st
century. Today we did by giving them the tools to better protect
citizens in every community across our country.”
grants are paid for by the sale of broadcast spectrum also
outlined in the legislation.