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well as understand those whole of government capabilities that may exist across the bred of government. i know d.h.s. as well as certain -- >> you can continue watching this hearing with secretary nielsen online. c-span.org. going to take you live to the floor of the house gaveling back in for debate. mr. capuano: corporation corporation -- cappingscappings [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2018] . the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? mr. goodlatte: i move to suspend e rules and pass h.r. 613, lieutenant osvaldo albarati self-protection act of 2017 the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report. the clerk: a bill to amend title 18 united states code to require that the director of the bureau of prisons ensures that each executive officer of a penal institution provides a safe storage area located outside of
the secured perimeter of the penal institution for firearms carried by the employees of the bureau of prisons and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from virginia, mr. goodlatte, and the gentleman from maryland, mr. raskin, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from virginia. mr. goodlatte: i ask that members may have five legislative days to include extraneous material on h.r. 613 under consideration. i yield myself such time as i may consume. in 2004, congress passed and president bush signed into law the law enforcement officers safety act. it allows certain law enforcement officers including correctional officers of the bureau of prisons the right to carry a concealed firearm throughout the united states,
district of columbia, the commonwealth of puerto rico and all other u.s. territories for self-defense and the defense of others. it also allows law enforcement officers to carry their firearms while off duty. these laws keep citizens safe, but there is still room for improvement. for example, the bureau of prisons does not permit its correctional officers to safely store their firearms at a locker and employees are prohibited from storing them in their personal vehicles. this leaves them vulnerable to attack during their commutes to and from work. an attack on a correctional officer while commuting to or from a prison is not a hypothetical situation. on the evening of february 26, 2013, buyero of prisons was ambushed and murdered on his way home from work.
the shooting was a hit ordered by federal inmates housed at the metro detention center. authorities believed that lieutenant albarati's murder was a direct result of his work at the prison, specifically in retaliation for his investigations into cell phone smuggling at the m.d.c. and the seizure of confra band. he was ambushed during his drive home, shot 16 times and died at the scene. he was 39 years old. on january 28, 2015, a federal grand jury in the district of puerto rico returned a six-count indictment charging nine individuals for the murder. in january of 2016, federal prosecutors notified the district court of their intention to seek the death penalty. trial preparation is ongoing in that case. so, mr. speaker, lieutenant
albarati has yet to receive justice for this senseless act. but we as a legislative body can ensure this never happens again. h.r. 613 makes a commonsense amendment to federal law to address the problem. this bipartisan bill co-sponsored by 54 of our colleagues would direct the bureau of prisons to provide a safe storage area located outside the secured perimeter where correctional officers will be able to store their personal firearms and allow their employees to store their firearms in a locked box. this is important reasonable legislation. with its passage it honors the life of a brave man who served his community faithfully and one day made the ultimate sacrifice. i thank the gentleman from west virginia, mr. mckinley for
introducing this legislation and i thank the widow, who is here with us today in the gallery for her tireless efforts to ensure her husband's death was not in vein. we salute you and we thank you. mr. speaker, as we bring the 2018 police week, i urge my colleagues to support this bill. let us do our best to protect those who protect us. and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. and members are reminded to avoid mentioning the names of visitors in the gallery. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. raskrask i yield myself such time -- i rise in support of ..r. h.r. 613 i support this bipartisan and commonsense bill to facilitate the ability of federal bureau of
prison correctional officers to protect them. this bill would allow the correctional officers to protect themselves without jeopardizing the safety and security of the facilities in which they work. correctional officers are authorized to carry concealed firearms while offduty and this bill doesn't alter that existing privilege. instead because there is no mechanism to allow these correctional officers to store firearms that they might carry in their commutes, they are precluded from bringing their personal firearms onto the premises of these facilities and precluded from carrying firearms for personal protection as they travel to and from the workplace. h.r. 613 requires the bureau of prince to allow properly qualified correctional officers to bring their firearms on the premises in a manner that
minimizes possible safety risks. the bureau would have to provide security officers for a secured storage located outside the secured perimeter or allow the officers to tore in vehicle locked boxes approved by the bureau. orrectional officers provide a function and we depend on them to keep all of our facilities safe, secure and efficiently run for everyone. for some correctional officers, the inability to carry a firearm could lead them vulnerable to someone attempting to do them harm. this bill is named in honor of lieutenant osvaldo albarati who was ambushed and murdered as he drove home from his job. lieutenant albarati was targeted for the work he was doing at the institution.
we hope this legislation will help prevent any future lethal attack on our officers. accordingly, i would commend mr. goodlatte and others and the sponsor of the bill for bringing this bill forward and i encounseling my colleagues to support this legislation. i reserve. . mr. goodlatte: it's my pleasure to yield such time as he may consume to the gentleman from west virginia, mr. mckinley, of this sponsor legislation. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mckinley: mr. speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 613, the lieutenant albarati correctional officers self-protection act, and urge its immediate passage. mr. speaker, every year i conduct in the district when we're become in the district over 300 meetings with constituents to understand some of the issues they're facing.
that might be from senior citizens to nurses to school teachers to correctional officers. we do this on an annual basis to listen and to learn and bring back their concerns, what's affecting them back to washington so we can work on legislation. these meetings shape a large portion of the legislation our office works on. en veterans told us in the district the problems they were having in the g.i. bill to pay for their degrees, we came back and passed legislation to address this issue. when the story of a correctional officer, eric williams' brutal murder was brought to our attention, we brought forward legislation for them to carry pepper spray. simple pepper spray. that might have prevented his death by inmates who