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Washington Watch: Legislative Update

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Washington Watch: Legislative Update
For the Week of 8 February 2016

I.         Legislative News and Activity
II.       This Week in Congress
III.    Update on Top Legislative Priorities
IV.     FOP Prevails on 9/11 Memorial Bill
V.     DAY ON THE HILL 2016!!!
VI.     Follow the FOP National Legislative Office on Twitter!

I.      LEGISLATIVE NEWS AND ACTIVITY
National President Chuck Canterbury and Executive Director Jim Pasco met with Terry Cunningham, President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), and Vincent Talucci, Executive Director of the IACP to discuss matters of mutual concern.

Executive Director Pasco spoke with Gregory Schultz, special assistant to President Obama and assistant to Vice President Biden, to discuss the political climate in Washington, D.C.

Executive Director Pasco met with Uma Amuluru, the new Counsel to U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch, to discuss issues of importance to the FOP

Executive Director met with Chuck Wexler, Executive Director of the Police Executive Research Forum, to discuss new use fo force proposals.

Senior Legislative Liaison Richardson and Legislative Liaison Mike Martin met with U.S. Representative Trent Franks (R-AZ) to discuss  S.125/H.R. 228, the “Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Reauthorization Act.”

Senior Legislative Liaison Richardson and Legislative Liaison Marisa Beam attended a briefing at the U.S. Department of Justice on the proposed budget for FY17.

Legislative Liaisons Beam and Martin represented the FOP at a monthly meeting of law enforcement and criminal justice groups and were briefed on the recommendations made by the Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections.

II.     THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS
Both chambers were in session this week.

Action in the House
The House considered and passed H.R. 3036, the “National 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center Act ,” on a 387-12 vote.  The bill, which the FOP supports, would designate the National September 11 Memorial located at the World Trade Center as a national memorial.  The bill now goes to the Senate for further action.

The House considered and passed H.R. 757,  the “North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act,” which was amended by the Senate earlier this week on a 408-2 vote.  The bill now goes to the President for his signature.

Action in House Committees
The Committee on the Judiciary considered, amended and passed H.R. 759, the “Recidivism Risk Reduction Act,” on a voice vote.  The bill, which aims to reduce recidivism by developing a Post-Sentencing Risk and Needs Assessment System, now goes to the floor for further action.

The Committee on Homeland Security held a hearing entitled: “National Security and Law Enforcement: Breaking the New Visa Waiver Law to Appease Iran.”

Action in the Senate
The Senate considered, amended and passed H.R. 757, the “North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act,” on a 96-0 vote.  The bill, which seeks to investigate and enforce sanctions on North Korea, now goes back to the House for further action.

The Senate considered and passed the conference report on H.R. 644, the “Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act,” on a 75-20 vote.  The bill, which authorizes the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to create a Trade Remedy Law Enforcement Division to prevent and investigate trade remedy evasion and also makes permanent a ban on State and local taxation of Internet access, now goes to the President for his signature.

Action in Senate Committees
The Committee on the Judiciary considered and favorably reported two bills: H.R. 83, the “Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act,” and S. 524, the “Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act.”  The FOP supports S. 524, which now goes to the Senate floor for further consideration.

III.       UPDATE ON TOP LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES
For the complete list of cosponsors for all of our top legislative priorities, or to find out if your Representative and Senators are cosponsors of specific bills, check outhttp://thomas.loc.gov.

A.  Support H.R. 973/S. 1651, the “Security Fairness Act”
We added 1 cosponsor to H.R. 973, bringing our current total to 134.

We have 21 cosponsors on S. 1651.

B.  Support H.R. 2254, the “Law Enforcement Officers’ Equity Act”
We have 14 cosponsors on H.R. 2254.

IV.     FOP Prevails on 9/11 Memorial Bill
Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, applauded the House of Representatives following the passage of H.R. 3036, the “National 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center Act,” on a 387-12 vote this week.

“Seventy-one officers were killed when the two World Trade Center buildings collapsed in New York City.  Dozens more have passed away in the years following 2001 as the direct result of illnesses contracted while working in the hazardous conditions immediately following the attacks in New York.  These brave men and women deserve to be honored for their ultimate sacrifice,” said Canterbury.

The “National 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center Act” will give the current 9/11 Memorial Federal recognition and support by deeming the site a national memorial and authorizing $25 million in annual funding for the 9/11 Memorial plaza. The site currently relies on private donations to their non-profit foundation for its funding.

“This legislation will ensure that anyone may access this sacred site and honor the lives that were lost that day.  By authorizing funding to support the 9/11 Memorial plaza’s security and operations, we can guarantee that this sacred space will always be a free site of remembrance open to all,” said Canterbury.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

V.  DAY ON THE HILL 2016!
Your participation in this year’s Day on the Hill is of critical importance as the 114th Congress begins its final session and the Presidential campaigns heat up. We need to make our voices heard and work hard to ensure that our issues are considered in the year ahead and by all the candidates for President. Please attend if you can; we need your participation!!!

The FOP Day on The Hill 2016 will begin on Monday, 29 February 2016. The National Legislative Office and the National Legislative Committee will host a short briefing on our legislative agenda. The briefing will take place at 3pm on that Monday afternoon at D.C. Lodge #1 and last approximately one hour.

Tuesday and Wednesday, 1-2 March, will be devoted to your meetings with Members from your home States and districts. These appointments should be made in advance!!!Event participants should make every effort to have their Representative or Senator attend the meeting along with the appropriate staff person.

Accommodations for Day on the Hill Participants
The room block is no longer available.

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