Washington Watch: Legislative Update
For the Week of 4 April 2016
I. Legislative News and Activity
II. This Week in Congress
III. Update on Top Legislative Priorities
- FOP Press Release
V. Follow the FOP National Legislative Office on Twitter!I. LEGISLATIVE NEWS AND ACTIVITY
National President Chuck Canterbury and Executive Director Jim Pasco attended a meeting co-hosted by the FOP and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), which was widely attended by all major law enforcement groups, to discuss a number of topics and concerns to law enforcement generally.
Legislative Liaison Marisa Beam met with staff in the office of Representative Steven A. King (R-IA) to discuss law enforcement concerns with H.R. 699, the “Email Privacy Act.”
Legislative Liaison Beam represented the FOP at a meeting of the Public Pension Network.
Legislative Liaison Michael Martin met with staff in the offices of Representatives H.W. “Trey” Gowdy III (R-SC) and John L. Ratcliffe (R-TX) to discuss law enforcement concerns with H.R. 699, the “Email Privacy Act.”
THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS
The House was in recess this week and will return to session on 12 April.
The Senate was in session this week.
Action in the Senate
The Senate voted on and passed S. 1890, the “ Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016,” on a 87-0 vote. The bill now goes to the House for further action.
Action in Senate Committees
The Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights held a hearing entitled: “Section 5 and ‘Unfair Methods of Competition’: Protecting Competition or Increasing Uncertainty?”
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 out http://thomas.loc.gov.
A. Support H.R. 973/S. 1651, the “Social Security Fairness Act”
We added 3 cosponsors to H.R. 973, bringing our current total to 138.
We have 22 cosponsors on S. 1651.
B. Support H.R. 2254, the “Law Enforcement Officers’ Equity Act”
We have a total of 17 cosponsors.
IV. FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE NATIONAL PRESIENT PRAISES THE INTRODUCTION OF LEGISLATION TO HONOR FALLEN HEROES
Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, applauds the introduction of S. 2755 the “Fallen Heroes Flag Act of 2016” by Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee.
The Fallen Heroes Flag Act will provide U.S. flags, which have been flown over the U.S. Capitol, to the immediate families of law enforcement officers, fire fighters, members of rescue squads or ambulance crews, and public safety officers who have been killed in the line of duty.
“It is our obligation to recognize these heroes and ensure they receive the honor and recognition they so greatly deserve,” Canterbury said.
Every day thousands of men and women put their lives on the line to help others and keep their communities safe. It takes a special person who is willing to sacrifice their life to run towards danger while everyone else is running away from it.
“Nothing can take away the pain or replace a loved one whose life has been unjustly taken. What we can offer is our deepest condolences and a symbol of our infinite gratitude. This legislation ensures that the heroes and their families who gave the ultimate sacrifice are honored and recognized,” Canterbury said.
The Fraternal Order of Police is the largest law enforcement labor organization in the United Sates, with more than 330,000 members.