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Washington Watch: Legislative Update

2018-07-20T15:02:37+00:00July 20th, 2018|From the Grand Lodge, Legislation|Comments Off on Washington Watch: Legislative Update

Washington Watch: Legislative Update

For the Week of 16 July 2018

I. Legislative News and Activity  

II. This Week in Congress

III. Update on Top Legislative Priorities

IV. Support the National FOP PAC

V. Follow the FOP on Twitter! 

 

I. LEGISLATIVE NEWS AND ACTIVITYSenior Advisor to the National President Jim Pasco;

  • Spoke with Steven H. Cook, Associate Deputy Attorney General, regarding position vacancies, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), and opioid enforcement;
  • Spoke with White House staff regarding position vacancies and the ongoing opioid crisis.

Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative Liaison Michael Martin:

  • Spoke with staff in the office of Senator Patrick J. Toomey (R-PA) regarding H.R. 613/S.1084, the “Lieutenant Osvaldo Albarati Correctional Officer Self-Protection Act;”
  • Spoke with staff in the office of Representative David P. Joyce (R-OH) regarding marijuana policy.

Senior Legislative Liaison Richardson and Legislative Liaison Scott Marks participated in a strategy session with other shareholder groups regarding pending corporate transparency legislation in the Senate.

Legislative Liaison Marks represented the FOP at the 8th anniversary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign. The Blue Campaign is an ongoing effort by the Federal government and local law enforcement to combat human trafficking. For more information visit this site.

 

II.  THIS WEEK IN CONGRESSAction in the HouseThe House considered and passed H. Res 990, a resolution supporting the officers and personnel of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, on a 244- 35 vote, with 133 voting present. This is a non-binding resolution to show support for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The House considered and passed H.R. 6147, the “Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act” on a 217-199 vote. This appropriations measure also included the following law enforcement- related provisions:

  • H.R. 2219, the “End Banking for Human Traffickers Act” which would fight human trafficking and money laundering by adding the Secretary of the Treasury to the President’s Interagency Task Force To Monitor and Combat Trafficking and require this task force to coordinate with the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.
  • H.R. 387, the “Email Privacy Act,” which would make it more difficult for law enforcement to collect and obtain electronic evidence. The FOP opposes this legislation and will be working to remove it in the Senate.
  • Makes appropriations for the Office of National Drug Control Policy  (ONDCP) and High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program.

Action in House CommitteesThe Committee on the Judiciary held an oversight hearing entitled “Oversight of the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) National Canine Division.”

Action in Senate CommitteesThe Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing entitled “Promoting Justice for Victims of Crime: Examine the Federal Investment in DNA Analysis.”

 

III.    UPDATE ON TOP LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIESFor 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 https://www.congress.gov/

A.  Support H.R. 1205/S. 915, the “Social Security Fairness Act”We have 185 co-sponsors on H.R. 1205.We have 25 co-sponsors on S. 915.

B.  Support the H.R. 964/S. 424, the “Law Enforcement Officers’ Equity Act”We have 42 co-sponsors H.R. 964. We have 6 co-sponsors on S. 424.

C. Support H.R. 4846/ S. 2845, the “Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act”Two additional lawmakers have co-sponsored H.R. 4846, bringing the total to 51.We have five co-sponsors on S. 2845.

 

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