Washington Watch: Legislative Update

For the Week of 3 September 2018

I. Legislative News and Activity  

II. This Week in Congress

III. Update on Top Legislative Priorities

IV. New Law Enforcement Resources: Opioids and Firearms

V. Press Release: FOP Responds to Nike’s New Ad Campaign

VI. Support the National FOP PAC

VII. Follow the FOP on Twitter! 



Executive Director Jim Pasco:

  • Spoke with R. Alexander Acosta, U.S. Secretary of Labor, regarding FOP labor reporting issues and law enforcement authority within the Department;
  • Spoke with Thomas E. Brandon, Acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), regarding best practices to implement a crime gun intelligence program;
  • Spoke with officials at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regarding large-scale visa scams;
  • Spoke with Jennifer S. Korn, Special Assistant to the President of the United States, regarding FOP communications with the White House and DHS.



Action in the HouseThe House considered and passed H.R. 6691, the “Community Safety and Security Act,” on a 247-142 vote. The FOP supports this bill which now goes to the Senate for further consideration.

Action In the House CommitteesThe Committee on Financial Services  held a  hearing entitled: “Survey of Terrorist Groups and Their Means of Financing.”

Action in Senate CommitteesThe Committee on the Judiciary held four days of hearings on the nomination of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to be the next Associate Justice to the U.S. Supreme Court.



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 https://www.congress.gov/

A.  Support H.R. 1205/S. 915, the “Social Security Fairness Act”

We have 188 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 46 co-sponsors on 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”

We have 53 co-sponsors on H.R. 4846.

One additional lawmaker has co-sponsored S. 2845 bringing the total to 7.


IV. Additional information on Opioids and Firearms

  A. Message from the White House on Opioids.

The White House released a training video based on the Administration’s Fentanyl Safety Recommendations to educate First Responders – including law enforcement, fire,  rescue, and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel. Watch the video here.

B. A Best Practices Guide from the National Crime Gun Intelligence Governing Board

V. Press Release- FOP Responds to Nike’s New Campaign Ad

FOP National President responds to Nike’s new campaign ad

VI. Support the National FOP PAC

It is crucial to our political agenda we keep our PAC competitive with other organizations.

If you want more information on the PAC or want to sign up for a $5.00 monthly recurring contribution, please email scott.marks@fop.net or call (202)547-8189.


VII.  Follow the FOP on Twitter!

Sign up today for the latest news from Capitol Hill:  https://twitter.com/GLFOP

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A retired law enforcement officer who now serves as the President of the Fraternal Order of Police Tri-County Lodge #3.
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