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Washington Watch: Legislative Update

2018-09-17T10:43:04+00:00September 17th, 2018|From the Grand Lodge, Legislation|Comments Off on Washington Watch: Legislative Update

Washington Watch: Legislative Update

For the Week of 10 September 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 ACTIVITYNational President Chuck Canterbury and Executive Director Jim Pasco had a meeting scheduled with U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen but it was postponed due to Hurricane Florence.

Executive Director Jim Pasco:

  • Spoke with John H. Hill, Assistant Secretary in the Office of Partnership and Engagement at the DHS, on the effort to improve communication and coordination with the Department;
  • Spoke with Jennifer S. Korn, Special Assistant to the President, regarding prison and sentencing reform;
  • Spoke several times with Steven H. Cook, Associate Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and other DOJ officials regarding the degree of DOJ involvement into inquiries pertaining to police actions in Mesa, AZ;
  • Spoke to U.S. Department of Labor officials regarding LM-2 issues.

Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson represented the FOP on a conference call with Senior Administration officials to discuss prison reform.

Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative Liaison Michael Martin attended the National Narcotic Officers’ Associations’ Coalition Drug Enforcement Forum at the national headquarters of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). U.S. Attorney General Jefferson B. Sessions III was the keynote speaker.

Senior Legislative Liaison Richardson and Legislative Liaison Scott Marks:

  • Met with staff in the offices of Senators John F. Reed (D-RI) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) regarding potential legislation to amend the Public Safety Officer Benefit (PSOB) program;
  • Attended a monthly meeting of criminal justice stakeholder groups.



House Committees

The Committee on Financial Services considered and passed H.R. 6729, the “Empowering Financial Institutions to Fight Human Trafficking Act” on a 44-5 vote.

Senate Committees

The Committee on the Judiciary entered into an executive session to take up the nomination of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to be the next Supreme Court Justice, however, this was delayed to 20 September. They also took up and passed by voice vote en bloc three pieces of legislation including S. 2961, the “Victims of Childhood Abuse Act Reauthorization Act.”



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.

We have 7 co-sponsors on S. 2845.


IV. Support the National FOP PACIt 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.


V.  Follow the FOP on Twitter!Sign up today for the latest news from Capitol Hill:  https://twitter.com/GLFOP

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