Washington Watch: Legislative Update

For the Week of 1 October 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 Activity

Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson:

  • Represented the FOP on a conference call with other law enforcement stakeholder groups to discuss draft legislation circulated by Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand (D-NY) amending the Public Safety Officers Benefits Act;
  • Joined staff from the High-Tech Crime Training Services program at SEARCH, the National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, on a conference call to discuss their training programs for State and local law enforcement;
  • Spoke with staff on the Committee on Ways and Means to discuss H.R. 6399, the “Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act.” The legislation, introduced on Friday last week, would amend the existing Windfall Elimination Provision formula.

Senior Legislative Liaison Richardson and Legislative Liaison Scott Marks spoke with staff in the offices of Senators Joseph S. Donnelly, Sr. (D-IN) and Patrick J. Toomey (R-PA) about the need to collect beneficial ownership information in advance of a Thursday hearing held by the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs.  The hearing, however, was postponed.


The House is in Recess until after the midterm election.

Action in the Senate

  • The Senate considered and passed H.R. 6, the “SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act” on a 98-1 vote, an opioid recovery, treatment and prevention package that included a number of FOP- backed bills. This legislation included language from the following bills:
    • H.R. 2851/ S. 1327, the “Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues (SITSA) Act.”
    • H.R. 5788/S. 3057, the “Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act.”
    • S. 207, the “Synthetic Abuse and Labeling of Toxic Substances (SALTS) Act.”
    • S. 2789, the “Substance Abuse Prevention Act.”
  • The Senate voted to limit debate on President Donald J. Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, on a 51-49 vote. The Senate will vote on his confirmation this Saturday.



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”One additional lawmakers has co-sponsored H.R. 1205, bringing our total to 191.

We have 27 co-sponsors on S. 915.

B.  Support the H.R. 964/S. 424, the “Law Enforcement Officers’ Equity Act”We have 49 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 56 co-sponsors on H.R. 4846.

We have 7 co-sponsors on S. 2845.


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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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