Washington Watch: Legislative Update

For the Week of 29 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

Executive Director Jim Pasco:

  • Had a lengthy one-on-one phone conversation with Brooke L. Rollins, Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental and Technology Initiatives in the Office of American Innovation, to discuss criminal justice and immigration reform proposals;
  • Attended the Fall Meeting of the National Board of Trustees in Cleveland, Ohio;
  • Attended and spoke at the conference of the American Trucking Association about improving the relationship between law enforcement and the trucking industry.

Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson represented the FOP at the quarterly meeting of the Law Enforcement Working Group which was hosted by Steven H. Cook, Associate Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).  U.S. Attorney General Jefferson B. Sessions III visited the meeting briefly to address the organizations about the Department’s work.

Senior Legislative Liaison Richardson and Legislative Liaison Mike Martin met with Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley’s staff to discuss H.R. 5698/S. 2794, the “Protect and Serve Act.”

The FOP Legislative Office participated in a conference call with State,  Federal and relevant stakeholders regarding efforts to develop a Blue Alert program in Idaho.



Both chambers are in recess until after the midterm elections. Election Day is next Tuesday, 6 November 2018. Don’t forget to vote!



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 193 co-sponsors on H.R. 1205.

We have 27 co-sponsors on S. 915.

B.  Support the H.R. 964/S. 424, the “Law Enforcement Officers’ Equity Act”

We have 51 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.


IV. 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.


V.  Follow the FOP on Twitter!

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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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