Washington Watch: Legislative Update

For the Week of 10 December 2018 

Legislative News and Activity  

This Week in Congress

Update on Top Legislative Priorities

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National President Chuck Canterbury, National Vice President Jay McDonald and Executive Director Jim Pasco:

  • Met with Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker regarding FOP priorities and continued coordination with U.S. Department of Justice;
  • Met with Acting U.S. Assistant Attorney General M. John Gore, Civil Rights Division, regarding prosecutorial tactics in the St. Louis investigation. Ed Clark, President of St. Louis FOP Lodge #68, also participated.

Executive Director Jim Pasco:

  • Had conversations with, Jared C. Kushner, Senior Advisor to the President, on strategy for the advancement of S. 3747, the “First Step Act”;
  • Met with Jennifer S. Korn, Special Assistant to the President, regarding S. 3747, the “First Step Act,” and immigration reform.

Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson:

  • Had numerous contacts and discussions with Senate and White House staff, as well as with his counterparts at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) regarding S. 3747, the “First Step Act”;
  • Met with Jackie Kelly, Jr., Vice President for Legislative Affairs at the American Trucking Association, to discuss areas of mutual interest.

Senior Legislative Liaison Richardson and Legislative Liaison Scott Marks:

  • Represented the FOP at the quarterly meeting of the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) Program Working Group;
  • Participated in a law enforcement stakeholders’ meeting to discuss next steps on the issue of collecting beneficial ownership information to combat money laundering and illicit financing;
  • Represented the FOP at a monthly meeting of criminal justice stakeholder groups;
  • Represented the FOP at the annual Law Enforcement Community Holiday Reception.



Action in the House

The House of Representatives considered and passed, H.R. 2 the “Agriculture Improvement Act,” on a 369-47 vote. This legislation served as the vehicle for H.R. 909/ S. 322, the “Pet and Women’s Safety (PAWS) Act,” which the FOP supports. This bill now goes to the President for his signature.

The House of Representatives considered and passed H.R. 7213, the “Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Act” without objection and now goes to the Senate for further review.

Action in the Senate

The Senate considered and passed H.R. 2, the “Agriculture Improvement Act” on a 87-13 vote. The bill was sent to the House of Representatives for further action. (See above for more information)

Senators Charles E. Grassley (R-IA) and Richard J. Durbin (D-IL) introduced  S. 3747, a new and revised version of the “First Step Act.” The FOP, working jointly with the IACP, Members of the Senate and officials at The White House, supported several measures to improve the draft. The Senate will consider the measure next week by folding this bill into S. 756, an unrelated bill that will serve as a vehicle for the measure.

The Senate considered and passed S. 2961, the “Victims of Childhood Abuse Reauthorization Act,” by unanimous consent. The bill now goes to the Senate for further consideration. The FOP supports this legislation.

Action in Senate Committees

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held an oversight hearing entitled: “Missing and Murdered: Confronting the Silent Crisis in Indian Country.”

The Senate Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing entitled: “Narcos: Transnational Cartels and Border Security.”


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/

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

One additional lawmaker has co-sponsored H.R. 1205, bringing our total to 195.

We have 27 co-sponsors on S. 915.

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

We have 51 co-sponsors on H.R 964.One additional lawmaker has co-sponsored S. 424, bringing our total to 7.

Support H.R. 4846/ S. 2845, the “Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act”

We have 58 co-sponsors on H.R. 4846.

We have 7 co-sponsors on S. 2845.

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