Washington Watch: Legislative Update

For the Week of 7 January 2019 

I. Legislative News and Activity  

II. This Week in Congress

III. Update on Top Legislative Priorities

  1. FOP ANNOUNCEMENT: Day on the Hill Dates Released
  2. Support the National FOP PAC
  3. Follow the FOP on Twitter! 

 

LEGISLATIVE NEWS AND ACTIVITY

National President Chuck Canterbury and Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with William P. Barr, the nominee for Attorney General of the United States, regarding the effort to ensure his confirmation.

Executive Director Pasco:

  • Talked with Nicholas C. Geale, Chief of Staff to the U.S. Secretary of Labor, regarding LM-2 reporting issues;
  • Talked with Jared C. Kushner, Senior Advisor to the President regarding, the implementation of the recently passed, “First Step Act;”
  • Coordinated with members of the Mr. Barr’s confirmation team, regarding ways to assist in the confirmation process.

Senior Legislative Tim Richardson:

  • Joined several other law enforcement organizations in a meeting with Representative Donald J. Bacon (R-NE) to discuss the reintroduction of the “LEOSA Improvements Act;”
  • Represented the FOP at a meeting of law enforcement stakeholders to discuss potential issues and challenges in the 116th Congress;
  • Met with staff in the office of Representative Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD), the new Majority Leader, to discuss the FOP’s agenda in the 106th Congress;
  • Met with staff in the office of freshman Representatives Abigail A. Spanberger (D-VA) and Peter J. Stauber (R-MN) to discuss potential support for the “Protect and Serve Act;”
  • Met with staff in the office of Senator Lisa A. Murkowski (R-AK) to discuss the reintroduction of the “Public Employee-Employer Cooperation Act.”

Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative Liaison Scott Marks met with staff in the office of Representatives John H. Rutherford (R-FL) and Valdez V. Demings to discuss the reintroduction of the “Protect and Serve Act,” as well as other FOP priorities.

Legislative Liaison Marks:

  • Met with staff in the office of Senator Shelby Moore Capito (R-WV) regarding legislation to lower the Medicare age to 55 for law enforcement and other public safety offices;
  • Attended a monthly meeting regarding pending beneficial ownership legislation to combat money laundering.

THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS

The government is still partially shutdown, see our press release here.

Action in the House

The House considered and passed:

  • H.R. 264, “Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act”, on a 240-188 vote;
  • H.R. 267, “Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act” on a 244-180 vote;
  • H.R. 265, “Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act” on a 243-183; and
  • H.R. 266, “Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act” on a 240-179.

These bills would fund these  Federal Departments and their component agencies but the Senate is not expected to consider the bills until there is an agreement on the border security.

The House considered and passed S. 24, the “Government Employee Fair Treatment Act” on a 411-7 vote. This legislation would give back-pay to Federal workers who did not receive compensation during this government shutdown.

Action in the Senate

The Senate considered and passed by voice vote S. 24, the “Government Employee Fair Treatment Act.”

UPDATE ON TOP LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES

With the end of the 115th Congress, all remaining legislation expires. Staff in the National Legislative Office is already in communication with staff in the offices of the sponsors of our top legislative priorities. As you can see below, one of our top priorities has been re-introduced. We will update this section and our website as they are re-introduced.

Support H.R. 141, the “Social Security Fairness Act”

We added 25 co-sponsors to H.R. 141, bringing our total 44.

 

FOP ANNOUNCEMENT: Day on the Hill Dates Released

FOP Day on the Hill is 25-27 February

This year’s Day on the Hill will begin on Monday, 25 February 2019. The National Legislative Office and the National Legislative Committee will host a short briefing on our legislative agenda. The briefing will take place on Monday afternoon at D.C. Lodge #1 and last approximately one hour. Tuesday and Wednesday, 26-27 February, will be devoted to your meetings with Members from your home States and districts. These appointments should be made in advance!!! Event participants should make every effort to have their Representative or Senator attend the meeting along with the appropriate staff person.

Accommodations for Day on the Hill Participants

The National Legislative Office is working to secure a room block for attendees. We will provide this information as soon as possible.

REMEMBER:  The FOP’s Day on the Hill event is a key component of our legislative advocacy strategy and our Grassroots Action Network. Having our members here on Capitol Hill, sitting down with their elected Senators and Representatives has a real and lasting impact on the FOP’s ability to move its agenda through Congress. We are coming off of a very successful Congress, but we need to continue to build on that success and we can’t do that without YOU!

Your participation is critical, and while we look forward to seeing old friends and our Day on the Hill veterans, this year we also want to see some new faces. We are challenging our members who do attend to bring along a lodge member who hasn’t yet participated in this event. By increasing the number of officers that lawmakers hear from, the greater effectiveness we will have as an organization. Talk about Day on the Hill in your lodge meetings and help us help you by increasing our participation.

 We need Congress focused on OUR issues and OUR safety. We need you to help make sure our voice is heard and we need more voices!

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