Washington Watch: Legislative Update

For the Week of 4 February 2019 

Legislative News and Activity

This Week in Congress

Update on Top Legislative Priorities

Day on the Hill Briefing, D.C. Lodge #1,  Monday 25 February at 4:00

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LEGISLATIVE NEWS AND ACTIVITY

Executive Director Jim Pasco:

  • spoke with Jared C. Kushner, Senior Advisor to the President, regarding the implementation of the recently passed First Step Act;
  • spoke with Jennifer S. Korn, Special Assistant to the President, regarding the State of the Union, immigration and FOP priorities;
  • spoke with John Hill, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Partnership and Engagement in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, regarding immigration problems and improving internal departmental communication;
  • had a continuing conversation with the policy team at the U.S. Department of Labor regarding LM-2 reporting issues.

Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative Liaison Mark McDonald spoke with staff in the office of Representative Val V. Demings (D-FL)  regarding Federal resources for State and local K9 units.

THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS

Action in the House

The House considered and passed H.R. 450, the “Preventing Crimes against Veterans Act,” unanimously under a suspension of the rules. The bill would provide an additional tool to prevent certain frauds against veterans.

The House considered and passed H.R. 507, the “Put Trafficking Victims First Act,” on a 414-1 vote under a suspension of the rules. The bill would offer Federal resources and support to better combat human trafficking.

Both of these bills now go to the Senate for further consideration.

Action in House Committees

The Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing entitled: “Preventing Gun Violence: A Call to Action” and an oversight hearing of the U.S. Department of Justice at which Acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitacker testified.

Action in Senate Committees

The Committee on the Judiciary considered and reported favorably William P. Barr on a party line, 12-10 vote to be the next U.S. Attorney General. The nomination now goes to the full Senate for final consideration.

The Committee on the Judiciary also considered and reported favorably 44 new Federal judge nominees.

UPDATE ON TOP LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES

With the end of the 115th Congress, all remaining legislation expired.  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 9 co-sponsors to H.R. 141, bringing our total to 92.

 

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 at 4:00 at D.C. Lodge #1 and last approximately one hour.  The lodge is located at 711 4th St NW, Washington, D.C.

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.

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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