Washington Watch: Legislative Update

For the Week of 18 March 2019

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:

  • spoke with Steven H. Cook, Associate Deputy Attorney General, regarding civil rights issues;
  • spoke with Jennifer S. Korn, Special Assistant to the President, regarding First Step Act implementation.

 

Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson:

  • met with Judiciary Committee staff from the offices of Senators Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to discuss the introduction of the Senate companion bill to H.R. 1156, the “LEOSA Reform Act.”  The need for legislation to reauthorize the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) grant program was also discussed;
  • met with staff in the office of Cory S. Gardner (R-CO) to discuss draft legislation which would create a new program within the BVP grant program for the acquisition of Type III vests;
  • met with staff in the office of Senator Mitch McConnell, the Majority Leader, to discuss the FOP’s priorities and agenda for the First Session of this Congress;
  • spoke with staff in the office of Representative Ralph W. Norman, Jr. (R-SC) about re-introducing the “Putting First Responders First Act”;
  • met with majority staff with the Senate Committee of the Judiciary to discuss the reauthorization of programs established by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and administered by the Office of Violence Against Women (OVW).

 

Senior Legislative Liaison Richardson and Legislative Liaison Scott Marks:

  • met with staff in the office of Representative David F. Kustoff (R-TN) to discuss FOP-backed bills pending before the Committee on Financial Services and H.R. 1325;
  • participated in a conference call with staff in the office of Representative Peter T. King (R-NY) to discuss H.R. 1595, the “Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act.”  The bill, which is scheduled for action in the Committee on Financial Services, would eliminate penalties on financial institutions which do business with marijuana-related businesses.

 

Senior Legislative Liaison Richardson and Legislative Liaison Mark McDonald:

met with staff in the offices of Representatives John R. Garamendi (D-CA) and Abigail A. Spanberger (D-VA) regarding H.R. 1325, the “Protect and Serve Act.”

Staff in the FOP’s National Legislative Office participated in a call hosted by the White House’s Office of Public Liaison entitled, “Combatting the Opioid Crisis.”

Legislative Liaison Scott Marks attended a Law Enforcement Briefing Forum hosted by the Bureau of Justice Assistance at the U.S. Department of Justice.

 

II.    THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS

Both chambers were in recess this week.

 

III.    UPDATE ON TOP LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES

 

A.  Support H.R. 141/S. 521, the “Social Security Fairness Act”

2 additional lawmakers have co-sponsored H.R. 141 bringing our total to 137.

4 additional lawmakers have co-sponsored S. 521 bringing our total to 13.

B.  Support H.R. 1195/S. 473, the “Law Enforcement Officers’ Equity Act”

9 additional lawmakers have co-sponsored H.R. 1195 bringing our total to 32.

We continue to have 1 cosponsor on S. 473.

 

C. Support H.R. 1154, the “Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act”

2 additional lawmakers have co-sponsored H.R. 1154 bringing our total to 23.

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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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