Washington Watch: Legislative Update

For the Week of 3 June 2019

  1. Legislative News and Activity
  2. This Week in Congress
  3. Update on Top Legislative Priorities
  4. ANNOUNCEMENT: FOP National President Is Officially Nominated To Lead The Bureau Of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, And Explosives
  5. Support the National FOP PAC
  6. Follow the FOP on Facebook & Twitter! 

 

 

LEGISLATIVE NEWS AND ACTIVITY

Executive Director Jim Pasco:

  • spoke with Jack A. Rauch, Deputy Associate Director with the Office of Public Liaison, regarding firearms issues; and
  •  spoke with Tim Shea, Senior Counsel to Attorney General William P. Barr, regarding the upcoming National FOP’s 2019 Biennial National Conference in New Orleans, as well as continued conversations pertaining to immigration and the next phases of the implementation of the First Step Act.

Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative Liaison Scott Marks met with staff in the office of Representatives Steven E. Stivers (R, OH-15) and Theodore R. Budd (R, NC-13) regarding H.R. 2513, the “Corporate Transparency Act.” The bill was referred to the House Committee on Financial Services and is scheduled to be marked-up on June 11.

Legislative Liaison Marks met with staff in the office of Representatives Alexander X. Mooney (R, WV-2) and Anthony E. Gonzalez (R, OH-16) regarding H.R. 2513, the “Corporate Transparency Act.” The bill was referred to the House Committee on Financial Services and is scheduled to be marked-up on June 11.

 

THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS

 Action in the House

The House considered and passed H.R. 6, the “American Dream and Promise Act,” on a 237-187 vote. The bill would cancel and prohibit removal proceedings against certain aliens and provides such aliens with a path toward permanent resident status.

 Action in the Senate

The Senate received President Trump’s nomination of National FOP President Chuck Canterbury to be the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The nomination was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

The Senate considered and approved on the nomination of Andrew M. Saul to be the Commissioner of Social Security on a 74-17 vote.

Action in the House Committees

The Committee on Homeland Security held a hearing entitled: “Perspectives on TSA’s Policies to Prevent Unlawful Profiling.”

Action in the Senate Committees

The Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing entitled: “Fentanyl Analogues & the Expiring Emergency Scheduling Order.”

 

UPDATE ON TOP LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES

 Support H.R. 141/S. 521, the “Social Security Fairness Act”8 additional cosponsors signed on to H.R. 141, bringing our total to 182.

Last week the National FOP Legislative Office sent letters to the 37 Members of Congress that had previously cosponsored this legislation in the 115thCongress, asking them to again co-sponsor the bill in this Congress (click here to read the full letter). Since then, 7 Members have signed on.

 We have 30 cosponsors on S. 521.

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

We have 36 cosponsors on H.R. 1195.

We have 1 cosponsor on S. 473.

Support H.R. 1154/S.1394, the “Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act”

5 additional cosponsors signed on to H.R. 1154, bringing our total to 113.

1 additional cosponsored signed on to S. 1394, bringing our total to 17.

  

ANNOUNCEMENT:

FOP NATIONAL PRESIDENT IS OFFICIALLY NOMINATED TO LEAD THE BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, FIREARMS, AND EXPLOSIVES 

 FOP National President Chuck Canterbury has been officially nominated by President Donald J. Trump to lead the agency. You can read more from the White House by clicking this link. You can also follow the nomination here

 

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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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