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Washington Watch: Legislative Update

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Washington Watch: Legislative Update
For the Week of 19 September 2016

I.      Legislative News and Activity
II.    This Week in Congress
III.   Update on Top Legislative Priorities
IV.   Follow the FOP National Legislative Office on Twitter!

I.      LEGISLATIVE NEWS AND ACTIVITY

Executive Director Jim Pasco had continued conversations with Gregory Schultz, special assistant to the President and Senior Advisor to the Vice President, to discuss outreach efforts and upcoming meetings.

Executive Director Pasco spoke with Vanita Gupta, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), to discuss ongoing civil unrest.

Executive Director Pasco had conversations involved in the coordination of support with the Trump Campaign.

Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative Liaison Marisa Beam represented the FOP at a stakeholders meeting hosted by Denise O’Donnell, Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance to discuss regulatory changes to the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) program.

Senior Legislative Liaison Richardson and Legislative Liaison Mike Martin met with staff in the offices of Representative Brendon F. Boyle (D-PA), Robert A. Brady (D-PA) and Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA) to discuss the FOP’s hate crimes proposal.

Legislative Liaison Martin attended a private screening invitation of “Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict” hosted by Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch, FBI Director James Comey, and DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg.

Legislative Liaison Martin attended a meeting of the Congressional Policing Strategies Working Group.
II.     THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS
The House and Senate were both in session this week.

Action in the House
The House considered and passed H.R. 5859, the “Community Counterterrorism Preparedness Act,” on a 395-30 vote.  The bill now goes to the Senate for further consideration.

The House considered and passed H.R. 5977, the “To direct the Secretary of Transportation to provide to the appropriate committees of Congress advance notice of certain announcements, and for other purposes,” on a 424-1-6 vote. The bill now goes to the Senate for further consideration.

Action in House Committees
The Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing entitled: “Oversight of United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”

The Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law held a hearing entitled: “Treating the Opioid Epidemic: The State of Competition in the Markets for Addiction Medicine.”

The Subcommittee on The Constitution and Civil Justice held a hearing entitled: “The Ultimate Civil Right: Examining the Hyde Amendment and the Born Alive Infants Protection Act.”

Action in the Senate
The Senate considered and passed H.R. 5985, the “Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2016,” on a 89-0 vote. The bill now goes to the President for his signature.

III.       UPDATE ON TOP LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES
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 http://thomas.loc.gov .

A.  Support H.R. 973/S. 1651, the “Social Security Fairness Act”
We have 151 cosponsors on H.R. 973.

We added 1 cosponsor to S. 1651, bringing our current total to 25.

B.  Support H.R. 2254/S. 2946, the “Law Enforcement Officers’ Equity Act”
We have 27 cosponsors on H.R. 2254

We have 3 cosponsors on S. 2946.

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