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Washington Watch: Legislative Update

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Washington Watch: Legislative Update
For the Week of 27 February 2017

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
National President Chuck Canterbury and Jim Pasco, Senior Advisor to the National President, met personally with U.S. Attorney General Jefferson B. Sessions III to discuss a variety of issues, including “pattern and practice” investigations, the 1033 and other programs impacted by Executive Order 13688, asset forfeiture reform, needed reforms to the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits program and appointments to key positions within the U.S. Department of Justice.

National President Canterbury and National Legislative Office staff met with Representative Robert W. Goodlatte (R-VA), Chairman of the House Committee on the Judiciary, to discuss FOP priorities and pending issues before the Committee.

National President Canterbury and National Legislative Office staff met with Representative David G. Reichert (R-WA), to discuss the FOP’s hate crimes proposal.

Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson spoke with David Rybicki, Counselor to U.S. Attorney General Sessions, to discuss the impact of Executive Order 13688, which imposes restrictions on assistance programs for State and local law enforcement like the 1033 program.

Senior Legislative Liaison Richardson and Legislative Liaison Mike Martin represented the FOP at a stakeholder’s meeting with staff in the House Majority Leader’s office to discuss pending legislation.

Senior Legislative Liaison Richardson and Legislative Liaison Martin represented the FOP  at a stakeholder’s meeting with staff in the Senate Majority Leader’s office to discuss pending legislation.

Senior Legislative Liaison Richardson and Legislative Liaison Martin met with staff in the offices of Senators M.K. “Heidi” Heitkamp (D-ND) and Joseph Manchin III (D-WV) to discuss the FOP’s hate crimes proposal.

Legislative Liaison Martin represented the FOP at a briefing by the National Center for State Courts and SEARCH for Congressional staff on Federal grant programs.

II.     THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS
The House and Senate were both in session this week.

Action in the House
The House considered and passed a pair of bills addressing existing and future regulations: H.R. 998, the “Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act,” on a 240-185 vote, and H.R. 1009, the “Regulatory Integrity Act,” on a 246-176 vote.

Action in House Committees
The Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing entitled: “Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.”


Action in the Senate
The Senate considered and confirmed four more Cabinet members: Wilbur L. Ross, Jr. (Commerce), Ryan K. Zinke (Interior), Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Sr. (Health and Human Services)  and J. Richard Perry (Energy).

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 https://www.congress.gov/

A.  Support H.R. 1205, the “Social Security Fairness Act”
We added 7 cosponsors to H.R. 1205, bringing our current total to 84.

B.  Support the H.R. 964/S. 424, the “Law Enforcement Officers’ Equity Act”
We added 1 cosponsor to H.R. 964, bringing our current total to 2.

There is 1 cosponsor on S. 424.

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