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Washington Watch: Legislative Update

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Washington Watch: Legislative Update
For the Week of 1 May 2017

I.   Legislative News and Activity  

II.   This Week in Congress

III.   Update on Top Legislative Priorities

IV.  Follow the FOP on Twitter!


      

I.                   LEGISLATIVE NEWS AND ACTIVITY

National President Canterbury spoke with R. Alexander Acosta, Secretary for the U.S. Department of Labor,  about the direction of the Department under President Trump and about our enthusiasm for his nomination and confirmation as Secretary.

 

Jim Pasco, Senior Advisor to the National President, spoke with numerous officials at the White House regarding the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service.

 

Senior Advisor Pasco spoke with Senator Amy J. Klobuchar (D-MN) regarding FOP priorities in this Congress.               

 

Senior Advisor Pasco had discussions with Danielle Cutrona, Senior Counsel to the U.S. Attorney General, on pending civil rights investigations.

 

Senior Advisor Pasco spoke with Thomas E. Brandon, Acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacoo, Firearms and Explosives, regarding increased thefts from Federally-licensed firearms dealers.

 

Senior Advisor Pasco spoke with officials at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement about pending changes in immigration policies.

 

Senior Advisor Pasco spoke with officials at the U.S. Department of Labor regarding FOP priorities.

 

Senior Advisor Pasco spoke with Kevin O’Connor, Assistant to the General President at the International Association of Fire Fighters, regarding the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).

 

Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative Liaison Mike Martin met with staff in the offices of Representatives Stephen I. Cohen (D-TN), Eric M. Swalwell, Jr. (D-CA) and Lamar S. Smith (R-TX) to discuss H.R. 2228, the “Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act.”   Following the meeting, Representative Swalwell cosponsored the bill.

 

Senior Legislative Liaison Richardson and Legislative Liaison Scott Marks met with majority staff for the House Committee on the Judiciary to talk about pending legislation and FOP priorities.

 

Senior Legislative Liaison Richardson and Legislative Liaison Marks met with majority staff for the Senate Committee on the Judiciary to talk about pending legislation and FOP priorities.

 

Senior Legislative Liaison Richardson and Legislative Liaison Marks met with minority staff for the Senate Committee on the Judiciary to talk about pending legislation and FOP priorities.

 

Senior Legislative Liaison Richardson and Legislative Liaison Marks met with staff in the offices of Representative David G. Reichert (R-WA) and William J. Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), the co-chairmen of the House Law Enforcement Caucus, to talk about pending legislation and FOP priorities.

 


II.     THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS
The House and Senate were in session.  The House will be in recess next week, but the Senate will remain in session.

 

Actions in the House

The House considered and passed H.R. 1180, the “Working Families Flexibility Act,” on a 229-197 vote.  The bill, which the FOP opposes, would allow private employers to use compensatory time off instead of overtime for their employees.  The bill will be transmitted to the Senate for further action.

 

The House considered and passed H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act,” on a 217-213 vote.  The bill, which is described as a “repeal and replacement” for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare), will be transmitted to the Senate for further action.

 

Action in House Committees

The Committee on the Judiciary considered favorably reported the following legislation:

  • H.R. 1039, the “Probation Officer Protectiion Act,” on a 15-7 vote;
  • H.R. 1761, the “Protection Against Child Exploitation Act”; and
  • H.R. 1892, the “Honoring Hometown Heroes Act.”

 

The FOP supported all these bills which will now be transmitted to the Senate.

 

 

Action in the Senate

The Senate considered and passed H.R. 244, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017,” on a 79-18 vote.  The bill was transmitted to the President, who signed it into law.

 

Action in Senate Committees

The Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing entitled “Responses to the Increase in Religious Hate Crimes.”

 

The Committee on the Judiciary held an oversight hearing on the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

 

 

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/S. 915, the “Social Security Fairness Act”
We added 13 cosponsors to H.R. 1205, bringing our current total to 120.

 

We added one cosponsor to S. 915, bringing our current total to 6.

B.  Support the H.R. 964/S. 424, the “Law Enforcement Officers’ Equity Act”
We added 2 cosponsors to H.R. 964, bringing our current total to 8.

There is 1 cosponsor on S. 424.

 

 

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