Washington Watch: Legislative Update
For the Week of 8 May 2017
I. Legislative News and Activity
II. This Week in Congress
III. Update on Top Legislative Priorities
IV. Follow the FOP on Twitter!
LEGISLATIVE NEWS AND ACTIVITY
National President Canterbury and Jim Pasco, Senior Advisor to the National President, had a luncheon meeting at the U.S. Department of Labor with Secretary R. Alexander Acosta.
Senior Advisor Pasco was in constant contact with officials in the White House about the National Peace Officers Memorial Service.
Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative Liaison Mike Martin met with staff in the offices of Representatives Steven J. Chabot (R-OH) and David G. Cicilline (D-RI) to discuss H.R. 2228, the “Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act.” Following the meeting, Representative Chabot cosponsored the bill.
Senior Legislative Liaison Richardson and Legislative Liaison Martin met with staff in the offices of Charles W. Dent (R-PA), J. Michael Johnson (R-LA) and John L. Ratcliffe (R-TX) to discuss the FOP’s proposed legislation to protect law enforcement from bias-based attack as well as H.R. 2228, the “Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act.”
Legislative Liaison Martin had a conference call with staff in the office of Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) to discuss H.R. 2228, the “Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act.”
Legislative Liaison Martin attended a meeting of the Comprehensive Addition and Recovery Act (CARA) working group.
Legislative Liaison Martin represented the FOP at a stakeholder meeting hosted by staff in the office of Representative Katherine M. Clark (D-MA) to discuss efforts to move H.R. 909, the “Pets and Women Safet (PAWS) Act.”
THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS
The House was in recess this week, but the Senate was in session.
Action in the Senate
The Senate considered and approved nominees appointed to various Federal offices.
Action in Senate Committees
The Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing entitled “Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Across Borders: Facilitating Cooperation and Protecting Rights.”
The Committee on the Judiciary considered and favorably reported two bills by voice vote that the FOP supports: S. 139, the “Rapid DNA Act,” and S. 583, the “American Law Enforcement Heroes Act.” Both bills will now be considered on the Senate floor.
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 have 120 cosponsors on the H.R. 1205.
We have 6 cosponsors on S. 915.
B. Support the H.R. 964/S. 424, the “Law Enforcement Officers’ Equity Act”
We have 8 cosponsors on H.R. 964.
There is 1 cosponsor on S. 424.
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