Washington Watch: Legislative Update
For the Week of 22 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
Legislative Liaison Mike Martin:
Represented the FOP on a conference call with the Office of National Drug Control Policy regarding the Administration’s budget proposal.
Represented the FOP at a DOJ briefing on the President’s proposed budget for FY ’18.
II. THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS
The House and Senate were in both in session.
Action in the House
The House considered and passed the following bills:
H.R. 2052, the ‘Protecting the Rights of Individuals Against Technological Exploitation (PRIVATE) Act,’ by voice vote; and
H.R. 467, the ‘VA Scheduling Accountability Act,’ by voice vote; and
H.R. 953, the ‘Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act,’ by a vote of 256-165; and
H.R. 1761, the ‘Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act,’ by a vote of 368-51; and
H.R. 1973, the ‘Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Act,’ by a vote of 415-3.
S. 1083, a bill to provide for stays when the Merit Board System lacks a quorum, by voice vote; and
H.R. 695, the ‘Child Protection Improvements Act,’ by voice vote; and
H.R. 2473, the ‘Enforcing Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act,’ by voice vote.
Action in House Committees
The Committee on the Judiciary considered and favorably reported the following bills:
H.R. 1973, the ‘Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Act,’ by voice vote; and
H.R. 2473, the ‘Enforcing Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act,’ by voice vote; and
H.R. 2431, the ‘Michael Davis, Jr. and Danny Oliver in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act,’ by a vote of 19-13; and
H.R. 2406, the ‘Immigration and Customs Enforcement Authorization Act,’ by a vote of 15-8; and
H.R. 2605, the ‘Secret Service Authorization Act,’ by voice vote; and
H.R. 2407, the ‘U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Reauthorization Act,’ by a vote of 14-10.
These bills are now pending on the House floor.
The Committee also considered 12 amendments to H.R. 2431, the ‘Michael Davis, Jr. and Danny Oliver in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act.’
Action in the Senate
The Senate considered nominations.
Action in Senate Committees
The Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing entitled ‘Building America’s Trust Through Border Security: Progress on the Southern Border.’
The Committee on the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism held a hearing entitled, “Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Across Borders: Facilitating Cooperation and Protecting Rights.”
The Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held a hearing entitled: ‘Border Insecurity: The Rise of MS-13 and Other Transnational Criminal Organizations.”
The Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs’ Subcommittee on Investigations held a hearing entitled, ‘Stopping the Shipment of Synthetic Opioids: Oversight of U.S. Strategy to Combat Illicit Drugs.’
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 9 cosponsors to H.R. 1205, bringing our current total to 129.
We have 6 cosponsors on S. 915.
B. Support the H.R. 964/S. 424, the “Law Enforcement Officers’ Equity Act”
We added 3 cosponsors to H.R. 964, bringing our current total to 11.
We added 1 cosponsor to S. 424, bringing our current total to 2.
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