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Washington Watch: Legislative Update

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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.  FOP NEWS: FOP Joins President Trump at PSOB Bill Signing

IV.  Follow the FOP on Twitter!


      

I.                   LEGISLATIVE NEWS AND ACTIVITY

National President Chuck Canterbury was in Washington, D.C. to:

  • Attend a bill signing ceremony with President Donald J. Trump in the Blue Room at the White House along with Senior Advisor Jim Pasco and a delegation of FOP members.  The President signed S. 419, the “Public Safety Officers’ Benefit Reform Act,” and S. 583, the “American Law Enforcement Heroes Act,” into law.  (See Item IV. Below)

 Jim  Pasco, Senior Advisor to the National President, had discussions with:

  • Other law enforcement labor and management organizations on a consolidated legislative agenda for the rest of the Session.

 Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative Liaison Mike Martin:

  • Met with representatives of the FOP’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing Labor Council to discuss issues of interest to that agency; and
  • Spoke with staff in the offices of Representatives David G. Reichert (R-WA) and Timothy J. Ryan (D-OH) to discuss the FOP’s proposal to better protect police officers from ambush attacks.

 Legislative Liaison Martin:

  • Met with staff in the offices of Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA) and Representatives Brian K. Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Brendan F. Boyle (D-PA) to discuss H.R. 959/S. 597, the “Children of Fallen Heroes Act,”; and
  • Spoke with staff in the office of Representative Vernon G. Buchanan (R-FL) regarding H.R. 115, the “Thin Blue Line Act.”

 

 II.     THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS
The House and Senate were in both in recess in observance of Memorial Day.

 

 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 8 cosponsors to H.R. 1205, bringing our current total to 132.

We have 7 cosponsors on S. 915.


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 12.

We added 1 cosponsor to S. 424, bringing our current total to 2.

 

 IV.          FOP NEWSFOP Joins President Trump at PSOB Bill Signing

Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, joined President Donald J. Trump at a bill signing ceremony in the Blue Room of the White House. President Trump, flanked by uniformed members of the FOP, signed S. 419, the “Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) Improvements Act,” into law.

“The PSOB program was established to help and support the families these brave heroes left behind,” Canterbury said. “This is very important to law enforcement and the wider public safety community because it provides our members peace of mind knowing that  their families will be taken care of in the event they are killed or disabled in the line of duty.”

The legislation addresses existing problems at the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) Office with respect to transparency and accountability. The changes to the existing statute will also help reduce the current backlog of claims and make it easier for families, who are grieving after the loss of their loved one, to file claims.

“Just two weeks ago, the FOP and President Trump honored 234 officers who lost their lives in service to their country,” Canterbury said. “By signing this bill into law today, President Trump honors all officers–those in past, present and future–who gave or will give their lives in the service of others. We are proud to have been part of the effort and proud to be with the President at this historic event.”

The President also signed S. 583, the “American Law Enforcement Heroes Act,” into law. This bill, which the FOP strongly supported, would make permanent the preferences given to law enforcement agencies who commit to hiring veterans through the hiring program administered by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).

 

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