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Washington Watch: Legislative Update

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Washington Watch: Legislative Update
For the Week of 12 June 2017

I.     Legislative News and Activity  

II.   This Week in Congress

III.  Update on Top Legislative Priorities

IV.  National President Canterbury: Thoughts and Prayers for the Wounded

V.  Follow the FOP on Twitter!



Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson:

  • Attended the monthly stakeholder meeting of criminal justice organizations.
  • Represented the FOP at a stakeholder meeting to discuss changes to the proposed “Kelsey Smith Act.”  Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Kelsey’s parents, also participated.


Senior Legislative Liaison Richardson and Legislative Liaison Mike Martin:

  • Represented the FOP at a stakeholder meeting to discuss the FY2018 appropriations process with a focus on the funding of the Order of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne-JAG) programs.


Legislative Liaison Martin:

  • Met with staff in the offices of Representatives Adriano D. Espaillat (D-NY) and Theodore E. Rotika (R-IN)  to discuss H.R. 949, the “Children of Fallen Heroes Act.”

    The House and Senate returned to session this week.

     Action in the House

    The House considered and passed S. 1094, the “Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act,” on a 368-55 vote.  The bill, which would establish an Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection, within the Department of Veterans Affairs, now goes to the President to be signed into law.

    Action in House Committees

    The Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing entitled: “Data Stored Abroad: Ensuring Lawful Access and Privacy Protection in the Digital Era.”

     Action in the Senate

    The Senate considered and passed:

  • S. 722, the “Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act,” on a 98-2 vote.  The bill, which would impose new sanctions on Iran and prevent existing sanctions on Russia from being lifted without Congressional authorization, now goes to the House for further consideration; and
  • S. 782, the “Providing Resources, Officers, and Technology To Eradicate Cyber Threats to (PROTECT) Our Children Act,” by unanimous consent.  The bill, which the FOP supported, would reauthorize the Internet Crimes Against Children ( ICAC) Task Forces.  It now goes to the House for further action.



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 137 cosponsors on H.R. 1205.

 We have 8 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 17.

We have 2 cosponsors on S. 424.


IV.          National President Canterbury: Thoughts and Prayers for the Wounded

Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, is receiving regular updates on the senseless shooting in Alexandria, Virginia this morning at the Congressional GOP’s baseball practice.

“The FOP now would like everyone to keep those victims wounded in their thoughts and prayers, including the brave men and women of Capitol Police who were shot today,” said Canterbury. “We are proud of all officers nationwide who risk everything to protect and serve, and pray for the speedy recovery of those were wounded today.”

 “United States Capitol Police officers stood between good and evil today, as all officers do every single day,” Canterbury continued.

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