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Washington Watch: Legislative Update

2017-07-14T16:01:49+00:00 July 15th, 2017|From the Grand Lodge, Legislation|Comments Off on Washington Watch: Legislative Update

Washington Watch: Legislative Update

For the Week of 10 Jul 2017

I. Legislative News and Activity
II. This Week in Congress
III. Update on Top Legislative Priorities
IV. Follow the FOP on Twitter!


National President Chuck Canterbury, Senior Advisor Jim Pasco and Chicago Lodge #7 President Kevin Graham as well as Chicago #7 First Vice President Patrick J. Murphy and Second Vice President Martin Preib:

Met with Thomas E. Wheeler II, the Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division and Jesse M. Panuccio, Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General, to discuss pending investigations in Chicago and other jurisdictions. Rachel L. Brand, Associate Attorney General, while not a participant in the meeting, dropped by to welcome these FOP leaders.

National President Canterbury and Senior Advisor Pasco:

Met with Christopher A. Wray, the President’s nominee to be the next Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Also in the meeting was Robert J. Troester, an Assistant U.S. Attorney now with the Officer of the Deputy Attorney General. Following the meeting, the FOP issued a formal endorsement of Mr. Wray’s nomination. The FOP previously supported him when he was nominated for Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division and had an excellent working relationship with him during his tenure there.

Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislation Liaison Mike Martin:

Met with staff in the offices of Senators Richard J. Durbin (D-IL), Joseph Manchin III (D-WV), Amy J. Klobuchar (D-MN) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) to discuss the appropriations for State and local law enforcement assistance programs.

Senior Legislative Liaison Richardson:

Represented the FOP at a monthly stakeholder meeting of criminal justice organizations.

Legislative Liaison Martin:

Met with staff in the offices of Representative Theodore E. Deutch (D-FL) and Senator John Cornyn III (R-TX) to discuss the appropriations for State and local law enforcement assistance programs.


The House and Senate returned to session this week.

Action in the House
The House spent this week considering amendments to H.R. 2810, the “The National Defense Reauthorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018,” and then passed the bill on a 344-81 vote. The bill will now be transmitted to the Senate for further action.

Action in House Committees
The Committee on Appropriations considered and passed a draft bill making appropriations for the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies on a 31-21 vote.

The Committee on the Judiciary considered, amended and passed H.R. 2851, the “Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues Act,” on a voice vote. The FOP supported this bill, which will now go to the House floor.

Action in the Senate

The Senate considered and confirmed three Presidential nominations.


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 2 new cosponsors to H.R. 1205, bringing our new total to 144.

We have 8 cosponsors on S. 915.


B. Support the H.R. 964/S. 424, the “Law Enforcement Officers’ Equity Act”
We have 17 cosponsors on H.R. 964.

We have 3 cosponsors on S. 424.

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