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Washington Watch: Legislative Update

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Washington Watch: Legislative Update
For the Week of 31 Jul 2017

I.     Legislative News and Activity  

II.   This Week in Congress

III.  Update on Top Legislative Priorities

IV.   Statement from FOP National President on Senator Cornyn’s Border Security Legislation

V.  Follow the FOP on Twitter!

  1. LEGISLATIVE NEWS AND ACTIVITY

Senior Advisor Jim Pasco:

  • Met with John Barsa, Acting Assistant Secretary in the Office of Partnership and Engagement for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), to improve communications between the FOP and DHS.
  • Met with Danielle Cutrona, Counsel to the Attorney General, on pending law enforcement nominations.
  • Met with Thomas E. Brandon, Acting Director for Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to discuss firearms issues.

Senior Advisor Jim Pasco and Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson:

  • Met with Jeffery A. Hood, the Executive Director of National Association of Police Athletic/Activities Leagues, to discuss collaboration opportunities between the two organizations.

Senior Legislative Liaison Richardson and Legislative Liaison Michael Martin:

  • Met with staff in the office of Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) and with Dalia Kulowiec, FOP Chairman of National Institute of Standards and Technology, to discuss Security at NIST Campus.
  • Participated in a call hosted by Kellyanne Conway at the White House for the Presidential agenda for the weeks to come.

Legislative Liaison Martin:

  • Attended a stakeholders meeting at the White House hosted by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).

 

II.     THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS
The House was in recess this week while the Senate was in session.  The House will not return until after Labor Day.  The Senate will be begin recess next week and will return after Labor Day.

Action in the House

The House is in August recess.

 Action in House Committees

The House is in August recess.

Action in the Senate

The Senate spent its week considering mostly nominations. The nomination of Christopher Wray to be the FBI Director, who the FOP endorsed, was confirmed 92-5. Additionally, H.R. 510,  the “Rapid DNA Act,” passed with unanimous consent and heads to the White House for signature.

Action in Senate Committees

The Senate took up several nominations for the U.S Attorney positions and all were confirmed by voice vote. The Committee also took up Jeffery Bossert Clark to be Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division. Mr. Clark was reported to the full Senate favorably 11-9.

 

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 148 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 have 21 cosponsors on H.R. 964.

We have 3 cosponsors on S. 424.

 

IV.         Statement from FOP National President on Senator Cornyn’s Border Security Legislation

Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, issued the following statement today:

The Fraternal Order of Police is a strong advocate for enhancing border security and giving the men and women of law enforcement the resources they need to do their job to the best of their abilities. We must also commit ourselves to improving the safety of those officers who are entrusted to protect our border and our communities.

Currently, our communities face a number of threats from outside the borders of our country. Transnational organized crime syndicates pose a direct threat to our local communities by fueling the heroin epidemic that takes over 1,000 lives a week. Eighty percent (80%) of the heroin that has flooded the United States comes from Mexican cartels. It is time we put an end to this.

It is for these reasons that the Fraternal Order of Police continues to work with Senator John Cornyn and his office to best address these issues that we face as officers every day. As law enforcement officers, we took an oath to protect and serve our communities and our nation. Senator Cornyn is committed to providing law enforcement the resources it needs to do our jobs and protect those we have sworn to serve and we support him in those efforts. He has been a tireless supporter of law enforcement officers throughout the United States, and I look forward to working with him to help us make our borders secure and our officers safer.

The Fraternal Order of Police is the largest law enforcement labor organization in the United States with more than 330,000 members.

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