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Washington Watch: Legislative Update

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Washington Watch: Legislative Update
For the Week of 11 January 2016

I.         Legislative News and Activity
II.       This Week in Congress
III.    Update on Top Legislative Priorities
IV.     DAY ON THE HILL 2016!!!
V.     Follow the FOP National Legislative Office on Twitter!

I.      LEGISLATIVE NEWS AND ACTIVITY
Executive Director Jim Pasco attended the FOP’s National Labor Coalition which was held last weekend in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Executive Director Pasco introduced two of the speakers at this event, Vanita Gupta, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), who discussed the state of current investigations and Robert N. Driscoll, a former Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Chief of Staff for the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, who shared his perspective  as an active legal practitioner in the civil rights area.

Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative Liaison Marisa Beam represented the FOP on a conference call with M. Kendall Day and Alice W. Dery, the Chief and Deputy Chief of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section of the DOJ to discuss asset forfeiture reform.

Senior Legislative Liaison Richardson and Legislative Liaison Michael Martin met with senior staffers with the chairmen and ranking members of the Committee on the Judiciary and the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations to discuss S. 125, the “Bulletproof Vest Partnership Reauthorization Program,” the FOP’s hate crimes proposal, asset forfeiture reform and other criminal justice reform measures.

Senior Legislative Liaison Richardson and Legislative Liaison Martin met with staff in the office of Representatives J. Randy Forbes (R-VA) and David A. Trott to discuss S. 125/H.R. 228, the “Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act.”

Senior Legislative Liaison Richardson and Legislative Liaison Martin met with staff in the office of Representative Michael Quigley (D-IL) to discuss H.R. 4320, the  “NICS Denial Notification Act,” and S. 125/H.R. 228, the “Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act.”

Legislative Liaison Martin spoke with staff in the office of Douglas A. Collins (R-GA) regarding S. 125/H.R. 228, the “Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act.”

Legislative Liaison Martin met with staff in the offices of Representatives Scott H. Peters (D-CA) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) to discuss H.R. 3537, the “Synthetic Drug Control Act.”

II.     THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS
Both the House and the Senate were in session this week, though Congress cut its week short to allow for the Republican issues retreat in Baltimore.

Action in the House
The House considered and passed H.R. 757, the “North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act,” on a 418-2 vote.  The bill, which seeks to investigate and enforce sanctions on North Korea now goes to the Senate for further action.

Action in House Committees
The Committee on the Judiciary considered and favorably reported three bills by voice vote:

  • H.R. 1854, the “Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health Act (CJMHA)”;
  • H.R. 3406, the “Second Chance Reauthorization Act,” and
  • H.R. 4240, the “No Fly for Foreign Fighters Act.”

The bills can now be considered on the House floor.

Action in the Senate
The Senate failed to invoke cloture on a motion to proceed to the consideration of S. 2232, the “Federal Reserve Transparency Act,” on a 53-44 vote.

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 http://thomas.loc.gov.

A.  Support H.R. 973/S. 1651, the “Security Fairness Act”
We added one cosponsor to H.R. 973, bringing our current total to 133 cosponsors.

We added two cosponsor to S. 1651 bringing our current total to 21 cosponsors.

B.  Support H.R. 2254, the “Law Enforcement Officers’ Equity Act”
We added one cosponsor to H.R. 2254, bringing our current total to 14 cosponsors.

IV.  DAY ON THE HILL 2016!
Your participation in this year’s Day on the Hill is of critical importance as the 114th Congress begins its final session and the Presidential campaigns heat up. We need to make our voices heard and work hard to ensure that our issues are considered in the year ahead and by all the candidates for President. Please attend if you can; we need your participation!!!

The FOP Day on The Hill 2016 will begin on Monday, 29 February 2016. The National Legislative Office and the National Legislative Committee will host a short briefing on our legislative agenda. The briefing will take place at 3pm on that Monday afternoon at D.C. Lodge #1 and last approximately one hour.

Tuesday and Wednesday, 1-2 March, will be devoted to your meetings with Members from your home States and districts. These appointments should be made in advance!!!Event participants should make every effort to have their Representative or Senator attend the meeting along with the appropriate staff person.

Accommodations for Day on the Hill Participants
The National Legislative Office has arranged for a block of rooms at the HamiltonCrowne Plaza at 1001 14th Street, NW.  The hotel is located just a few blocks from the Metro, making it easy for you to move around the city.

The rate is $209 per night, and you must identify yourself as part of the Fraternal Order of Police to get this special rate. Make your reservations now by calling the Central Reservations’ line (877-424-2449), and using the group code “GLF.”

The cut-off date for reservations is 1 February 2016, so don’t delay–make that reservation today!!!

 

V.      Follow the FOP National Legislative Office on Twitter!
Sign up today for the latest news from Capitol Hill:  https://twitter.com/FOPLegislative

 

Questions or Comments? E-mail us at or call (202) 547 – 8189.
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