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Washington Watch: Legislative Update

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Washington Watch: Legislative Update
For the Week of  25 September 2017

I.     Legislative News and Activity  

II.   This Week in Congress

III.  Update on Top Legislative Priorities

IV. Follow the FOP on Twitter!



The 115th Congress was in session this week focusing on health care and tax reform.

Senior Advisor to the National President, Jim Pasco, met with:

  • John Barsa, Acting Assistant Secretary for Office of Partnership and Engagement at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security regarding hurricane recovery efforts.
  • Steven H. Cook, Associate Deputy Attorney General,  at the U.S. Department of Justice regarding pending civil rights cases.

Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative Liaison Scott Marks met with staff in the offices of Representatives Lisa Blunt Rochester (D- DE) and Dennis A. Ross to discuss H.R 3089, the “Corporate Transparency Act.”

Legislative Liaison Mike Martin met with staff in the office of Representatives Theodore E. Rokita (R-IN) and Glenn Thompson (R-PA) to discuss H.R. 949/S.597, the “Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship Act.”


Both chambers of Congress were in session.

Action in the House

The House considered and passed H.R. 2824, the “Increasing Opportunity through Evidence-Based Home Visiting Act,” on a 214-209 vote.  The bill now goes to the Senate for further action.

The House considered and passed H.R 2792, the “Control Unlawful Fugitive Felons (CUFF) Act,” on a 244-171 vote.  The bill, which was supported by the FOP, would end certain Social Security benefits for fugitives wanted for serious crimes.  The bill now goes to the Senate for further action.

Action in the Senate

The Senate considered and passed, S. 870, the “Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act,” by voice vote and S. 1028, “RAISE Family Caregivers Act,” by unanimous consent.  Both bills will be transmitted to the Senate for further action.

Action in Senate Committees

The Committee on the Judiciary  considered, amended and favorably reported S. 1766, the “Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting (SAFER) Act,” by voice vote.  This bill, which the FOP supports would reauthorize a program to reduce the backlog in the processing of rape kits, will now go to the floor for further consideration.



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, visit: 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 9 cosponsors on S. 915.

B.  Support the H.R. 964/S. 424, the “Law Enforcement Officers’ Equity Act”
Two additional law makers have co- sponsored H.R. 964. We have 28 cosponsors.

We have 3 cosponsors on S. 424.

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