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Washington Watch: Legislative Update

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Washington Watch: Legislative Update
For the Week of  2 October 2017

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


The House and Senate were in session this week.

Jim Pasco, Senior Advisor to the National President:

  • represented the FOP at a roundtable with U.S. Attorney General Jefferson B. Sessions III, Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, as well as the heads of the Justice Department’s law enforcement agencies on rejuvenation of Project Safe Neighborhoods programs as well as committing funds to the hiring program administered by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services;
  • spoke with Mercedes Schlapp, Assistant to the President for Strategic Communications, on Las Vegas related issues, Federal pay and pension issues, and ongoing coordination with the FOP;
  • spoke with Patrick Hovakimian, Acting Deputy Associate Attorney General on issues relating to ongoing civil rights investigations in Chicago, Miami, and Prince George’s County (MD);
  • spoke with officials at the U.S. Department of Labor on effect of pending pay and pension legislation;
  • spoke with Kevin O’Connor, Assistant to the General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) on law enforcement support and protection of Federal Emergency Management Agency search and rescue teams responding to natural disaster sites as well as issues related to Federal pay and retirement benefits;
  • scheduled a meeting with National President Canterbury next Friday to meet with Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta on pay and pension issues; and
  • Steven H. Cook, Associate Deputy Attorney General, has now been named as the Director of Law Enforcement Liaison.

Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson represented the FOP at a meeting of the American Sports Betting Coalition.

Legislative Liaison Mike Martin:

  • represented the FOP on a conference call held jointly by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation on the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • attended a briefing on the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, which allows public servants with Federal student loan debts to have their loans forgiven after 10 years and 120 payments.

Both chambers of Congress were in session.

Action in the House

The House considered, amended and passed S. 782, the “Providing Resources, Officers and Technology to Eradicate Cyber Threats (PROTECT) to Our Children Act,” on a 417-3 vote.  The bill will now return to the Senate for further action.

The House considered and passed G. Con. 71, its 2018 budget resolution on a 219-206 vote.

Action in House Committees

The Committee on the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations held a hearing entitled: “Online Sex Trafficking and the Communications Decency Act.”

Action in the Senate

The Senate considered, amended and passed H.R. 1616, the “Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act,” by unanimous consent.  The bill, which the FOP supports, now returns to the House for further action.

The Senate considered and confirmed Ajit V. Pai as a member of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Action in Senate Committees

The Committee on the Judiciary  held an oversight hear on the Administration’s decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Oversight considered and favorably reported the following bills:

  • S. 146, the “Border Security Technology Accountability Act,”;
  • S. 1305, the “U.S. Customs and Border Protection Hiring and Retention (CBP HiRe) Act,” (amended); and
  • S. 1847, the “Homeland Security for Children Act,” (amended); and
  • S. 1888, the “Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment Adjustment Act,” which also incorporated S. 1896, a bill clarifying the treatment of availability pay for Federal air marshals and criminal investigators of the Transportation Security Administration.

These bills are now ready for action on the Senate floor.



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”
We have 28 cosponsors on H.R. 964.

We have 3 cosponsors on S. 424.


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