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FOP Update - February 18, 2022

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National President Patrick Yoes participated in a planning meeting for theNational FOP's Police Week 2022.National President Patrick Yoes gave numerous media interviews in regard tolaw enforcement line-of-duty deaths, the crime wave many cities acrossAmerica are experiencing, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic.National Vice President Joe Gamaldi gave numerous interviews regarding thecrime wave as well as the attacks on law enforcement.Executive Director Jim Pasco and Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardsonrepresented the National FOP on a call with the White House Domestic Policyand Counsel’s Office to discuss what the Federal government can do to assistState and local efforts to prevent, intervene, and reduce violent crime. Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with U.S. Department of HomelandSecurity (DHS) Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas regarding border securityissues as well as task force operations.

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Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Heather Fong, Counselor to theSecretary of Homeland Security, regarding expansion of U.S. Department ofHomeland Security (DHS) grant program resources and current vacancies.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with John D. Cohen, Coordinator forCounterterrorism and Assistant Secretary for Counterterrorism and EmergingThreats within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), regardingconcerns over domestic terrorism.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with U.S. Associate Attorney GeneralVanita Gupta regarding leadership in the Office of Community OrientedPolicing Services (COPS) and current vacancies. Executive Director Jim Pasco gave numerous media interviews in regard tocriminal justice reform, the nationwide increase in violent crime, and the issueof rogue prosecutors failing to prosecute violent offenders. Executive Director Jim Pasco also gave numerous media interviewspertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccinations, and their impact on publicsafety. The National FOP believes in the science behind the COVID-19vaccines and that vaccinations work to prevent people from becominginfected by or transmitting COVID-19. However, the National FOP continues tobelieve that whether or not to accept the vaccine is a personal decision.

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Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson spoke with staff in the office ofSenator Amy J. Klobuchar (D-MN) regarding her legislation reauthorizing theOffice on Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative Liaison MarkMcDonald spoke with staff in the office of Senator William M. Cassidy (R-LA)regarding the increase in violent crime nationwide.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson spoke with staff in the office ofSenator John Cornyn III (R-TX) regarding draft legislation entitled the “LawEnforcement De-escalation Training Act.”Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson spoke with staff in the office ofSenator Raphael G. Warnock (D-GA) on general law enforcement and policingissues.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative Liaison MarkMcDonald represented the National FOP on a conference call with theNational Blue Alert Advisory Group.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative Liaison DavidTaboh spoke with Senator Michael D. Crapo’s (R-ID) Committee on Financestaff regarding legislation to repeal the direct payment requirement in theHealthcare Enhancement for Local Public Safety (HELPS) Retirees Act andincrease the amount of the benefit.

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Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative Liaison Matt Brownspoke with staff in the office of Representative Michelle L.H. Fischbach (R-MN) regarding draft language for legislation concerning education grantprograms.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative Liaison DavidTaboh spoke to staff in the office of Senator Timothy M. Kaine (D-VA) onissues related to law enforcement officer health and wellness.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative Liaison Matt Brownspoke with staff in the office of Representative Dean B. Phillips (D-MN)regarding draft language aimed at addressing retention and recruitmentissues in law enforcement agencies. Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative Liaisons MattBrown and David Taboh participated in a monthly call with other criminaljustice stakeholders.

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THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESThe House Committee on Judiciary's Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism,and Homeland Security held a hearing entitled "The Rise in Violence AgainstMinority Institutions." This hearing touched on the increase of domesticthreats against minority communities, including the recent Colleyvillesynagogue hostage situation.The House was in a pro-forma session this week.The House Committee on Judiciary's Subcommittee on Transportation andMaritime Security held a hearing entitled "Concealed Carry-ons: Confrontingthe Surge in Firearms at TSA Checkpoints." This hearing discussed theincrease of firearms during the boarding of flights, and the challenges thispresents law enforcement. Providing testimony at the hearing was Chief ofPolice Jason D. Wallis from the Port of Portland.Representatives Rodney L. Davis (R-IL) and Abigail A. Spanberger (D-VA) senta joint letter to the U.S. House of Representatives leadership urging them tobring forward H.R. 82, the "Social Security Fairness Act" to the House floor fora vote. This legislation would eliminate both the Windfall Elimination Provision(WEP) and the Government Pension Offset (GPO), two provisions of the SocialSecurity Act that unfairly reduce or eliminate Social Security benefits formillions of Americans who have devoted much of their careers to publicservice. Click here to read the letter.

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THE UNITED STATES SENATEThe Senate passed H.R. 6617, the "Further Additional Extending GovernmentFunding Act" on a 65-27 vote. This bill, which passed the House the weekprior, provides funding for Federal agencies at the current Fiscal Year 2022levels. Congress was facing a 18 February deadline, and if the measure wasnot passed, then Federal funding for agencies would have run out. This wouldhave resulted in a government shutdown. This funding measure will lastthrough 11 March. The measure will now head to President Biden's desk to besigned into law. Congress will now return to working on a full-year spendingpackage.The Senate Committee on Judiciary held a hearing on numerous judiciarynominations. These nominations were carried over and will be voted on at alater date.

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COSPONSORS62252190H.R. 82The “Law Enforcement Officers’ Equity Act" would expand the definition of "lawenforcement officer" for salary and retirement benefits to include all Federal lawenforcement officers.The “Social Security Fairness Act” would repeal both the "Windfall EliminationProvision" and the "Government Pension Offset" in current Social Security law.The “Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act” would recognize the right oflaw enforcement and other public safety officers to bargain collectively with theiremployers.COSPONSORS93021H.R. 3225COSPONSORS121S. 1888NOT YET INTRODUCED IN THE SENATECOSPONSORS228664H.R. 962COSPONSORS43834S. 1302+1 NEW+1 NEW

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The "LEOSA Reform Act" would amend the Law Enforcement Officers' Safety Act(LEOSA), which exempts qualified active and retired law enforcement officers fromlocal and State prohibitions on the carriage of concealed firearms, to ensure thatthese officers are able to carry in the same venues as civilian concealed carrypermit holders in areas like schools and national parks, as well as use publictransportation and extends the exemption to magazine capacity and would allowactive and retired law enforcement officers to access services at U.S. post offices,Social Security Administration offices or Veterans Affairs facilities.COSPONSORS220S. 1610COSPONSORS53541H.R. 1210The "Protect and Serve Act" would make it a Federal crime to target a lawenforcement officer with an assault that results in seriously bodily harm or death.COSPONSORS23230S. 774COSPONSORS61676H.R. 3079MORE RESOURCES ON OUR LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIESFULL LIST OF LEGISLATION SUPPORTED BY THE FOP+2 NEW

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THE BLUE VIEWby the National Fraternal Order of PoliceEach week, National President Patrick Yoes sits down witha guest discuss the issues and current events surroundingthe law enforcement community.Make sure to tune in, as you'll hear law enforcementexperts, elected officials, and other notable leaders!ATTACKS ON POLICE AND THEDEMONIZATION OF LAW ENFORCEMENT Featuring Joe Gamaldi and James SmallwoodNational President Patrick Yoes sits down with NationalVice President Joe Gamaldi and National TreasurerJames Smallwood to discuss the alarming increase ofviolence against the police and the demonization of ourlaw enforcement officers.EPISODE #002NEXT WEEK | TUESDAY, 22 FEBRUARYWHAT'S NEXT FOR AMERICA'S LAWENFORCEMENT OFFICERS?Featuring Jim PascoNational President Patrick Yoes sat down withExecutive Director Jim Pasco to discuss what is beingdone in Washington, D.C. to reform policing so that thepartnership between our communities and the officersthat protect them can be restored.EPISODE #001TUESDAY, 15 FEBRUARYSUBSCRIBE

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The National Fraternal Order of Police ispleased to announce the launch of “Blue View,”a weekly podcast hosted by National FOPPresident Patrick Yoes. Every week, “Blue View”listeners will hear from law... MORENational FOP Launches “Blue View”PodcastAs the defund the police movement spreadacross the country like wildfire in 2020, schoolresource officers‘ budgets were slashed andmany officers were removed from.... MORECrime spikes force schools to reinstateresource officers as defund movementcollapses [Fox News]Philadelphia police union President JohnMcNesby was upset after a city officer wasshot in a bulletproof vest during a drug raidFriday... MOREPhilly Police Union President Fired UpAfter City Cop Shot [NBC Philadelphia]A bipartisan group of members of Congressintroduced a bill in 2021 called the SocialSecurity Fairness Act. According to thesummary listed on Urge House to Vote onSocial Security Fairness Act [The NationalInterest]

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SOCIAL SECURITYThis is About Fairness! UrgeCongress to Pass the "SocialSecurity Fairness Act."TAKE ACTIONFEDERAL OFFICERSSupport Our Federal Officers byPassing the "Law EnforcementOfficers' Equity Act."TAKE ACTIONLEOSA REFORMSupport Active and Retired LawEnforcement Officers by Passingthe "LEOSA Reform Act."TAKE ACTIONPROTECT AND SERVEUrge Congress to Protect OurPolice Officers and Pass the"Protect and Serve Act."TAKE ACTIONVACCINE MANDATESWe Must Keep Our COVID-19Heroes Employed! TellCongress to Pass S. 3079! TAKE ACTIONCOLLECTIVE BARGAININGWe Must Fight for the Right toBargain Collectively! UrgeCongress to Pass H.R. 3225.TAKE ACTION

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Been Exposed?Are You Sick?READ MOREREAD MOREVIEW A STATE-BY-STATE BREAKDOWNThe National FOP provided memberswith information, released by the Foodand Drug Administration, regarding anew treatment for COVID-19.COVID-19 Information for Law EnforcementProtecting Public Safety and HealthFRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICEFEBRUARY 15WWW.FOPCOVID19.ORGThe National FOP provided memberswith information that was shared duringa White House COVID-19 ResponseTeam press briefing, where public healthofficials gave a general update on theCOVID-19 pandemic.FEBRUARY 17READ MORE READ MORE

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LEARN MORE LEARN MORELEARN MORELEARN MOREOn the Blue View, a weekly podcastpresented by the National FraternalOrder of Police, you'll hear from lawenforcement experts, electedofficials, and other notable leadersto gain insight into the issues andcurrent events surrounding the lawenforcement community. The Collaborative Reform InitiativeTechnical Assistance Center (CRI-TAC) provides no cost, customizedtechnical assistance solutionsdesigned to meet the uniqueneeds of state, local, tribal, &campus law enforcement agenciesthroughout the United States.The COPS Office awards grants tohire community policingprofessionals, develop and testinnovative policing strategies, andprovide training and technicalassistance to community members,local government leaders, and alllevels of law enforcement. The Office of Justice Programs (OJP)provides innovative leadership toFederal, state, local, and tribal justicesystems, by disseminating state-of-theart knowledge and practices, andproviding grants for theimplementation of these crimefighting strategies.

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TIM RICHARDSONSenior Legislative Liaison JIM PASCOExecutive DirectorMARK MCDONALDLegislative Liaison DAVID TABOHLegislative Liaison JESSICA CAHILLPress Liaison MATT BROWNLegislative Liaison