WASHINGTON WATCHNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE WEEKLY UPDATE | 1 APRIL 2022LEGISLATIVE UPDATEJIM PASCOPATRICK YOES THE VOICE OF OUR NATION'S LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERSExecutive DirectorNational President- Subscribe to the FOP’s Weekly Update - PRESIDENT BIDENDELIVERS ON COMMITMENT TOFUND THE POLICEProposes Major Boost for Justice Department; Across theBoard Increases for State and Local Law Enforcement
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICELEGISLATIVE NEWS & ACTIVITYL I S T E N T O E P I S O D ECLICK TO SUBSCRIBEOn this week's episode of the Blue View, National President Patrick Yoes satdown with Jason Smith, Chairman of the National FOP Disaster AreaResponse Team (DART) Committee, to talk about the FOP’s commitment tosupporting first responders in communities ravaged by natural or man-madedisasters. They were joined by Rob Pride, Chairman of the National FOPBoard of Trustees, and Shawn Helbig, Kentucky FOP National Trustee, both ofwhom shared their first-hand experience with the National FOP's DARTresponse to their communities following the 2021 Western Kentucky tornadoand the 2022 Colorado wildfires.National President Patrick Yoes attended the Southern States Conference inBaton Rouge, Louisiana, hosted by the Louisiana State FOP.National President Patrick Yoes attended a meeting with the St. Charles FOPLodge #15 in Luling, Louisiana.
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICELEGISLATIVE NEWS & ACTIVITYNational President Patrick Yoes gave numerous media interviews regardinglaw enforcement line-of-duty deaths and the increase of violence towards lawenforcement officers across the country. National President Patrick Yoes will be attending the Alabama State FOPConference in Montgomery, Alabama.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with U.S. Associate Attorney GeneralVanita Gupta regarding the Fiscal Year 2023 budget that was requested byPresident Joseph R. Biden Jr. earlier this week.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Heather Fong, Counselor to theSecretary of Homeland Security, regarding current law enforcement vacanciesat the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with John D. Cohen, Coordinator forCounterterrorism and Assistant Secretary for Counterterrorism and EmergingThreats within the DHS, regarding the increase in threats against lawenforcement officers and concerns over domestic terrorism.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Marvin Richardson, Acting Directorof the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), regardingstaffing at the ATF and the impact ATF task forces have had on addressingviolent crime.
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICELEGISLATIVE NEWS & ACTIVITYExecutive Director Jim Pasco gave numerous media interviews regarding theFiscal Year 2023 budget request, criminal justice reform, the nationwideincrease in violent crime, the need for further police funding, and staffingissues at the State and local level. Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Chiraag Bains, Deputy Assistant tothe President and Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council (DPC) forRacial Justice and Equity at the White House, regarding the spike in violentcrime.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson spoke with staff in the office ofRepresentative Elise M. Stefanik (R-NY), Chair of the House RepublicanConference, regarding FOP priorities and National Police Week.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson participated in the Fiscal Year2023 proposed budget briefing for the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) andU.s. Department of Justice (DOJ).Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative Liaison Matt Brownspoke with staff in the office of Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) regardingdraft legislation entitled the “Kleptocrat Liability for Excessive PropertyTransactions and Ownership (KLEPTO) Act.”Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson spoke with staff in the office ofSenator Charles E. Grassley (R-IA) regarding National Police Week and threedraft bills for the FOP to review and provide feedback.
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICELEGISLATIVE NEWS & ACTIVITYSenior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson spoke with staff in the offices ofRepresentatives Steven J. Chabot (R-OH) and W. Gregory Steube (R-FL)seeking their help to move S. 1046, the “Residential Substance Use DisorderTreatment Act,” through the House Committee on Judiciary.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson spoke with staff in the office ofSenator Cory A. Booker (D-NJ) regarding their draft of the “Violent IncidentClearance and Technological Investigative Methods (VICTIM) Act,” which isintended to be a companion measure to H.R. 5768, the "VICTIM Act," as wellas National Police Week and the fentanyl scheduling issue.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative Liaison DavidTaboh represented the FOP at the Annual Meeting of the Coalition to PreserveRetirement Security (CPRS) and discussed, at some length, a number ofSocial Security issues, including several bills addressing the unfairness of theWindfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and the Government Pension Offset(GPO).Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson spoke with staff from the NiskanenCenter regarding the 24-7 Sobriety program, which has had considerablesuccess at the State level in reducing alcohol-related crime. Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson spoke with staff in the office ofRepresentative J. Michael Johnson (D-CA) about “ghost guns," otherinitiatives to combat gun violence in our communities, and H.R. 3079, the"Protect and Serve Act."
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICETHE WHITE HOUSE$533.5 million for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne-JAG)program;$10 million for officer training for officers responding to those with mental illness ordisabilities;$40 million for the Project Safe Neighborhoods program to help State and localagencies combat gun crimes;$30 million for the Patrick J. Leahy Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) grantprogram;$651 million for the Office on Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)President Joseph R. Biden Jr. released his budget proposal for the upcomingfiscal year of 2023. In this proposal, President Biden has delivered on thecommitment he made during the State of the Union to increase Federalfunding to State and local law enforcement. The budget proposal requests$37.7 billion in discretionary funding for the U.S. Department of Justice(DOJ). This is a nearly 13 percent increase for the 2021 enacted level.Additionally, this proposal includes $20.6 billion for the DOJ's discretionaryspending on Federal law enforcement, crime prevention, and intervention.These numbers will fluctuate as Congress drafts its version, but here aresome highlights:THIS WEEK IN WASHINGTON
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICETHIS WEEK IN WASHINGTONTHE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESThe House passed S. 2629, the "Better Cybercrime Metrics Act" on a 377-48vote. This FOP-supported bill would encourage local and Federal lawenforcement agencies to report cybercrimes to the Federal Bureau ofInvestigation (FBI). This legislation has already passed the Senate and willnow head to President Joseph R. Biden Jr.'s desk to be signed into law.The House Committee on Judiciary's Subcommittee on the Constitution,Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties held a hearing entitled "Examining Civil RightsLitigation Reform, Part 1: Qualified Immunity."The House Committee on Judiciary held a hearing entitled "Oversight of theFederal Bureau of Investigation, Cyber Division." Providing testimony at thishearing was Bryan A. Vorndran, Assistant Director of the Cyber Division ofthe Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).The House agreed to H. Con. Res. 74 without objection. This resolutionauthorizes the use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Peace OfficersMemorial Service. This resolution will now be sent to the Senate.The House passed H.R. 3617, the "Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment andExpungement (MORE) Act" on a 220-204 vote. This bill would decriminalizemarijuana and remove it from the list of Schedule I substances.
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICETHIS WEEK IN WASHINGTONTHE UNITED STATES SENATEThe Senate Committee on the Budget held a hearing entitled "The President'sFiscal Year 2023 Budget Proposal." During this hearing, Members examinedthe released budget proposal from President Joseph R. Biden Jr. andconsidered the different funding priorities that were presented throughout.The nomination of Gigi B. Sohn to serve as a Commissioner on the FederalCommunications Commission (FCC), which the FOP has been publiclyopposing, could go before the Senate for a final vote within the comingweeks. However, some reports are indicating that the nomination is beingheld up by some moderate Democratic Senators.
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICECOSPONSORS72268196H.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 “Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act” would recognize theright of law enforcement and other public safety officers to bargain collectivelywith their employers.LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS’ EQUITYSOCIAL SECURITY FAIRNESSCOLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTSCOSPONSORS103222H.R. 3225COSPONSORS132S. 1888NOT YET INTRODUCED IN THE SENATECOSPONSORS239067H.R. 962COSPONSORS43935S. 1302TOP LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIESThe “Social Security Fairness Act” would repeal both the "Windfall EliminationProvision" and the "Government Pension Offset" in current Social Security law.+2 NEW+1 NEW+1 NEW
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICEThe "LEOSA Reform Act" would amend the Law Enforcement Officers' Safety Act(LEOSA), 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. postoffices, Social Security Administration offices or Veterans Affairs facilities.LEOSA REFORMCOSPONSORS220S. 1610COSPONSORS57581H.R. 1210PROTECT AND SERVEThe "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. 774COSPONSORS67736H.R. 3079MORE RESOURCES ON OUR LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIESFULL LIST OF LEGISLATION SUPPORTED BY THE FOPLEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES+1 NEW
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICESUBSCRIBETHE BLUE VIEWby the National Fraternal Order of PoliceNational President Patrick Yoes sits down withguests to discuss the issues and current eventssurrounding the law enforcement community.Each week you'll hear from law enforcementexperts, elected officials, and notable leaders!BLUE VIEW PODCASTWHEN DISASTER STRIKES,COPS HELP COPSFeaturing Jason Smith + Rob Pride + Shawn HelbigWhen disaster strikes a community in our nation, ourfirst responders spring into action without hesitation.What is often overlooked is that they too are victims ofthe disaster. It is these everyday first responders whoare called to action to bring safety, security... MOREEPISODE #007TUESDAY, 29 MARCHIF YOU WANT TO BE A CRIMINAL,COME TO PHILADELPHIAFeaturing John McNesbyThe “City of Brotherly Love” has been anything but inrecent years. In 2021 Philadelphia made history for thenumber of homicides, with 562. While the rise in crimehas alarmed many, there are some who have attemptedto dismiss it. Across the country, rogue... MOREEPISODE #006TUESDAY, 22 MARCH
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICEFOP NEWSROOM@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICEI am writing on behalf of the members of theFraternal Order of Police to advise you of ourstrong opposition to H.R. 3617, the “MarijuanaOpportunity Reinvestment and.... MOREFOP Opposition to H.R. 3617, the“Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment andExpungement (MORE) Act”For the past seven years, the FOP has beenraising the alarm about the nationwide surge incrime. All across the country, our communitiesare seeing the real-life consequences... MOREStatement from National FOP PresidentPatrick Yoes on Community Policing and“Broken Windows”This week, the Biden Administration releasedtheir budget proposal for the upcoming fiscalyear. While we are still reviewing .... MOREStatement from National FOP PresidentPatrick Yoes on the Administration’sBudget Proposal Increasing Funding forLaw EnforcementThe National Fraternal Order of Police reportsthat as of 1 April, there have been 101 officersshot so far in 2022, 17 of whom were killed bygunfire. There have been 19 ambush-styleattacks on law enforcement officers... MOREFOP Monthly Update: Officers Shot andKilled in the Line of Duty
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICEFOP NEWSROOM@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICEA Harris County Sheriff's Office deputy diedafter being shot at a grocery store parking loton Thursday night, according to ... MOREOff-duty HCSO deputy shot, killed whiletrying to stop suspects from stealingcatalytic converter, sheriff says [KHOU-11]The Lebanon County District Attorney and theLebanon Mayor provided more information onthe shooting that killed a police officer andinjured two others... MORELebanon Police officer killed in shooting,one month away from retirement [CBS 21]The House has voted with a slim bipartisanmajority to federally decriminalize marijuana.The vote was 220 to 204. Republicans TomMcClintock of California, Brian Mast and MattGaetz, both of Florida, joined the... MOREHouse passes bill to federallydecriminalize marijuana [CNN]Eleven Chicago police officers have been shotat or wounded so far this year as city’s policesuperintendent warns it is "the most dangeroustime to be a police officer," according... MOREChicago police under fire: 11 officersshot at or wounded in 2022 as top copwarns, 'Most dangerous time' [Fox News]
MAKE Y URVOICE HEARD@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICESOCIAL 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 ACTIONFOP ACTION CENTER
Been Exposed?Are You Sick?READ MOREREAD MOREVIEW A STATE-BY-STATE BREAKDOWNThe National FOP provided memberswith information, released by the Foodand Drug Administration, regardingCOVID-19 booster shots.COVID-19 Information for Law EnforcementProtecting Public Safety and HealthFRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICEMARCH 29WW W.F OPC OVID1 9.O RGThe National FOP provided memberswith remarks from President Biden,released by the White House, regardingthe fight against COVID-19.APRIL 1OFFICERS HAVE DIED DUE TO COVID-19AS OF 1 APRIL 2022COVID-19 VaccineMandates in PublicSector EmploymentQUESTIONS & ANSWERSREAD MORE READ MOREPOLICY STATEMENTCOVID-19 VaccineRequirements andMandates@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICECOVID-19 ACTIVITY
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