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FOP Update - April 22, 2022

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L I S T E N T O E P I S O D ECLICK TO SUBSCRIBENational President Patrick Yoes worked out of the Government and MediaAffairs Center in Washington, D.C. this week.On this week's episode of the Blue View, National President Patrick Yoes satdown with National Auxiliary President Glenda Lehmann and MemorialCommittee Co-Chairs Andy Maybo and Matt Hagen to discuss the 41stAnnual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service and what it takes to put onthis annual event.National President Patrick Yoesattended a reception forPhiladelphia FOP Lodge #5President John McNesby.

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National President Patrick Yoes gave numerous media interviews regardinglaw enforcement line-of-duty deaths and the increase of violence towards lawenforcement officers across the country. Executive Director Jim Pasco and Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardsonrepresented the FOP on a call with U.S. Associate Attorney General VanitaGupta regarding potential changes to use of force policies at the U.S.Department of Justice (DOJ) and their component law enforcement agencies. Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with U.S. Associate Attorney GeneralVanita Gupta regarding funding for grant programs and a potentialexecutive order from President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on policing.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with U.S. Deputy Attorney General Lisa O.Monaco regarding the spike in violent crime many communities across thecountry are experiencing and the recent rulemaking by the DOJ on ghostguns.National President Patrick Yoes attended an executive committee meetingfor the International Council of Police Representative Associations (ICPRA).Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with U.S. Homeland Security SecretaryAlejandro N. Mayorkas regarding immigration issues at the southern borderand refugee resettlement issues.

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Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Heather Fong, Counselor to theSecretary of Homeland Security, regarding grant programs from the FederalEmergency Management Agency (FEMA) and their applicability to State andlocal law enforcement agencies.Executive Director Jim Pasco gave numerous media interviews regarding theFiscal Year 2023 budget request, criminal justice reform, the nationwideincrease in violent crime, and the recent rulemaking by the DOJ on ghostguns.

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Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative Liaison David Tabohspoke with staff in the offices of Representatives Rodney L. Davis (R-IL) andAbigail B. Spanberger (D-VA) regarding the “next steps” on H.R. 82, the “SocialSecurity Fairness Act.”Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson spoke with staff in the office of SenatorMitch McConnell (R-KY), Minority Leader, regarding S. 3635, the “Public SafetyOfficer Support Act,” as well as other pending FOP-backed bills.Legislative Liaison Matt Brown represented the FOP at the monthly meeting of thePublic Pension Network.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson spoke with staff in the offices ofRepresentative Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD), the Majority Leader, and Stephen J.Scalise (R-LA), the Minority Whip, about H.R. 6943, the “Public Safety OfficerSupport Act,” as well as other pending FOP-backed bills and National Police Week.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson spoke with Senate Judiciary ChairmanRichard J. Durbin’s (D-IL) staff regarding S. 936, the “Integrity, Notification, andFairness in Online Retail Marketplaces for (INFORM) Consumers Act,” and theirefforts to include the House-passed companion bill, H.R. 5502, into theconference report on H.R. 4521, the “America Creating Opportunities forManufacturing, Pre-Eminence in Technology, and Economic Strength (COMPETES)Act.”Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative Liaison Matt Brown hada conference call with minority staff from the Senate Committee on Banking,Housing, and Urban Affairs to discuss S. 2981, the “HELPER Act.”

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THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESThe House was in a pro-forma session this week.THE UNITED STATES SENATEThe Senate was in a pro-forma session this week.

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COSPONSORS72269197H.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.COSPONSORS103222H.R. 3225COSPONSORS132S. 1888NOT YET INTRODUCED IN THE SENATECOSPONSORS239370H.R. 962COSPONSORS43935S. 1302The “Social Security Fairness Act” would repeal both the "Windfall EliminationProvision" and the "Government Pension Offset" in current Social Security law.

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The "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.COSPONSORS220S. 1610COSPONSORS57581H.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. 774COSPONSORS67736H.R. 3079MORE RESOURCES ON OUR LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIESFULL LIST OF LEGISLATION SUPPORTED BY THE FOP

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SUBSCRIBETHERE'S A NEW SHERIFF IN TOWNFeaturing Representative John RutherfordOn this episode of the Blue View, National PresidentPatrick Yoes sits down with Congressman JohnRutherford (FL-04) to discuss his law enforcementbackground, how Congress is tackling some of the mostpressing issues facing the law enforcement community,and the rise in violent crime... MOREEPISODE #009TUESDAY, 12 APRILTHE 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!WE'LL NEVER LET THEM WALK ALONEFeaturing Glenda Lehmann + Andy Maybo + MattHagenOn this week's episode of the Blue View, NationalPresident Patrick Yoes sat down with National AuxiliaryPresident Glenda Lehmann and Memorial CommitteeCo-Chairs Andy Maybo and Matt Hagen to discuss the41st Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial... MOREEPISODE #010WEDNESDAY, 20 APRIL

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Many police officers suffer trauma. Butnot everyone gets the mental healthsupport they need. [WBUR]Law enforcement experts say it's all toocommon for officers to struggle emotionallyafter going through something... MoreFunding for Byrne JAG and COPSSouth Carolina mall shooting suspect'sbond set at $25,000, can go to work withankle monitor [Fox News] I am writing on behalf of the members of theFraternal Order of Police to thank you for yourconsistent support for the Edward R. ByrneMemorial Justice Assistance Grant... MoreA South Carolina judge set a $25,000 bond for asuspect in a mall shooting on Saturday that left14 people injured, according to the... MoreI am writing on behalf of the members of theFraternal Order of Police to urge the Committeeon Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs... MoreS. 2981, the “Homes for Every LocalProtector, Educator, and Responder(HELPER) Act.”

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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 ACTIONHELPER ACTSupport Law Enforcement! Tell Congress to Pass H.R. 3172/S. 2981TAKE ACTIONCOLLECTIVE BARGAININGWe Must Fight for the Right toBargain Collectively! UrgeCongress to Pass H.R. 3225TAKE ACTION

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Been Exposed?Are You Sick?READ MOREVIEW A STATE-BY-STATE BREAKDOWNCOVID-19 Information for Law EnforcementProtecting Public Safety and HealthFRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICEWWW.FOPCOVID19.ORGAs COVID cases have declined and restrictions have been eased, there have beenfewer newsworthy developments regarding the state of the pandemic and availableresources germane to law enforcement. For this reason, this website will no longer beupdated on a regular basis, but we will certainly provide any new and relevantinformation as it becomes available.APRIL 5READ 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 MATT BROWNLegislative Liaison