WASHINGTON WATCHN A T I O N A L F R A T E R N A L O R D E R O F P O L I C E W E E K L Y U P D A T E | 1 5 J U L Y 2 0 2 2L E G I S L A T I V E U P D A T EJIM PASCOPATRICK YOES THE VOICE OF OUR NATION'S LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERSExecutive DirectorNational President- Subscribe to the FOP’s Weekly Update -
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICELEG I S LAT I V E N E W S & A CTI V I TYL 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 Tim Shea, former Acting Administrator of the DEA. Prior to servingat the DEA, Tim served as U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia during theTrump administration. In that capacity, he led the largest U.S. Attorney’sOffice in the country—responsible for the prosecution of both federal andlocal crimes in the District of Columbia.National President Patrick Yoes attended numerous meetings with FOP stateleaders to discuss outreach to Members of Congress regarding WEP and GPOlegislation.
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICELEG I S LAT I V E N E W S & A CTI V I TYExecutive Director Jim Pasco spoke with U.S. Homeland Security SecretaryAlejandro N. Mayorkas regarding concerns of domestic terrorist threats inmajor cities across the United States.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Steven M. Dettelbach, Director ofthe Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), regarding hisrecent confirmation and continued collaborative efforts between the ATF andstate and local agencies. 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 spoke with U.S. Associate Attorney GeneralVanita Gupta regarding extensions to effective U.S. Department of Justice(DOJ) grant programs for law enforcement agencies.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Marvin G. Richardson, DeputyDirector of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF),regarding how the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN)can best assist law enforcement in combatting gun violence.Executive Director Jim Pasco had numerous calls to discuss new firearmlegislation and the increase in violent crime across the country.
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICELEG I S LAT I V E N E W S & A CTI V I TYSenior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson spoke with staff in the office ofSenator Robert P. Casey. Jr (D-PA) regarding draft legislation that wouldexpand data collection efforts by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson represented the FOP on astakeholder call with staff from the House Committee on Energy andCommerce to discuss concerns with H.R. 8152.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative Liaison DavidTaboh represented the FOP on the weekly stakeholders call hosted by staff inthe offices of Representatives Rodney L. Davis (R-IL) and Abigail A.Spanberger (D-VA) regarding continued efforts to increase the number ofcosponsors on H.R. 82, the “Social Security Fairness Act.”Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson spoke with numerous Senateoffices regarding H.R. 521, the “First Responder Fair Return for Employees onTheir Initial Retirement Earned Act,” and H.R. 2992, the “TBI and PTSD LawEnforcement Training Act.” Both of which are awaiting Senate action.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson was in regular communication withSenate Committee on the Judiciary staff about H.R. 6943/S. 3635, the“Public Safety Officer Support Act.”Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative Liaison Matt Brownrepresented the FOP at the monthly meeting of criminal justice stakeholders.
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICETHI S WEE K IN W A SHI N G TONTHE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESThe House passed H.R. 521, the "First Responder Fair Return for Employeeson Their Initial Retirement Earned (RETIRE) Act," on a 417-0 vote. This FOP-supported bill will allow Federal law enforcement officers, who were severelyinjured in the line of duty, to maintain their 6(c) early retirement if they take acivil service position after their injury. The House passed H.R. 6538, the "Active Shooter Alert Act," on a 260-169vote. This FOP-supported bill would establish a national coordinator withinthe U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to establish and administer an ActiveShooter Alert Communications Network. The House passed H.R. 7900, the "National Defense Authorization Act forFiscal Year 2023," on a 329-101 vote. This bill authorizes appropriations forthe military activities and programs of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)for fiscal year 2023. Not included in this bill was amendment #361 which theFOP strongly opposed. While unofficial, it appears that H.R. 82, the "Social Security Fairness Act,"has gained over 290 cosponsors. Representatives Rodney L. Davis (R-IL) andAbigail A. Spanberger (D-VA) have filed a motion with the Office of the Clerk.Pursuant to the rule, the bill will be scheduled for a vote on the House floormost likely in late September. FOP members are advised to continue to reachout to their Representatives and urge them to cosponsor the bill.
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICETHI S WEE K IN W A SHI N G TONTHE UNITED STATES SENATEThe Senate confirmed the nomination of Steven M. Dettelbach to be the nextDirector of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).This nomination passed on a 48-46 vote. Director Dettelbach is the firstSenate-confirmed nomination to lead the ATF since 2015.The Senate Committee on Judiciary held an Executive Business Meeting toconsider numerous nominations for the United States SentencingCommission.The Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control held a hearing entitled“The Role of the Federal Government in Attacking the Financial Networks ofCartels.” The hearing examined the financial techniques that drug cartels useto launder and protect their ill-gotten gains and actions federal agencies cantake to stop them. Providing testimony at this hearing was Ambassador ToddD. Robinson, Assistant Secretary to the Bureau of International Narcotics andLaw Enforcement Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICECOSPONSORS81284203H.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. 3225COSPONSORS143S. 1888NOT YET INTRODUCED IN THE SENATECOSPONSORS2510378H.R. 962COSPONSORS44036S. 1302TOP L EGI S L ATI V E PR I O RIT I E SThe “Social Security Fairness Act” would repeal both the "Windfall EliminationProvision" and the "Government Pension Offset" in current Social Security law.+ 2 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. 1610COSPONSORS58591H.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. 774COSPONSORS80877H.R. 3079MORE RESOURCES ON OUR LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIESFULL LIST OF LEGISLATION SUPPORTED BY THE FOPLEG I S LAT I V E P R I ORI T I ES
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICEBLU E VIE W POD C A STFeaturing FOP Chaplain Rick SnyderLaw enforcement officers are ordinarypeople called to do extraordinary things attimes. They are human beings who are notimmune to experiencing a range ofemotions that can come due to the natureof this profession... MOREFAITH AND RESILIENCYSUBSCRIBETHE BLUE VIEW PODCASTNational President Patrick Yoes sits down with guests todiscuss the issues and current events surrounding the lawenforcement community. Each week you'll hear from lawenforcement experts, elected officials, and notable leaders!Featuring Former Acting DEA Administrator Tim SheaFor the past several years, the FOP hasbeen sounding the alarm about thenationwide surge in crime. All across thecountry, our communities are seeing thereal-life, and often deadly, consequencesof rogue prosecutors failing to hold violent,repeat criminals accountable... MOREROGUE PROSECUTORS AND THE RISE IN CRIME
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICEFOP N EWS R O OMFOP Strong Opposition to Amendment#107 to H.R. 7900, the “National DefenseAuthorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023”I am writing on behalf of the members of theFraternal Order of Police to advise you of ourstrong opposition to Amendment #107... MoreFOP Strong Opposition to Amendment#361 to H.R. 7900, the “National DefenseAuthorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023”I am writing on behalf of the members of theFraternal Order of Police to advise you of ourstrong opposition to Amendment #361... MoreAmid the crime crisis and the growing chaos inour streets, the polls show that ourcommunities are turning to a voice they trust:the Fraternal Order of Police... MOREWhat Do the Polls Show? The FOP Is theVoice Our Communities TrustA Philadelphia chapter of the Fraternal Order ofPolice is now offering a $20,000 reward forinformation leading to the arrest of thoseresponsible for a shooting at the city’s... MOREFraternal Order of Police offering$20,000 reward in Philadelphia copshooting [Yahoo! News]
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICEFOP N EWS R O OMHouse passes active shooter alert systembill [Fox News]The House has passed a bill to establish anActive Shooter Alert Communications Network,which would allow federal officials to workalongside state and tribal authorities to... MoreSenate confirms Dettelbach to headfirearms agency as gun violence grows[NPR]The Senate voted 48-46 on Tuesday to approveformer U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach to leadthe U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco... MoreStarbucks is shuttering 16 store locationsnationwide after store managers reported asurge in drug use among customers andoutsiders as well as an increase in... MORE Starbucks to close 16 US stores becauseof crime, rampant drug use [New YorkPost]At a Tuesday meeting, a representative of LosAngeles District Attorney George Gascón toldprosecutors that a long-held policy in which theoffice notifies victims of crime... MOREGascón to Disband DA Unit that NotifiesVictims of Assailant Parole Hearings [LosAngeles Magazine]
MAKE Y URVOICE HEARD@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICEFOP A CTI O N CE N T ERSOCIAL 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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@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICETIM RICHARDSONSenior Legislative Liaison JIM PASCOExecutive DirectorMARK MCDONALDLegislative Liaison DAVID TABOHLegislative Liaison MATT BROWNLegislative Liaison 328 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NE, WASHINGTON, D.C. 20002PHONE: 202-547-8189 ▪ FAX: 202-547-8190W A S H I N G T O N D . C . S T A F F