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@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 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) DeputyDirector Marvin Richardson to discuss the surge in gun violence, ghost gunsand how ballistic evidence is helping law enforcement track down the triggerpullers.National President Patrick Yoes attended memorial services in Albuquerque,New Mexico for past National President Gilbert G. Gallegos. Gallegos servedas National President from 1995-2001.
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICELEG I S LAT I V E N E W S & A CTI V I TYNational President Patrick Yoes attended a meeting with Concerns of PoliceSurvivors (C.O.P.S.) Executive Director Dianne Bernhard, Survivors of BlueSuicide Executive Director Shelley Jones, National Fraternal Order of PoliceAuxiliary National President Glenda Lehmann, and Danny Overley of theIndianapolis Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #86 regarding the next steps forH.R. 6943, the "Public Safety Officer Support Act." National President Patrick Yoes gave numerous media interviews regardinglaw enforcement line-of-duty deaths, the increase of violence toward lawenforcement officers across the country, and the recently released report onthe Robb Elementary School shooting.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with U.S. Homeland Security SecretaryAlejandro N. Mayorkas regarding illegal immigration from the Caribbeanregion.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with U.S. Associate Attorney GeneralVanita Gupta regarding U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) grant programsaimed at the hiring and recruiting of law enforcement officers.National President Patrick Yoes, President John McNesby of PhiladelphiaLodge #5, Vice President Nicholas Denofa of Philadephia Lodge #5, andSenior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson attended a meeting withRepresentative Brendan F. Boyle (D-PA) to discuss H.R. 82, the "SocialSecurity Fairness Act."
@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 Erin Murphy, Senior Policy Advisorto the Director of the Domestic Policy Council for Criminal Justice, regardingpolice reform and firearms legislation. Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Erika Dinkel-Smith, Director forLabor within the White House Office of Public Engagement, regarding effortsto assist in the hiring and recruiting of law enforcement officers. Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson attended a Senate Committee onJudiciary hearing entitled "Law Enforcement Officer Safety: Protecting ThoseWho Protect and Serve." The FOP Submitted written testimony to thecommittee.Executive Director Jim Pasco and Director of Wellness Sherri Martin met withrepresentatives from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)to discuss possible future collaborations. Executive Director Jim Pasco participated in numerous conference callsregarding ambushes against law enforcement officers. READ NATIONAL PRESIDENT YOES' TESTIMONYSenior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson participated in a stakeholders callwith staff in the office of Senator John Cornyn III (R-TX) to discuss activeefforts to get H.R. 6943, the “Public Safety Officers Support Act” a vote onthe Senate floor.
@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 and Legislative Liaison David Tabohengaged with staff in House leadership offices and many other Member offices toadvise them of the potential impact of H. Res. 1289, which changed the ruleallowing for the consideration of H.R. 82, the “Social Security Fairness Act,” usingthe Consensus Calendar. The rule was adopted, but following the engagement ofHouse leadership with the bill’s sponsors and the FOP, the House reversed the ruleand H.R. 82 is once more on a path to a vote in September. Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative Liaison David Tabohrepresented the FOP on a stakeholder call with staff in the offices ofRepresentatives Rodney L. Davis (R-IL) and Abigail A. Spanberger (D-VA) todiscuss the next steps for H.R. 82 and the impact of the rule change.READ NATIONAL PRESIDENT YOES' PRESS RELEASEClyde Boatwright, President of the Maryland State FOP participated in a pressconference with Representatives Rodney L. Davis (R-IL) and Abigail A.Spanberger (D-VA), to promote our efforts to pass H.R. 82.
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICETHI S WEE K IN W A SHI N G TONTHE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESEarlier this week, the House Committee on Rules postponed a planned meeting toconsider a rule to govern the floor debate on several FOP-supported bills. Whilethe situation in the House is very fluid, we have been advised by House leadershipthat they will be taking up H.R. 1808, the “Assault Weapons Ban,” for a vote onFriday and would work for greater consensus on bills recently reported by theHouse Committee on the Judiciary. On Thursday, the House agreed to House Resolution 1289 on a 216-208 vote.This administrative measure changed what counts as a "legislative day" for thepurposes of the Consensus Calendar and jeopardized the FOP’s efforts to bringH.R. .82 to a vote in September. The rule was adopted but reversed the followingday. This action put H.R. 82 back on the path for consideration in September.The House is expected to vote on H.R. 1808, the "Assault Weapon Ban" laterthis evening. This bill makes it a crime to knowingly import, sell, manufacture,transfer, or possess a semiautomatic assault weapon (SAW) or large-capacityammunition feeding device (LCAFD). If passed this bill will be sent to theSenate, but it is unclear at this time if the bill will have enough votes to pass.The House is expected to vote on H.R. 263, the "Big Cat Public Safety Act"later this evening. This FOP-supported bill revises restrictions on thepossession and exhibition of big cats, including restricting direct contactbetween the public and big cats. If passed the bill will be sent to the Senatefor a full vote.
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICETHI S WEE K IN W A SHI N G TONTHE UNITED STATES SENATEThe Senate Committee on Judiciary held a hearing entitled "Law EnforcementOfficer Safety: Protecting Those Who Protect and Serve." National PresidentPatrick Yoes provided testimony at this hearing.The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions held ahearing entitled "Fighting Fentanyl: The Federal Response to a GrowingCrisis." Examined at this hearing were the numerous factors that havecontributed to the Fentanyl crisis and what an effective Federal responsewould include. The Senate Committee on Judiciary's Subcommittee on Criminal Justice andCounterterrorism held a hearing entitled "Decriminalizing Cannabis at theFederal Level: Necessary Steps to Address Past Harms."The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs'Subcommittee on Investigations held a hearing entitled "Corruption, Abuse,and Misconduct at U.S. Penitentiary Atlanta." Providing testimony at thishearing was Michael Carvajal, Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons.READ NATIONAL PRESIDENT YOES' TESTIMONY
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICECOSPONSORS87294207H.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. 3225COSPONSORS153S. 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.+ 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
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@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICEFOP N EWS R O OMRule Change Reversed!Patrick Yoes, National President of theFraternal Order of Police, welcomed today’snews that the House reversed the rule adoptedthe previous day which complicated the path toget H.R. 82, the “Social Security... MOREI am writing on behalf of the members of theFraternal Order of Police to urge the Committeeon Homeland Security and... MOREH.R. 521, the “First Responder Fair Returnfor Employees on Their Initial RetirementEarned (RETIRE) Act.”Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Grassley, andall the distinguished members of this... MORELaw Enforcement Officer Safety:Protecting Those Who Protect and Serve– Testimony before the SenateCommittee on the JudiciaryFOP Joins Social Security FairnessSponsors at the CapitolAt the request of Patrick Yoes, NationalPresident of the Fraternal Order of Police, ClydeBoatwright, the President of the Maryland StateLodge, joined Representatives Rodney... MORE
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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