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 | 2 3 S E P T E M B E R 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 IS 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 Yoesresumes his discussion with retired Long Beach Police Department SergeantJason Lehman. Sergeant Lehman's mission is to reduce violence betweenpeace officers and the community through the training provided by hisorganization Why'd You Stop Me? (WYSM). In part 2 of their conversation,National President Patrick Yoes and Jason Lehman discuss the future of lawenforcement, and Jason gives some advice to both current law enforcementofficers and the communities in which they serve.National President Patrick Yoes participated in planning meetings with FOPleaders to discuss legislation pertaining to the Windfall Elimination Provision(WEP) and the Government Pension Offset (GPO).National President Patrick Yoes traveled to Durham, North Carolina toattend the North Carolina State FOP Conference.
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICELEG I S LAT I V E N E W S & A CTI V I TYNational President Patrick Yoes visited Las Vegas, Nevada in advance of theupcoming 2023 Biennial National Conference and Expo, which will be heldAugust 14 - 17 at the MGM Grand Hotel and Convention Center.National President Patrick Yoes gave numerous media interviews regardinglaw enforcement line-of-duty deaths, the increase of violence toward lawenforcement officers across the country, as well as the recruitment andretention crisis.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with U.S. Homeland Security SecretaryAlejandro N. Mayorkas regarding immigration issues.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Secretary of the U.S. Department ofLabor (DOL) Martin J. "Marty" Walsh twice regarding recruitment andretention issues as well as working collaboratively with the DOL on solutions.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with U.S. Associate Attorney GeneralVanita Gupta regarding grant funding as well as the projected impact of the2023 FY appropriations.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Heather Fong, Counselor to theSecretary of Homeland Security, regarding potential briefings on immigrationissues.
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICELEG I S LAT I V E N E W S & A CTI V I TYExecutive Director Jim Pasco gave numerous media interviews regardingvarious topics, including the recruitment and retention issue that agencies arefacing nationwide as well as the surge in violent crime.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson had numerous conversations withvarious House offices regarding the pending consideration of H.R. 5768, the“Violent Incident Clearance and Technological Investigative Methods(VICTIM) Act,” and H.R. 6448, the “Invest to Protect Act.” Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson represented the FOP onstakeholder conference call with staff in the offices of Senators John CornynIII (R-TX) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) to discuss a strategy to move S.4003, the “Law Enforcement De-Escalation Act,” which is pending in theHouse.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Anne Milgram, Administrator of theDrug Enforcement Administration (DEA), regarding exchange of informationwith DEA Headquarters' staff and effected FOP leaders.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson participated in a stakeholderconference call with staff in the office of Senator Roger F. Wicker (R-MS) todiscuss concerns with H.R. 8152, the “America Data Privacy and ProtectionAct.”
@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 participated in a stakeholderconference call on proposed changes to H.R. 8745, the “National Concussionand Traumatic Brain Injury Clearinghouse Act.”Legislative Liaison David Taboh represented the FOP on the weeklystakeholders call hosted by staff in the offices of Representatives Rodney L.Davis (R-IL) and Abigail A. Spanberger (D-VA) regarding efforts to bring H.R.82, the “Social Security Fairness Act," to the House floor for a vote.
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICETHI S WEE K IN W A SHI N G TONTHE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESThe House Committee on Ways and Means favorably reported withoutrecommendation H.R. 82, the "Social Security Fairness Act," by voice vote.While this does mean that the bill is pending before the House, it cannot beadded to the Consensus Calendar and will not be automatically brought to thefloor. The House is unlikely to consider H.R. 82 as a standalone measure, but,during the mark-up, Committee Members did express the desire to consider abroader Social Security reform package before the end of this Congress thatwould contain some change to the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) andthe Government Pension Offset (GPO).The House passed two FOP-supported bills. The first, H.R. 5768, the “ViolentIncident Clearance and Technological Investigative Methods (VICTIM) Act,”which would establish a grant program to help State, Tribal, and local lawenforcement agencies improve their clearance rates for homicides, non-fatalshootings and other violent crimes, was passed on a 250-178 vote. H.R. 6448, the “Invest to Protect Act,” which establish a grant program for thetraining of officers from police departments and municipalities that employless than 125 law enforcement officers, was passed on a 360-64 vote. Thebills now await further action in the Senate.
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICETHI S WEE K IN W A SHI N G TONTHE UNITED STATES SENATEThe Senate Committee on Judiciary held an executive business meeting toconsider numerous judicial nominations and pending legislation.The House passed H.R. 8873, the "Presidential Election Reform Act," on a229-203 vote. The bill would overhaul the manner in which Electoral Collegevotes are submitted by States and then counted by Congress. The Senate iscrafting its own version of the legislation.THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICECOSPONSORS91301210H.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 RIGHTSCOSPONSORS103525H.R. 3225COSPONSORS154S. 1888NOT YET INTRODUCED IN THE SENATECOSPONSORS2510378H.R. 962COSPONSORS44238S. 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. 774COSPONSORS81898H.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 Jason Lehman“Why’d you stop me?” This is one of themost frequently asked questions peoplehave when stopped by the police. There is aviolent confrontation between the policeand a community member EVERY hour inour country... MOREWHY'D YOU STOP ME? (PART 1)Featuring Jason LehmanIn Part 2 of their conversation, NationalPresident Patrick Yoes and WYSM FounderJason Lehman discuss the future of lawenforcement, and Jason gives some adviceto both current law enforcement officersand the communities in which they... MOREWHY'D YOU STOP ME? (PART 2)SUBSCRIBETHE 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!
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICEFOP N EWS R O OMPatrick Yoes, National President of theFraternal Order of Police, expressed skepticismabout the news that H.R. 82, the “SocialSecurity Fairness Act,” was favorably reportedwithout recommendation by the... MORECommittee Passes Social SecurityFairness ActPatrick Yoes, National President of theFraternal Order of Police, applauded thepassage of two FOP-supported measures in theU.S. House of Representative... MOREHouse Passes Two FOP-Backed BillsH.R. 5768, the “Violent IncidentClearance and TechnologicalInvestigative Methods (VICTIM) Act,” andH.R. 6448, the “Invest to Protect Act"Patrick Yoes, National President of theFraternal Order of Police, expressed frustrationwith the news that the House Committee onWays and Means would be marking up H.R. 82,the “Social Security Fairness Act,” tomorrowmorning... MORECommittee to Vote on Social SecurityFairness
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 POLICELEARN 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. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICEOFFICE OF JUSTICEPROGRAMSADD I T ION A L RE S O URC E S
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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