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National President Patrick Yoes worked out of the Steve Young Law EnforcementLegislative Advocacy Center, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. this week.National President Patrick Yoes, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department LaborCommittee Chairman Gregg Pemberton and Treasurer Marinos Marinos as well asExecutive Director Jim Pasco joined Speaker Kevin O. McCarthy (R-CA) for asigning ceremony in Statuary Hall for the enrollment of H.J. Res. 26, which willblock the enactment of the D.C. City Council's pro-criminal crime bill, the "RevisedCriminal Code Act (RCCA) of 2022."The Resolution will now go to the President, who has publicly stated that he'll sign itinto law. The RCCA would have eliminated mandatory minimum sentences for all crimes,reduced the maximum penalties for crimes such as carjacking, and eliminatedaccomplice liability for felony murder.WATCH VIDEOREAD OUR STATEMENT@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICELEGISLATIVE NEWS & ACTIVITY
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICELISTEN TO EPISODE CLICK TO SUBSCRIBEThis week, National President Patrick Yoes sat down with Representative AbigailSpanberger (D-VA). A former law enforcement officer herself, CongresswomanSpanberger is the lead Democratic sponsor of the FOP’s top legislative priority: theSocial Security Fairness Act.LEGISLATIVE NEWS & ACTIVITYNational President Patrick Yoes, National Sergeant-at-Arms Keith Turney andExecutive Director Jim Pasco met with Hugh T. Clements, Jr., Director of the Officeof Community Oriented Police Services (COPS Office), to have an in-depthdiscussion regarding the FOP’s efforts to address the recruitment and retentionissue and ways the FOP can collaborate with the COPS Office.
Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with U.S. Associate Attorney General VanitaGupta regarding the FOP's efforts to address the recruitment and retention issue aswell as the recent announcement from the DOJ that the Louisville Metro PoliceDepartment (LMPD) engaged in a pattern or practice of conduct that violates theU.S. Constitution and Federal law. @GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICELEGISLATIVE NEWS & ACTIVITYNational President Patrick Yoes gave numerous media interviews regarding lawenforcement challenges on the horizon, the recruitment and retention crisis, and theNational FOP's data showing a rise in the number of officers shot in the line of duty.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Kristen M. Clarke, U.S. Assistant AttorneyGeneral for the Civil Rights Division within the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ),regarding the recent announcement from the DOJ that the Louisville Metro PoliceDepartment (LMPD) engaged in a pattern or practice of conduct that violates theU.S. Constitution and Federal law. Legislative Liaisons Mark McDonald and David Taboh attended a White Housebriefing on the President's Budget Proposal, hosted by the White House Office ofPolitical Strategy and Outreach and the Office of Public Engagement.Legislative Liaison Asa Render attended a briefing on the President's proposedbudget for the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), hosted by Julie Su, U.S. Departmentof Labor Deputy Secretary, and Nikki McKinney, U.S. Department of LaborAssociate Deputy Secretary.
The White House released its budget request for Fiscal Year 2024. This requestincludes $17.8 billion for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), including a total ofnearly $2 billion for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF)and $1.9 billion for the U.S. Marshals Service. In addition, it provides the DOJ $4.9billion in discretionary resources for State and local grants to enhance publicsafety, including $537 million for the COPS Hiring Program.The President's nominee to be a Commissioner on the Federal CommunicationsCommission (FCC), Gigi B. Sohn, withdrew herself from consideration. Her decisioncame in response to, in large part, the FOP launching a massive campaign tooppose her nomination. The FOP believes that her nomination was completelyunacceptable and that she should never have been renominatedREAD THE FOP'S STATEMENT@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICETHIS WEEK IN WASHINGTONTHE WHITE HOUSE
The House Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing entitled: “Hearing on theWeaponization of the Federal Government on the Twitter Files.”The House Committee on Oversight and Accountability Select Subcommittee onthe Coronavirus Pandemic held a hearing entitled: “Investigating the Origins ofCOVID-19.”The House Committee on Oversight and Accountability Subcommittee on NationalSecurity, the Border, and Foreign Affairs held a hearing entitled: “Force Multipliers:Examining the Need for Additional Resources to Disrupt Transnational Crime at theBorder and Beyond.”The House Committee on Foreign Affairs held a hearing entitled: “During and Afterthe Fall of Kabul: Examining the Administration’s Emergency Evacuation fromAfghanistan.” U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Tyler Vargas-Andrews and retired U.S.Army Specialist Aidan Gunderson, both of whom were at Kabul airport's Abbey Gatewhen 13 U.S. servicemembers were killed in an attack in the summer of 2021, wereamong those who testified.@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICETHIS WEEK IN WASHINGTONTHE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
The Senate Committee on the Judiciary held an Executive Business Meeting toconsider numerous Presidential nominations, including several U.S. Marshals.The Senate considered and passed H.J. Res. 26 on an 81-14 vote. The resolution,which the FOP fought in support of, rejects the adoption of the Revised CriminalCode Act (RCCA) of 2022 by the Washington, D.C. City Council. It will now go to thePresident, who has publicly stated that he'll sign it into law.When the National FOP was first alerted to the matterby members of the D.C. Metropolitan Police DepartmentLabor Committee, we vowed to help our brothers andsisters fight back. They made it clear to us and to theresidents of the city that the RCCA would haveemboldened criminals, dramatically increased crime andviolence, and rendered police officers in the District ofColumbia virtually powerless to adequately police thecity and keep its residents and visitors safe.READ THE FOP'S STATEMENTThe Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held ahearing entitled: “Artificial Intelligence: Risks and Opportunities.”@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICETHIS WEEK IN WASHINGTONTHE UNITED STATES SENATE
H.R. 354SOCIAL SECURITY FAIRNESS ACTPROTECT AND SERVE ACTNOT YET INTRODUCED IN THE SENATEH.R. 74313 COSPONSORSR: 10 D: 3TOP LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIESH.R. 82194 COSPONSORSR: 58 D: 136NOT YET INTRODUCED IN THE SENATENOT YET INTRODUCED IN THE HOUSE NOT YET INTRODUCED IN THE SENATENOT YET INTRODUCED IN THE SENATE27 COSPONSORSR: 27 D: 0LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS’ EQUITY ACTCOLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTSLEOSA REFORM ACTMORE RESOURCES LIST OF BILLS SUPPORTED@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICEH.R. 13233 COSPONSORSR: 2 D: 1S. 59731 COSPONSORSR: 4 D: 27
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICEFOP NEWSROOMPatrick Yoes, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police,applauded the news that the United States Senate voted 81-14 infavor of S.J. Res. 12, a resolution disapproving the adoption... MoreA Crisis in Our Nation’s Capital: Senate Rejects D.C. CityCouncil 's Attempt to Make the District More DangerousPatrick Yoes, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police,applauded the news that Gigi Sohn, who was nominated to serve as aCommissioner on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC),has withdrawn from consideration... MoreSohn Nomination Was Doomed From The StartLast month, the National Fraternal Order of Police issued a statementopposing the nomination, arguing that Sohn had "anti-police bias" andsaid that her role on the Electronic Frontier Foundation... MoreBiden's pick for FCC commissioner withdraws afterlengthy fight for the job [NPR]The U.S. Senate voted on Wednesday against a disapproval resolutionthat would overturn D.C.'s criminal code revisions... MoreSenate votes against DC criminal code revisions [FOX6]The National Fraternal Order of Police reports that as of 7 March,there have been 65 officers shot in the line of duty so far in 2023. Ofthose officers shot, 8 of them were killed by gunfire... MoreFOP Monthly Update: Officers Shot and Killed
LISTEN NOWEquality and fairness are some ofAmerica’s most cherished ideals. Incurrent Social Security law, over 2.5million retired first responders, teachers,and other government employees arefinancially penalized by provisions of thelaw, the Windfall Elimination Provisionand the Government Pension Offset, thatslash their benefits solely... MOREIT'S ALL ABOUT FAIRNESS: THE PATHWAY TO REPEALINGTHE WEP AND GPO WITH REP. ABIGAIL SPANBERGERLISTEN NOWThere aren’t many things that peopleagree on in Washington, D.C. But as ournation’s capital experiences a crimecrisis like no other, there is one thingthat is bringing people from both sides ofthe aisle together: a proposal by the D.C.City Council... MORESO, YOU THINK D.C. IS SAFE? REVISED CRIMINALCODE ACT WITH GREGG PEMBERTON@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICETHE BLUE VIEW PODCAST
LEARN MORE LEARN MORELEARN MORELEARN MOREOn the Blue View Podcast, you'llhear from law enforcementexperts, elected officials, andother notable leaders to gaininsight into the issues andcurrent events surrounding thelaw enforcement community. The Collaborative ReformInitiative Technical AssistanceCenter (CRI-TAC) provides no-cost, customized technicalassistance solutions designed tomeet the unique needs of state,local, tribal, and campus lawenforcement agencies.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 leadershipto Federal, state, local, and tribaljustice systems, by disseminatingstate-of-the art knowledge andpractices, and providing grants forthe implementation of these crimefighting strategies. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICEOFFICE OF JUSTICEPROGRAMSADDITIONAL RESOURCES@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE
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