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National President Patrick Yoes worked out of the National Headquarters inNashville, Tennessee.National President Patrick Yoes traveled to Atlantic City, New Jersey to attend theNew Jersey State FOP Mini-Conference. National President Patrick Yoes traveled to Opelika, Alabama to attend theAlabama State FOP Conference. @GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICELEGISLATIVE NEWS & ACTIVITYNational President Patrick Yoes traveled to Nashville, Tennessee to attend theTennessee State FOP Spring Board Meeting.
This week, National President Patrick Yoes sat down with Representative JimBanks (R-IN) to discuss his efforts to codify qualified immunity, the crime crisisravaging communities across the country, as well as the nationwide shortage ofpolice officers.@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICELISTEN TO EPISODE CLICK TO SUBSCRIBELEGISLATIVE 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 Alejandro N. Mayorkas, Secretary of theU.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), about the Administration’s proposedFY2024 budget for the Department. He also discussed DHS’s efforts to combat theongoing fentanyl epidemic and expressed appreciation for the presentationdelivered by DHS executives on fentanyl at the recent meeting of the Urban PolicingCommittee.@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICELEGISLATIVE NEWS & ACTIVITYExecutive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Vanita Gupta, Associate U.S. AttorneyGeneral, about her participation in the FOP’s upcoming summit in Washington, D.Cto discuss solutions to the recruitment and retention crisis in law enforcement.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Heather J. Fong, Senior Counselor to theSecretary for Law Enforcement at the DHS, about the impact of vacanciesthroughout the Department and the ongoing efforts to combat the fentanylepidemic.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Hugh T. Clements, Jr., the Director of theOffice of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), about his participation inthe FOP’s upcoming recruitment and retention summit in Washington, D.C. and alsoasked him to address a rumor that college basketball coach Ed Cooley leftProvidence College to be the next head coach of the Georgetown Hoyas because hemissed him in Providence.
Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Daniel Board, chief of staff and specialadvisor to Steven M. Dettelbach, Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), about mutual efforts to increase awareness of theNational Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) and about the FOP’s useof the auditorium at ATF headquarters for our upcoming recruitment and retentionsummit.@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICELEGISLATIVE NEWS & ACTIVITYExecutive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Martin J. Walsh, immediate past Secretaryfor the U.S. Department of Labor, to thank him for his efforts to address theongoing recruitment and retention crisis and express how much we look forward toseeing him at the FOP’s Spring National Board Meeting which will be held in Bostonat the end of this month.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson had a virtual call with Dr. Christopher M.Fisher, Senior Advisor to the Assistant U.S. Attorney General on Policing, ViolentCrime, Reform and Community Engagement, to discuss Section 14, “PromotingComprehensive and Collaborative Responses to Persons in Behavioral or MentalHealth Crisis,” of Executive Order 14074, Advancing Effective, Accountable Policingand Criminal Justice Practices.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson met with newstaff in the office of Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY),the Majority Leader, to discuss FOP priorities and issuesof mutual interest.
Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson represented the FOP as a guest at avirtual meeting of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to discuss NFPAStandard 3000 for an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (ASHER). DanSheffield, a member of the FOP’s Safety and Technology Committee and liaison tothe NFPA, and Senior Legislative Liaison Richardson were guests at the meeting.@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICELEGISLATIVE NEWS & ACTIVITYFOP ACTION CENTERIT'S TIME TO MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARDSenior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson met with staffin the office of Senator Richard J. Durbin, Chairman of theCommittee on the Judiciary, to discuss the “Protect andServe Act,” the “Strengthening Transparency andObligations to Protect Children Suffering from Abuse andMistreatment (STOP CSAM) Act,” and other issuespending before the committee.
President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., signed H.J. Res. 26 into law. The resolution, whichthe FOP strongly supported, blocks the Revised Criminal Code Act of 2022 passedby the Washington, D.C. City Council over the mayor’s veto. The RCCA would haveeliminated mandatory minimum sentences for all crimes, reduced the maximumpenalties for crimes such as carjacking, and eliminated accomplice liability forfelony murder. This is the first time in 30 years that Congress that has used itsauthority to disapprove of legislation passed by the D.C. Council.@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICETHIS WEEK IN WASHINGTONTHE WHITE HOUSE
The House passed H.R. 5, the “Parental Bill of Rights Act,” on a 213-208 vote. Thebill would establish various rights of parents and guardians regarding theelementary or secondary school education of their children. The bill will betransmitted to the Senate for further action.The House Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and FederalGovernment Surveillance and the House Committee on Oversight andAccountability Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Energy Policy, and RegulatoryAffairs held a joint hearing entitled: "ATF's (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms,and Explosives) Assault on the Second Amendment: When is Enough Enough?"There were no witnesses from ATF or any law enforcement agency.@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICETHIS WEEK IN WASHINGTONTHE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESThe House Committee on Energy andCommerce held a hearing entitled: "TikTok:How Congress Can Safeguard American DataPrivacy And Protect Children From OnlineHarms.” Shou Zi Chew, Chief ExecutiveOfficer of TikTok, gave testimony as theplatform has become under greater scrutinyabout its potential threat to national security.Last year, Congress enacted a law prohibitingthe use of TikTok on Federal devices.
The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held ahearing entitled: "Drug Shortage Health and National Security Risks: UnderlyingCauses and Needed Reforms." The hearing featured policy experts discussing therecent report from the Committee’s majority staff.READ THE REPORTThe Senate passed the motion to proceed to the consideration of S. 316, legislationwhich would repeal the 2002 Iraq and the 1991 Gulf War resolutions authorizing theuse of military force (AUMF), on a 67-28 vote. The Senate considered and rejectedfour amendments to S. 316 and is expected to vote on final passage next week.@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. 82204 COSPONSORSR: 61 D: 143NOT YET INTRODUCED IN THE SENATENOT YET INTRODUCED IN THE HOUSE NOT YET INTRODUCED IN THE SENATENOT YET INTRODUCED IN THE SENATE28 COSPONSORSR: 28 D: 0LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS’ EQUITY ACTCOLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTSLEOSA REFORM ACTMORE RESOURCES LIST OF BILLS SUPPORTED@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICEH.R. 13223 COSPONSORSR: 2 D: 1S. 59736 COSPONSORSR: 4 D: 32
@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICEFOP NEWSROOMPresident Biden on Monday signed into law legislation that wouldoverturn a District of Columbia crime bill, a controversial move thathas angered the progressive wing of his party for weeks... MoreBiden signs resolution overturning DC crime bill [The Hill]CNN's Kyung Lah reports on the factors that have contributed toAsian American voters in San Francisco shifting to the right and whatthis means for Democrats... MoreAsian Americans who are fed up with city's crime areshifting to the right [CNN]The Department of Homeland Security says its new fentanyl targetingoperation has already seized 900 pounds of the drug in its firstweek... MoreNew fentanyl targeting operation already has stopped900 pounds from entering US: DHS [ABC News]New York’s crime crisis continues to burn as the state’s leaders fiddle— and contemplate putting more fuel on the fire... MoreNew York’s crime crisis burns as Albany progs fiddle[New York Post]The Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented PolicingServices (COPS Office) has announced the release... MoreJustice Department Releases Nearly $300 Million inGrant Solicitations for Hiring Law Enforcement Officersand Improving School Safety [DOJ]
LISTENPolicing in America is facing anexistential threat that will take years toovercome. Officers are leaving ourprofession at an alarming rate while atthe same time, fewer candidates areseeking policing as a profession... MoreDEFENDING THE POLICE: THE COURT OF PUBLIC OPINIONWITH CONGRESSMAN JIM BANKSLISTENEquality 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 SPANBERGER@GLFOP@FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICETHE BLUE VIEW PODCAST
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