Washington Watch: Legislative Update
For the Week of 27 May 2019
I. Legislative News and Activity
II. This Week in Congress
III. Update on Top Legislative Priorities
IV. ANNOUNCEMENT: Statement From National President Chuck Canterbury Regarding President Trump’s Intention To Nominate Him As The Next Director Of ATF
V. Support the National FOP PAC
VI. Follow the FOP on Facebook & Twitter!
I. LEGISLATIVE NEWS AND ACTIVITY
Executive Director Jim Pasco:
- had multiple calls with Jennifer S. Korn, Deputy Assistant to the President, and Jack A. Rauch, Deputy Associate Director with the Office of Public Liaison, regarding follow up from National Police Week, Immigration, and issues pertaining to State and local prosecutors;
- spoke with Tim Shea, Senior Counsel to Attorney General William P. Barr, regarding the next phases of the implementation of the First Step Act and the reconfiguration of the Office of Law Enforcement Affairs at the U.S. Department of Justice; and
- had continued discussions with officials at the U.S. Department of Labor regarding the fair treatment of the FOP under the LM-2 reporting issue.
Legislative Liaison Scott Marks represented the FOP at an event at the Hudson Institute to emphasize the importance of anti-money laundering legislation.
II. THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS
Congress was in recess this week and the National FOP Legislative Office was closed on Monday in observance of Memorial Day.
III. UPDATE ON TOP LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES
A. Support H.R. 141/S. 521, the “Social Security Fairness Act”
3 additional cosponsors signed on to H.R. 141, bringing our total to 174.
- This week the National FOP Legislative Office sent letters to the 37 Members of Congress that had previously cosponsored this legislation in the 115thCongress, asking them to again cosponsor the bill in this Congress (click here to read the full letter). Two Members signed on this week.
We have 30 cosponsors on S. 521.
B. Support H.R. 1195/S. 473, the “Law Enforcement Officers’ Equity Act”
We have 36 cosponsors on H.R. 1195.
We have 1 cosponsor on S. 473.
C. Support H.R. 1154/S.1394, the “Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act”
We have 108 cosponsors on H.R. 1154.
We have 16 cosponsors on S. 1394.
IV. ANNOUNCEMENT: Statement From National President Chuck Canterbury Regarding President Trump’s Intention To Nominate Him As The Next Director Of ATF (CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL LETTER)
I would like to thank the FOP and all of our members for the many years of support during my service on the National Board of Directors. In view of the notice of intent to nominate me as the next Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives by President Trump yesterday, I of course will not be seeking reelection as President.
I had long since launched a vigorous campaign for reelection and have been fortunate to have received a number of donations and endorsements for my campaign. I will be returning those donations over the course of the next week and thank the hundreds of you that have sent contributions and I was very much intent on being reelected.
The President’s confidence in me is a tremendous honor and it afford me an extraordinary opportunity to return to active law enforcement service and to finish my career white it began—in working to ensure that our country is a safer and more secure place for all citizens.
Again, I thank the 346,000 members of the FOP for their loyalty and support and I will always be #FOPSTRONG.
V. SUPPORT THE NATIONAL FOP PAC
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