National Update

14 Jun 2014 4:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

 Washington Watch: Legislative Update
For the Week of 9 June 2014

I.      Legislative News and Activity
II.     This Week in Congress
III.    Update on Top Legislative Priorities
IV.     Follow the FOP National Legislative Office on Twitter

Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Lawrence E. Strickling, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information at the U.S. Department of Commerce, regarding impending vacancies on the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Advisory Board.

Rick Fulginiti, Trustee for the Maryland State Lodge and Chairman of the National Legislative Committee, testified before the U.S. Sentencing Commission, which is considering the retroactive application of new, lower sentencing guidelines for drug traffickers.  You can view that testimony here:

Legislative Liaison Marie Carchedi represented the FOP at a monthly meeting of other law enforcement and criminal justice groups to hear from staff in the office of U.S. Senator   Cory A. Booker (D-NJ).

Both the House and the Senate were in session this week.

Action in the House
The House considered, amended and passed H.R. 4757, the "Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015," on a 229-192 vote.

The House debated amendments to H.R. 4800, the "Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015," but did not hold a final vote on passage.

Action in House Committees
The Committee on Appropriations considered, amended and favorably reported draft legislation funding the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  The bill goes to the floor for further consideration.

The Committee on the Judiciary held an oversight hearing on the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Action in the Senate
The Senate considered, amended and passed H.R. 3230, the "Pay Our Guard and Reserve Act," on a 93-3 vote.  The bill, which makes necessary reforms to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, now goes to the House for further action.

Action in Senate Committees
The Committee on the Judiciary held an oversight hearing on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

For the complete list of cosponsors for all of our top legislative priorities, or to find out if your Representative and Senators are cosponsors of specific bills, check out

A.  Support H.R. 1362/S. 1172, the "Law Enforcement Officers' Equity Act"
We added one new cosponsor to H.R. 1362, bringing our current total to 26.

The Senate companion bill, S. 1172, has no cosponsors at this time.

B.  Support H.R. 1795/S. 896, the "Social Security Fairness Act"
We have118 cosponsors on H.R. 1795.

We have 18 cosponsors on S. 896.

C.  Support Legislation to Grant Statutory Arrest Authority to Civilian DoD Law Enforcement
The FOP is engaged in an effort to incorporate language into the Defense reauthorization bills. 

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