Grand Lodge: Washington Watch: Legislative Update …

… For the Week of 30 January 2012 …

I.      Legislative News and Activity
II.     This Week in Congress
III.    Update on FOP Top Legislative Priorities
IV.     DAY ON THE HILL 2012!!!
V.      Do Your Friends Get Grassroots?
VI.     Reduced NFOP PAC Knives and Oakley Product Giveaway

I.      LEGISLATIVE NEWS AND ACTIVITY
Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson met with staff in the office of Senator Christopher A. Coons (D-DE) to discuss the introduction of a Senate companion bill to H.R. 1789, the “State and Local Law Enforcement Discipline, Accountability and Due Process Act.”

Senior Legislative Liaison Richardson and Legislative Liaison Breanna Bock-Nielsen represented the FOP at a stakeholder meeting of the law enforcement and criminal justice communities to discuss building support for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne-JAG) programs.

Senior Legislative Liaison Richardson and Legislative Liaison Grace Lynch spoke with staff at the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security about consideration of H.R. 365, the “National Blue Alert Act,” as well as staff in the office of the bill’s sponsor, Representative Michael G. Grimm (R-NY).

II.     THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS
Both the House and the Senate were in session this week.

Action in the House
The House considered and passed the conference report on H.R. 658, the “Federal Aviation Authority Reauthorization and Reform Act,” on a 248-169 vote.  The bill, which would reauthorize the FAA through FY2014, was transmitted to the Senate, which is expected to pass the bill next week.

The House considered and passed H.R. 3582, the “Pro-Growth Budgeting Act,” on a 242-179 vote.  The bill, which require the Congressional Budget Office to take into account the effects that bills might have on economic growth using a calculation known as “dynamic scoring,” will now go to the Senate for further consideration.

The House considered and passed H.R. 3835 on a 309-117 vote.  The bill extends the pay limitation on the salaries of Members of Congress and other Federal employees through 2013.

Action House Committees
The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held an oversight hearing on the U.S. Department of Justice and questioned U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., about Operation: Fast and Furious which was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Action in the Senate
The Senate considered and passed S. 2038, the “Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act,” on a 96-3 vote.  The bill now goes to the House for further consideration.

Action in Senate Committees
The Committee on the Judiciary considered and passed S. 1925, the “Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act,” on a 10-8 vote.  While the FOP is not supporting the underlying legislation, we did support a provision of the bill expanding the use of “U visas”–specialized visas requested by law enforcement officers for crime victims that are assisting in criminal investigations or prosecutions.  Senator Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT), Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, singled out the FOP at the mark-up and thanked us for our support and National President Chuck Canterbury for his leadership.

III.    UPDATE ON TOP LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES
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 http://thomas.loc.gov.
 
A.  Social Security Issues

(1) Support the H.R. 1332/S. 2010, the “Social Security Fairness Act”
We currently have one hundred and forty-three (143) cosponsors on H.R. 1332.  Please note that this total differs slightly from THOMAS, as we are not including Delegates Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and Madeleine Z. Bordallo (D-Guam), who have limited voting rights on the floor. We are also not including Representative David Wu (D-OR), who resigned his seat earlier this year, or Representative Dean Heller (R-NV), who eft the House after being appointed to fill the Senate seat vacated by Senator John Ensign (R-NV).

We added four (4) cosponsors to the Senate companion bill, S. 2010: Senators Maria E. Cantwell (D-WA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Timothy P. Johnson (D-SD), and Olympia J. Snowe (R-MA).  This brings our current total to svene (7) cosponsors.

In addition, National Legislative Office staff continue to work with staff in the office of Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) on S. 113, the “Public Servant Retirement Protection Act,” and with Representative Kevin P. Brady on the House companion measure, H.R. 2797.  This legislation would not impact the Government Pension Offset (GPO) but would repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision and replace it with a more equitable, individualized calculation of Social Security benefits based on an individual’s entire work history. 

Currently, there is one (1) cosponsor on the Senate bill and seven (7) cosponsors on the House bill.

(2)  Opposing any legislation that would require the participation of public employees in Social Security
The FOP will continue to lobby against this scheme and oppose any legislation which would mandate participation in Social Security.

B.  Support the “Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act”
This legislation, which would guarantee the right of public safety employees to bargain collectively with their employers over hours, wages and conditions of employment, has not yet been introduced. 

C.  Support H.R. 1789, the “State and Local Law Enforcement Discipline, Accountability and Due Process Act”
We currently have six (6) cosponsors on H.R. 1789.

The Senate companion bill has not yet been introduced, but we are working with staff in the office of several Senators in an effort to develop a Senate companion bill.

D. Support the H.R. 327, the “Law Enforcement Officers’ Equity Act” and S. 985, the “Law Enforcement Officers’ Retirement Equity Act”
We currently have a total of ten (10) cosponsors on H.R. 327.

We currently have a total of one (1) cosponsor on S. 985.

E.  Support the H.R. 324, legislation giving Federal law enforcement officers employed by the U.S. Department of Defense statutory arrest authority
We currently have eleven (11) cosponsors on H.R. 324.

IV.     FOP DAY ON THE HILL 2012!!! ONLY ONE DAYS LEFT!!!
The special room rate for FOP members attending the Day on the Hill ends today – book your room NOW!!!

The FOP Day on The Hill 2012 will take place Monday, 27 February and run through Wednesday, 29 February. On Monday, 27 February 2012 the National Legislative Office and the National Legislative Committee will host a short briefing at the District of Columbia Lodge #1 located at 711 4th Street, NW, at 4pm.

Tuesday and Wednesday, 28-29 February, will be devoted to your meetings with Members from your home States and districts. These appointments should be made in advance!!! You can find the contact information for your Representative at http://www.house.gov/ and the contact information for your Senators at http://www.senate.gov/. Event participants should make every effort to have their Representative or Senator attend the meeting along with the appropriate staff person.
 
Schedule
Monday, 27 February, 4pm – Legislative briefing at District of Columbia Lodge #1 located at 711 4th Street, NW
Tuesday, 28 February – Meetings with your Representative and Senators
Wednesday, 29 February – Meetings with your Representative and Senators
 
Accommodations
The National Legislative Office has arranged for accommodations at the DuPont Circle Hotel located at 1500 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036. The hotel is located just one block from the Metro, making it easy for you to move around Capitol Hill and the city.

The rate is $183 per night. To be guaranteed this special rate you MUST CALL and identify yourself as part of the Grand Lodge, Fraternal Order of Police. Make your reservations now by calling (202) 483-6000.

The cut-off date for reservations is TODAY, so don’t delay­–make that reservation NOW!!!

V.      Do Your Friends Get Grassroots?
Make sure your friends and coworkers know about our weekly updates! The grassroots emails are the most accurate source of information about the FOP on the Hill­ covering information on meetings, bills, and events.
 
To add your name from our mailing list, please send an email to grassroots@fop.net with ADD and the State in which you live, in the Subject Line.

 
VI.      REDUCED NFOP PAC Knives and Oakley Product Giveaway!
The National Fraternal Order of Police PAC has a number of 2011 commemorative NFOP PAC pocket knives remaining.  We also have one pair of Oakley Antix sunglasses, one pair of Oakley Radar sunglasses and two Oakley goggles available. All these Oakley products are valued over $100. 

We will be giving these Oakley products away, until they are gone, to every 30th person who orders a NFOP PAC pocket knife!

You can purchase a NFOP PAC pocket knife at the reduced price of only $15 for the chance to win one of these Oakley products! You will be alerted over the phone if you are one of the four lucky winners!

To order a NFOP PAC pocket knife, please complete the order form below and email to glynch@fop.net or call 202-547-8189.

NFOP PAC Contribution Form

Please return the form and contribution to:

National Fraternal Order of Police PAC
328 Massachusetts Ave., N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
 

Full Name___________________________________________________________________

Occupation________________________________Employer______________________

Address_________________________________________________________________

City__________________________State_________________Zip Code______________

Phone__________________________Email____________________________________

Number of Knives______________Contribution Amount____________Date___________

Credit Card Number_________________________________Exp. Date________________
(Please note that we can only accept VISA or MasterCard.)

Is the contributor a member of the FOP?______
 
If Yes, please list:

FOP State Lodge_______________________________
FOP Local Lodge_______________________________
FOP Membership #______________________________
If No, please list:

 FOP Member’s Name______________________________________________________

Your Relationship to the FOP Member________________________________________

Contributions or gifts to the National Fraternal Order of Police PAC are not tax deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. Only PERSONAL or NON CORPORATE checks may be accepted.  Contributions to the NFOP PAC are strictly voluntary and FOP members have the right to refuse to contribute without reprisal. You contribution will be used to support candidates for federal office who support law enforcement.  Federal law requires PACs to report the name, mailing address, occupation and name of employer for reach individual whose contributions aggregate in excess of $200 per calendar year.

Questions or Comments?  E-mail us at grassroots@fop.net or call (202) 547 – 8189.
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