Washington Watch: Legislative Update

 ... For the Week of 18 April 2011 …

I.       Legislative News and Activity
II.     This Week in Congress
III.    Update on FOP Top Legislative Priorities
IV.    National AFT President Affirms Support for FOP and Law Enforcement, Does Not Support CA Cop-Killer Resolution
V.     National President Canterbury Briefs Vice President Biden
VI.    FOP teams up with National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
VII.   FOP NEWS: National Legislative Office is now on Facebook!
National President Canterbury was in Washington, DC to chair the meeting of the Congressional Badge of Bravery review board for State and local law enforcement.  The Federal law enforcement review board, which includes FOP members Mike Stenger and Andy Maybo, also met.

Executive Director Jim Pasco met with Alan Bersin, Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department Homeland Security (DHS) on border and officer safety issues.
Executive Director Pasco met with Michael Stenger, Assistant U.S. Senate Sergeant-at-Arms for Intelligence for State and Local Coordination, about coordination between U.S. Capitol Police and State and local law enforcement in exchanging intelligence.
Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson met with Nick Podsiadly, chief counsel to Senator Charles E. Grassley (R-VA), Ranking Member on the Committee on the Judiciary, to discuss the FOP’s top legislative priorities and pending legislation of interest to rank and file law enforcement officers.
Legislative Liaison Breanna Bock-Nielsen represented the FOP at a monthly meeting of criminal justice stakeholders to discuss the upcoming FY12 budget.

Both the House and Senate were in recess.
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 .
With Congress out of session, no changes to the status of our top priorities were possible.
here, reflects that resolve.
V.  National President Canterbury Briefs Vice President Biden
Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, briefs Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., on the FOP’s strategy to combat efforts by State and local governments to strip law enforcement officers of collective bargaining rights while FOP Executive Director Jim Pasco looks on. You can see the photo
grassroots@fop.net or call (202) 547 – 8189.

IV. National AFT President Affirms Support for FOP and Law Enforcement, Does Not Support CA Cop-Killer Resolution
National President Canterbury spoke with American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten last Friday, who assured him that she does not support this resolution. It is an issue limited to the California Federation of Teachers and has no other support from within the AFT. Her letter to National President Canterbury, which you can read

VI.  FOP teams up with National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
The National Fraternal Order of Police has joined forces with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) on their safety prevention resource, Take 25 campaign. Each lodge, State and local, should have received a packet about this campaign and how you and your lodge can help. The Take 25 campaign was created in honor of National Missing Children�s Day annually recognized on May 25th. The Take 25 campaign provides free resources and child safety information leading up to the month of May to local communities. Please feel free to contact Jessica Caswell in the NFOP Legislative office at (202) 547-8189 if you did not receive information or have any questions.

V. FOP NEWS: National Legislative Office is now on Facebook!
Because our grassroots are so important to our efforts on Capitol Hill, we have created a National Legislative Office Facebook page to keep our members informed.

Take a moment now to join our Facebook page to stay current with the latest information from Washington, D.C.  Please feel free to join in any of our discussions and don’t forget to invite all your FOP brothers and sisters to join!


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