Washington Watch: Legislative Update

… For the Week of 9 January 2012 …

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



National President Chuck Canterbury was in Washington D.C. to attend a meeting of the Homeland Security Advisory Council.

Executive Director Jim Pasco and Legislative Liaison Breanna Bock-Nielsen traveled to Ft. Lauderdale, FL this weekend to participate in the meeting of the Eastern States Labor Coalition.

Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson met with staff in the offices of Senators Kelly A. Ayotte (R-NH) and John Cornyn III (R-TX) to discuss S. 306, the “National Criminal Justice Commission Act,” and S. 657, the “National Blue Alert Act.”

Senior Legislative Liaison Richardson and Legislative Liaison Grace Lynch met with staff in the offices of Representatives Lloyd “Ted” Poe (R-TX) and Jason E. Chaffetz (R-UT) to discuss H.R. 365, the “National Blue Alert Act.”

Legislative Liaison Lynch met with staff in the office of Representative Louis B. Gohmert, Jr. (R-TX) to discuss H.R. 365, the “National Blue Alert Act.”

Neither the House and the Senate conducted any business, with each chamber holding brief pro forma sessions so as to avoid having a formal 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.

IV.     FOP DAY ON THE HILL 2012!!!
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 a time to be announced.

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.
Monday, 27 February, Time TBD – 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
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 1 February 2012, so don’t delay­
make that reservation today!!!

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. 

For the next week, 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___________________________________________________________________



City__________________________State_________________Zip Code______________


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?______

  1. If Yes, please list:

FOP State Lodge_______________________________
FOP Local Lodge_______________________________
FOP Membership #______________________________

  1. 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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