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The Week of 16 September 2019 The National FOP Legislative Office sends out the Washington Watch: Legislative Update every Friday to keep our members informed on the issues.

FOP PRESIDENT PATRICK YOES
TESTIFIES BEFORE CONGRESS
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VP PENCE MEETS WITH NYPD OFFICERS
FOP PRESIDENT YOES SENDS LETTER IN
OPPOSITION TO SAFE BANKING ACT
EOW: INVESTIGATOR DORNELL COUSETTE
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LEGISLATIVE NEWS AND ACTIVITY
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National President Yoes represented the FOP at the Executive Board
meeting of the National Law Enforcement Museum.
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National President Yoes participated in the National Police Week "after
action" meeting.
National President Yoes metwith Tom Stamatakis, President of the Canadian Police Association and the current Chairman
of the International Council of Police Representative Associations (ICPRA).
National President Patrick Yoes testified at the "Oversight Hearing On
Policing Practices" before the House Committee on the Judiciary.
Legislative Liaison Marks joined other law enforcement stakeholders to meet with staff in the offices of Senators John R. Thune (R-SD),
Martha Blackburn (R-TN), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Rick L. Scott (R-FL), Debra L. Fischer (R-NE), Ronald H. Johnson (R-WI), Tammy
Duckworth (D-IL) regarding S. 273, the “Kelsey Smith Act," which would mandate that telecommunications companies provide location
information in the incident of a 9-1-1 call or reasonable suspicion of risk of death or serious physical harm.
Senior Legislative Liaison Richardson and Legislative Liaison Scott Marks met with staff from the Office of Senators G. Douglas Jones
(D-AL) and Mark R. Warner (D-VA) regarding draft legislation, the "Improving Laundering Laws and Increasing Comprehensive Information
Tracking of Criminal Activity in Shell Holdings (ILLICIT CASH) Act," which would require the collection of beneficial ownership for the
purposes of combating money laundering and illiciit finance.
Legislative Liaison Marks met with staff in the office of Representative Elizabeth L. Cheney (R-WY) regarding H.R. 2513, the “Corporate
Transparency Act," which requires the reporting of crucial information to law enforcement in the ongoing effort to combat money
laundering and illicit finance.
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Senior Legislative Liaison Richardson participated in a conference call with other stakeholder groups regarding the upcoming House
floor vote on H.R. 1595, the “Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act.” The FOP opposes this legislation.
Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson joined former U.S. Representative and King County, WA Sheriff David G. Reichert and Ed Chung
with the Center for American Progress on a panel at the National Criminal Justice Associations Advisory Council meeting to discuss
criminal justice reform.
Executive Director Pascospoke toTim Shea, Senior Counsel to Attorney General William P. Barr, regarding gang issues as
well as the relationships between police executives and bargaining units.
Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke to Jack A. Rauch, Deputy Associate Director with the White House Office of Public
Liaison, regarding pending Second Amendment issues.
Executive Director Pascospoke to Dean M. Kueter, Jr., currently assigned to the State and Local Law Enforcement
Coordination Section (SLEC-S) within the Office of Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Department of Justice, regarding upcoming
FOP events.
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THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS
The Senate considered and passed S. 1790, the "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 on a 87-7
vote. This bill is now trasmitted to the House for futher action.
The House considered and passed H.R. 1423, the "Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act" on a 225-186 vote,
which prohibits a predispute arbitration agreement from being valid or enforceable if it requires arbitration of an
employment, consumer, antitrust, or civil rights dispute. The bill now goes to the Senate for further action.
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UNITED STATES SENATE
The Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing entitled: "Oversight Hearing on Policing Practices." National FOP
President Patrick Yoes testified.
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Vice President Michael R. Pence visited the New York City police headquarters and received a closed-door
counterterrorism briefing.
The Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing entitled: "Oversight of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Act."
The Committee on Oversight and Reform held a joint National Security and Civil Rights Civil Liberties Subcommittee
hearing entitled: “Confronting Violent White Supremacy (Part III): Addressing the Transnational Terrorist Threat."
The Senate considered and passed S. 2740, the "Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State,
Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2020" on a 51-44 vote.
This bill is now trasmitted to the House for futher action.
The House considered and passed H.R. 4378 on a 301-123 vote, a continuing resolution which would provide funding
for Federal agencies through 21 November 2019. The bill now goes to the Senate for further action.
The Committee on Education and Labor considered and reported favorably H.R. 3401, the "School Shooting Safety
and Preparedness Act" on 27-22 vote. The bill, which would require the Education secretary to publish an annual
report on indicators of school crime and safety that includes data on school shootings, now goes to the House floor
for futher consideration.
The Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions held a nomination hearing for Eugene Scalia to serve as
the United States Secretary of Labor. The FOP supports his nomination.
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UPDATE ON LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES
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H.R. 141/S. 521, THE SOCIAL SECURITY FAIRNESS ACT
This bill would repeal both the "Windfall Elimination Provision" and the "Government Pension
Offset" in current Social Security law.
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H.R. 1195/S. 473, the Law Enforcement Officers Equity Act"
This bill would would expand the definition of "law enforcement officer" for salary and
retirement benefits to include all Federal law enforcement officers.
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H.R. 1154/S. 1394, the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act
This bill would recognize the right of law enforcement and other public safety officers to
bargain collectively with their employers.
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171
Cosponsors In The House
Cosponsors In The Senate
+ 2 Cosponsors Since Last Week
5
Cosponsors In The Senate
39
Cosponsors In The House
18
Cosponsors In The Senate
34
Cosponsors In The Senate
+ 1 Cosponsor Since Last Week
202
Cosponsors In The House
+ 1 Cosponsor Since Last Week
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+ 2 Cosponsors Since Last Week
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PRESIDENT YOES' LETTER IN OPPOSITION
TO THE SAFE BANKING ACT
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EPISODE 1: FOP COLD CASE
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The National Executive Board Is pleased to announce a partnership with CBS radio for the Fraternal Order of Police Cold
Case Files expected to begin in September. The Fraternal Order of Police has partnered with CBS Talk radio personality,
Paul Viollis, host of “Security Matters", to provide a monthly episode branded as a National Fraternal Order of Police Cold
Case Files. The program, highlight cold cases selected by the FOP.
The criteria for agencies to enter their cases for this program are as follows:
Agency declared “cold case”, or a current case where immediate national exposure is needed.
The victim’s family/friends are willing to be interviewed so that the listeners can get a glimpse of who the victim was.
Full victimology available.
Full cooperation from the agency, to include the case detective willing to be interviewed, any pertinent
photographs/video available to CBS for distribution.
Utah State President Brent Jex will serve as the NFOP Liaison for this project. Interested agencies/Lodges can enroll by
sending an email to at bjex@fop.net. Please include the case details and case detective contact information. Paul Viollis
will contact the detective to make all arrangements.
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Please join us in praying for the family and
friends of Investigator Dornell Cousette
and for our brothers and sisters of the
Tuscaloosa Police Department.
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Great job @SRSheriffFL! Their
bloodhounds found a missing 3 year
old autistic boy who was lost in the
woods yesterday. #FOPproud
7:45AM - 9/11/19
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T W E E T O F T H E W E E K
Mike Pence Lauds NYPD Cops
During Visit To New York City
9-year-old boy raises nearly $80,000 to buy bulletproof vests for
police dogs
Children honor slain Tuscaloosa police officer Dornell Cousette
US border agent wounded, suspect killed during traffic stop
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Cop wounded in shootout with slain
Staten Island suspect leaves hospital to
thunderous applause from NYPD
colleagues
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The primary mission of the Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP) is to honor law
enforcement officers who have given their lives in the line of duty. ODMP's
Memorial Grant Program provides funds to agencies and organizations for the
purpose of restoring, repairing, and/or creating physical memorials for fallen
officers.
Starting in 2019, the revised program will provide grants of up to $1,000 to be used
to restore or repair existing memorials or grave markers, place grave markers for
fallen officers without one, or to create physical memorials honoring officers who
have died in the line of duty.
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The Collaborative Reform Initiative Technical Assistance
Center (CRI-TAC) provides no cost customized technical
assistance solutions designed to meet the unique needs
of state, local, tribal, and campus law enforcement
agencies throughout the United States.
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The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) is the
component of the U.S. Department of Justice responsible for advancing the
practice of community policing by the nation's state, local, territorial, and tribal
law enforcement agencies through information and grant resources.Community
policing begins with a commitment to building trust and mutual respect
between police and communities. It is critical to public safety, ensuring that all
stakeholders work together to address our nation's crime challenges.
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When police and communities collaborate, they more effectively address underlying issues, change negative behavioral patterns,
and allocate resources.The COPS Office awards grants to hire community policing professionals, develop and test innovative
policing strategies, and provide training and technical assistance to community members, local government leaders, and all levels
of law enforcement. Since 1994, the COPS Office has invested more than $14 billion to help advance community policing.
Applications will be accepted through November 15th, 2019, for grants to be awarded in this calendar year. The review process will
begin at the close of the application window. Decisions will be made and funds dispersed by the end of the calendar year.
For the FOP to represent its members in the most effective way possible, we started the
National Fraternal Order of Police Political Action Committee (NFOP PAC). The NFOP
PAC is the power behind our organization's punch on Capitol Hill. The NFOP PAC strives
to educate members of Congress about issues important to law enforcement officers
and electing candidates that support them.
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FOP's legislative priorities and
providing the opportunity for
individuals who are interested in
safety, health and occupational
security of rank-and-file law
enforcement officers to
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and state commit $5.00 a month to the NFOP PAC. This $5.00 is an investment in your
future, in the future of law enforcement and the future of the Fraternal Order of Police.
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Statement: FOP President Patrick Yoes on the Termination of NYPD Officer
Daniel Pantaleo
19 August 2019
President Yoes Sends Letter To Oregon Governor Brown 02 September 2019
FOP's Hurricane Relief Efforts 02 September 2019
National FOP Partners With CBS Talk Radio On Cold Cases 26 August 2019
FOP Endorses Eugene Scalia To Be The Next Secretary of Labor 21 August 2019CLICK HERE
FOP Endorses Chuck Canterbury To Be The Next Director Of ATF 21 August 2019CLICK HERE
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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
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Statement: President Yoes on St. Louis Circuit Attorney Gardner 09 September 2019CLICK HERE
ODMP Memorial Grant Program 09 September 2019CLICK HERE
BJS Releases 2018 Crime Statistics 09 September 2019CLICK HERE