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Watch: Legislative Update
For the Week of 16 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
NEWS AND ACTIVITY
DON'T FORGET TO BOOK ROOMS FOR DAY ON THE HILL!!!
Executive Director Jim Pasco and Kevin O'Connor, Assistant to the
General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF),
met with Bernard Melekian, Director of the Office of Community Oriented
Policing Services (COPS), to discuss grants awarded by that office.
Executive Director Pasco spoke with House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer
(D-MD) on potential legislative movement in the House this session.
Executive Director Pasco and Legislative Liaison Breanna Bock-Nielsen
attended a reception held by the National Sheriffs' Association in
II. THIS WEEK IN
CONGRESS The House returned this week, marking the formal start
of the Second Session of the 112th Congress. The Senate
remains in recess this week but is expected to return next week.
Action in the House
The House approved by unanimous consent a privileged resolution
(H. Res. 511) naming Paul D. Irving, a former top U.S. Secret Service
official, the 36th Sergeant at Arms.
III. UPDATE ON FOP 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
A. Social Security Issues
(1) Support H.R. 1332/S. 2010, the "Social Security Fairness Act" We
added ten (10) additional cosponsors to H.R. 1332, bringing our current
total to one hundred and forty-one (141) cosponsors. Please note that
this total differs slightly from THOMAS, as we are not including
Delegates Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) or 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 was appointed to
fill the Senate seat vacated by Senator John Ensign (R-NV).
Representatives Robert E. Andrews (D-NJ), Jim Gerlach (R-PA), Sam Graves
(R-MO), Leonard Lance (R-NJ), Jim McDermott (D-WA), Patrick Meehan
(R-PA), Brad Miller (D-NC), Laura Richardson (D-CA), Jon Runyan (R-NJ);
and Frederica Wilson (D-FL) were all added as cosponsors this week.
The Senate companion measure, S. 2010, was introduced by Senator John F.
Kerry, Jr. (D-MA), and Susan M. Collins (R-ME), just before the
conclusion of the first session. Senator Collins is the only cosponsor,
but the National Legislative Office launched a letter campaign to
contact previous cosponsors of the bill and we hope to add cosponsors
when the Senate returns to session next week.
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
We have eleven (11) cosponsors on H.R. 324.
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
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, 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
National Legislative Office has arranged for accommodations at the
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.
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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 email@example.com or call 202-547-8189.
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