Legislation Supported by the FOP in the 116th Congress

  • TOP PRIORITY – H.R. 141 (Davis, R-IL), the "Social Security Fairness Act," which would repeal both the "Windfall Elimination Provision" and the "Government Pension Offset" in current Social Security law;
  • H.R. 207 (Ruppersberger, D-MD), the "Stop the Violence Act," which would establish a pilot program within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide grants to 10 trauma centers which have existing violence prevention or intervention programs designed to reduce re-admittance and reincarceration rates;
  • H.R. 295 (Fitzpatrick, R-PA), the "End Banking for Human Traffickers Act," which would add the Secretary of the Treasury as a member of the President's Interagency Task Force;
  • H.R. 449 (Demings, D-FL), the "Pathways to Improving Homeland Security at the Local Level Act," which would direct the Assistant Secretary for State and Local Law Enforcement to produce an accessible annual catalog on the available DHS trainings, publications, programs, and services for their State, local and tribal partners;
  • H.R. 489 (Kirkpatrick, R-PA), the "Strengthening Homeland Security, Intelligence and Essential Law Enforcement Departments (SHIELD) Act," which would make sure that Federal law enforcement officers required to report for duty even in the event that the Departments or agencies they serve have not been appropriated funds by Congress;
  • H.R. 724 (Deutsch, D-FL), the "Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act," which would provide criminal penalty for those who engage in "animal crushing" as well as for those who create or distribute such films;
  • H.R. 748 (Courtney, D-CT), the "Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act," which would repeal a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that imposes a 40% "Cadillac tax" on health care plans most likely to be used by law enforcement and other public safety officers;
  • H.R. 838 (Babin, R-TX), the "Threat Assessment, Prevention and Safety (TAPS) Act," which would provide resources to create a national strategy to identify, investigate, and mitigate possibly violent behavior through multi-disciplinary behavioral threat assessment and management;
  • TOP PRIORITY – H.R. 1154 (Kildee, D-MI), the "the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act," which would recognize the right of law enforcement and other public safety officers to bargain collectively with their employers;
  • H.R. 1156 (Bacon, R-NE), the "LEOSA Reform Act," which would amend the Law Enforcement Officers' Safety Act (LEOSA), which exempts qualified active and retired law enforcement officers from local and State prohibitions on the carriage of concealed firearms, to ensure that these officers are able to carry in the same venues as civilian concealed carry permit holders in areas like schools and national parks, as well as use public transportation and extends the exemption to magazine capacity and would allow active and retired law enforcement officers to access services at U.S. post offices, Social Security Administration offices or Veterans' Affairs facilities;
  • TOP PRIORITY – H.R. 1195 (King, R-NY), the "Law Enforcement Officers Equity Act," which would expand the definition of "law enforcement officer" for salary and retirement benefits to include all Federal law enforcement officers;
  • H.R. 1210 (Ruiz, D-CA), the "Heroes Lesley Zerebney and Gilbert Vega First Responders Survivors Support Act," which would increase the amount of the death benefit provide by the Public Safety Officers' benefits (PSOB) program as well as other benefits administered by the PSOB;
  • H.R. 1256 (Connolly, D-VA), the "Fair Return for Employees on Their Initial Retirement Earned (RETIRE) Act," which would allow Federal law enforcement officers, who were severely injured in the line of duty, to maintain their 6(c) early retirement if they take a civil service position after their injury;
  • H.R. 1325 (Rutherford, R-FL), the "Protect and Serve Act," which would make it a Federal crime to target a law enforcement officer with an assault that results in seriously bodily harm or death;
  • PASSED! PL 116-34/H.R. 1327 (Maloney, D-NY), the "Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act," which would reauthorize the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) through Fiscal Year 2090, the same reauthorization Congress provided for the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP);
  • H.R. 1387 (Kustoff, R-TN), the "Criminal Organizations' Narcotics, Finance, Resources, Operations and Network Targeting (CONFRONT) Act," which would codify an existing Executive Order and direct the Federal government to develop a national strategy to combat transnational criminal organizations;
  • H.R. 1528 (Joyce, R-OH), the "Comprehensive Opioid Program Extension (COPE) Act," which would reauthorize the comprehensive opioid abuse program to provide more resources for communities;
  • H.R. 1671 (Quigley, D-IL), the "NICS Denial Notification Act," which would require the U.S. Department of Justice to notify State and local law enforcement agencies if a prohibited person attempts to purchase a firearm in their jurisdiction;
  • H.R. 1818 (Estes, R-KS), the "Kelsey Smith Act," which would require telephone companies and wireless carriers to disclose cell-site location data without a warrant in certain exigent circumstances;
  • H.R. 1865 (Pascrell, D-NJ), the "National Law Enforcement Museum Commemorative Coin Act," which would direct the U.S. Mint to produce commemorative coins and divert some of the proceeds from their sale to support the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund;
  • H.R. 1866 (Pascrell, D-NJ), the "Probation Officer Protection Act," which would amend section 3606 of Title 18, United States Code, to grant probation officers authority to arrest hostile third parties who obstruct or impede a probation officer in the performance of official duties;
  • H.R. 1999 (Jeffries, D-NY), the "Fair Licensing Access for Government (FLAG) Act," which would allow government entities to patent, protect and copyright flags, badges and patches for commercial use;
  • H.R. 2070 (Lamb, D-PA), the "Providing Officers with Electronic Resources (POWER) Act," which would establish a grant program to be administered by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) in order to provide State and local law enforcement agencies with portable chemical screening devices to detect dangerous synthetic opioids and other drugs;
  • H.R. 2179 (Lamb, D-PA), the "Federal Firearms Licensee Protection Act," which would make the theft of firearms from a Federal Firearms Licensee a Federal crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison;
  • H.R. 2329 (Ryan, D-OH), the "Law Enforcement Immersive Training Act," which would provide grants to State and local law enforcement agencies to access immersive, real-life, scenario-based training;
  • PASSED! PL 116-32/H.R. 2368 (Reschenthaler, R-PA), the "Supporting and Treating Officers in Crisis (STOIC) Act," which would revive and expand programs designed to help officers and their families with stress reduction, suicide prevention and the promotion of mental health and wellness;
  • PASSED! PL 116-18/H.R. 2379 (Pascrell, D-NJ), the "Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Reauthorization Act," which permanently reauthorizes the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program;
  • H.R. 2513 (Maloney, D-NY), the "Corporate Transparency Act," which would require the Federal government to collect beneficial ownership information for corporations and limited liability companies unless the State already collects this information;
  • H.R. 2560 (Norman, R-SC), the "Putting First Responders First Act," which would codify existing Internal Revenue Code regulations making service-connected disability compensation exempt from Federal income taxes;
  • H.R. 2812 (Pascrell, D-NJ), the "Protecting America's First Responders Act," which would update the PSOB disability determinations and the definitions making it more consistent with existing Federal law and greatly improve the ability of our injured and disabled officers to have their claims processed more fairly and more quickly;
  • H.R. 3735 (Quigley, D-IL), the "Law Enforcement Suicide Data Collection Act," which would establish a program to collect data on law enforcement and former law enforcement suicides at the local, State, and Federal level;
  • H.J. Res. 65 (Womack, R-AR), which would amend the Constitution to give Congress the power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States;
  • S. 273 (Roberts, R-KS), the "Kelsey Smith Act," which would require telephone companies and wireless carriers to disclose cell-site location data without a warrant in certain exigent circumstances;
  • S. 465 (Duckworth, D-IL), the "First Responders Survivors Support Act," which would increase the amount of the death benefit provided by the Public Safety Officers' Benefit (PSOB) program as well as other benefits administered by the PSOB;
  • TOP PRIORITY – S. 473 (Booker, D-NJ), the "Law Enforcement Officers Equity Act," which would expand the definition of "law enforcement officer" for salary and retirement benefits to include all Federal law enforcement officers;
  • S. 479 (Toomey, R-PA), the "Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act," which would provide criminal penalty for those who engage in "animal crushing," as well as for those who create or distribute such films;
  • S. 495 (Grassley, R-IA), the "EAGLES Act," which would reauthorize the National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security;
  • TOP PRIORITY – S. 521 (Brown, D-OH), the "Social Security Fairness Act," which would repeal both the "Windfall Elimination Provision" and the "Government Pension Offset" in current Social Security law;
  • S. 531 (Tester, D-MT), the "Fair Return for Employees on Their Initial Retirement Earned (RETIRE) Act," which would allow Federal law enforcement officers, who were severely injured in the line of duty, to maintain their 6(c) early retirement if they take a civil service position after their injury;
  • PASSED! PL 116-34/S. 546 (Gillibrand, D-NY), the "Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act," which would reauthorize the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) through Fiscal Year 2090, the same reauthorization Congress provided for the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP);
  • S. 684 (Heinrich, D-NM), the "Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act," which would repeal a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that imposes a 40% "Cadillac tax" on health care plans most likely to be used by law enforcement and other public safety officers;
  • S. 710 (Toomey, R-PA), the "Social Security Fairness for Firefighters and Police Officers Act," which would repeal both the "Windfall Elimination Provision" and the "Government Pension Offset" for those serving as law enforcement officers or firefighters;
  • S. 875 (Toomey, R-PA), the "NICS Denial Notification Act," which would require the U.S. Department of Justice to notify State and local law enforcement agencies if a prohibited person attempts to purchase a firearm in their jurisdiction;
  • S. 954 (Brown, D-OH), the "Providing Officers with Electronic Resources (POWER) Act," which would establish a grant program to be administered by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) in order to provide State and local law enforcement agencies with portable chemical screening devices to detect dangerous synthetic opioids and other drugs;
  • S. 963 (Klobuchar, D-MN), the "Fair Licensing Access for Government (FLAG) Act," which would allow government entities to patent, protect and copyright flags, badges and patches for commercial use;
  • S. 998 (Hawley, R-MO), the "Supporting and Treating Officers in Crisis (STOIC) Act," which would revive and expand programs designed to help officers and their families with stress reduction, suicide prevention and the promotion of mental health and wellness;
  • S. 1208 (Grassley, R-IA), the "Protecting America's First Responders Act," which would update the PSOB disability determinations and the definitions making it more consistent with existing Federal law and greatly improve the ability of our injured and disabled officers to have their claims processed more fairly and more quickly;
  • PASSED! PL 116-18/S. 1231 (Leahy, D-VT), the "Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Reauthorization Act," which permanently reauthorizes the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program;
  • S. 1278 (Daines, R-ND) , the "Putting First Responders First Act," which would codify existing Internal Revenue Code regulations making service-connected disability compensation exempt from Federal income taxes;
  • TOP PRIORITY – S. 1394 (Baldwin, D-WI) , the "the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act," which would recognize the right of law enforcement and other public safety officers to bargain collectively with their employers;
  • S. 1508 (Toomey, R-PA) , the "Thin Blue Line Act," which would increase the penalty for offenders who kill or attempt to kill law enforcement or other public safety officers;
  • S. 1883 (Grassley, R-IA) , the "Combatting Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Counterfeiting Act," which would update and strengthen existing Federal laws on money laundering;
  • S. 1978 (Wyden, R-OR) , the "Corporate Transparency Act," which would require the Federal government to collect beneficial ownership information for corporations and limited liability companies unless the State already collects this information;
  • S. 2264 (Toomey, R-PA) , "Eric's Law," which would amend current law to allow Federal prosecutors to impanel a second jury for the sentencing phase of capital cases;
  • S. 2376 (Leahy, D-VT) , the "Stop Illegal Trafficking in Firearms Act," which would criminalize the practice of "straw purchasers"—individuals who are not prohibited from buying firearms only to transfer those weapons to persons who are unable to lawfully obtain guns;
  • S. J. Res. 49 (Daines, R-MT) , which would amend the Constitution to give Congress the power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States;
  • S. Res. 232 (Menendez, D-NJ) , a resolution which calls for the immediate extradition or expulsion to the United States of convicted murderers Joanne Chesimard, Charles Hill, William Morales and more than 70 other fugitives from justice who are receiving safe haven in the Republic of Cuba;
  • Legislation to provide Federal law enforcement officers with a rebuttable presumption that a causal connection exists between their occupation and heart, lung, and hypertension disorders; and
  • Legislation which would protect the personal information of law enforcement officers and their families from public access.

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