Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson spoke with senior counsels with the House Committee on the Judiciary regarding H.R. 6509, the Public Safety Officer Pandemic Response Act, which the FOP supports, as well as the need to amend the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) to suspend the qualification requirement for qualified retired law enforcement officers during the current national emergency.
COVID-19 Activity Updates
Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Jeffrey R. Favitta, Senior Law Enforcement Advisor to the Attorney General, regarding pending legislation that would be beneficial for first responders as it pertains to COVID-19 death and disability claims.
Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with John H. Hill, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Partnership and Engagement (OPE) within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), regarding the resources needed by first responders to combat the coronavirus.
Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Jack A. Rauch, Deputy Associate Director with the White House Office of Public Liaison, regarding potential COVID-19-related legislation to support local and state governments as well as the FOP’s plan to honor the current law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty with a virtual memorial tribute on May 15.
Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Jared C. Kushner, Senior Advisor to the President, regarding the administration’s activities to combat the coronavirus pandemic as well as the needs of the first responders on the front lines. Mr. Kushner extended his personal thanks to all FOP members across the country for their incredible work to protect and serve their communities throughout this crisis.
National President Patrick Yoes sent the following letter to Chairman Jerrold L. Nadler (D-NY) and Representatives Max N. Rose (D-NY) and William J. Pascrell Jr. (D-NJ) in support of H.R. 6509, the Public Safety Officer Pandemic Response Act. To view the letter, please click here.
The National Legislative Office provided FOP members with information, released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which identifies 6 new symptoms of COVID-19. To view this information, please click here.
National President Patrick Yoes sent a letter to House and Senate leadership urging Congress to act quickly to provide critical funding to local and State governments, which are expected to experience severe revenue shortages and impact public safety operations. To view the letter, please click here.
The National Legislative Office provided FOP members with information, released by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), regarding DHS’s recent activity in response to COVID-19. To view this information, please click here.
The National Legislative Office provided FOP members with information regarding FirstNet built with AT&T’s special front-of-the-line program for FOP members seeking new or replacement phones or devices during the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more, please click here.
Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Jim Bugel, Vice President, AT&T’s FirstNet program, regarding expanded FOP interaction with the FirstNet program, particularly related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Kevin B. O’Connor, Assistant to the General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, regarding the FOP and IAFF’s shared concerns over personal protective equipment (PPE) and testing for our members.