FOP National seeks legislation for fairness for LEOs

Yesterday, (Sept 26th) the House Committee on Rules met to debate and pass a rules package for the consideration of several bills, including H.R. 6757, the “Family Savings Act.”
Representatives Rodney L. Davis (R-IL) and Garret N. Graves (R-LA) contacted the FOP to advise us that they intended to offer H.R. 1205, the “Social Security Fairness Act,” as an amendment in committee. Representative Graves offered the amendment and Representative Davis, the sponsor of H.R. 1205, appeared before the committee as a witness and spoke strongly in favor of the legislation. No Member of the Committee spoke against the amendment and, in fact, 6 Members of the Committee are co-sponsors of H.R. 1205.
The Rules Committee held one vote to consider the “Social Security Fairness Act” and two other amendments as one package. For procedural reasons, House and Committee leadership favored a “closed rule” meaning that no amendments would be considered in order and that the bills, including H.R. 6757, would have an up and down vote on the floor without considering any amendments to the bill. The amendments package was defeated on a party line 3-7 vote:
Rep. James P. McGovern, Ranking Member, (D-MA)
Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL)
Rep. Jared S. Polis (D-CO)
Rep. Peter A. Sessions, Chairman, (R-TX)
Rep. Thomas J. Cole (R-OK)
Rep. W. Robert Woodall III (R-GA)
Rep. Michael C. Burgess (R-TX)
Rep. Bradley R. Byrne (R-AL)
Rep. Daniel M. Newhouse (R-WA)
Rep. Elizabeth L. Cheney (R-WY)
Obviously, we were very frustrated with this outcome. However, this is the first time in several Congress that the “Social Security Fairness Act” has received any consideration at the committee level and we believe we have significantly improved support for the measure in the House.
Additionally, we are very grateful to Representatives Davis and Graves for their effort and to the 6 Members of the Rules Committee who have cosponsored this FOP priority.
Finally, we are grateful to all of our members who answered the call to action and contacted the Rules Committee and their own Representatives to urge them to support the amendment in Committee. The FOP remains committed to getting the “Social Security Fairness Act” into law and we believe yesterday’s developments will benefit our efforts in the long run.