Federal Advocacy

Federal Advocacy

Federal Legislation – Unprecedented Action in an Unprecedented Time

The United States is facing an unprecedented crisis, and first responders are on the front lines. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc across the country, Congress and the Trump administration have taken drastic action to provide relief. On March 27, President Trump signed into law the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a massive $2 trillion package designed to both combat the virus and stimulate the economy by providing immediate assistance to hospitals, states, municipalities, small businesses and individuals. Read More »

Federal Legislation – Amid Uncertainty, PORAC Goes to Washington

Darryl Nirenberg Partner Eva Rigamonti Associate Patrick Northrup Legislative Assistant Steptoe & Johnson LLP As fears over the coronavirus grew, and only hours before congressional offices largely closed their doors to outside visitors, the PORAC Executive Committee spent two days in Washington, D.C., speaking to lawmakers and policymakers about the needs of law enforcement officers […] Read More »

Federal Legislation – A Return to Normalcy?

After a tumultuous and controversial start to the new decade, things in Washington have quieted down and taken a turn back toward the routine — if anything in President Donald Trump’s Washington can be considered routine. The impeachment trial in the Senate concluded with a whimper rather than a bang, and President Trump carried out two of the longest-standing traditions of the presidency: delivering a State of the Union address and releasing his budget recommendations. Each of these have potential ramifications for law enforcement agencies in California and across the nation. Read More »

Federal Legislation – In the Thick of It (Impeachment) 

The slow-moving drama of President Donald Trump’s impeachment has continued to dominate Washington. Our articles in this space have spent the last several months discussing impeachment’s progress through the House of Representatives, and the process has now officially moved to the Senate. How did it get there, and what happens next? Read More »

Federal Legislation – Happy New Year: Buckle Up for 2020

2019 is behind us. Whether it felt more like a decade or more like a week is up for debate. Yet, 2019 may end up being just the warm-up for 2020, which is set to be just as chaotic, if not more so. At the time this issue went to print, Congress was in the process of reaching a funding agreement with only six days to go before a shutdown, and an impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate for President Donald Trump appeared destined to be the first order of business once Congress returns for the new year.

In addition to an impeachment trial and the inevitable chaos of a presidential election year, Congress will have to find time to address the many priority issues facing Americans — not the least among them are issues facing law enforcement officers across the country.

By any measurement, 2020 promises to be a wild ride. Buckle up: Here’s Steptoe’s 2020 PORAC federal preview. Read More »

Federal Legislation – PORAC Goes to Washington

This October 23–24, the PORAC Executive Board, led by President Brian Marvel and Vice President Damon Kurtz, brought the voice of California law enforcement to Washington, meeting with senators, representatives and committees to convey the needs of peace officers across the state. In total, PORAC met with 31 different offices from every corner of the state of California, as well as several Senate and House committees that handle the issues that matter to PORAC members. Through the course of these meetings, PORAC focused on five key issues that affect the everyday lives of law enforcement officers. Read More »