• Post Paris, Refugee Issue Threatens Government Funding

    Post Paris, Refugee Issue Threatens Government Funding

    Last month, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham (R), chairman of the Senate appropriations subcommittee with jurisdiction over the State Department and refugee issues introduced legislation (S. 2145) to provide an additional $1 billion in FY2016 funding to bolster refugee resettlement efforts.

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AG Holder Advocates Mandatory Sentencing Reform, Gets Push Back From Ausas

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is urging Congress to pass bipartisan legislation, the Smarter Sentencing Act (S. 1410; H.R. 3382), which would reform mandatory minimum sentencing laws.

Holder is renewing his push to have Congress reform such laws, following an August 2013 announcement that the Justice Department would no longer pursue mandatory minimums for low-level, non-violent offenders.

Yet the efforts of the Attorney General are facing push-back from the National Association of Assistant U.S. Attorneys (NAAUSA) and other federal law enforcement groups.  

Last week NAAUSA sent a letterto AG Holder stating that “we do not join with those who regard our federal justice system as “broken” or in need of major reconstruction. Instead, we consider the current federal mandatory minimum sentence framework as well-constructed and well worth preserving.”

The NAAUSA group also sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee outlining their case for maintaining mandatory minimums and asking that Congress wait for the report of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, due in November 2014, before taking action on this issue.

Tags: Justice Department, NAAUSA, National Association of Assistant U.S. Attorneys, mandatory minimums,, Smarter Sentencing Ac, US Attorney General Eric Holder, mandatory sentencing reform

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FLEOA Legislative Update

The FLEOA Legislative Machine prevailed with the hard-fought passage of H.R. 2146 (TSP bill). On June 29th, the FLEOA-initiated TSP bill, Defending Public Safety Employees' Retirement Act, was signed into law. Thanks to the leadership of Rep. Reichert who introduced the bill, those under the law enforcement retirement system will now be able to access their TSP at age 50 without incurring the IRS’ 10 percent penalty.‎ This allows federal law enforcement officers to be on par with their state and local counterparts who are also eligible to retire at age 50.

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