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  • Goodlatte, Conaway Call on AG to Evaluate DOJ Overreach in Prosecuting WOTUS Violations
    Posted in Press Releases on May 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, House Judiciary Committee Issues

    Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas) sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions calling for a review of the legal theory underlying the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) decision to prosecute a California court case alleging violations under the Clean Water Act (CWA) – directly related to both the statutory exemptions for farming and the Obama Administration’s waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. T... Read more

  • Goodlatte Calls on DOJ to Recover Taxpayer Money Obama Administration Funneled to Special Interests via the Judgment Fund
    Posted in Press Releases on May 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: House Judiciary Committee Issues

    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) issued a letter today urging the Department of Justice (DOJ) to address misuse of the Judgment Fund by the Obama Administration. The letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions cites a New York Times exposé detailing how the previous administration funneled over one billion dollars from the Judgment Fund to special interest groups aligned with the political priorities of the Obama White House. A recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for ... Read more

  • Goodlatte Applauds House Passage of Judiciary Committee Bills to Protect Children
    Posted in Press Releases on May 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: House Judiciary Committee Issues

    This week, the House of Representatives passed eight bills to fight child abuse and exploitation and bring perpetrators to justice. These bills are products of the House Judiciary Committee and enjoy broad bipartisan support. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) issued the following statement on the House of Representatives’ action to protect our nation’s children: “I applaud the House of Representatives for taking strong, bipartisan action to protect our nation’s children. E... Read more

  • House Judiciary Committee Approves Legislation to Strengthen Immigration Enforcement
    Posted in Press Releases on May 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, House Judiciary Committee Issues

    The House Judiciary Committee today approved the Michael Davis, Jr. and Danny Oliver in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act (H.R. 2431) by a vote of 19-13. This bill, introduced by Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Vice-Chairman Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), strengthens immigration enforcement, enhances public safety, protects national security, and ensures the rule of law. The Davis-Oliver Act, named after Placer County... Read more

  • Goodlatte Announces 2017 Congressional Art Competition Winner
    Posted in Press Releases on May 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) announced today that Katy Simmons, a 2017 graduate of Buffalo Gap High School, is the winner of the Sixth Congressional District of Virginia’s 2017 Congressional Art Competition. Her acrylic painting, Katy’s Ride, will be featured in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol for one year as part of a display of artwork by high school artists from across the nation. Katy resides in Mt. Solon and is the daughter of Carlton and Kathy Simmons. She plans to attend Easter... Read more

  • House Judiciary Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Reauthorize and Reform the U.S. Secret Service
    Posted in Press Releases on May 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: House Judiciary Committee Issues

    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), and Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee Ranking Member Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) today introduced the United States Secret Service Reauthorization Act of 2017 (H.R. 2605) to provide the agency the tools it needs for its critical mission of protecting the Presiden... Read more

  • Goodlatte Statement on Supreme Court Decision on Patent Venue Case
    Posted in Press Releases on May 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: House Judiciary Committee Issues

    Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods Group Brands case: “I applaud the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision to restore reasonable limits on where patent lawsuits can be brought. This decision will help rein in abusive forum shopping, and restores our nation’s patent venue laws to ensure that cases are brought in judicial districts that have a reasonable ... Read more

  • Goodlatte Supports Bill to Protect Probation Officers
    Posted in Press Releases on May 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: House Judiciary Committee Issues

    Today, the House of Representatives passed the Probation Officer Protection Act of 2017 (H.R. 1039), introduced by Congressman David Reichert (R-Wash.), by a vote of 229-177. This bill, which is a product of the House Judiciary Committee, protects public safety by giving probation officers the authority, while in the performance of their official duties, to arrest a person if there is probable cause to believe that the person has forcibly assaulted, resisted, opposed, impeded, intimidated, or in... Read more

  • Goodlatte Applauds House Passage of the Thin Blue Line Act
    Posted in Press Releases on May 18, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: House Judiciary Committee Issues

    Today, the House of Representatives passed the Thin Blue Line Act (H.R. 115), authored by Representative Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.), by a vote of 271-143. This legislation adds the murder of a state or local police officer as an aggravating factor for a jury to consider in deciding whether to impose the death penalty in federal capital cases. The murder of a federal law enforcement officer is already an aggravating factor under current law. The legislation sends a simple message that the stalking an... Read more

  • Judiciary Committee Approves More Bills to Combat Child Sex Abuse and Human Trafficking
    Posted in Press Releases on May 18, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: House Judiciary Committee Issues

    Adding to the House Judiciary Committee’s work to protect children from exploitation and abuse, the Committee today approved two bills to protect young athletes from sexual abuse and provide victim-centered support to survivors of human trafficking. Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) praised today’s Committee approval of these two bills: “The federal government’s most important duties are to keep Americans safe and carry out justice. Children are the most innocent and vulnerable among us and warrant... Read more