Tag: House Judiciary Committee

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Forbes applauds committee passage of Visa Integrity & Security Act of 2016

The House Judiciary Committee approved H.R. 5203, the Visa Integrity & Security Act of 2016 (VISA Act).


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USA Freedom Act: Big Brother with a grin

Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte is mocking us in his latest article, “USA Freedom Act Protects Civil Liberties and National Security.” He has been sequestered in Washington so long that he believes he can blatantly lie to his constituents in the Valley. This brazen disregard for the intellect and the civil liberties of the citizens of Virginia’s Sixth District and the American people is horrifying.


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Randy Forbes: Is your identity safe this holiday season?

When busy shopping malls were the primary way to shop during the holiday season, lines wrapped around the stores and the biggest security concern was to make sure you didn’t leave your purse or wallet unattended while you reached into your cart or put bags in your car.


Bob Goodlatte: Secret Service reform needed

At a recent House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing, Acting Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy called the security lapses that allowed an armed man to jump the fence and enter the White House “devastating.”


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Randy Forbes: Response to the president on immigration

Last week, Americans watched as our President announced sweeping changes to our nation’s immigration system. The bottom line of his decision? Amnesty.


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Roundup of Republican responses to Obama immigration policy

Republican leaders are doing their best to sell the notion that President Obama has usurped the Constitution in his move to issue an executive order on immigration policy granting legal status to nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants.


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Goodlatte: New Obama immigration policy is akin to border surge

A new Obama administration policy allowing lawful permanent residents to apply for in-country refugee processing amounts to a “government-sanctioned border surge,” in the words of Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte.


Goodlatte to chair House Judiciary hearing on Secret Service blunders

Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte, calling the recent series of blunders by the Secret Service a “comedy of errors,” is set to chair a House Judiciary Committee hearing to get some answers.


Andy Schmookler: Abdication of the press

I have claimed that America now faces one of the most profound crises in its history, but unlike with the other major crises, this time our national conversation has not focused on discussing what’s gone wrong and how it might be set right.


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The start of the 2014 Senate race with Mark Warner in Buena Vista

Mark Warner was searching for the right front porch. “There was one lady I wanted to make sure to see, and I hope I got her, because she told somebody last night, Make sure he comes up and kisses me on my porch, and I couldn’t remember which porch, so I made sure I went up to every porch.”


Bob Goodlatte: Renewed push for a balanced budget amendment

March 2, 1995, was a pivotal day in the history of our country. On that day, the U.S. Senate failed by one vote to pass a balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution.


Virginia Organizing says it plans to give Goodlatte a ‘backbone’

The Virginia Organizing Harrisonburg Chapter will gather at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church on Wednesday, July 30 to march to U.S. Representative Bob Goodlatte’s Harrisonburg office in support of comprehensive immigration reform.


Bob Goodlatte: Obama administration disaster at the border

There is a tsunami hitting our nation’s southern border. It’s been splashed all over the news – images of hundreds of teenagers and children cramped in holding centers in South Texas.


Bob Goodlatte: Keeping Internet access tax free

Few people study their telephone and Internet bills closely, but it might be worth taking a second glance next month. Take a close look at your next phone bill, and at the bottom you will see a laundry list of access taxes.


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Groups push Cantor, Goodlatte on Voting Rights Act

Local chapters of civil rights and voting groups are taking out full page ads in the Roanoke Times and Richmond Times-Dispatch calling on their members of Congress to move the process forward on the bipartisan Voting Rights Amendment Act


Bob Goodlatte: Maintaining protection of civil liberties

The USA FREEDOM Act increases the transparency of our intelligence-gathering programs. It protects Americans’ civil liberties by making clear that the government cannot acquire Americans’ records in bulk and puts real, effective limits on what information the government can gather.


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House GOP praises passage of USA Freedom Act

The House of Representatives today approved by a vote of 302-121 the USA Freedom Act (H.R. 3361), a bipartisan bill authored by Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.).


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Goodlatte praises House approval of human trafficking bills

The House of Representatives today approved several pieces of bipartisan legislation to combat the growing problem of human trafficking.


Bob Goodlatte: Seeking an independent IRS investigation

For many Americans, the IRS is the primary way they interact with the federal government. To have the IRS acting as a politicized organization that persecutes citizens for their political beliefs shakes the core of our democracy.


Bob Goodlatte: Putting an end to government bulk data collection

Last year’s unauthorized public release of information by Edward Snowden revealed to the American people that the National Security Agency, as part of its mission to protect the United States from terrorist attacks, had been collecting bulk telephone “metadata” under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act.


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House Judiciary Committee approves USA Freedom Act

The House Judiciary Committee today approved by a vote of 32-0 the USA Freedom Act (H.R. 3361), a bipartisan bill authored by Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.).


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Goodlatte to lead markup of intelligence reform bill

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) announced that the House Judiciary Committee will markup legislation to reform our nation’s intelligence-gathering programs operated under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.


Bob Goodlatte: Our children are not for sale

Drugs can only be sold once, whereas minor children can be, and are, prostituted multiple times a day. While Congress has strengthened our laws to combat human trafficking, there is still work to do to put an end to these heinous crimes.


Bob Goodlatte: It’s not time to rethink the Libya ban

Protecting American citizens from terrorist threats both at home and abroad is a fundamental role of the federal government. However, despite Libya’s long history of unrest and ongoing terrorist threats coming from the country, the Executive Branch has proposed reversing a longstanding prohibition against Libyans entering the United States to work in aviation maintenance, flight operations, or to study or train in nuclear-related fields. This shift in policy is misguided and ignores reality.


Bob Goodlatte: Action in Congress on executive overreach

Our Constitution is clear: Congress writes our laws, the Judiciary interprets them, and the President enforces them. But for the past five years, President Obama repeatedly has waived, amended, or ignored our laws and has bypassed the Congress.


Bob Goodlatte holds hearing on executive overreach

Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, presided over a hearing of the committee on Wednesday examining what he termed in an email to constituents “legislative approaches to addressing President Obama’s failure to faithfully execute our laws.”


Bob Marshall: Impeach judge who ruled same sex marriage ban unconstitutional

Tea Party Republican Del. Bob Marshall is calling for the impeachment of federal Judge Arena Wright Allen, who ruled this month that Virginia’s ban on same sex marriage is unconstitutional.


Bob Goodlatte: Intelligence programs should protect civil liberties, national security

For the last several months, the House Judiciary Committee has conducted an ongoing review of our nation’s intelligence-gathering programs. Last summer’s unauthorized public release of these classified programs by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden has sparked a national debate about the extent of the programs and whether they pose a threat to Americans’ civil liberties and privacy.


Bob Goodlatte: The state of our opportunity

For generations of Americans, a sense of opportunity has long defined the promise of our nation. This opportunity to succeed embodies the American Dream. However, in recent years, a growing federal government and weak economy has threatened this opportunity.


Bob Goodlatte: Looking ahead in the New Year

As we ring in 2014, the House and Senate return to Washington for the start of the second session of the 113th Congress. Looking forward to the New Year, it is abundantly clear that our nation has much to accomplish to tackle the challenges of today and ensure a prosperous future for generations to come.


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Susan Vento and Judy Van Ness: Veterans Day surprise from Congress

Americans are observing Veterans Day. Some will observe it with a day off from work or checking out the special Veterans Day sales that will be held in department stores. But the real meaning of the day should be to think about the great sacrifices of the men and women who deserve to be honored.