Bob Goodlatte

Bob Goodlatte




WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bob Goodlatte released the following statement congratulating Amazement Square in Lynchburg on receiving the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service:

“Congratulations to Mort Sajadian and his team on receiving this well-deserved honor! I am thrilled that Amazement Square was selected as the recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. From their unique partnerships with the region’s schools and hands-on workshops for youth who are living with severe physical and mental challenges to providing interactive, educational programming for children of all ages, Amazement Square is a shining example of how a museum can be an asset to the region that it serves. Our communities would benefit from more organizations with the heart of Amazement Square.” 

Background: According to the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. More information is available here.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) introduced the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2015 (H.R. 1927) to strengthen federal class action lawsuit rules by ensuring victims who have experienced actual or comparable injury are justly compensated. 

The bill calls for reforms to the current federal class action lawsuit framework by requiring classes that consist of members with the same type and extent of injury. Under the proposed legislation, uninjured or non-comparably injured parties can still join class actions, but must do so separately from parties that experienced more extensive injury. 

The Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice is scheduled to hold a legislative hearing on the bill on Wednesday, April 29, 2015.

Chairman Goodlatte issued the following statement on the introduction of the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2015:

“The Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act is a simple, one-page bill, that furthers a common sense principle that should apply to class action lawsuits in the future. Only those people who share injuries of the same type and extent should be part of a class action lawsuit. I was proud to help move the Class Action Fairness Act through Congress 10 years ago, and today I am introducing this legislation to supplement the protections afforded to victims in class actions, and further reduce wasteful litigation in our courts.”

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) issued the following statement on the “retirement” of Michele Leonhart, the Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Chairman Goodlatte: “Over the past few weeks, the House Judiciary Committee’s oversight has revealed systemic problems in the disciplinary process at the Drug Enforcement Administration that have permeated several levels of management. In fact, the Department of Justice Inspector General recently testified before the Committee that often it is the supervisors who fail to report agent misconduct to the appropriate authorities and that some supervisors have actually exhibited atrocious behavior as well. The DEA’s pattern of protecting its own agents at the expense of the transparency and justice that the American people deserve must end.  Therefore, I believe a change in leadership at the DEA is warranted.

“The House Judiciary Committee will continue its investigation of misconduct at the DEA and will do whatever it takes to see that these problems are fixed by the agency.  Leadership at the DEA must crack down on bad behavior so that trust is rebuilt with the American people.”

Background: The House Judiciary Committee, which has primary jurisdiction over federal law enforcement, recently held a hearing on misconduct in federal law enforcement. 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bob Goodlatte released the following statement after receiving a Special Conservation Award from the Izaak Walton League of America for his work behind the scenes to permanently protect the historic Natural Bridge: 

“As a supporter of conservation and recreation efforts around the Sixth District, I saw this as another opportunity to help protect a very special natural structure that serves as the namesake for the county in which it stands. It was my pleasure to see the sale of Natural Bridge come to fruition and to assist my constituents, Jim Woltz and Tom Clarke, in communicating with the Internal Revenue Service. In helping make this possible, I was simply doing what I do every day – responding to constituents who identified a problem, helping them try to solve the problem, and seeing it through. In this case, the results were very gratifying. I am honored to accept this Special Conservation Award and look forward to continuing to work with everyone associated with the work to protect Natural Bridge.”

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1105, the Death Tax Repeal Act, by a vote of 240-179. Congressman Bob Goodlatte, a cosponsor H.R. 1105, released the following statement: 

“As many have said during today’s debate, death should not be a taxable event. That’s why I voted in support of the Death Tax Repeal Act to permanently repeal the burdensome tax that penalizes many families in America. Hardworking men and women spend a lifetime saving and providing for their children and grandchildren, paying taxes all the while. They want to leave behind a business or a farm as well as greater opportunities for the next generation. However, when they pass away these earnings are taxed yet again. While these businesses or farms may show significant assets on paper, it can be in the form of equipment, buildings, or land – not the cash needed to pay the IRS. Oftentimes, these costs can lead to the family business or farm having to be sold altogether, instead of being passed on to the next generation. In the Sixth District, it is these family farms and small businesses that are at the very foundation of our local economy.  

“Repealing the death tax is part of a much-needed overhaul of our tax system that will help keep America competitive in the global economy and protect families in Virginia from facing this unwelcome burden. Instead of taxing businesses and farms out of existence, repealing the death tax will help to create and maintain jobs.” 

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WASHINGTON, D.C.— The House Judiciary Committee today approved by a vote of 15-10, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act (REINS Act) (H.R. 427). This bill, sponsored by Congressman Todd Young (R-Ind.), curbs unnecessary regulations from agencies and holds federal bureaucrats accountable for imposing the heaviest burdens on America's economy. The REINS Act requires that federal agencies submit major regulations to Congress for approval; guarantees that no major regulation becomes effective until Congress approves it; and provides that an expedited up or down vote occurs on major rules within 70 legislative days. The REINS Act was passed during the previous two Congresses, and reintroduced by Congressman Young this year along with a Senate version of the bill introduced by Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.).

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) praised today's Committee passage of the legislation.

Chairman Goodlatte: "Unnecessary regulation imposed by federal bureaucrats hinders job creation and hurts millions of Americans who struggle to secure full-time employment. In 2013 alone, unnecessary regulation imposed an estimated burden of $1.86 trillion, which adds up to approximately $15,000 per U.S. household. Americans simply cannot afford to pick up the tab of federal bureaucrats. Americans deserve an accountable regulatory system. The REINS Act frees Americans from unnecessary regulation and offers much-needed relief to the deep economic pain still being experienced by American workers and families."

Key provisions of the REINS Act include the following:

Requires agencies to submit major regulations to Congress for approval.

Guarantees no major regulation becomes effective until Congress approves it.

Guarantees fast up or down votes on major rules—Congress must act within 70 legislative days.

Guarantees that accountability for imposing the heaviest burdens on America's economy falls where it should—with the people's elected representatives in Congress.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bob Goodlatte released the following statement on Tax Day:  

“Like clockwork, Tax Day comes around each year bringing with it long hours spent navigating tax forms, confusion about changing tax policies, and many last minute trips to the post office. Tax Day most reminds us of the complexity, frustrations, and unfairness of our tax code.  Everyone has ideas for how to reform our tax code, but unless we have a mechanism that forces Congress to actually debate and enact a new tax system we are left with the status quo.  This is why I have reintroduced the Tax Code Termination Act, H.R. 27, which would abolish the Internal Revenue Code by December 31, 2019, and call on Congress to approve a new federal tax system by July of the same year. 

“Anyone who has filed taxes knows that our tax code is a mess. We need a tax code that works for the taxpayers – one that is fairer and simpler and empowers American families and businesses. Having a date-certain to end the current tax code will force the issue to the top of the national agenda and will allow us, as a nation, to collectively decide what the new tax system should look like. The Tax Code Termination Act is a bold solution, but that is the type of solution we will need to force Congress to act on real tax reform instead of just skimming the top layers. Americans deserve better. Now is the time to scrap the tax code and get serious about tax reform.”

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bob Goodlatte released the following statement after receiving the National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence at an event hosted by Ball Corporation at their Verona plant today:

“Manufacturers employ over 230,000 people in Virginia and are major employers in the Sixth Congressional District, “said Rep. Goodlatte. “Congress must help ensure that the United States is a nation in which manufacturing will continue to thrive in order to create jobs, grow opportunity, and ensure a healthy economy. In the 114th Congress, we are already off to a good start in advancing regulatory reform and common sense solutions for America’s manufacturers and the families who depend on these businesses for employment. I thank the National Association of Manufacturers for this honor and Ball Corporation for hosting today’s event. The Sixth District is a prime candidate for many new manufacturing endeavors, and I will continue to promote a pro-growth, pro-jobs agenda to help make that a reality.”

Congressman Goodlatte pictured with Timothy Montgomery, Verona plant manager, Ball Corporation.

“As a U.S.-based manufacturer with operations in Virginia, as well as around the world, we strive for economic growth that will allow our company, employees, customers and communities to thrive,” said Timothy Montgomery, Verona plant manager, Ball Corporation. “Congratulations to Rep. Goodlatte, whose support of American manufacturing is vital to our community and our industry’s continued growth and long-term success.” 

“Manufacturing in Virginia and across the country is making a comeback,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “Manufacturers are growing the economy and creating high-paying jobs in a sector that adds $1.32 to the economy for every $1 spent. Rep. Goodlatte understands that leaders in Washington must advance policies that will continue to fuel this economic growth and has consistently supported manufacturers through his votes in Congress.”          

The NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence honors members of Congress who demonstrate support for policies that enhance the ability of U.S. manufacturers to succeed in the global economy. Please click here for more information on the award.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – While the federal government does not have a central role in the issue, following contacts by many constituents, Congressman Bob Goodlatte released the following statement today regarding the proposed closing of Sweet Briar College. The statement urges the Board of Directors and Administrators of Sweet Briar College to act in a transparent, open manner as additional decisions are made regarding the future of the institution: 

“The announced closing of Sweet Briar College earlier this month was a shock to many and represents a significant loss for Central Virginia. The decision by the Board of Directors has far-reaching economic and personal impacts on students, faculty, staff, alumnae, and the community as a whole. I have spoken with many working closely on this issue and have urged them to be committed to transparency and consider every feasible option available for the school, including efforts to preserve it as an important institution of higher education. As the representative for Amherst County and the individuals who are employed by and attend this historic institution, it is my hope that every effort will be made to continue to fulfill Sweet Briar’s mission. The best way to ensure that is through transparency, openness, and integrity on the part of those handling decisions about the college’s future.”

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) today issued the following statement on the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General’s report regarding sexual misconduct and harassment allegations at four federal law enforcement agencies. Among its findings, the report found that several Drug Enforcement Administration agents allegedly had “sex parties” with prostitutes hired by drug cartels in Cartagena, Colombia while Colombian police officers watched their weapons and property. These actions were discovered during a series of interviews conducted by the DEA’s Office of Professional Responsibility from 2009 through 2010. 

Chairman Goodlatte: “Once again, some federal law enforcement agents are acting like they belong in a college frat house rather than at a taxpayer-funded law enforcement agency tasked with interdicting illegal drugs. It’s extremely troubling that federal drug agents lacked the common sense to know that engaging with prostitutes hired by drug cartels was a bad idea. Not only is this risky behavior unacceptable and unbecoming of federal law enforcement officers, it could also have compromised the agents’ mission. We must ensure that everyone involved is appropriately held accountable for their actions.

“The House Judiciary Committee will continue its aggressive oversight of the Drug Enforcement Administration, including further investigating this matter and keeping a watchful eye on the behavior of all its employees. The wild and reckless conduct exhibited by some federal law enforcement officers must stop.”

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Bob Goodlatte represents the Sixth Congressional District of Virginia in the United States House of Representatives.

Bob’s service to the people of the Sixth District began in 1977 when he became District Director for former Congressman Caldwell Butler. He served in this position for two years until 1979, and was responsible for helping folks across the District seeking assistance with or encountering problems from various federal agencies. In 1979, he founded his own private law practice in Roanoke. Later, he was a partner in the law firm of Bird, Kinder and Huffman, working there from 1981 until taking office.

In the 113th Congress, Bob was elected to serve as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.  He is the first Judiciary Committee Chairman from Virginia in the last 125 years.  Bob has been an active Member of the Judiciary Committee since arriving in Congress, serving in a variety of leadership positions on the Committee including Chairman of the Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet in the 112th Congress, Vice Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee and Ranking Member of the Task Force on Judicial Impeachment in the 111th Congress, Ranking Member of the Antitrust Task Force in the 110th Congress, and Vice Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property in the 109th Congress. Additionally, Bob also served on the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security.

The House Judiciary Committee will certainly be at the forefront of some of the most significant issues facing Virginia and the Sixth District, including protecting Constitutional freedoms and civil liberties, oversight of the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, legal and regulatory reform, innovation, competition and anti-trust laws, terrorism and crime, and immigration reform.  It is likely that many of these issues will be the deciding factors in determining the future direction of our nation.  The jurisdiction of the Judiciary Committee is well-suited to many of Bob’s legislative priorities such as protecting Constitutional rights, including private property and Second Amendment rights, securing our borders through immigration reform, strengthening our criminal laws, decreasing health care costs through medical malpractice reform, and oversight of the Judicial branch and Administration.  One of Bob’s top legislative initiatives is his Constitutional amendment to require a balanced federal budget so that Congress will be forced to control spending.  The Judiciary Committee has jurisdiction over all proposed amendments to the Constitution.

In addition to serving on the House Judiciary Committee, Bob serves on the House Agriculture Committee.  He is a member of the Subcommittee on Livestock, Rural Development, and Credit, which is of particular importance to the Sixth District since it is one of the leading turkey and poultry producing districts in the nation.  He also serves on the Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Nutrition.  Bob has served the Agriculture Committee in a variety of leadership roles including Chairman of the Agriculture Committee (2003-2007), Ranking Member of the Agriculture Committee (2007-2008), Vice Chairman of the Agriculture Committee (2011-2012), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, Nutrition and Forestry (1997-2003), and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy and Research (2009-2010).

During his time in Congress, Bob has made a name for himself as a leader on Internet and high-tech issues. He is Co-Chair of the Congressional Internet Caucus and the Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus as well as Chairman of the House Republican Technology Working Group.

Bob is a graduate of Washington and Lee University School of Law, and his undergraduate degree in Government was earned at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. He resides in Roanoke with his wife, Maryellen.  He and Maryellen have been married since 1974 and have two adult children, Jennifer and Rob.

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