WASHINGTON, D.C. – Next Tuesday, February 3 at 11:00 a.m., the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the lack of interior enforcement of immigration laws in the United States and how it has led to a broken immigration system. The hearing, entitled “Examining the Adequacy and Enforcement of Our Nation’s Immigration Laws,” will be webcast live at http://judiciary.house.gov/. Witnesses for the hearing will be announced later this week.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) issued the statement below on next week’s hearing.
Chairman Goodlatte: “There are many issues plaguing our nation’s immigration system but the biggest problem is that our immigration laws are not enforced. While presidents of both parties have not fully enforced our immigration laws, President Obama has unilaterally gutted the interior enforcement of our laws. Additionally, Obama Administration officials consistently exploit weak asylum standards to approve baseless claims. With little – if any – consequences for illegal immigration and deception, President Obama’s immigration policies collectively undermine the integrity of our immigration system and send the message to the world that our laws can be violated with impunity.
“Building on the Committee’s good work on this issue last Congress, next week the House Judiciary Committee will examine the many issues facing immigration enforcement in the interior of the United States.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressmen Bob Goodlatte (VA-06) and Morgan Griffith (VA-09) issued the following statement today reacting to the news that Norfolk Southern Corp. will be closing its office building in Roanoke, impacting the jobs of all 500 employees working there:
“Norfolk Southern came to our region more than 130 years ago with the primary purpose of moving mineral resources. We are saddened by today’s news, and are committed to fighting to do what we can in Washington to keep and grow jobs in our region. Thankfully Norfolk Southern will continue to have a large presence in the Roanoke region, with approximately 1,200 positions unaffected by today’s news.”
“There wouldn't be a Roanoke City if the Norfolk and Western Railway had not chosen Big Lick as their headquarters. In fact, the citizens even offered to name their new town after the president of Norfolk and Western, Mr. Frederick Kimball. Mr. Kimball humbly declined, but there is no question that he and Norfolk and Western contributed significantly to the development of our region. While saddened by this announcement, we appreciate that Norfolk Southern will continue to have a considerable role in the Roanoke Valley.”
“Norfolk Southern, a company that has boasted in the past that coal is its specialty, doesn’t cite the Obama Administration’s war on coal among its reasons for closing its Roanoke office building, but it was reported just yesterday that the company’s coal revenue fell 15 percent. Accordingly, it is our belief that the anti-coal policies of this Administration and its Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are a factor. The Administration’s direct attack is launched at the coal industry, but the ripple effect of their policies hits those supporting the coal industry, such as Norfolk Southern Corp.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House of Representatives today approved four bills by voice vote to combat human trafficking in America. These bills were unanimously approved by the House Judiciary Committee last week. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) applauded House passage of these important bills in the statement below.
Chairman Goodlatte: “The sale of children for sex sounds like something that could only happen in faraway places, but tragically it is happening right here in the United States every single day. According to the FBI, sex trafficking is the fastest-growing business of organized crime and the third-largest criminal enterprise in the world. Sadly, this immoral and illicit industry is also a profitable one. It’s estimated that child sex trafficking in the United States alone is a $9.8 billion industry. Together as a nation, we must send the strong message that our children are not for sale.
“The House of Representatives acted today by passing legislation to hold everyone involved in these crimes accountable, whether they sell, buy, or market these children to potential buyers. These bills ensure that exploited children are treated as victims rather than as criminals and provide much-needed resources to victims of sex trafficking that will help them reclaim and rebuild their lives. I thank my colleagues, Representatives Ted Poe, Kristi Noem, Erik Paulsen, and Ann Wagner, for working on these important bills and urge the Senate to take up these bills as soon as possible. There is no more important duty than to protect our children.”
Below are summaries of the four bills that passed today by voice vote that were recently approved by the House Judiciary Committee.
The Human Trafficking Prevention, Intervention, and Recovery Act (H.R. 350): This bill, authored by Congresswoman Kristi Noem (R-S.D.), launches a review that will look into federal and state trafficking prevention activities in order to identify best practices to stop human trafficking; requires an inventory of existing federal anti-trafficking efforts to make sure all federal agencies and programs work together and that federal resources are being targeted where needed; and improves existing Department of Justice grants, ensuring that the grants also support shelters for survivors.
The Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act (H.R. 159): This legislation, sponsored by Congressman Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.), provides incentives to states to adopt safe harbor laws that treat trafficked children as victims, rather than as criminals or delinquents. The bill also provides an avenue for victims to access job skills training so that they can begin to rebuild their lives.
The Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation (SAVE) Act (H.R. 285): This bill, authored by Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-Mo.), criminalizes those who knowingly advertise or profit from advertisements that offer the commercial exploitation of children and trafficking victims.
The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (H.R. 181): This comprehensive anti-human trafficking bill, authored by Congressman Ted Poe (R-Texas), boosts support and protection for domestic human trafficking victims by increasing and streamlining law enforcement resources, enhancing victims’ services, and strengthening our laws to ensure that both buyers and sellers engaged in sex trafficking are held accountable for their crimes.
The House passed similar legislation in the 113th Congress, but the bills were not signed into law.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House of Representatives passed H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, by a vote of 242-179 on the 42nd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States. Similar legislation passed in the House of Representatives last Congress.
For over 35 years, a patchwork of policies has regulated federal funding for abortion. Amendments have been added to various appropriations bills to prohibit the federal funding of abortions through the programs funded by those appropriations bills. This legislation permanently frees taxpayers from subsidizing abortion or insurance coverage that includes abortion.
This legislation makes permanent the following three amendments:
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) praised the House passage of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act:
“Today on the ominous anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, the House passage of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act signifies our nation’s renewed commitment to protect life and encourage a society that supports life at all stages. The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act codifies the most bipartisan, longstanding pro-life proposal, the Hyde Amendment, and frees taxpayers from subsidizing the egregious practice of abortion or insurance coverage that includes abortion.
“As a country, we must speak for those who cannot speak for themselves and allow them the fundamental human right to be born into this world. The passage of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act is just one step towards the protection of life that I enthusiastically support.”
NOTE: Earlier today, Chairman Goodlatte greeted a group from the Sixth District participating in the March for Life in Washington. The group was led by Dean Welty, Director of the Valley Family Forum. Click here for photos.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Today, U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary, and U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following joint statement on legislative efforts to improve border security and interior enforcement:
“For decades, Americans have been promised that our borders will be secured and our immigration laws will be enforced. But these promises have not been kept: our border remains porous and our immigration laws have not been fully enforced by presidents of both parties.
“House Republicans are taking a step-by-step approach to deliver on these long-overdue promises made to the American people so that we gain operational control of our borders and guarantee that our immigration laws will be enforced moving forward. The Secure Our Border First Act is the first step and will move our nation closer to gaining control of our borders so that we thwart national security threats and stop illegal border crossers from coming to the U.S.
“As chairmen of the House Homeland Security and Judiciary Committees, we join our colleagues to secure our borders and ensure our immigration laws are not unilaterally ignored by President Obama and future presidents. We will continue working on these issues and the Judiciary Committee will work on legislation to deliver results on interior enforcement, such as mandatory electronic verification of employment eligibility, addressing fraud in the asylum system, and allowing state and local law enforcement to help in enforcing our laws.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Judiciary Committee today unanimously approved four bills to combat the growing problem of human trafficking in the United States.
The Committee first approved by voice vote the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (H.R. 181), a comprehensive anti-human trafficking bill authored by Congressman Ted Poe (R-Texas). This bill boosts support and protection for domestic human trafficking victims by increasing and streamlining law enforcement resources, enhancing victims’ services, and strengthening our laws to ensure that both buyers and sellers engaged in sex trafficking are held accountable for their crimes.
The Committee then passed the Human Trafficking Prevention, Intervention, and Recovery Act (H.R. 350) authored by Congresswoman Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) by voice vote. This bill launches a review that will look into federal and state trafficking prevention activities in order to identify best practices to stop human trafficking; requires an inventory of existing federal anti-trafficking efforts to make sure all federal agencies and programs work together and that federal resources are being targeted where needed; and improves existing Department of Justice grants, ensuring that the grants also support shelters for survivors.
The Committee also approved by voice vote the Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act (H.R. 159), sponsored by Congressman Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.). This bill provides incentives to states to adopt safe harbor laws that treat trafficked children as victims, rather than as criminals or delinquents. The bill also provides an avenue for victims to access job skills training so that they can begin to rebuild their lives.
Finally, the Committee approved by voice vote the Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation (SAVE) Act (H.R. 285), authored by Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-Mo.), to criminalize those who knowingly advertise or profit from advertisements that offer the commercial exploitation of children and trafficking victims.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) stated the following on the Committee’s approval of these four bills:
“Sex traffickers and their buyers dehumanize their victims, treating them not as human beings created in the image of God, but instead as objects to be used for their own profit or pleasure. While we have strengthened our laws to combat human trafficking, we still have work to do to put an end to these heinous crimes. I am pleased that the House Judiciary Committee today approved several crucial pieces of legislation that hold everyone involved in these crimes accountable, whether they sell, buy, or market these children to potential buyers. These bills also ensure that exploited children are treated as victims rather than as criminals and provide much-needed resources to victims of sex trafficking that will help them reclaim and rebuild their lives. I thank my colleagues, Representatives Ted Poe, Kristi Noem, Erik Paulsen, and Ann Wagner, for working on these important bills and look forward to the House acting on these bills soon.”
Background: According to the FBI, sex trafficking is the fastest-growing business of organized crime and the third-largest criminal enterprise in the world. One organization estimates that child sex trafficking in the U.S. is a $9.8 billion industry. As many as 300,000 American youth are at risk of becoming a victim of sex trafficking. While the investigation and prosecution of human trafficking has often been carried out by state and local law enforcement, the enactment of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (TVPA) in 2000 made child sex trafficking in interstate commerce a federal crime. The TVPA is the primary legislative vehicle authorizing services to victims of trafficking and was most recently reauthorized in 2013.Read More
Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) issued the statements below on several issues following President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.
Economy: “Politics and excuses have blocked real progress for Americans in need of jobs. Despite promise after promise from the President, our nation’s economy remains relatively unchanged – it has failed to grow strong enough to bounce back after economic setbacks or provide sustainable growth for Americans. And instead of solving the problem of a failing economy, the President continues to push his failed policies in the faces of the American people and lay blame on others for his actions. In stark contrast to the President’s approach, in the House Judiciary Committee we have already started passing bills this Congress to jumpstart the economy and cut government red tape. We look forward to continuing to pass powerful regulatory reform this Congress and providing real relief for Americans.”
Cybersecurity: “Cybersecurity is critical both to Americans’ privacy and our national security. Every day, cyber-criminals attempt to hack into computer networks in order to steal sensitive personal and financial information from American companies and our citizens. Additionally, we’ve now experienced a state-sponsored cyberattack intended to intimidate the American people and undermine our values. We need to be ever diligent and attentive to these threats. The House Judiciary Committee will continue working to ensure our laws are as robust as possible and work with other Committees on this important issue.”
Immigration Reform: “The debate last Congress showed that there is a willingness and a need to reform our nation’s immigration laws. Many of my colleagues and I are working to fix our broken immigration system, starting with enforcement first. However, President Obama’s pattern of executive overreach has added a layer of distrust to the debate. Time after time, President Obama has bypassed many opportunities to work constructively with Congress and has instead legislated from the Oval Office by executive decree. These actions are a threat to the separation of powers enshrined in the Constitution and imperil individual liberty. Additionally, they have undermined the American people’s trust in the President’s willingness to enforce the laws passed by Congress. If the President is serious about immigration reform, then he needs to start enforcing our existing laws to rebuild trust with the American people and with Congress. Meanwhile Congress must pass enforcement laws that take the power away from the President to unilaterally refuse to enforce our immigration laws.”
FISA Reform: “I agree with the President that we need to reform the bulk collection program under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act so that we protect Americans’ civil liberties while ensuring that the traditional capabilities of our intelligence-gathering programs are not disturbed, and I am committed to working on this issue. Last Congress, the House passed comprehensive legislation to do just that, but the Senate failed to act. The USA PATRIOT Act is set to expire on June 1, 2015 and it is imperative that we reform these programs before then.”
Net Neutrality: “While I agree with President Obama’s call for a free and open Internet, the reality is that the President’s policies will have the opposite effect, significantly diminishing innovation on the Internet. President Obama’s so-called ‘solution’ for net neutrality is to impose decades-old regulations designed for old, monopolistic long-distance telephone lines on one of the most dynamic and competitive marketplaces in history. As confirmed by experts at our Judiciary Committee hearing last Congress, this type of regulatory approach would have disastrous results on the Internet. Instead of jumpstarting the economy and ensuring fair principles to safeguard consumers, the President’s approach would leave consumers with fewer choices and higher prices, the antithesis of net neutrality. A better way to ensure net neutrality is to turn to vigorous enforcement of our nation’s time-tested antitrust laws. These laws have consistently demonstrated their ability to prevent discriminatory and anti-competitive conduct and would be the most efficient way to achieve an open and competitive Internet.”
Abusive Patent Litigation: “I am disappointed the President failed to mention the importance of passing legislation to stop abusive patent litigation. Last Congress, the House overwhelmingly passed the Innovation Act, a bipartisan bill that takes meaningful steps to address the abusive practices that have damaged our patent system and resulted in significant economic harm to our nation. Businesses both large and small are affected by this growing problem and the enactment of the Innovation Act is central to U.S. competiveness, job creation, and our nation’s future economic security. Unfortunately, the Democratic-controlled Senate failed to act on the legislation but I am hopeful that with the new Republican-controlled Senate and the President’s support patent litigation reform legislation will be signed into law this Congress.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bob Goodlatte released the following statement in response to tonight’s State of the Union address:
“Here we go again. Tonight’s speech was more of the same – chock full of policies that would result in more regulations, further intrusion into the lives of the American people, and a tax plan that unfairly burdens the middle class by taxing college savings accounts. This was the agenda the American people soundly rejected in November, and pushing these failed policies once again is not the solution.
“Tonight’s speech makes it crystal clear how out of touch the President is with the needs of American families. To take a successful college savings program, one used by millions of middle-class Americans to save for their children, and find new ways to tax it out of existence speaks volumes as to the President’s priorities. The bottom line is that Americans are insecure about their own futures. Taxes on college savings only makes the problem worse and hurts everyone hoping to further their education and advance their career.
“The good news is that in just the first two weeks of the 114th Congress, the House has already passed legislation to create job opportunities, lessen the regulatory burden, and help pave the path towards a healthy economy. These are real American solutions – not new ways to grow the size of government at the expense of personal liberty and financial freedom.
“His remarks and new policy ideas tonight make it clear that President Obama’s agenda is out of touch with reality. The House has acted, and will continue to act, on policies that help middle-class Americans advance their hopes and dreams. Where we can find areas of common interest that help our constituents, I am ready to work with President Obama, but his pattern of overreach and tax hikes is not the way forward.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) issued the following statement on Religious Freedom Day:
Chairman Goodlatte: “The United States has long stood for religious freedom in America and around the world. The principle of religious freedom is founded on the idea that all people deserve the freedom to live and work according to their religious beliefs without fear of persecution or discrimination. The First Amendment of the Constitution states that ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.’ With these constitutional protections and with additional protections passed by Congress, the United States continues to serve as a global refuge for all.
“However, despite our nation’s legacy of protecting religious freedom, we still face challenges to religious liberty in the United States. As chairman of the Judiciary Committee, I am committed to conducting oversight of religious freedom infringements in the United States and upholding Americans’ free exercise protections enshrined in the First Amendment. Religious freedom is a fundamental human right essential to a free society and to who we are as Americans. This Congress, I intend to continue fighting to protect this right.”Read More
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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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