Author archive: Congressman Bob Goodlatte

Legislative Update
Goodlatte Requests FBI Briefing on Florida Shooting
February 19, 2018

On February 14th, 17 lives were tragically taken in a shooting at a high school in Florida. Several others were injured. The events that unfolded there are absolutely devastating. Our hearts and prayers as a nation are with the students, teachers, staff, and their family members as well as the entire Parkland community during this very difficult time. Students should feel safe in their schools, and our country must continue working to deter gun violence by helping those suffering from mental illness, ensuring that the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) database has all relevant information, and enforcing our nation’s gun laws.

In the wake of this tragic shooting, authorities have sifted through the past of the shooter, Nikolas Cruz, to determine whether there were warning signs that he was capable of such monstrous actions. There were. On Friday, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy and I sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray requesting a briefing on why FBI protocols were not followed regarding tips the agency received on Cruz. We are seeking to understand these protocols and know why they were not followed in this case.

Stopping by Page One in Luray

On Tuesday, I had the chance to visit Page One in Luray. Page One runs a thrift shop and food pantry, which serves many families in Page County. They are staffed by a dedicated group and have partnered with several organizations in the community. Recently, Page One purchased a new building so that they could continue growing their good work. This is a great example of a community working together to help meet its own needs. Thanks to Connie and Lois for the tour!

Protecting Athletes from Abuse

With the Olympics underway, I’m sure many of you have marveled at the skill and talent of America’s athletes. It’s truly remarkable! At the same time, many of you have likely followed the disturbing stories of abuse in the USA Gymnastics organization by Dr. Larry Nassar. The sentencing of Dr. Nassar highlights the need for serious reforms to protect young athletes and hold predators accountable.

Recently, the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act was passed by Congress, and last week it was signed into law by President Trump. This bill mandates that amateur athletics governing bodies immediately report allegations of abuse, including sexual abuse, to law enforcement. It also establishes best practices for preventing abuse and provides governing bodies with guidelines about reporting abuse. These changes respond to the needs of victims and will make amateur athletics safer for future Olympians. I was proud to support this bill and help work to see it signed into law.

The Next Generation of America’s Leaders

Recently, I announced my nomination of several young men and women from the Sixth District to compete for an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, or U.S. Naval Academy. America’s military has produced some of our country’s most distinguished leaders. These individuals have expressed an interest in following in their footsteps, and I applaud them for their willingness to protect and defend the United States.

At our nation’s service academies, students have the opportunity to receive a quality education and training to become the next generation of leaders. I am confident that those selected for an appointment will serve the United States with distinction. For a full list of the nominees, please visit Goodlatte.House.Gov.

In Case You Missed It…
• On the road again: Goodlatte Responds to General Assembly Members on I-81

• NEW: Thomas Cullen Nominated as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia

• VIDEO Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently testified before the House Agriculture Committee on the “State of the Rural Economy.” I agree with him that reforming the system for agricultural guest workers and ensuring a stable, legal workforce for farmers and producers is one of the most important issues facing American agriculture.

• What is the Securing America’s Future Act? Click here to learn more about my bill that closes many gaping loopholes in our existing immigration enforcement laws, makes important reforms to our legal immigration programs, secures the border, and provides a legislative solution for the current beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

• WATCH: Last week, I joined America’s Newsroom on Fox News to discuss the latest on immigration reform efforts in the House.

• Tax season is here! The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to those who qualify. Click here to learn more or find a VITA site near you.

Welcome to Washington!

As co-chair of the Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus, I enjoyed welcoming several representatives from independent colleges and universities in the Sixth District to D.C. earlier this month. Pictured here is Dr. NL Bishop, President of Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke, and his wife, Sylvia. I am fortunate to represent so many excellent schools in the Sixth District.

ICYMI: A Year Of Pro-Life Victories
January 24, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, in the Daily News-Record, Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) reflected on last week’s March for Life and highlighted several victories for the pro-life movement in the past year.

Daily News-Record: A Year Of Pro-Life Victories

By: Bob Goodlatte

January 24, 2018

Each January men and women across the country mourn the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade. They mourn the loss of hundreds of thousands of lives taken by abortions each year and the indifference of a culture that has turned away from its fundamental values. Many of these brave people demonstrate their opposition to abortion by participating in the March for Life – like thousands of Americans, many from the Shenandoah Valley, did on Friday in Washington. With each step, they solidify their support for the unborn and their commitment to human dignity.

This year, however, they also have much to celebrate.

In 2017, for the first time in nearly a decade, we witnessed the transition to a new era: a federal government united for the cause of life. During the past 12 months, Congress and the Administration have worked together to protect the most vulnerable among us. What a difference one year can make.

Last January, the White House issued an executive order prohibiting foreign aid to organizations that provide or promote abortions outside the United States. The same month, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 7, an important bill that bans the use of taxpayer funds for abortions.

Then, the House of Representatives passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, or Micah’s Law. This bill is named after Micah Pickering, who was delivered at 22 weeks and has grown to a happy, healthy five-year-old boy. This bill increases restrictions on abortions after 20 weeks post-fertilization, a point at which there is agreement that unborn children can feel pain.

The House Judiciary Committee also held a hearing examining a bill that would protect unborn children as soon as a heartbeat is detected.

On Friday, the 45th anniversary of the March for Life, the House of Representatives passed the Born Alive Abortion Survivor’s Protection Act. This bill, sponsored by Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., ensures that any child born alive during an abortion procedure receives the same degree of professional care to save the life of the child that any other child born alive at the same gestational age would receive. The Born Alive Abortion Survivor’s Protection Act also establishes criminal penalties for those who kill babies born alive or harm them to attempt to harvest body parts, while protecting women who receive abortions from being prosecuted.

These actions from Congress and the White House represent a dramatic shift towards embracing a culture of life. However, there is much work left to be done. Many of these important bills still await action in the Senate before they can be signed into law.

As I reflect on the March for Life and the support of Americans across the country for the unborn, I feel optimistic that we can achieve great successes with a unified vision of life and liberty. I pledge my support to continue to fight for life and for the protection of our most vulnerable.

Bob Goodlatte represents the Sixth Congressional District of Virginia, which includes Rockingham County and Harrisonburg, in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Legislative Update
UPDATE: Goodlatte Statement in Support of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act
January 19, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, delivered the following remarks on the House floor in favor of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 4712):

Today, thousands of people are rallying in the nation’s capital to be part of the March for Life and to join a celebration of hope and compassion for those who do not yet have a voice.

And many millions more have viewed videos of representatives of Planned Parenthood, which performs some forty percent of all abortions each year.  Those videos, recorded undercover, sadly portray a much darker side of our society.  They show discussions of the exchange of money for the body parts of aborted babies.  They also include discussions of instances in which, during the course of an attempted abortion, a baby is born “intact,” and then shipped to a lab for the use of its body parts.  Congress must move immediately to protect any children born alive during the course of a failed abortion.

The bill before us today provides that in the case of an abortion or attempted abortion that results in a child born alive, any health care practitioner present must exercise the same degree of professional care to preserve the life of the child as he or she would render to any other child born alive at the same gestational age.  The bill also provides that the child must be immediately transported and admitted to a hospital.  If a baby born alive is left to die, the penalty can be up to five years in jail.  If the child is cut open for its body parts, or some other overt act is taken, the punishment is that for first degree murder, which can include life in prison or the death penalty.

Babies are born alive during failed abortions.  The House Judiciary Committee heard direct testimony by two grown women who, as babies, survived attempted abortions.  The mother of one of them, Gianna Jessen, was advised by Planned Parenthood to have an abortion.  But as Ms. Jessen testified: “Instead of dying … I was delivered alive in an abortion clinic in Los Angeles.”  Her medical records state clearly that she was “born alive” during an abortion.  She continued, “Thankfully, the abortionist was not at work yet.  Had he been there, he would have ended my life with strangulation, suffocation, or leaving me there to die … I was later diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, which was caused by a lack of oxygen to my brain while surviving the abortion.  I was never supposed to hold my head up or walk.  I do.  And Cerebral Palsy is a great gift to me.”

Just think of that for a moment.  Ms. Jessen says cerebral palsy is a gift to her because it came with the gift of life.  She forgave her mother long ago, and gives praise each day for that gift of life, which she enjoys to its fullest to this day.

Ms. Jessen presented a picture at the hearing showing the results of the sort of abortion she survived.

I urge all my colleagues to support the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, so others who survive failed abortions can have the same chance to be as thankful as Ms. Jessen.

Click here to watch this floor statement.

UPDATE: Goodlatte Celebrates Passage of Judiciary Committee Bill to Protect Babies Born During Abortions

 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House of Representatives today passed the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 4712), which ensures that babies who survive an abortion procedure receive immediate medical care and are admitted to a hospital. This bill also establishes criminal penalties for physicians who fail to provide care to abortion survivors, and protects mothers from prosecution.

Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement in support of this legislation:

“Today, as thousands of men and women participate in the March for Life, I am pleased that the House of Representatives has voted to protect the sanctity of human life. In the House Judiciary Committee, we have heard testimony from abortion survivors who, despite the traumatic circumstances surrounding their birth, have gone on to live fulfilling, meaningful lives. The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act requires that babies born alive during an abortion procedure receive medical attention, which would save the lives of vulnerable infants who cannot defend themselves. As a husband, father, and grandfather, I was honored to usher this important legislation to the House floor. I call on the Senate to take this bill up immediately.”

Background: Goodlatte spoke on the House floor in favor of H.R. 4712. You can watch his full remarks HERE.


Legislative Update
Virginia Lawmakers Urge Senate Not to Leave CHIP Recipients in the Lurch
January 19, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to extend funding for the federal government and reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years.

Reps. Scott Taylor (Va.-02), Thomas A. Garrett, Jr. (Va.-05), Bob Goodlatte (Va.-06), Dave Brat (Va.-07), H. Morgan Griffith (Va.-09), and Barbara Comstock (Va.-10) issued the following statement after voting in support of this legislation to keep the federal government open and provide health coverage for Virginia children:

“Senate Democrats have a decision to make. Hold funding for the government hostage or take a vote to reauthorize CHIP and provide health coverage to nearly 9 million low-income children in the United States. We supported this legislation because we need to keep the government open and keep working on the American people’s priorities. Funding for Virginia’s CHIP program, known as FAMIS, is nearly exhausted and roughly 66,000 children and 1,100 pregnant women in the Commonwealth rely on this program to keep them healthy.

Now isn’t the time for games of political brinksmanship. Shutting down the government does not accomplish the goal of funding CHIP or continuing important discussions in Washington. On behalf of the Virginia families we represent in Congress, we ask that the Senate act now to reauthorize CHIP. We hope Senator Schumer and his colleagues will join us in supporting the bill passed by the House tonight.”

Legislative Update
Goodlatte Statement on House Passage of 702 Reauthorization Legislation with Reforms
January 11, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, today delivered the following remarks on the reauthorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), a critical national security tool. The legislation, which passed the House by a vote of 256-164, represents a good first step at reforming Section 702.

Chairman Goodlatte: As you all know, the Judiciary Committee worked diligently, for a year, on legislation that does two things: (1) protect Americans’ civil liberties by requiring a court order to access Section 702 data during domestic criminal investigations; and (2) reauthorize the 702 program, which is our nation’s most indispensable national security tool.

We achieved that, by passing the USA Liberty Act in the House Judiciary Committee last year by an overwhelming, bipartisan vote, which is no easy task.  However, we were able to responsibly balance civil liberties with national security.

The bill we will vote on today was drafted in the spirit of the USA Liberty Act. It is not perfect, and the process getting here was not ideal, but the bill requires, for the first time, a warrant to access 702-collected communications of U.S. persons in criminal investigations.

Moreover, in routine criminal cases, when the FBI accesses U.S. person communications that were incidentally collected, without first obtaining a warrant, the FBI will not be permitted to use those communications in a criminal prosecution.  This will prevent a national security tool from advancing run-of-the-mill criminal prosecutions.

These are meaningful reforms.

The bill that was presented to us before Christmas, with its “optional warrant” construct, was not real reform. The bill we are debating today, however, contains meaningful reforms.  I would have preferred to include additional reforms, but I cannot stress to my colleagues enough that our choice cannot be between a perfect reform bill and expiration of this program. The 702 program is far too important for that. With this bill, we can have meaningful reform and reauthorization.

In its current form, this bill will pass the Senate.

I also want to caution everyone that we cannot go too far in seeking to alter this program. There is an amendment that will be offered, sponsored by Mr. Amash and Ms. Lofgren, which would prevent the FBI from ever querying its 702 database using a US person term.

Imagine the FBI getting a tip from a flight instructor whose student acts suspiciously by expressing great interest in learning how to take off and fly a plane but has no interest in learning how to land the plane.   This could be innocent behavior, but don’t we want law enforcement to at least be able to perform a search to see if they already have in their possession any communications between the student and a foreign actor involved in organizing terrorist plots?  The Judiciary Committee-passed bill would have allowed the search, and allowed law enforcement to view the metadata without a warrant, while requiring a warrant to view the content of the communications.

The Amash/Lofgren amendment, which was rejected in the Judiciary Committee, goes too far and would prevent such a search from even being done.  It would thus kill this critical program by preventing the FBI from even looking at its own databases without a warrant, rendering it ineffective in preventing terrorist attacks and stifling its ability to gather necessary intelligence.  It must not be adopted.

I will vote to support this bill. I will oppose the Amash/Lofgren amendment. I urge my colleagues to join me. Vote for reform and reauthorization.

I reserve the balance of my time.

Legislative Update
Did You Know?
January 6, 2018

Simplifying the tax code, protecting children from human trafficking, strengthening border security, combating the opioid epidemic, and bolstering career and technical education – these are just some of the many issues addressed by bills passed in the House of Representatives last year. In total, the House passed more than 477 bills in 2017, 86 more than average. Committees in the House, like the House Judiciary Committee, were busy as well, passing 544 bills. Take a moment to learn more at

One of the largest accomplishments by Congress last year was enacting pro-growth tax reform. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which is now law, lowers tax rates for families, puts more money in your pocket, and encourages businesses to invest in the United States. Ensuring our veterans receive the service and benefits they deserve was also a central focus of Congress. I was proud to support legislation that is now law to increase accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs, modernize the claims appeals process for veterans, and expand access to education and workforce training for those who have served.

For years we’ve seen an avalanche of federal red tape choking the ability of job creators to grow. One of the first things the House did in 2017 was pass my bill, the Regulatory Accountability Act, to make the regulatory process more transparent and lift unnecessary burdens on job creators. Congress also used a tool called the Congressional Review Act to roll back some of the most egregious rules released in the final days of the Obama Administration. Fifteen of these resolutions to strike costly, overreaching rules from the books were signed into law.

The House also passed two bills that I introduced to help secure America’s borders and improve the enforcement of our immigration laws. Kate’s Law enhances penalties for deported felons who illegally reenter the United States. The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act cracks down on sanctuary policies that allow unlawful and criminal immigrants to be released onto the streets.

Congress sent a strong message by passing legislation to impose new sanctions on Iran, North Korea, and Russia. The Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, which was signed into law, makes it clear that these countries must be held accountable for their actions against the United States and the global community. Additionally, legislation was signed into law to help rebuild America’s military and give our troops their largest pay raise in eight years. The House also passed a bill fully funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program for the next five years.

It was a busy year in Congress, but there is much work to be done in 2018. I look forward to working on behalf of Virginia’s Sixth District to advance policies that will create greater opportunity for Americans and keep our country safe. As the next session of Congress gets underway, you can contact me through my website at Goodlatte.House.Gov or by visiting one of my offices. I hope you will stay in touch throughout the coming year.

In Case You Missed It
Heading to the President’s desk Passage of my bill, H.R. 954, will lift federal restrictions on land in Rockingham County and will allow the daycare currently using the land to help serve more of the community.

This is good news: Washington Examiner: Over 100 companies giving bonuses after tax victory and here’s a growing list of more.

What does the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act mean for you? CBS News: How three different households will fare under the tax bill

Go Dukes! Tune in on Saturday: James Madison set to face North Dakota State in FCS Title Game

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month — Human trafficking impacts communities of all sizes, including Virginia’s Sixth Congressional District. I am focused on helping to stop this crime. The House has passed well over a dozen bipartisan bills to help victims, punish traffickers, prevent trafficking, and aid law enforcement. It is imperative that these bills become law. We must do all we can to fight this heinous crime and bring perpetrators to justice. Click here to learn more about human trafficking.

Stopping Global Terrorist Threats
In the past year, the terrorist group ISIS has lost a significant amount of ground. However, while it has received some coverage, it’s safe to say that the successes by the United States in helping to reclaim territory from ISIS have not received the attention they deserve. Thanks to our Armed Forces and strong foreign policy outlined by President Trump and General Mattis, the Secretary of Defense, the grip of ISIS on Iraq and Syria has greatly diminished. The fight against ISIS is certainly not over, but the progress made in the past year is significant. Click here to read more in my weekly column.


Legislative Update
Update: House Passes Historic Tax Reform
December 19, 2017

Tax relief is one step closer for Virginia families. Earlier today, the House passed the bicameral conference report to H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. I supported this bill because at its very core the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is about creating greater opportunity for men and women across the United States. It means more jobs, lower and fairer taxes, and bigger paychecks.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act lowers individual tax rates so families can keep more of their hard-earned money. Under this plan, a family of four earning an income of $73,000 will receive a tax cut of more than $2,000.

Here are just some of the ways this bill impacts you:
• Raises the standard deduction from $12,000 to $24,000 for married couples and from $6,500 to $13,000 for individuals. This means MORE money back in your pocket.
• Expands the Child Tax Credit from $1,000 to $2,000 and retains the Adoption Tax Credit
• Preserves the mortgage interest deduction for current and future homeowners
• Expands the medical expense deduction
• Maintains popular options used to save for retirement, like 401ks and IRAs
• Provides families with the flexibility to purchase the health coverage they want and need by eliminating the tax penalty created by Obamacare’s individual mandate

By creating a simpler, fairer tax system, the reforms in this bill will help put more money in the pockets of families and encourage job creators of all sizes to invest in the United States.

Following expected action in the Senate later today, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will head to the President’s desk before Christmas. I look forward to seeing this historic tax reform cross the finish line and deliver much-needed tax relief to families across the country.

Learn more about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Visit

Mythbusting: No, tax reform doesn’t hurt people with disabilities

Quick Links

• Weekly Column: The Senate Has Another Chance to Act on CHIP

• Open Mic w/ AgriPulse: Goodlatte Talks Policy Impacting U.S. Agricultural Industry

• Update: Judiciary Committee Passes Bill to Fight Online Sex Trafficking

• Applications open for Summer 2018 White House Internship Program – click here for more information on how to apply

Goodlatte Praises FCC’s Vote on the Restoring Internet Freedom Order

In the Office this Week 

It was a great surprise to see Dot Richardson and her husband, Bob Pinto, in the office yesterday. Dot is a two-time Olympic gold medalist in softball and is currently the coach of the Liberty University softball team. For anyone who attended the Sixth District Women’s Conference in Lynchburg last year, you’ll recognize Dot as one of our excellent panelists.


Legislative Update
Goodlatte Asks Supreme Court to Allow Congress to Finish its Job on the Remote Sales Tax Issue
December 8, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, filed an amicus brief asking the Supreme Court to deny review of the case of South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. Proponents of review seek a Court-imposed solution to challenges in the collection of taxes on sales by out-of-state vendors, a matter that the Court itself has previously said is within Congress’s constitutional jurisdiction. Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) also joined Goodlatte in submitting this bipartisan, bicameral brief.

Goodlatte issued the following statement:
“During my tenure as House Judiciary Committee Chairman, my colleagues and I have worked long and hard, seeking ideas from state representatives, brick-and-mortar shop owners, and online retailers and negotiating a compromise for the collection of already-owed taxes that works for all parties. As a result of these efforts, the House Judiciary Committee has authored draft legislation that balances these competing interests, defends state sovereignty, protects against regulation without representation by states, and promotes simplicity and fairness for traditional retailers and online vendors alike.

“A single decision from the High Court would impose a one-dimensional, heavy-handed solution that short-circuits the legislative process. Unlike the court system, Congress is much better equipped to adopt a nuanced solution that will protect all parties’ legitimate interests without burdening small business owners unfairly.

“I believe a legislative solution to the problem of remote sales tax collection is feasible, and I urge the court to allow Congress to finish its job.”

Read the full text of the brief in opposition to the petition. Previously, Goodlatte described the history of his efforts to resolve the remote sales tax issue. He has also outlined seven basic principles that must be included in any legislative solution for remote sales tax.

Legislative Update
Latest Legislative Update – Congressman Bob Goodlatte
December 5, 2017

Tax Reform Update
On Friday evening, the U.S. Senate passed their version of tax reform legislation. Now that the House and Senate have passed legislation, the next step is for both bodies to join in a conference committee to work out the differences between the plans. This evening, the House voted to go to conference and formally begin these negotiations. I look forward to productive discussions between the House and Senate to develop a simpler, fairer tax plan that will result in American taxpayers keeping more of their paychecks. Virginia families want tax relief, and now that relief is one step closer to reality. I’ll keep you updated as this process moves forward. I’m hopeful we can get a bill on President Trump’s desk soon.
For more information on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed by the House, take a minute to read my recent weekly column on “Delivering Tax Relief to Virginia Families.”

Here are some of the highlights of the House bill:
You can also get the facts on the plan at

Deadline Approaching: Senate Must Act on CHIP
Unless the Senate acts, Virginia’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is expected to run out of funding on January 31. Approximately 66,000 children and 1,100 pregnant women in Virginia rely on this program for health coverage. The House of Representatives has already passed a bill that extends CHIP funding for five years with my support. However, the Senate has yet to act. On Friday, I joined with several of my colleagues from Virginia in urging the Senate, including Virginia’s senators, to pass the House bill.

Virginians deserve certainty that this program will continue. Read the full op-ed here.

THIS WEEK IN THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE: FBI Director Wray will testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday at 10AM. The House Judiciary Committee has an important responsibility to keep a watchful eye on the FBI to ensure it is fulfilling its missions and that it follows the facts wherever they lead without political interference. I look forward to hearing from Director Wray on the many issues facing the FBI. Click here for more information about the hearing, including the live-stream.

ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: Two bills to help protect public safety are scheduled to be considered by the House this week. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act ensures that the rights of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves and others remain intact even when crossing state lines, as long as an individual follows local concealed carry laws. The Fix NICS Act addresses holes in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) to help keep guns out of the hands of persons prohibited by federal or state law from receiving or possessing them. Both of these bills have support from Republicans and Democrats. Click here to read more about these bills.

Recently, Silas, a young man from Roanoke, visited my office to talk more about his social studies project and the U.S. government. It was great to meet him! I wish Silas the best of luck in school.

Photos from the Sixth
Recently, Silas, a young man from Roanoke, visited my office to talk more about his social studies project and the U.S. government. It was great to meet him! I wish Silas the best of luck in school.
Dixie Gas & Oil in Verona welcomed me to their headquarters to learn more about some of the federal regulations impacting propane marketers. Federal red tape can have a significant impact on the ability of businesses to grow and create jobs in the real world. I’ll keep working in the House to do all we can to promote the growth of small businesses by freeing them from unnecessary regulation. Thanks to Chris and the team for showing me around!
Reminder: Open Door Meetings Resume in January
Open Door Meetings hosted by Sixth District staff are not held during the month of December. The meetings will resume in January. If you need assistance with a federal agency or would like to express concerns regarding a legislative issue, visit my website for office contact information as well as the best way to email me.

Legislative Update
House Judiciary Committee Approves Bills to Protect the Second Amendment & Curb Gun Violence
November 29, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Judiciary Committee today approved two bills to protect the Second Amendment and curb gun violence, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 and the Fix NICS Act of 2017. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) applauded today’s Committee approval of these bills in the statement below.

Chairman Goodlatte: “Today the House Judiciary Committee took action to protect Americans’ constitutional right to bear arms and enhance public safety. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act ensures that law-abiding citizens’ Second Amendment right does not end when they cross state lines. Citizens with a state-issued concealed carry license or permit, or individuals who are citizens of states that do not require a permit to carry a concealed firearm, should not have to worry about losing these rights when entering another state that may have different rules and regulations.”

“Further, the Fix NICS Act strengthens our nation’s existing laws by ensuring criminals are reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Tragically, our nation has all too often witnessed heinous acts of violence by criminals who should never have been able to purchase a firearm. We must ensure that both federal and state authorities are properly and accurately reporting criminals to NICS so that we prevent crime and protect lives.”

“I thank Representatives Hudson and Culberson for their work on these important bills and look forward to the House of Representatives taking them up in the coming weeks.”

The House Judiciary Committee first approved by a vote of 19-11 the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (H.R. 38), sponsored by Representative Richard Hudson (R-N.C.). This bill allows people with a state-issued concealed carry license or permit, or individuals who are citizens of states that do not require a permit to carry a concealed firearm, to conceal a handgun in any other state that allows concealed carry, as long as the individual follows the laws of that state.

The Committee also approved by a vote of 17-6 the Fix NICS Act of 2017 (H.R. 4477), sponsored by Representative John Culberson (R-Texas). This bipartisan, bicameral bill ensures federal and state authorities comply with existing law and report criminal history records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

The Fix NICS Act also penalizes federal agencies that fail to report relevant criminal records to the FBI, incentivizes states to improve their reporting, and directs federal funding to make sure domestic violence records are accurately reported to the FBI. Further, the bill requires the Bureau of Justice Statistics to report to Congress within 180 days the number of times that a bump stock has been used in the commission of a crime in the United States.