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Mar 5, 2019

House Democrats demand documents from more than 80 people and institutions affiliated with Trump

WASHINGTON – House Democrats’ far-reaching document request seeking information from President Donald Trump’s sons, his business associates and his political confidants opened a sprawling investigation Monday and cast a spotlight on the ambitious strategy of the committee with the authority to impeach a president. The House Judiciary Committee sent more than 80 letters demanding all [&he[...]

Nov 14, 2018

House Judiciary Democrats want answers from administration before they take over

WASHINGTON – The top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee attempted to get a jump-start on the oversight authority he will wield when he inherits the gavel next year, telling the heads of the FBI and Justice Department that he expects them to fully respond to outstanding requests from Democrats before they assume the majority. […]

Mar 19, 2014

Congress looks at collecting Internet sales tax

Congress is looking at ways for states to collect sales taxes on the growing number of items being sold online by out-of-state companies. The pros and cons of the Marketplace Fairness Act were discussed last week by members of the House Judiciary Committee, who also heard testimony on alternative solutions. The proposed act, passed by […]

Mar 5, 2014

Criminal code reform continues in House

Reducing the number of federal crimes and establishing a dedicated commission are a few of the ideas members of a special task force agree on in terms of reforming the federal code in an attempt to reduce over-criminalization or the imposition of penalties without proof of criminal intent. The number of laws added to the […]

Jan 15, 2014

Slaughter: ‘War on women’ continues

Fed up with the House Republicans’ focus on restricting women’s health rights instead of considering a real economic agenda for women and families, pro-choice members of Congress protested a House Judiciary Committee markup of another anti-choice bill Wednesday. The protest was led by Rep. Louise Slaughter, of Fairport, and Rep. Diana DeGette, of Colorado, both […]

Nov 1, 2013

House committee debates judicial vacancies

Vacancies in the federal judiciary, including 37 emergencies, remain throughout the country as Congress continues to debate filling seats on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Witnesses had different answers Tuesday during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on “Are More Judges Always the Answer.” Most said no, but committee members […]

Oct 30, 2013

Judiciary Committee taking on patent trolls

A bill designed to address abusive patent litigation is making its way through Congress. The bipartisan Innovation Act (H.R. 3309) was the topic of a House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday on “Improving the Patent System to Promote American Innovation and Competitiveness.” The lengthy bill was introduced Oct. 23 by committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte, R-Va., who […]

Jul 12, 2011

Fed bill to toughen Rule 11 attorney sanctions advances

Sanctions against attorneys who file frivolous lawsuits in federal court would be toughened under legislation advanced by the House Judiciary Committee. The “Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act,” H.R. 966, was advanced by the committee on a 20-13 vote.

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