Bob Goodlatte On The Recent Attempt To Paint Him As An Amnesty Supporter
the legislative week gets underway here in Washington, I wanted to
update you on two important items I have recently been working on in the
House of Representatives, as well as one upcoming
markup in the House Judiciary Committee, which I chair. As a committed
conservative who represents our Sixth District values, I know you share
my desire to advance policies that meet sound constitutional
you may have already seen, some news articles have misrepresented my
work on immigration reform and mischaracterized my position on the
issue. I am opposed to amnesty and always have been.
I do not support a special pathway to citizenship that rewards those
who have willfully broken our immigration laws. To try and paint my
position as something else is just not accurate.
Judiciary Committee, as you may know, handles immigration reform. For
the last year we have held more than a dozen hearings on the issue, and
passed two enforcement first bills and two
bills that improve some of our legal immigration programs to spur
economic growth and job creation. This step-by-step approach is the
best way to fully examine the issue and not rush to judgment and repeat
the mistakes of the past, like the Senate immigration
bill, which I strongly oppose.
you’ve been watching the news lately, you’ll know one of the most
talked about topics is the National Security Agency (NSA). I have
continued my work to protect your civil liberties and
freedoms in cyberspace and over the telephone by strengthening the laws
that govern the NSA and their surveillance methods. As was highlighted
by Edward Snowden, the NSA has engaged in some questionable actions,
which require robust congressional oversight
and reform. As Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, I have
already conducted several hearings to examine how the laws are being
carried out and how best we can protect your civil liberties.
last week I joined several other conservatives, like Rep. Jim
Sensenbrenner, at the White House to share our strong concerns with the
President. While our country does need surveillance
programs to protect us from threats, it must be balanced in order to
protect your constitutional rights and civil liberties. Bottom line, as I
told the President, it’s increasingly clear that we need to take
legislative action to reform some of our nation’s
intelligence-gathering programs and ensure they adequately protect
Americans’ civil liberties and operate in a sensible manner.
up, I wanted to let you know I’ll be conducting a markup in the
Judiciary Committee this week of H.R. 7, legislation to end federal
funding of abortion. The markup will be held tomorrow
morning at 10:15 am.
Protecting human life is vitally important, and this legislation will
help ensure that your federal tax dollars are not being spent in the
taking of innocent human life.
As all of these efforts continue, I hope that you will stay in touch. Best wishes for your 2014.