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November 12, 2017

Retiring House Judiciary Chair Goodlatte mentions "enacting criminal justice reform" as an out-the-door priority

As explained here via an official missive, Congressman Bob Goodlatte released a letter this week to announce that he will not seek re-election in 2018. These parts of the letter, with my emphasis added, account for why this news strikes me as blogworthy:

For the past 25 years, it has been my honor to represent the Sixth Congressional District of Virginia.  I cannot begin to express how blessed I am to have had the opportunity to serve and take part in the great experiment of self-government envisioned by our Founders.  It has been a labor of love to work countless hours and travel endless miles on the roads of our District for a quarter of a century....

After much contemplation and prayer, we decided it was the right time for me to step aside and let someone else serve the Sixth District.  I will not seek re-election.  With my time as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee ending in December 2018, this is a natural stepping-off point and an opportunity to begin a new chapter of my career and spend more time with my family, particularly my granddaughters.

While I’m not running for re-election, my work in the 115th Congress is far from done.  There is much that I hope we can accomplish in the next year, including: bolstering enforcement of our immigration laws and reforming the legal immigration system, simplifying the tax code in order to stimulate job growth and benefit families in the Sixth District, enacting criminal justice reform, repealing Obamacare, advancing protections of the freedoms and liberties enshrined in our Constitution, and, of course, continuing first-class constituent service for the citizens of the Sixth District....

As House Judiciary Chair, Goodlatte plays a very important role in determining if and how proposals for federal statutory sentencing reform can move forward. I have generally heard that he is a tepid supporter of reform: I sense he would not champion any reforms, but also would not seek to kill any bill that has broad support on this side of the aisle.  Now, with only a dozen or so months in this role and in Congress, it seems possible that Goodlatte might be a little more motivate to make the enactment of some significant federal criminal justice reform part of his legacy.  Or maybe not ... as I always struggle to understand the mysterious ways and people that lurk inside the Beltway

November 12, 2017 at 05:18 PM | Permalink


All Republican dirty traitors shall be primaried.

Posted by: David Behar | Nov 12, 2017 9:59:21 PM

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