Report finds HUD employees interfered with congressional investigation; Goodlatte, Chaffetz call for accountability

Department of HousingU.S. Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) called for accountability after Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) employees were found to have interfered with a congressional investigation.

A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found that two HUD employees had illegally interfered with a 2012 congressional investigation into an agreement brokered by former Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Tom Perez.

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April 14, 2016

Goodlatte: Time for a New Tax Code

United States Congress There are very few certainties in life. One of those, however, is that Tax Day comes around each year. By the time the April 18th deadline passes to submit 2015 tax returns, millions of Americans will have experienced our broken tax code firsthand yet again. A very appropriate quote by an unknown author sums up the feelings of many during tax season:
      Quoting  begins People who complain about taxes can be divided
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April 13, 2016

Goodlatte criticizes embrace of ‘sanctuary city’ idea

Congressman_Bob_Goodlatte Congressman Bob Goodlatte blasted candidates for Roanoke City Council Friday following the candidates’ endorsement of making Roanoke a “sanctuary city” for undocumented immigrants during a campaign forum.

“It may be April Fool’s Day, but this is no joking matter,” Goodlatte, R-Roanoke County, said in an unsolicited statement. “It is extremely alarming that anyone seeking elected office would support this wrongheaded policy.”

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April 12, 2016

ACLU of Virginia Warns Legislators: Governor’s Amendments Would Take Away the Privacy of Virginians

Virginia ACLU

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia has sent emails to all members of the General Assembly last Friday and today urging them to reject Governor McAuliffe’s amendments to bi-partisan privacy legislation that passed during the 2015 General Assembly Session almost unanimously. (more…)

April 4, 2015

ACLU of Virginia Victory in Case Striking Down Charlottesville Begging Restrictions in Downtown Mall

Virginia ACLU

On February 20, U.S. District Court Judge Norman K. Moon ruled in favor of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia in a case involving a Charlottesville prohibition on begging in certain parts of the downtown pedestrian mall. Judge Moon’s ruling found the city’s ordinance to be unconstitutional, and ordered the City to stop enforcing the ban. The ACLU of Virginia represented the plaintiffs in the case, homeless men who regularly ask passersby for contributions on the mall.

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February 23, 2015

Intelligence Programs Should Protect Civil Liberties and National Security

Goodlatte Congress Security For the last several months, the House Judiciary Committee has conducted an ongoing review of our nation’s intelligence-gathering programs. Last summer’s unauthorized public release of these classified programs by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden has sparked a national debate about the extent of the programs and whether they pose a threat to Americans’ civil liberties and privacy. Since then, there have been numerous proposals to significantly reform or end these programs operated under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA.

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February 8, 2014

Rooting Out Waste at the Department of Justice

United States Congress As the March 1 sequestration deadline approached, Attorney General Eric Holder dramatically warned that the Department of Justice (DOJ) would be forced to make cuts that threaten the safety of all Americans. Holder claimed that cuts to agencies within the Justice Department would diminish the department’s ability to investigate and prosecute crimes.

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April 13, 2013

Goodlatte Names 6th District Natives to Senior Positions at Judiciary Committee

United States Congress Rep. Bob Goodlatte, incoming Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has announced his senior staff for the House Judiciary Committee.
Rep. Goodlatte has selected Shelley Husband, who hails from Augusta County, to serve as his Chief of Staff and Branden Ritchie, who hails from Amherst County, to serve as his Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief Counsel.

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December 10, 2012