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House Report 113-301 - ACTIVITY REPORT of the COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY of the UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES for the period JANUARY 3, 2013 THROUGH DECEMBER 15, 2013

[House Report 113-301]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office]


113th Congress 
 1st Session            HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES                 Report
                                                                113-301
_______________________________________________________________________

                                     

                                                 Union Calendar No. 219


                            ACTIVITY REPORT

                                 of the

                       COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY

                                 of the

                 UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                             for the period

               JANUARY 3, 2013 THROUGH DECEMBER 15, 2013




 December 20, 2013.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on 
            the State of the Union and ordered to be printed

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                 U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
 39-006                  WASHINGTON : 2013





                         LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL

                          House of Representatives,
                                Committee on the Judiciary,
                                 Washington, DC, December 20, 2013.
Hon. Karen Haas,
Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives,
Washington, DC.
    Dear Ms. Haas: Pursuant to clause 1(d) of rule XI of the 
Rules of the House of Representatives, I am transmitting the 
report on the activities of the Committee on the Judiciary of 
the U.S. House of Representatives in the first session of the 
113th Congress.
            Sincerely,
                                             Bob Goodlatte,
                                                          Chairman.



                            C O N T E N T S

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                                                                   Page
Committee Membership.............................................    VI
Jusrisdiction of the Committee...................................     1
Committee Activity...............................................     2
     Tabulation of Activity..............................     2
     Public Laws.........................................     3
     Printed Hearings....................................     3
     Activities Conducted Pursuant to Clauses 2(n), (o), 
      or (p) of House Rule XI....................................     5
Committee Oversight Plan.........................................     6
Activities Conducted Pursuant to Committee Oversight Plan........    13
Full Committee...................................................    15
     Jurisdiction of the full Committee..................    15
     Legislative Activities..............................    15
     Oversight Activities................................    29
Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice...............    33
     Jurisdiction of the Subcommittee....................    33
     Legislative Activities..............................    33
     Oversight Activities................................    34
Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet..    37
     Jurisdiction of the Subcommittee....................    37
     Legislative Activities..............................    37
     Oversight Activities................................    38
Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and 
  Investigations.................................................    41
     Jurisdiction of the Subcommittee....................    41
     Oversight Activities................................    41
Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security..................    45
     Jurisdiction of the Subcommittee....................    45
     Legislative Activities..............................    45
     Oversight Activities................................    46
Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law..    49
     Jurisdiction of the Subcommittee....................    49
     Legislative Activities..............................    49
     Oversight Activities................................    52
Over-Criminalization Task Force Resolution of 2013...............    55
     Jurisdiction of the Task Force......................    55
     Oversight Activities................................    55


                          COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP
                    ONE HUNDRED THIRTEENTH CONGRESS
                     COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY\1\

                  BOB GOODLATTE, Virginia, Chairman\2\

F. JAMES SENSENBRENNER, Jr.,         JOHN CONYERS, Jr., Michigan\3\
    Wisconsin                        JERROLD NADLER, New York
HOWARD COBLE, North Carolina         ROBERT C. ``BOBBY'' SCOTT, 
LAMAR SMITH, Texas                       Virginia
STEVEN CHABOT, Ohio                  MELVIN L. WATT, North Carolina
SPENCER BACHUS, Alabama              ZOE LOFGREN, California
DARRELL E. ISSA, California          SHEILA JACKSON LEE, Texas
J. RANDY FORBES, Virginia            STEVE COHEN, Tennessee
STEVE KING, Iowa                     HENRY C. ``HANK'' JOHNSON, Jr., 
TRENT FRANKS, Arizona                    Georgia
LOUIE GOHMERT, Texas                 PEDRO R. PIERLUISI, Puerto Rico
JIM JORDAN, Ohio                     JUDY CHU, California
TED POE, Texas                       THEODORE E. DEUTCH, Florida
JASON CHAFFETZ, Utah                 LUIS V. GUTIERREZ, Illinois\4\
TOM MARINO, Pennsylvania             KAREN BASS, California
TREY GOWDY, South Carolina           CEDRIC L. RICHMOND, Louisiana
RAUL R. LABRADOR, Idaho              SUZAN K. DelBENE, Washington
BLAKE FARENTHOLD, Texas              JOE GARCIA, Florida
GEORGE HOLDING, North Carolina       HAKEEM S. JEFFRIES, New York
DOUG COLLINS, Georgia
RON DeSANTIS, Florida
JASON T. SMITH, Missouri\5\
VACANCY\6\

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\1\Membership of Committee current through date of this report. Except 
as otherwise provided in the notes, infra, Republican members were 
elected to the Committee pursuant to H. Res. 17, approved January 4, 
2013; Democratic Members were elected to the Committee pursuant to H. 
Res. 7, approved January 3, 2013.
\2\Elected to the Committee as chairman pursuant to H. Res. 6, approved 
January 3, 2013.
\3\Elected to the Committee as ranking minority member pursuant to H. 
Res. 7, approved January 3, 2013.
\4\Mike Quigley of Illinois resigned from the Committee as of January 
14, 2013. The vacancy was filled by Luis V. Gutierrez of Illinois 
pursuant to H. Res. 22, approved January 14, 2013.
\5\Keith J. Rothfus of Pennsylvania resigned from the Committee as of 
April 16, 2013. The vacancy was filled by Jason T. Smith of Missouri 
pursuant to H. Res. 257, approved June 12, 2013.
\6\Mark E. Amodei of Nevada resigned from the Committee as of December 
9, 2013. The Committee had not filled the vacancy at the time of this 
report.



                                                 Union Calendar No. 219
113th Congress                                                   Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 1st Session                                                    113-301

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  ACTIVITY REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY DURING THE 113TH 
                                CONGRESS

                                _______
                                

 December 20, 2013.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on 
            the State of the Union and ordered to be printed

                                _______
                                

   Mr. Goodlatte, from the Committee on the Judiciary, submitted the 
                               following

                              R E P O R T

                     JURISDICTION OF THE COMMITTEE

    The jurisdiction of the Committee on the Judiciary is set 
forth in clause 1(l) of rule X of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives for the 113th Congress, which reads:

                   Rule X--Organization of Committees


             COMMITTEES AND THEIR LEGISLATIVE JURISDICTIONS

    1. There shall be in the House the following standing 
committees, each of which shall have the jurisdiction and 
related functions assigned by this clause and clauses 2, 3, and 
4. All bills, resolutions, and other matters relating to 
subjects within the jurisdiction of the standing committees 
listed in this clause shall be referred to those committees, in 
accordance with clause 2 of rule XII, as follows:
    (l) Committee on the Judiciary.
          (1) The judiciary and judicial proceedings, civil and 
        criminal.
          (2) Administrative practice and procedure.
          (3) Apportionment of Representatives.
          (4) Bankruptcy, mutiny, espionage, and 
        counterfeiting.
          (5) Civil liberties.
          (6) Constitutional amendments.
          (7) Criminal law enforcement.
          (8) Federal courts and judges, and local courts in 
        the Territories and possessions.
          (9) Immigration policy and non-border enforcement.
          (10) Interstate compacts generally.
          (11) Claims against the United States.
          (12) Meetings of Congress; attendance of Members, 
        Delegates, and the Resident Commissioner; and their 
        acceptance of incompatible offices.
          (13) National penitentiaries.
          (14) Patents, the Patent and Trademark Office, 
        copyrights, and trademarks.
          (15) Presidential succession.
          (16) Protection of trade and commerce against 
        unlawful restraints and monopolies.
          (17) Revision and codification of the Statutes of the 
        United States.
          (18) State and territorial boundary lines.
          (19) Subversive activities affecting the internal 
        security of the United States.

                         COMMITTEE ACTIVITY\7\

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    \7\Through December 13, 2013.
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                         Tabulation of Activity


             BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE

Public Legislation:
    House bills...............................................       570
    House joint resolutions...................................        59
    House concurrent resolutions..............................        11
    House resolutions.........................................        32
    Senate bills..............................................         4
    Senate joint resolutions..................................         0
    Senate concurrent resolutions.............................         1
                                                                  ______
        Subtotal..............................................       677

Private Legislation:
    House bills (claims)......................................         1
    House bills (copyrights)..................................         0
    House bills (immigration).................................        21
    House resolutions (claims)................................         0
    Senate bills (claims).....................................         0
    Senate bills (immigration)................................         0
                                                                  ______
        Subtotal..............................................        22
                        =================================================================
                        ________________________________________________
            Total.............................................       699

                                HEARINGS

Full Committee................................................        16
Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice............         7
Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the 
    Internet..................................................        11
Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and 
    Investigations............................................         7
Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security...............         7
Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust 
    Law.......................................................        12
Over-Criminalization Task Force of 2013.......................         4
                        =================================================================
                        ________________________________________________
            Total.............................................        64

                     BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS MARKED UP

Full Committee................................................        26
Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice............         3
Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the 
    Internet..................................................         0
Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and 
    Investigations............................................         0
Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security...............         4
Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust 
    Law.......................................................         5
                        =================================================================
                        ________________________________________________
            Total.............................................        38

               BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS REPORTED TO THE HOUSE

House bills...................................................        17
House joint resolutions.......................................         0
House concurrent resolutions..................................         0
House resolutions.............................................         1
Senate bills and resolutions..................................         0
                        =================================================================
                        ________________________________________________
            Total.............................................        18

           BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS (REFERRED) PASSING THE HOUSE

House bills...................................................        25
House joint resolutions.......................................         0
House concurrent resolutions..................................         1
House resolutions.............................................         1
Senate bills and resolutions..................................         1
                        =================================================================
                        ________________________________________________
            Total.............................................        28

                              PUBLIC LAWS

    Pub. L. No. 113-12. Stolen Valor Act of 2013. [H.R. 258] (Signed 
June 3, 2013)
    Pub. L. No. 113-42. To extend the period during which Iraqis who 
were employed by the United States Government in Iraq may be granted 
special immigrant status and to temporarily increase the fee or 
surcharge for processing machine-readable nonimmigrant visas. [H.R. 
3233] (Signed October 4, 2013)
    Pub. L. No. 113-47. United States Parole Commission Extension Act 
of 2013. [H.R. 3190] (Signed October 31, 2013)
    Pub. L. No. 113-51. HIV Organ Policy Equity Act. [S. 330] (Signed 
November 21, 2013)
    Pub. L. No. 113-57. To extend the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988 
for 10 years. [H.R. 3626] (Signed December 9, 2013)

                            Printed Hearings


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                                                                 Serial
            Date               Hearing Title        Forum        Number
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February 5, 2013............  America's        Full Committee.     113-1
                               Immigration
                               System:
                               Opportunities
                               for Legal
                               Immigration
                               and
                               Enforcement of
                               Laws Against
                               Illegal
                               Immigration.
February 27, 2013...........  Drones and the   Full Committee.     113-2
                               War on Terror:
                               When Can the
                               U.S. Target
                               Alleged
                               American
                               Terrorists
                               Overseas?.
February 26, 2013...........  Agricultural     Subcommittee on     113-3
                               Labor: From H-   Immigration
                               2A to a          and Border
                               Workable         Security.
                               Agricultural
                               Guestworker
                               Program.
February 27, 2013...........  How E-Verify     Subcommittee on     113-4
                               Works and How    Immigration
                               It Benefits      and Border
                               American         Security.
                               Employers and
                               Workers.
March 19, 2013..............  The Release of   Full Committee.     113-5
                               Criminal
                               Detainees by
                               U.S.
                               Immigration
                               and Customs
                               Enforcement:
                               Policy or
                               Politics?.
May 7, 2013.................  DOJ's Quid Pro   Subcommittee on     113-6
                               Quo with St.     the
                               Paul: A          Constitution
                               Whistleblower'   and Civil
                               s Perspective.   Justice and
                                                Subcommittee
                                                on Economic
                                                Growth, Job
                                                Creation and
                                                Regulatory
                                                Affairs of the
                                                Committee on
                                                Oversight and
                                                Government
                                                Reform.
March 5, 2013...............  Excessive        Subcommittee on     113-7
                               Litigation's     the
                               Impact on        Constitution
                               America's        and Civil
                               Global           Justice.
                               Competitivenes
                               s.
March 13, 2013..............  Examination of   Subcommittee on     113-8
                               Litigation       the
                               Abuses.          Constitution
                                                and Civil
                                                Justice.
March 14, 2013..............  Separation of    Subcommittee on     113-9
                               Nuclear          Immigration
                               Families Under   and Border
                               U.S.             Security.
                               Immigration
                               Law.
April 16, 2013..............  Mismanagement    Full Committee.    113-10
                               at the Civil
                               Rights
                               Division of
                               the Department
                               of Justice.
May 16, 2013................  H.R. 1772, the   Subcommittee on    113-11
                               ``Legal          Immigration
                               Workforce        and Border
                               Act''.           Security.
May 16, 2013................  H.R. 1773, the   Subcommittee on    113-12
                               ``Agricultural   Immigration
                               Guestworker      and Border
                               Act''.           Security.
March 14, 2013..............  Abusive Patent   Subcommittee on    113-13
                               Litigation:      Courts,
                               The Impact on    Intellectual
                               American         Property, and
                               Innovation &     the Internet.
                               Jobs, and
                               Potential
                               Solutions.
March 13, 2013..............  Investigating    Subcommittee on    113-14
                               and              Crime,
                               Prosecuting      Terrorism,
                               21st Century     Homeland
                               Cyber Threats.   Security, and
                                                Investigations.
March 5, 2013...............  Enhancing        Subcommittee on    113-15
                               American         Immigration
                               Competitivenes   and Border
                               s Through        Security.
                               Skilled
                               Immigration.
March 19, 2013..............  ECPA (Part I):   Subcommittee on    113-16
                               Lawful Access    Crime,
                               to Stored        Terrorism,
                               Content.         Homeland
                                                Security, and
                                                Investigations.
April 18, 2013..............  H.R.__, the      Subcommittee on    113-17
                               ``Private        the
                               Property         Constitution
                               Rights           and Civil
                               Protection Act   Justice.
                               of 2013'' (The
                               bill, H.R.
                               1944, was not
                               introduced
                               prior to the
                               hearing).
April 25, 2013..............  H. J. Res. 40,   Subcommittee on    113-18
                               the ``Victims'   the
                               Rights           Constitution
                               Amendment''.     and Civil
                                                Justice.
May 23, 2013................  H.R. 1797, the   Subcommittee on    113-19
                               ``District of    the
                               Columbia Pain-   Constitution
                               Capable Unborn   and Civil
                               Child            Justice.
                               Protection
                               Act''.
March 20, 2013..............  The Register's   Subcommittee on    113-20
                               Call for         Courts,
                               Updates to       Intellectual
                               U.S. Copyright   Property, and
                               Law.             the Internet.
May 22, 2013................  Protecting U.S.  Full Committee.    113-21
                               Citizens'
                               Constitutional
                               Rights During
                               the War on
                               Terror.
February 26, 2013...........  Competition and  Subcommittee on    113-22
                               Bankruptcy in    Regulatory
                               the Airline      Reform,
                               Industry: The    Commercial and
                               Proposed         Antitrust Law.
                               Merger of
                               American
                               Airlines and
                               US Airways.
April 10, 2013..............  Luxury Jets and  Subcommittee on    113-23
                               Empty Prisons:   Crime,
                               Wasteful and     Terrorism,
                               Duplicative      Homeland
                               Spending at      Security, and
                               the Department   Investigations.
                               of Justice.
April 16, 2013..............  Abusive Patent   Subcommittee on    113-24
                               Litigation:      Courts,
                               The Issues       Intellectual
                               Impacting        Property, and
                               American         the Internet.
                               Competitivenes
                               s and Job
                               Creation at
                               the
                               International
                               Trade
                               Commission and
                               Beyond.
April 25, 2013..............  An Examination   Subcommittee on    113-25
                               of the           Courts,
                               Judicial         Intellectual
                               Conduct and      Property, and
                               Disability       the Internet.
                               System.
March 5, 2013...............  H.R. 367, the    Subcommittee on    113-26
                               ``REINS Act of   Regulatory
                               2013'':          Reform,
                               Promoting        Commercial and
                               Jobs, Growth     Antitrust Law.
                               and American
                               Competitivenes
                               s.
June 6, 2013................  H.R. 1123, the   Subcommittee on    113-27
                               ``Unlocking      Courts,
                               Consumer         Intellectual
                               Choice and       Property, and
                               Wireless         the Internet.
                               Competition
                               Act''.
June 5, 2013................  H.R. 1493, the   Subcommittee on    113-28
                               ``Sunshine for   Regulatory
                               Regulatory       Reform,
                               Decrees and      Commercial and
                               Settlements      Antitrust Law.
                               Act of 2013''.
June 28, 2013...............  H.R. 2542, the   Subcommittee on    113-29
                               ``Regulatory     Regulatory
                               Flexibility      Reform,
                               Improvements     Commercial and
                               Act of 2013''.   Antitrust Law.
May 22, 2013................  S. 744 and the   Full Committee.    113-30
                               Immigration
                               Reform and
                               Control Act of
                               1986: Lessons
                               Learned or
                               Mistakes
                               Repeated?.
May 16, 2013................  A Case Study     Subcommittee on    113-31
                               for Consensus    Courts,
                               Building: The    Intellectual
                               Copyright        Property, and
                               Principles       the Internet.
                               Project.
June 13, 2013...............  Oversight of     Full Committee.    113-32
                               the Federal
                               Bureau of
                               Investigation.
July 23, 2013...............  Addressing the   Subcommittee on    113-33
                               Immigration      Immigration
                               Status of        and Border
                               Illegal          Security.
                               Immigrants
                               Brought to the
                               United States
                               as Children.
April 25, 2013..............  Electronic       Subcommittee on    113-34
                               Communications   Crime,
                               Privacy Act      Terrorism,
                               (ECPA) (Part     Homeland
                               II):             Security, and
                               Geolocation      Investigations.
                               Privacy and
                               Surveillance.
July 18, 2013...............  Voting Rights    Subcommittee on    113-35
                               Act After the    the
                               Supreme          Constitution
                               Court's          and Civil
                               Decision in      Justice.
                               Shelby County.
June 13, 2013...............  H.R. 2278, the   Full Committee.    113-36
                               ``Strengthen
                               and Fortify
                               Enforcement
                               (SAFE) Act''.
July 9, 2013................  H.R. 2122, the   Subcommittee on    113-37
                               ``Regulatory     Regulatory
                               Accountability   Reform,
                               Act of 2013''.   Commercial and
                                                Antitrust Law.
February 28, 2013...........  The Obama        Subcommittee on    113-38
                               Administration   Regulatory
                               's Regulatory    Reform,
                               War on Jobs,     Commercial and
                               the Economy,     Antitrust Law.
                               and America's
                               Global
                               Competitivenes
                               s.
March 13, 2013..............  H.R. 982, the    Subcommittee on    113-39
                               ``Furthering     Regulatory
                               Asbestos Claim   Reform,
                               Transparency     Commercial and
                               (FACT) Act of    Antitrust Law.
                               2013''.
May 17, 2013................  Eyes in the      Subcommittee on    113-40
                               Sky: The         Crime,
                               Domestic Use     Terrorism,
                               of Unmanned      Homeland
                               Aerial Systems.  Security, and
                                                Investigations.
June 4, 2013................  Department of    Subcommittee on    113-41
                               Justice's        Crime,
                               Handling of      Terrorism,
                               Known or         Homeland
                               Suspected        Security, and
                               Terrorists       Investigations.
                               Admitted Into
                               the Federal
                               Witness
                               Security
                               Program.
July 11, 2013...............  H.R. 2641, the   Subcommittee on    113-42
                               ``Responsibly    Regulatory
                               And              Reform,
                               Professionally   Commercial and
                               Invigorating     Antitrust Law.
                               Development
                               (RAPID) Act of
                               2013''.
May 15, 2013................  Oversight of     Full Committee.    113-43
                               the United
                               States
                               Department of
                               Justice.
June 14, 2013...............  Defining the     Over-              113-44
                               Problem and      Criminalizatio
                               Scope of Over-   n Task Force.
                               criminalizatio
                               n and Over-
                               federalization.
July 17, 2013...............  Oversight of     Full Committee.    113-45
                               the
                               Administration
                               's Use of FISA
                               Authorities.
July 19, 2013...............  Mens Rea: The    Over-              113-46
                               Need for a       Criminalizatio
                               Meaningful       n Task Force.
                               Intent
                               Requirement in
                               Federal
                               Criminal Law.
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  Activities Conducted Pursuant to Clauses 2(n), (o), or (p) of House 
                                Rule XI

    Clause 2 of rule XI of the House charges the Committee to 
hold regular hearings on the topic of waste, fraud, abuse, or 
mismanagement in Government programs which that committee may 
authorize. The Committee fulfilled its responsibilities under 
rule XI by conducting the following oversight activities. Each 
of these activities is discussed in more detail in later 
sections of this report:
     America's Immigration System: Opportunities for 
Legal Immigration and Enforcement of Laws Against Illegal 
Immigration (Serial No. 113-1)
     Drones and the War On Terror: When Can the U.S. 
Target Alleged American Terrorists Overseas? (Serial No. 113-2)
     Agricultural Labor: From H-2A to a Workable 
Agricultural Guestworker Program (Serial No. 113-3)
     The Release of Criminal Detainees by U.S. 
Immigration and Customs Enforcement: Policy or Politics? 
(Serial No. 113-5)
     DOJ's Quid Pro Quo with St. Paul: A 
Whistleblower's Perspective (Serial No. 113-6)
     Mismanagement at the Civil Rights Division of the 
Department of Justice (Serial No. 113-10)
     Protecting U.S. Citizens' Constitutional Rights 
During the War on Terror (Serial No. 113-21)
     Luxury Jets and Empty Prisons: Wasteful and 
Duplicative Spending at the Department of Justice (Serial No. 
113-23)
     An Examination of the Judicial Conduct and 
Disability System (Serial No. 113-25)
     Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation 
(Serial No. 113-32)
     The Obama Administration's Regulatory War on Jobs, 
the Economy, and America's Global Competitiveness (Serial No. 
113-38)
     Eyes in the Sky: The Domestic Use of Unmanned 
Aerial Systems (Serial No. 113-40)
     The Department of Justice's Handling of Known or 
Suspected Terrorists Admitted Into the Federal Witness Security 
Program (Serial No. 113-41)
     Oversight of the Department of Justice (Serial No. 
113-43)
     Oversight of the Administration's Use of FISA 
Authorities (Serial No. 113-45)
     Oversight of the Administration's Use of FISA 
Authorities (Classified)
     Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (not 
yet printed)
     The Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act, 
Consolidation, and the Consequent Impact on Competition in 
Healthcare (not yet printed)
     The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs: 
Federal Regulations and Regulatory Reform (not yet printed)
     Are More Judges Always the Answer? (not yet 
printed)
     Implementation of an Entry-Exit System: Still 
Waiting After All These Years (not yet printed)
     Oversight of the Antitrust Enforcement Agencies 
(not yet printed)
     The President's Constitutional Duty to Faithfully 
Execute the Laws (not yet printed)
     Asylum Abuse: Is it Overwhelming Our Borders? (not 
yet printed)

                        Committee Oversight Plan


                       Adopted February 14, 2013

    In accordance with rule X of the House of Representatives, 
the Committee on the Judiciary is responsible for determining 
whether the laws and programs within its jurisdiction are 
implemented and carried out in accordance with the intent of 
Congress and whether they should be continued, curtailed, 
eliminated, or enhanced. Accordingly, in the 113th Congress the 
Committee will review all laws and programs within its 
jurisdiction to assess their application, administration, 
execution, and effectiveness. The Committee will also review 
the organization and operation of Federal agencies and entities 
within its jurisdiction for the administration and execution of 
laws and programs within its jurisdiction.
    The Committee will review all agencies and programs within 
its jurisdiction to identify wasteful, inefficient, or 
duplicative programs that should be streamlined or eliminated, 
as well as those that could be enhanced. The Committee will 
also review the mission and operations of all agencies, 
including component organizations, within its jurisdiction. 
Through such oversight, the Committee seeks to determine how 
these agencies and entities can achieve more impactful and 
effective programs with an eye toward improving the efficiency 
and effectiveness of Federal programs and agencies. The 
Committee also seeks to eliminate fraud, abuse, and 
mismanagement. As a result of this oversight, the Committee 
anticipates streamlining and eliminating spending on agencies 
and programs within its jurisdiction, if appropriate.
    This document outlines the current plans of the Committee 
on the Judiciary for oversight activities in the 113th 
Congress. The Committee's oversight and investigative 
activities will be coordinated between the full Committee and 
the Subcommittees in order to facilitate comprehensive and 
strategic oversight of the programs and agencies within its 
jurisdiction. Oversight activities will include hearings, 
briefings, correspondence, reports, and public statements.

Full Committee

    U.S. Department of Justice. In conjunction with the 
Subcommittees, the Committee will conduct oversight of the U.S. 
Department of Justice, including all Department components and 
agencies.
    Budget Oversight and Management Performance. The Committee 
will conduct oversight and identify U.S. Department of Justice 
grant programs that should be streamlined or eliminated, as 
well as those that could be enhanced. The Committee will also 
conduct oversight of all agencies and programs within its 
jurisdiction to uncover waste, fraud, or abuse and to identify 
programs that are inefficient, duplicative, or outdated, or 
that are more appropriately administered by State or local 
governments. The Committee will also consider the extent to 
which federally funded or administered agencies and activities 
can more efficiently handle certain tasks on a national level 
and whether they save, reduce, or render more effective State 
or local government expenditures or activities. In addition, 
the Committee will consider whether any federal programs within 
its jurisdiction should be enhanced, concomitant with cuts to 
or the elimination of less effective programs.

 Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations

    U.S. Department of Justice: The Subcommittee will conduct 
oversight of the law enforcement agencies of the U.S. 
Department of Justice.
           The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): 
        The Subcommittee will conduct oversight of the FBI. In 
        addition to its traditional criminal investigatory 
        jurisdiction, the Subcommittee will also conduct 
        oversight of the FBI's counter-terrorism and counter-
        intelligence authorities.
           Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA): The 
        Subcommittee will review the operations of the DEA, 
        including domestic and international drug enforcement, 
        money laundering and narco-terrorism investigations.
           Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and 
        Explosives (ATF): The Subcommittee will review the 
        mission and operations of the ATF, including federal 
        firearms enforcement, explosives investigations, and 
        tobacco and alcohol trafficking operations.
           U.S. Marshals Service (USMS)/Office of the 
        Federal Detention Trustee: The Subcommittee will review 
        the mission and operations of the USMS, including 
        fugitive apprehensions, court and witness security, and 
        its responsibilities under the Sex Offender 
        Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). The 
        Subcommittee will also conduct oversight on the 
        operations of OFDT.
    The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP): The Subcommittee will 
review the mission and operation of the federal prison system, 
including prisoner rehabilitation, reentry programs, and 
management of a growing offender population.
           Federal Prison Industries: The Subcommittee 
        will also conduct oversight of the Federal Prison 
        Industries (FPI), a government corporation that employs 
        offenders incarcerated in federal prisons and provides 
        job training opportunities to prisoners by producing 
        goods and services for federal agencies.
    Criminal Division: The Subcommittee will conduct oversight 
of the Justice Department's Criminal Division.
    National Security Division: The Subcommittee will conduct 
oversight of the Justice Department's National Security 
Division.
    Office of Justice Programs (OJP): The Subcommittee will 
review the mission and operations of OJP and its component 
organizations and the administration of law enforcement 
assistance grants in order to identify programs that should be 
streamlined or eliminated, and those that could be enhanced.
    Office on Violence against Women (OVW): The Subcommittee 
will review the mission and operations of OVW and the 
administration of Violence against Women Act (VAWA) grants.
    Community Oriented Policing Services Office (COPS): The 
Subcommittee will review the mission and operations of COPS and 
the administration of community policing grants.
    Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA): The 
Subcommittee will conduct oversight on the operations of EOUSA.
    U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS): The 
Subcommittee will conduct oversight of DHS law enforcement 
components, including the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Immigration 
and Customs Enforcement, the Bureau of Customs and Border 
Protection, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Federal Air Marshals 
Service.
    U.S. Sentencing Commission: The Subcommittee will review 
the mission and operations of the U.S. Sentencing Commission 
with particular attention to the role of the Commission 
following the Supreme Court's decision in U.S. v. Booker, 543 
U.S. 220 (2005) and its progeny. The Subcommittee will also 
examine the extent to which federal courts are imposing 
sentences that diverge from those recommended by the sentencing 
guidelines.
    National Security: The Subcommittee will review the use of 
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and U.S. PATRIOT 
Act authorities by Intelligence Community (IC) agencies.
    Domestic/Home-Grown Terrorism: The Subcommittee will review 
the threat to our national security from home-grown terrorists 
including the recruitment and training or self-radicalization 
of home-grown terrorists and the federal government's efforts 
to preempt, investigate, and prosecute domestic terrorism.
    Protection of U.S. Citizens' Constitutional Rights: The 
Subcommittee along with the Subcommittee on the Constitution 
and Civil Justice will examine the adequacy of current 
protections for U.S. citizens' Constitutional rights vis-`-vis 
law enforcement and national security efforts.
    Trial of Suspected Terrorists: The Subcommittee will 
conduct oversight on matters related to the prosecution of 
suspected terrorists.
    Electronic Communications Privacy Act: The Subcommittee 
will examine whether this decades-old statute requires 
modernization in light of the digital revolution that has taken 
place since the statute's enactment.
    Cybersecurity: The Subcommittee will review the laws and 
law enforcement tools designed to combat and prevent 
cybersecurity attacks.
    Firearms: The Subcommittee will conduct oversight on the 
reauthorization of the NICS Amendments Improvement Act and will 
examine ways to reduce firearms-related violence, including 
examining current federal law and state compliance with 
requirements to post information to the NICS database.
    Criminal Code: The Subcommittee will examine whether all 
criminal statutes in the U.S. Code should be consolidated and/
or listed in Title 18.
    Over-criminalization: The Subcommittee will conduct 
oversight on the increase in the volume and scope of federal 
criminal laws and whether more of these matters should be 
handled by state criminal laws.
    Economic Espionage: The Subcommittee will examine the 
threat posed by economic espionage and federal efforts to 
investigate and prosecute these crimes.
    Crimes against Children: The Subcommittee will review laws 
and law enforcement tools designed to combat child 
exploitation, including reauthorization of the Adam Walsh Act, 
and the proliferation of child pornography on the Internet.
    Criminal Street Gangs: The Subcommittee may consider 
enforcement and prevention issues concerning criminal street 
gangs, and the issue of how gang affiliations may be broken to 
reduce the number of both street and prison gangs.
    Crime Prevention: The Subcommittee may examine the extent 
to which federal policies and funding are adequate to support 
crime prevention strategies at the Federal, State, local, and 
tribal levels.
    International and Domestic Human Trafficking: The 
Subcommittee will review law enforcement and other activities 
within its jurisdiction that address international and domestic 
trafficking in human beings.

Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice

    Protection of U.S. Citizens' Constitutional and Civil 
Rights: In general, the Subcommittee will examine the adequacy 
of current protections for U.S. citizens' constitutional and 
civil rights.
    Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice: The 
Subcommittee will examine the enforcement record and priorities 
of the Civil Rights Division. The Subcommittee will focus on 
the Division's activities in the areas of education, 
employment, credit, fair housing, public accommodations, law 
enforcement practices, voting rights and the integrity of 
federal elections, and federally funded and conducted programs.
    Fiscal Responsibility: The Subcommittee will examine 
constitutional reforms to address government spending.
    Federalism/Congressional Authority: The Subcommittee plans 
to examine the proper balance between the finite powers 
allocated to the federal government in the U.S. Constitution 
and the powers reserved to the states.
    Exercise of Constitutional Authority: The Subcommittee will 
conduct oversight of the exercise of constitutional authority 
by the legislative, judicial, and executive branches.
    Civil Justice: The Subcommittee will review the policies 
and practices of the civil justice system and the need for its 
reform.
    Community Relations Service: The Subcommittee will conduct 
oversight of the operations of the Community Relations Service.
    Office of Government Ethics: The Subcommittee will consider 
the priorities and operation of the Office of Government 
Ethics.
    Property Rights: The Subcommittee will consider whether 
there is a need to address existing protections for citizens' 
private property rights.
    Religious Liberty: The Subcommittee will consider the 
federal role in the protection of Americans' rights under the 
Free Exercise and Establishment Clauses.
    Abortion: The Subcommittee will examine the 
constitutionality and enforcement of federal and state statutes 
that relate to abortion.
    Marriage: The Subcommittee will examine constitutional 
issues concerning marriage.
    War on Terrorism: The Subcommittee will consider 
constitutional issues associated with the War on Terrorism.
    Detention of Suspected Terrorists: The Subcommittee will 
conduct oversight on matters related to the long-term detention 
of suspected terrorists, including the protection of the 
related constitutional rights of U.S. citizens.
    United States Commission on Civil Rights: The Subcommittee 
will review the work of the Commission, its management, and its 
implementation.

Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security

    Budgetary Resources: The Subcommittee expects to conduct 
oversight of the sufficiency of budgetary resources with regard 
to immigration functions at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration 
Services (``CIS'') and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement 
(``ICE'').
    U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS): The 
Subcommittee will conduct oversight of the components within 
DHS that are responsible for enforcing and ensuring the 
integrity of United States immigration laws, including U.S. 
Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Citizenship and 
Immigration Services.
    Legal Immigration: The Subcommittee expects to conduct 
oversight over our current legal immigration laws and programs, 
including whether relevant federal agencies are efficiently 
administering and enforcing these laws and programs, issues 
relating to backlogs, family reunification, whether excessive 
regulations are stifling the use of these programs, the impact 
on U.S. citizens, comparisons with our global competitors, and 
related issues.
    Illegal Immigration: The Subcommittee will conduct 
oversight of the causes and methods of illegal immigration and 
how to better prevent it in the future.
    Fiscal Impacts of Immigration: The Subcommittee expects to 
conduct hearings on the fiscal effects of legal and illegal 
immigration, including their impact on the Social Security 
system and other federal programs.
    Immigration Enforcement: The Subcommittee intends to 
examine the sufficiency of current immigration enforcement laws 
and programs, including whether relevant federal agencies' 
policies and enforcement records are sufficient and consistent 
with current federal statutes, the level of cooperation with 
other countries, and the proper roles for the federal 
government, states and localities in enforcing our immigration 
laws.
    Fraud: The Subcommittee expects to conduct hearings on 
fraud associated with petitions for visas and other immigration 
benefits. The Subcommittee also intends to conduct oversight of 
identity fraud and identity theft in the immigration context.
    Adjudication of Immigration Cases: The Subcommittee will 
conduct oversight of the Department of Justice's adjudication 
of immigration cases.
    Criminal Issues: The Subcommittee expects to conduct 
hearings on trends in gang violence among immigrant 
communities, as well as the sufficiency of efforts to remove 
violent criminals.

Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet

    U.S. Patent and Trademark Office: The Subcommittee will 
conduct oversight of the USPTO, including the status of pending 
patent and trademark applications and developments with patent 
and trademark quality. The Subcommittee will also continue to 
exercise oversight to ensure that the USPTO has full access to 
the fees it collects from applicants and appropriately 
exercises its new fee-setting authority.
    Implementation of the America Invents Act: The Subcommittee 
will conduct oversight on the implementation of the America 
Invents Act that contained numerous changes to our nation's 
patent system.
    Patent Litigation: The Subcommittee will examine patent 
litigation practices to determine whether legislation is needed 
to reduce frivolous, abusive, or anti-competitive patent 
litigation that discourages innovation in America.
    The U.S. Copyright Office: The Subcommittee will conduct 
oversight of the Copyright Office as it completes its 
transition to a digital environment. Oversight will include 
review of its recordation system and public access to its 
registration records.
    Copyright Law and Policy: The Subcommittee may examine 
potential revisions to the Copyright Act to update the law to 
better address challenges faced by copyright owners, users, and 
consumers in the digital environment.
    Technology Issues: The Subcommittee will examine 
developments in technology and the Internet affecting public 
policy, including issues surrounding Internet governance.
    Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act: The 
Subcommittee will examine the application of the Satellite 
Television Extension and Localism Act in light of technological 
and marketplace changes in advance of the potential 
reauthorization of the legislation.
    International Intellectual Property Laws: The Subcommittee 
will conduct oversight of the impact of international 
intellectual property laws, regulations, and policies upon 
American interests. In addition, the Subcommittee will conduct 
oversight of international trade agreements and their 
negotiations.
    Federal Judiciary: The Subcommittee will conduct oversight 
of the federal judiciary, including evidence issues and civil 
and appellate procedures. In addition, the Subcommittee will 
examine the resources available to Article III courts, 
including judicial salaries and security for federal judges.
    State Justice Institute: The State Justice Institute (SJI) 
provides matching grants to state courts that allow them to 
develop methods to work more efficiently and productively. The 
Subcommittee intends to review SJI operations.

Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law

    Administrative Process and Procedure: The Subcommittee will 
conduct oversight on the topic of regulatory reform in general, 
including examining specific regulations, as well as issues 
related to the Administrative Procedure Act, the Congressional 
Review Act, the Regulatory Flexibility Act, the Small Business 
Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act, the overall costs and 
benefits of federal regulation in general and their impact on 
specific communities, the extent to which agencies compete for 
policymaking primacy with the Legislative Branch, and the role 
that the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs within 
the Office of Management and Budget plays in the federal 
rulemaking process. In addition, the Subcommittee will examine 
regulatory litigation and enforcement.
    Bankruptcy: The Subcommittee expects to conduct oversight 
of the Bankruptcy Code and bankruptcy system, including their 
responsiveness to the needs of financially troubled businesses, 
individuals and municipalities. The Subcommittee may conduct 
oversight of bankruptcy judgeship needs.
    State Taxation Affecting Interstate Commerce: The 
Subcommittee will conduct oversight of issues related to state 
taxation that affect interstate commerce.
    Agencies: The Subcommittee will conduct oversight of the 
Justice Department's Civil Division, Environment and Natural 
Resources Division, Antitrust Division, Tax Division, Executive 
Office for United States Trustees, and Office of the Solicitor 
General. It will also conduct oversight of the Department's 
compliance with the Freedom of Information Act and the Office 
of Management and Budget's Office of Information and Regulatory 
Affairs.
    Administrative Conference of the United States: The 
Subcommittee will conduct oversight on the Administrative 
Conference of the United States.
    Arbitration: The Subcommittee may conduct oversight of 
issues arising under the Federal Arbitration Act.
    Legal Services Corporation: The Subcommittee will review 
the mission and operations of the Legal Services Corporation.
    Interstate Compacts: The Subcommittee may conduct oversight 
to determine the extent of compliance with the constitutional 
process by which States seek Congressional approval of 
interstate compacts.
    Divergence in U.S. Merger Review and Enforcement: The 
Subcommittee may examine disparities in the tools available to 
the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice with 
regard to mergers and whether these disparities result in 
different substantive standards.
    International Divergence in Antitrust Enforcement: The 
Subcommittee may conduct oversight of international competition 
laws.
    Antitrust Exemptions: The Subcommittee may conduct 
oversight of industry antitrust exemptions to determine whether 
such exemptions continue to serve the public interest.

       Activities Conducted Pursuant to Committee Oversight Plan

    The following hearings were held pursuant to the 
Committee's Oversight Plan. These hearings, as well as other 
hearings and markups of legislation, are described in more 
detail in a later section of this report.

Full Committee

    1. America's Immigration System: Opportunities for Legal 
Immigration and Enforcement of Laws Against Illegal Immigration 
(Serial No. 113-1)
    2. Drones and the War On Terror: When Can the U.S. Target 
Alleged American Terrorists Overseas? (Serial No. 113-2)
    3. The Release of Criminal Detainees by U.S. Immigration 
and Customs Enforcement: Policy or Politics? (Serial No. 113-5)
    4. Mismanagement at the Civil Rights Division of the 
Department of Justice (Serial No. 113-10)
    5. Protecting U.S. Citizens' Constitutional Rights During 
the War on Terror (Serial No. 113-21)
    6. Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (Serial 
No. 113-32)
    7. Oversight of the Department of Justice (Serial No. 113-
43)
    8. Oversight of the Administration's Use of FISA 
Authorities (Serial No. 113-45)
    9. Oversight of the Administration's Use of FISA 
Authorities (Classified)
    10. Are More Judges Always the Answer? (not yet printed)
    11. Implementation of an Entry-Exit System: Still Waiting 
After All These Years (not yet printed)
    12. The President's Constitutional Duty to Faithfully 
Execute the Laws (not yet printed)
    13. Asylum Abuse: Is it Overwhelming Our Borders? (not yet 
printed)

Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice

    1. DOJ's Quid Pro Quo with St. Paul: A Whistleblower's 
Perspective (Serial No. 113-6)
    2. Excessive Litigation's Impact on America's Global 
Competitiveness (Serial No. 113-7)
    3. Examination of Litigation Abuses (Serial No. 113-8)
    4. The Voting Rights Act after the Supreme Court's Decision 
in Shelby County (Serial No. 113-35)

Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet

    1. Abusive Patent Litigation: The Impact on American 
Innovation & Jobs, and Potential Solutions (Serial No. 113-13)
    2. The Register's Call for Updates to the U.S. Copyright 
Law (Serial No. 113-20)
    3. Abusive Patent Litigation: The Issues Impacting American 
Competitiveness and Job Creation at the International Trade 
Commission and Beyond (Serial No. 113-24)
    4. An Examination of the Judicial Conduct and Disability 
System (Serial No. 113-25)
    5. A Case Study for Consensus Building: The Copyright 
Principles Project (Serial No. 113-31)
    6. Innovation in America (Part I): The Role of Copyrights 
(not yet printed)
    7. Innovation in America (Part II): The Role of Technology 
(not yet printed)
    8. Satellite Television Laws in Title 17 (not yet printed)
    9. The Role of Voluntary Agreements in the U.S. 
Intellectual Property System (not yet printed)
    10. The Rise of Innovative Business Models: Content 
Delivery Methods in the Digital Age (not yet printed)

Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations

    1. Investigating and Prosecuting 21st Century Cyber Threats 
(Serial No. 113-14)
    2. ECPA (Part 1): Lawful Access to Stored Content (Serial 
No. 113-16)
    3. Luxury Jets and Empty Prisons: Wasteful and Duplicative 
Spending at the Department of Justice (Serial No. 113-23)
    4. The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) (Part 
2): Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance (Serial No. 113-34)
    5. Eyes in the Sky: The Domestic Use of Unmanned Aerial 
Systems (Serial No. 113-40)
    6. The Department of Justice's Handling of Known or 
Suspected Terrorists Admitted Into the Federal Witness Security 
Program (Serial No. 113-41)
    7. Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (not yet 
printed)

Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security

    1. Agricultural Labor: From H-2A to a Workable Agricultural 
Guestworker Program (Serial No. 113-3)
    2. How E-Verify Works and How It Benefits American 
Employers (Serial No. 113-4)
    3. The Separation of Nuclear Families Under U.S. 
Immigration Law (Serial No. 113-9)
    4. Enhancing American Competitiveness Through Skilled 
Immigration (Serial No. 113-15)
    5. Addressing the Immigration Status of Illegal Immigrants 
Brought to the United States as Children (Serial No. 113-33)

Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law

    1. Competition and Bankruptcy in the Airline Industry: The 
Proposed Merger of American Airlines and US Airways (Serial No. 
113-22)
    2. The Obama Administration's Regulatory War on Jobs, the 
Economy, and America's Global Competitiveness (Serial No. 113-
38)
    3. The Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act, 
Consolidation, and the Consequent Impact on Competition in 
Healthcare (not yet printed)
    4. The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs: 
Federal Regulations and Regulatory Reform (not yet printed)
    5. Oversight of the Antitrust Enforcement Agencies (not yet 
printed)
    6. Bankruptcy Code and Financial Institution Insolvencies 
(not yet printed)

Over-Criminalization Task Force Resolution of 2013

    1. Defining the Problem and Scope of Over-criminalization 
and Over-federalization (Serial No. 113-44)
    2. Mens Rea: The Need for a Meaningful Intent Requirement 
in Federal Criminal Law (Serial No. 113-46)
    3. Regulatory Crime: Identifying the Scope of the Problem 
(not yet printed)
    4. Regulatory Crime: Solutions (not yet printed)

                             FULL COMMITTEE


                              Jurisdiction

    The full Committee has jurisdiction over such matters as 
determined by the Chairman.

                         Legislative Activities


 Committee Organizational Meeting

    On January 23, 2013, the Committee met for the first time 
to organize and adopt its rules and ratify the Subcommittee 
chairmanships and memberships.

 H.R. 45, To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care 
        Act and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and 
        Education Reconciliation Act of 2010

    H.R. 45 repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care 
Act, effective as of its enactment and restores provisions of 
law amended by such Act.
    Ms. Michelle Bachmann introduced the bill on January 3, 
2013. The bill was referred to the Committee. The House 
considered the bill pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 215 
and the bill passed the House by a roll call vote of 229 ayes 
to 195 nays on May 16, 2013.

 H.R. 180, the ``National Blue Alert Act of 2013''

    H.R. 180 directs the formation of a national Blue Alert 
communications network within the Department of Justice (DOJ) 
to disseminate information when a law enforcement officer is 
seriously injured or killed in the line of duty and a suspect 
has not been apprehended. An existing DOJ officer shall act as 
the national coordinator of the Blue Alert communications 
network who shall (1) encourage states and local governments to 
develop additional Blue Alert plans, (2) establish voluntary 
guidelines for states and local governments to use in 
developing such plans, (3) develop protocols for efforts to 
apprehend suspects, and (4) establish an advisory group to 
assist states, local governments, law enforcement agencies, and 
other entities in initiating, facilitating, and promoting Blue 
Alert plans.
    Mr. Michael G. Grimm introduced the bill on January 4, 
2013. The bill was referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, 
Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations. On May 7, 
2013, the full Committee considered the bill and ordered it 
reported favorably to the House by voice vote. The bill was 
accompanied by H. Rept. 113-54, filed on May 14, 2013. Under 
suspension of the rules, the bill passed the House, as amended, 
by a roll call vote of 406 ayes to 2 nays on May 14, 2013, two-
thirds majority required.

 H.R. 258, the ``Stolen Valor Act of 2013''

    H.R. 258 amends the federal criminal code to narrow the 
scope of the current prohibition on falsely holding oneself out 
to be a recipient of certain military decorations. 
Specifically, H.R. 258 amends the current statute to only 
subject those who, with intent to obtain money, property, or 
other tangible benefit, fraudulently hold themselves out to be 
a recipient of certain military decorations to a fine or up to 
one year in prison. The bill limits the application of this 
penalty to fraudulent claims related to only the Congressional 
Medal of Honor and those decorations or medals listed in 
subsection (d) of section 704 of title 18. The bill amends 
subsection (a) of 704 to remove the term ``wears'' and amends 
subsection (d) of 704 to add ``combat badges'' and a definition 
of such term to the list of decorations and medals.
    Mr. Joseph J. Heck introduced the bill on January 15, 2013. 
The bill was referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, 
Homeland Security, and Investigations. On March 14, 2013, the 
full Committee considered the bill and ordered it reported 
favorably to the House by voice vote. The bill was accompanied 
by H. Rept. 113-84, filed on May 20, 2013. Under suspension of 
the rules, the bill passed the House by a roll call vote of 390 
ayes to 3 nays on May 20, 2013, two-thirds majority required. 
The Senate passed H.R. 258 on May 22, 2013. The bill was signed 
into law on June 3, 2013, becoming Public Law 113-12.

 H.R. 338, the ``Stop Tobacco Smuggling in the Territories Act 
        of 2013''

    H.R. 338 amends the federal criminal code to include 
American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana 
Islands, and Guam in the definition of ``state'' for purposes 
of provisions prohibiting trafficking in contraband cigarettes 
and smokeless tobacco.
    Mr. Eni F. H. Faleomavaega introduced the bill on January 
22, 2013. The bill was referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, 
Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations. Under 
suspension of the rules, the bill passed the House by a roll 
call vote of 421 ayes to 5 nays on March 5, 2013, two-thirds 
majority required.

 H.R. 367, the ``Regulations From the Executive in Need of 
        Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2013''

    H.R. 367 amends the Congressional Review Act of 1996 (CRA). 
The CRA was adopted to increase the accountability of Federal 
regulatory agencies and the Congress by creating a fast-track 
legislative process for Congress to disapprove a final Federal 
regulation within 60 days of the rule's publication in the 
Federal Register. In the seventeen years since the CRA was 
adopted, Congress has overturned only one regulation using the 
CRA disapproval process. The number of major regulations, 
moreover, has increased in recent years. The REINS Act amends 
the CRA, insofar as the CRA applies to major regulations. The 
REINS Act would require Congress to pass within 60 days, and 
the President to sign, a joint resolution approving a new major 
regulation issued by a regulatory agency before the regulation 
could take effect.
    Mr. Todd C. Young introduced the bill on January 23, 2013. 
The bill was referred to the Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, 
Commercial and Antitrust Law. On April 11, 2013, the full 
Committee considered the bill and ordered it reported 
favorably, as amended, to the House by a roll call vote of 20 
ayes to 9 nays. The bill was accompanied by H. Rept. 113-160, 
Part I, filed on July 19, 2013. The House considered the bill 
pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 322 on August 1, 2013, 
which passed the House, as amended, on August 2, 2013 by a roll 
call vote of 232 ayes to 183 nays.

   H.R. 761, the ``National Strategic and Critical Minerals 
        Production Act of 2013''

    H.R. 761 would require the Secretary of the Interior and 
the Secretary of Agriculture to develop domestic sources of the 
minerals and mineral materials of strategic and critical 
importance to United States economic and national security and 
manufacturing competitiveness.
    Mr. Mark E. Amodei introduced the bill on February 15, 
2013. The bill was referred to the Subcommittee on Regulatory 
Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law. The House considered the 
bill pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 347 and H. Res. 761 
and the bill passed the House, as amended, by a roll call vote 
of 246 ayes to 178 nays on September 18, 2013.

   H.R. 803, the ``SKILLS Act''

    H.R. 803 amends the Workforce Investment act of 1988 to 
revise requierments and reauthorize appropriations for 
workforce investment systems for job training and employment 
service and adult education and family literacy education 
programs.
    Ms. Virginia Foxx introduced the bill on February 25, 2013. 
The bill was referred to the Committee. The House considered 
the bill pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 113 and the bill 
passed the House, as amended, by a roll call vote of 215 ayes 
to 202 nays on March 15, 2013.

   H.R. 850, the ``Nuclear Iran Prevention Act of 2013''

    H.R. 850 imposes additional human rights and economic and 
financial sanctions with respect to Iran, and for other 
purposes.
    Mr. Edward R. Royce introduced the bill on February 27, 
2013. The bill was referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration 
and Border Security. Under suspension of the rules, the bill 
passed the House, as amended, by a roll call vote of 400 ayes 
to 20 nays and 1 present on July 31, 2013, two-thirds majority 
required.

   H.R. 982, the ``Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency 
        (FACT) Act of 2013''

    H.R. 982 adds a paragraph to subsection (g) of section 524 
of title 11 of the United States Code to require a trust 
established pursuant to that subsection to file, each quarter, 
a public report with the bankruptcy court listing the names and 
exposure histories of those who have filed claims with such 
trust and any payments made to claimants and the basis for such 
payments. The bill specifically prohibits the disclosure of 
confidential medical records and full Social Security numbers 
of claimants. It further requires each such trust to provide, 
upon written request, information related to payment from, and 
demands for payment from, such trust to any party in an action 
involving liability for asbestos exposure. An asbestos trust 
may require the requesting party to pay for the reasonable 
costs associated with such a request for information.
    Mr. Blake Farenthold introduced the bill on March 6, 2013. 
The bill was referred to the Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, 
Commercial and Antitrust Law. On May 21, 2013, the full 
Committee considered the bill and ordered it reported favorably 
to the House by a roll call vote of 17 ayes to 14 nays. The 
bill was accompanied by H. Rept. 113-254, filed on October 30, 
2013. A supplemental report was filed by the Committee on 
November 12, 2013 as H. Rept. 113-254, Part II. The House 
considered the bill pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 403 
and the bill passed the House by a roll call vote of 221 ayes 
to 199 nays on November 13, 2013.

   H.R. 1067, To make revisions in title 36, United States 
        Code, as necessary to keep the title current and make technical 
        corrections and improvements.

    H.R. 1067 makes revisions in title 36, United States Code, 
as necessary to keep the title current and make technical 
corrections and improvements. The bill was prepared by the 
Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the House of 
Representatives as part of its responsibility under section 
205(c) of House Resolution No. 988, 93d Congress, as enacted 
into law by Public Law 93-554 (2 U.S.C. 285b), to prepare and 
submit periodically to the Committee on the Judiciary proposed 
bills to maintain titles of the United States Code that have 
been enacted into positive law.
    Chairman Bob Goodlatte introduced the bill on March 12, 
2013. The full Committee considered the bill on March 14, 2013 
and ordered it reported favorably to the House by voice vote. 
The bill was accompanied by H. Rept. 113-43, filed on April 19, 
2013. Under suspension of the rules, the bill passed the House 
by a roll call vote of 409 ayes to 0 nays on April 23, 2013, 
two-thirds majority required.

   H.R. 1068, To enact title 54, United States Code, ``National 
        Park Service and Related Programs'', as positive law.

    H.R. 1068 gathers provisions relating to the National Park 
Service and related programs and restates these provisions as a 
new positive law title of the United States Code. The new title 
replaces the former provisions, which are repealed by the bill.
    Chairman Bob Goodlatte introduced the bill on March 12, 
2013. The full Committee considered the bill on March 14, 2013 
and ordered it reported favorably to the House by voice vote. 
The bill was accompanied by H. Rept. 113-44, filed on April 19, 
2013. Under suspension of the rules, the bill passed the House 
by a roll call vote of 409 ayes to 0 nays on April 23, 2013, 
two-thirds majority required.

   H.R. 1073, the ``Nuclear Terrorism Conventions 
        Implementation and Safety of Maritime Navigation Act of 2013''

    H.R. 1073 implements certain provisions of four 
multilateral counterterrorism treaties. These treaties are 
important tools in the fight against terrorism and each one 
builds on an existing treaty to which the United States is a 
party. This implementing legislation enhances U.S. national 
security by modernizing and strengthening the international 
counterterrorism and counter proliferation legal framework and 
improving multilateral efforts to combat terrorism and nuclear 
proliferation. This legislation and the underlying treaties 
also complement important United States priorities such as the 
Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism, the Washington 
Nuclear Security Summit, and the Proliferation Security 
Initiative.
    Mr. F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. introduced the bill on 
March 12, 2013. The bill was referred to the Subcommittee on 
Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations. On 
March 14, 2013, the full Committee considered the bill and 
ordered it reported favorably to the House by voice vote. The 
bill was accompanied by H. Rept. 113-85, filed on May 20, 2013. 
Under suspension of the rules, the bill passed the House by a 
roll call vote of 390 ayes to 3 nays on May 20, 2013, two-
thirds majority required.

   H.R. 1123, the ``Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless 
        Competition Act''

    H.R. 1123 repeals a Library of Congress (LOC) rulemaking 
determination, made upon the recommendation of the Register of 
Copyrights, regarding the circumvention of technological 
measures controlling access to copyrighted software on wireless 
telephone handsets (mobile telephones) for the purpose of 
connecting to different wireless telecommunications networks (a 
practice commonly referred to as ``unlocking'' such devices). 
The bill reestablishes, as an exemption to provisions of the 
Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) prohibiting such 
circumvention, a previous LOC rule permitting the use of 
computer programs, in the form of firmware or software, that 
enable used wireless telephone handsets to connect to a 
wireless telecommunications network, when circumvention is 
initiated by the owner of the copy of such computer program 
solely to connect to such a network and access to the network 
is authorized by the network operator, thus permitting unlocked 
phones.
    H.R. 1123 also directs the Librarian of Congress, upon the 
recommendation of the Register, to determine whether to extend 
such exemption to include any other category of wireless 
devices in addition to wireless telephone handsets (e.g., 
tablets and other mobile broadband-enabled devices).
    Chairman Bob Goodlatte introduced the bill on March 13, 
2013. The bill was referred to the Subcommittee on Courts, 
Intellectual Property, and the Internet. On July 31, 2013, the 
full Committee considered the bill and ordered it reported 
favorably to the House, as amended, by voice vote.

   H.R. 1447, the ``Death in Custody Reporting Act of 2013''

    H.R. 1447 reauthorizes the Death in Custody Reporting Act 
that expired in 2006. This legislation requires the submission 
of death statistics at the federal, state and local levels. It 
also provides for reductions of up to ten percent of federal 
Byrne JAG grant funds at the discretion of the Attorney 
General, in the event of a state's non-compliance with the 
reporting requirements. H.R. 1447 also requires a study and 
report of information on deaths in custody.
    Mr. Robert C. ``Bobby'' Scott introduced the bill on April 
9, 2013. The bill was referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, 
Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations. On December 
4, 2013, the full Committee considered the bill and ordered it 
reported favorably to the House by voice vote. The bill was 
accompanied by H. Rept. 113-285, filed on December 9, 2013. 
Under suspension of the rules, the bill passed the House by 
voice vote on December 12, 2013, two-thirds majority required.

   H.R. 1493, the ``Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and 
        Settlements Act of 2013''

    H.R. 1493 amends procedures for the consideration and entry 
of consent decrees and settlement agreements that require new 
federal regulations. The bill includes procedures to allow 
greater opportunities for affected regulated entities and co-
regulators to intervene in civil litigation concerning 
regulatory action and provide public comment on proposed 
consent decrees and settlement agreements, expand judicial 
review of proposed decrees and settlements, and require review 
by the Attorney General and agency heads of certain proposed 
decrees and settlements.
    Mr. Doug Collins introduced the bill on April 11, 2013. The 
bill was referred to the Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, 
Commercial and Antitrust Law. On July 24, 2013, the full 
Committee considered the bill and ordered it reported favorably 
to the House by a roll call vote 17 ayes to 12 nays. The bill 
was accompanied by H. Rept. 113-230, filed on September 26, 
2013.

   H.R. 1772, the ``Legal Workforce Act''

    H.R. 1772 reforms the employment eligibility verification 
process and requires all employers hiring or employing 
individuals in the United States to use the E-Verify system to 
check the employment eligibility of their new hires.
    Mr. Lamar Smith introduced the bill on April 26, 2013. The 
bill was referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border 
Security. On June 26, 2013, the full Committee considered the 
bill and ordered it reported favorably, as amended, to the 
House by a roll call vote of 22 ayes to 9 nays.

   H.R. 1773, the ``Agricultural Guestworker Act''

    H.R. 1773 amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to 
establish a new nonimmigrant visa for an alien having a 
residence in a foreign country which he or she has no intention 
of abandoning and who is coming temporarily to the United 
States to perform agricultural labor or services. This new ``H-
2C'' program replaces the current H-2A agricultural temporary 
worker program. H.R. 1773 expands the definition of 
``agricultural labor or services'' (relative to its meaning 
under the existing agricultural guestworker program) to include 
temporary, seasonal, and year-round agricultural or 
aquacultural work as well as the handling, packing, and 
processing of raw agricultural or aquacultural products.
    Chairman Bob Goodlatte introduced the bill on April 26, 
2013. The bill was referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration 
and Border Security. On June 19, 2013, the full Committee 
considered the bill and ordered it reported favorably, as 
amended, to the House by a roll call vote of 20 ayes to 16 
nays.

   H.R. 1797, the ``Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act''

    H.R. 1797 would generally prohibit abortions of unborn 
children after 20 weeks post-fertilization, with limited 
exceptions.
    Mr. Trent Franks introduced the bill on April 26, 2013. It 
was referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland 
Security, and Investigations and to the Subcommittee on the 
Constitution and Civil Justice. On June 12, 2013, the full 
Committee considered the bill and ordered it reported 
favorably, as amended, to the House by a roll call vote of 20 
ayes to 12 nays. The bill was accompanied by H. Rept. 113-109, 
Part I, filed on June 14, 2013. The House considered the bill 
pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 266 and the bill passed 
the House by a roll call vote of 228 ayes to 196 nays on June 
18, 2013.

   H.R. 1944, the ``Private Property Rights Protection Act of 
        2013''

    H.R. 1944 prohibits state and local governments that 
receive federal economic development funds from using eminent 
domain to transfer property from one private owner to another 
for the purpose of economic development in response to the 
Supreme Court's decision in Kelo v. City of New London. If a 
state, or political subdivision of a state, uses its eminent 
domain power to take property for private economic development, 
the state is ineligible to receive federal economic development 
funds for two fiscal years following a judicial determination 
that the law has been violated. Additionally, the bill 
prohibits the federal government from using eminent domain for 
economic development purposes. The bill's provisions are 
enforceable through a private right of action or through an 
action brought by the Attorney General of the United States.
    Mr. F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. introduced the bill on May 
9, 2013. The bill was referred to the Subcommittee on the 
Constitution and Civil Justice. On June 12, 2013, the full 
Committee considered the bill and ordered it reported favorably 
to the House by voice vote.

   H.R. 1896, the ``International Child Support Recovery 
        Improvement Act of 2013''

    H.R. 1896 would implement the Hague Convention on 
International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of 
Family Maintenance. This multilateral treaty, to which the 
Senate provided its consent in 2010, provides for the 
structured exchange of information and consistent enforcement 
of international cases of child support. The Act authorizes 
access to the Federal Parent Locator Service by an entity 
designated as a Central Authority for child support enforcement 
in a foreign reciprocating country or a foreign treaty country 
so that foreign reciprocating countries will be notified of the 
state of residence of individuals sought for support 
enforcement. The Act also increases from 24 to 48 months the 
length of time information entered into the data base 
maintained by the National Directory of New Hires shall remain 
before being deleted, and imposes a penalty of a fine or 
imprisonment up to five years for the willful unauthorized 
disclosure of certain personal identifiers.
    Mr. David G. Reichert introduced the bill on May 8, 2013. 
The bill was referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, 
Homeland Security, and Investigations. Under suspension of the 
rules, the House passed the bill by a roll call vote of 394 
ayes to 27 nays on June 18, 2013, two-thirds majority required.

   H.R. 1947, the ``Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk 
        Management Act of 2013''

    H.R. 1947 repeals and reforms government programs and 
achieves deficit reduction following a multi-year process that 
included the auditing for effectiveness and efficiency of all 
policies under the jurisdiction of the House Committee on 
Agriculture.
    Mr. Frank Lucas introduced the bill on May 13, 2013. On May 
29, 2013, the bill was referred sequentially to the Committee 
for a period not ending later than June 7, 2013 for 
consideration of such provisions of the bill and amendment as 
fall within the jurisdiction of the Committee pursuant to 
clause 1(1) of rule X. On June 5, 2013, the full Committee 
considered the bill and ordered it reported without 
recommendation, as amended, to the House by voice vote. The 
bill was accompanied by H. Rept. 113-92, Part II, filed on June 
10, 2013. On June 18, 2013, the House considered the bill 
pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 266, which provided for 
one hour of debate. On June 19, 2013, the House considered the 
bill pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 271, which provided 
for the consideration of amendments. On June 20, 2013, the bill 
was defeated in the House by a roll call vote of 195 ayes to 
234 nays.

   H.R. 1965, the ``Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act 
        of 2013''

    H.R. 1965 would require the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) 
to establish certain fees for activities related to the 
development of oil and gas on federal lands. A portion of those 
amounts along with a portion of fees from renewable energy 
projects on federal lands would be available to the agency, 
subject to appropriation, to cover the costs of activities 
aimed at increasing energy development on federal lands. The 
bill also would exempt lawsuits related to energy production on 
federal lands from the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA).
    Mr. Doug Lamborn introduced the bill on May 14, 2013. The 
bill was referred to the Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, 
Commercial and Antitrust Law. The House considered the bill 
pursuant to the provisions of H.R. 419 and the bill passed the 
House, as amended, by a roll call vote of 228 ayes to 192 nays 
on November 20, 2013.

   H.R. 2122, the ``Regulatory Accountability Act of 2013''

    H.R. 2122 amends the federal regulatory process by making a 
series of changes and adding requirements to the rulemaking 
process outlined in the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). 
These changes and additions include new notice and cost-benefit 
analysis requirements and expanded review by the Office of 
Information and Regulatory Affairs, as well as expanded 
judicial review, among other things.
    Chairman Bob Goodlatte introduced the bill on May 23, 2013. 
The bill was referred to the Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, 
Commercial and Antitrust Law. On July 24, 2013, the full 
Committee considered the bill and ordered it reported favorably 
to the House by a roll call vote of 13 ayes to 9 nays. The bill 
was accompanied by H. Rept. 113-237, filed on September 28, 
2013.

   H.R. 2131, the ``SKILLS Visa Act''

    H.R. 2131 increases the priority given to highly skilled 
immigrants and to certain nuclear family members in the 
issuance of immigrant visas, creates an immigrant pathway for 
entrepreneurs, reforms our temporary work visa programs to 
increase the availability of highly-skilled foreign workers to 
American employers while strengthening protections for American 
workers and students, and eliminates the diversity visa and 
sibling visa programs.
    Mr. Darrell E. Issa introduced the bill on May 23, 2013. 
The bill was referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration and 
Border Security. On June 27, 2013, the full Committee 
considered the bill and ordered it reported favorably, as 
amended, to the House by a roll call vote of 20 ayes to 14 
nays.

 H.R. 2278, the ``SAFE Act''

    H.R. 2278 grants states and localities the authority to 
enforce federal immigration laws and their own immigration 
laws; makes it more difficult for foreign nationals who pose a 
national security risk to enter and remain in the U.S.; makes 
unlawful presence a crime; and expands access to federal lands 
near the border to Border Patrol agents. The bill makes changes 
to removal procedures concerning aliens with criminal 
convictions, including sex offenders and drunk driving, and 
persons who are or were associated with criminal gangs. H.R. 
2278 expands the Visa Security Program to additional high risk 
posts and provides additional resources and authorities to U.S. 
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.
    Mr. Trey Gowdy introduced the bill on June 6, 2013. The 
bill was referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border 
Security.
    On June 13, 2013, the full Committee held a hearing on H.R. 
2278. The hearing consisted of one panel of the following 
witnesses: (1) the Honorable Paul Babeu, Sheriff of Pinal 
County, Florence, Arizona; (2) Mr. Chris Crane, President, 
National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council 118, 
American Federation of Government Employees; (3) the Honorable 
Sam S. Page, Sheriff of Rockingham County, Wentworth, North 
Carolina; (4) Mr. Jamiel Shaw, Sr., Jamiel's Law, Los Angeles, 
California; (5) the Honorable Randy C. Krantz, Commonwealth's 
Attorney, Bedford, Virginia; (6) Ms. Sabine Durden, mother of 
Dominic Durden, Moreno Valley, California; (7) Ms. Karen 
Tumlin, Managing Attorney, National Immigration Law Center; and 
(8) Ms. Clarissa Martinez De Castro, Director of Civic 
Engagement and Immigration, National Council of La Raza.
    On June 18, 2013, the full Committee considered the bill 
and ordered it reported favorably, as amended, to the House by 
a roll call vote of 20 ayes to 15 nays.

 H.R. 2542, the ``Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 
        2013''

    H.R. 2542 amends the Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 
(RFA) and the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness 
Act of 1996 (SBREFA). The RFA and SBREFA attempted to require 
agencies to account better for the impacts of proposed 
regulations on small businesses and other small entities and to 
tailor final regulations to minimize adverse impacts on these 
entities, but have not commanded full agency compliance. This 
bill further amends the RFA and SBREFA to require agencies to 
perform additional and more detailed regulatory analyses, 
expands the use of small business review panels, broadens 
judicial review, and amends requirements for periodic 
retrospective review of existing regulations.
    Mr. Spencer Bachus introduced the bill on June 27, 2013. 
The bill was referred to the Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, 
Commercial and Antitrust Law. On July 31, 2013, the full 
Committee considered the bill and ordered it reported favorably 
to the House by a roll call vote of 15 ayes to 9 nays. The bill 
was accompanied by H. Rept. 113-288, Part I, filed on December 
11, 2013.

 H.R. 2641, the ``RAPID Act''

    H.R. 2641 amends the Administrative Procedure Act to add 
provisions addressing and revising the federal environmental 
review and permitting process for certain construction 
projects. The legislation expands earlier, more limited steps 
to streamline the environmental review and permitting process 
and responds to the call of the President's Council on Jobs and 
Competitiveness to streamline permitting further.
    Mr. Tom Marino introduced the bill on July 10, 2013. The 
bill was referred to the Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, 
Commercial and Antitrust Law. On July 31, 2013, the full 
Committee considered the bill and ordered it reported favorably 
to the House by a roll call vote of 18 ayes to 9 nays.

 H.R. 2655, the ``Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2013''

    H.R. 2655 would (1) restore mandatory sanctions for filing 
lawsuits in violation of Rule 11, (2) remove Rule 11's ``safe 
harbor'' provisions that currently allows parties to avoid 
sanctions by withdrawing potentially frivolous claims and (3) 
require monetary sanctions, including attorneys' fees and 
compensatory costs, against any party making a frivolous claim.
    Mr. Lamar Smith introduced the bill on July 11, 2013. The 
bill was referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution and 
Civil Justice. On September 11, 2013, the full Committee 
considered the bill and ordered it reported favorably to the 
House by a roll call vote of 17 ayes to 10 nays. The bill was 
accompanied by H. Rept. 113-255, filed on October 30, 2013. The 
House considered the bill pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 
403 and the bill passed the House by a roll call vote of 228 
ayes to 195 nays on November 14, 2013.

 H.R. 2871, To amend title 28, United States Code, to modify 
        the composition of the southern judicial district of 
        Mississippi to improve judicial efficiency, and for other 
        purposes.

    The purpose of H.R. 2871 is to increase efficiency and 
better serve the public by reorganizing the southern judicial 
district of Mississippi in recognition of the Judicial 
Conference of the United States' decision to close an 
underutilized court facility.
    Mr. Howard Coble introduced the bill on July 31, 2013. The 
bill was referred to the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual 
Property, and the Internet. On September 11, 2013, the full 
Committee considered the bill and ordered it reported favorably 
to the House by voice vote. The bill was accompanied by H. 
Rept. 113-258, filed on November 12, 2013. Under suspension of 
the rules, the bill passed the House by a roll call vote of 401 
ayes to 0 nays on November 12, 2013, two-thirds majority 
required. On December 10, 2013, the Senate passed the bill by 
unanimous consent.

 H.R. 2879, the ``Stop Government Abuse Act''

    H.R. 2879 generally prohibits the payment of certain 
discretionary monetary payments or performance awards to 
federal employees during any period of sequestration. The bill 
sets forth investigative leave requirements for certain federal 
employees accused of misconduct, neglect of duty, malfeasance 
or misappropriation of funds. H.R. 2879 also grants individuals 
who are the target of enforcement actions by executive agency 
employees the right to record in-person and telephonic 
interactions and requires the federal government to provide 
written and online notice in certain circumstances.
    Ms. Lynn Jenkins introduced the bill on July 31, 2013. The 
bill was referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, 
Homeland Security, and Investigations. The House considered the 
bill pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 322 and the bill 
passed the House by a roll call vote of 239 ayes to 176 nays on 
August 1, 2013.

 H.R. 2922, To extend the authority of the Supreme Court Police 
        to protect court officials away from the Supreme Court grounds.

    H.R. 2922 extends until December 29, 2019 the long-standing 
authority of the Supreme Court Police to provide appropriate 
protection for the safety of Justices, Court employees and 
official guests of the Court.
    Mr. George Holding introduced the bill on August 1, 2013. 
The bill was referred to the Subcommittee on Courts, 
Intellectual Property, and the Internet. On September 11, 2013, 
the full Committee considered the bill and ordered it reported 
favorably to the House by voice vote. The bill was accompanied 
by H. Rept. 113-259, filed on November 12, 2013. Under 
suspension of the rules, the bill passed the House by a roll 
call vote of 399 ayes to 3 nays on November 12, 2013, two-
thirds majority required. On December 10, 2013, the Senate 
passed the bill by unanimous consent.

 H.R. 3190, the ``United States Parole Commission Extension Act 
        of 2013''

    H.R. 3190 amends federal law (18 U.S.C. Sec. 3551 note) to 
reauthorize the United States Parole Commission for an 
additional five years, until November 2018. The bill contained 
two reporting requirements. The first reporting requirement 
compels the Commission to provide, on an annual basis, a 
variety of information relating to each category of offenders 
under the Commission's jurisdiction, which will help track the 
number of individuals under the Commission's jurisdiction, and 
estimate the date on which no federal offenders will remain 
under the Commission's jurisdiction. The second reporting 
requirement compels the Commission to provide information on 
the parole failure rate among D.C. offenders.
    Mr. Steve Chabot introduced the bill on September 26, 2013. 
The bill was referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, 
Homeland Security, and Investigations. The bill was discharged 
by the Committee and agreed to in the House by unanimous 
consent on October 14, 2013. On October 30, 2013, the bill 
passed the Senate by unanimous consent. The bill was signed 
into law on October 31, 2013, becoming Public Law 113-47.

 H.R. 3233, To extend the period during which Iraqis who were 
        employed by the United States Government in Iraq may be granted 
        special immigrant status and to temporarily increase the fee or 
        surcharge for possessing machine-readable nonimmigrant visas.

    H.R. 3233 amends the National Defense Authorization Act for 
Fiscal Year 2008 to provide that the total number of aliens 
eligible for special immigrant status (Iraqis who were employed 
by or on behalf of the U.S. government in Iraq) during the 
first three months of FY2014 shall be the sum of: (1) the 
number of such aliens whose applications were pending on 
September 30, 2013, and (2) 2,000. The bill imposes a deadline 
of December 15, 2013, for applications for special immigrant 
status. It directs the Secretary of State to increase the fee 
or surcharge authorized under the Foreign Relations 
Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1994 and 1995 by $1 for 
processing machine-readable nonimmigrant visas and machine-
readable combined border crossing identification cards and 
nonimmigrant visas; and requires amounts collected as a result 
of the fee increase to be deposited in the general fund of the 
Treasury.
    Mr. Earl Blumenauer introduced the bill on October 2, 2013. 
The bill was discharged by the Committee and agreed to in the 
House by unanimous consent on October 2, 2013. The bill passed 
the Senate on October 3, 2013. The bill was signed into law on 
October 4, 2013, becoming Public Law 113-42.

 H.R. 3309, the ``Innovation Act''

    H.R. 3309 makes changes to the nation's patent laws that 
are intended to curb abuses of patent litigation and correct 
several technical problems that have become apparent during the 
course of the implementation of the America Invents Act.
    Chairman Bob Goodlatte introduced the bill on October 23, 
2013. On October 29, 2013, the full Committee held a hearing on 
H.R. 3309. The hearing consisted of one panel of the following 
witnesses: (1) Mr. Krish Gupta, Senior Vice President and 
Deputy General Counsel, EMC Corporation; (2) Mr. Kevin Kramer, 
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual 
Property, Yahoo! Inc.; (3) Mr. David J. Kappos, Former Under 
Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of 
the United States Patent and Trademark Office; and (4) Mr. 
Robert A. Armitage, Former General Counsel, Eli Lilly & Co.
    On November 20, 2013, the full Committee considered the 
bill and ordered it reported favorably, as amended, to the 
House by a roll call vote of 33 ayes to 5 nays. The bill was 
accompanied by H. Rept. 113-279, filed on December 2, 2013. The 
House considered the bill pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 
429 and the bill passed the House by a roll call vote of 325 
ayes to 91 nays on December 5, 2013.

 H.R. 3626, To extend the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988 for 
        10 years.

    H.R. 3626 extends the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988 for 
10 years.
    Mr. Howard Coble introduced the bill on December 2, 2013. 
The bill was referred to the Committee. Under suspension of the 
rules, the bill passed the House by voice vote on December 3, 
2013. The bill passed the Senate by unanimous consent on 
December 9, 2013. The bill was signed into law on December 9, 
2013, becoming Public Law 113-57.

 H.R. 3627, the ``Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act of 
        2013''

    H.R. 3627 requires the Department of Justice to issue a 
report with 180 days of enactment, and again three years 
thereafter, regarding the penalties for violations of laws 
prohibiting child abuse in the 50 states, the District of 
Columbia, and the U.S. territories, including whether they 
provide enhanced penalties when the victim has suffered serious 
bodily injury, or permanent or protracted loss or impairment of 
any mental or emotional function. To address the problem of 
child abuse in areas where the federal government has increased 
responsibility for criminal justice, including in Indian 
Country and the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction, 
the bill also amends 18 U.S.C. Sec. 117 to allow prior 
convictions for assault, acts of sexual abuse, or serious 
violent felonies against a child of the person or in the 
person's care to be used as prior convictions that trigger this 
offense in these areas.
    Mr. Robert Pittenger introduced the bill on December 2, 
2013. On December 4, 2013, the full Committee considered the 
bill and ordered it reported favorably to the House by voice 
vote. The bill was accompanied by H. Rept. 113-286, filed on 
December 9, 2013. Under suspension of the rules, the bill 
passed the House by voice vote on December 9, 2013.

 S. 330, the ``HIV Organ Policy Equity Act''

    S. 330 amends the Public Health Service Act to repeal the 
requirement that the Organ Procurement and Transplantation 
Network adopt and use standards of quality for the acquisition 
and transportation of donated organs that include standards for 
preventing acquisition of organs infected with the etiologic 
agent for acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). The bill 
replaces this requirement with authorization for the Network to 
adopt and use such standards with respect to organs infected 
with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), provided that any such 
standards ensure that organs infected with HIV may be 
transplanted only into individuals who are: (1) infected with 
such virus before receiving such an organ; and (2) 
participating in clinical research approved by an institutional 
review board under the criteria, standards, and regulations 
regarding organs infected with HIV developed under this Act or, 
if participation in such research is no longer warranted, 
receiving a transplant under such standards and regulations.
    S. 330 amends the federal criminal code to declare that an 
organ donation does not violate the prohibition against a 
knowing organ donation by an HIV-infected individual if the 
donation is made in accordance with this Act.
    Senator Barbara Boxer introduced the bill on February 14, 
2013. The bill passed the Senate, as amended, by unanimous 
consent on June 17, 2013. On June 18, 2013, S. 330 was referred 
to the Committee. The bill was referred to the Subcommittee on 
Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations. Under 
suspension of the rules, the bill passed the House, as amended 
by the Senate, by a voice vote on November 12, 2013. The bill 
was signed into law on November 21, 2013, becoming Public Law 
113-51.

 S. 744 and the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986: 
        Lessons Learned or Mistakes Repeated?

    On May 22, 2013, the Committee held a legislative hearing 
on S. 744 and how it compares to the Immigration Reform and 
Control Act of 1986 (IRCA). The hearing specifically focused on 
the degree to which the U.S. government enforced immigration 
laws after the passage of IRCA and the ways in which S. 744 are 
similar and different to IRCA.
    The hearing consisted of one panel of the following 
witnesses: (1) Ms. Julie Myers Wood, President, Compliance, 
Federal Practice and Software Solutions, Guidepost Solutions 
LLC; (2) Mr. Chris Crane, President, National Immigration and 
Customs Enforcement Council 118 American Federation of 
Government Employees; and (3) Mr. David V. Aguilar, Partner, 
Global Security & Intelligence Strategies.

 H. Res. 196, Supporting the Sixth Amendment to the United 
        States Constitution, the right to counsel.

    H. Res. 196 states the House of Representatives' support of 
the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution, and the 
right to counsel.
    Mr. Theodore E. Deutch introduced the resolution on May 3, 
2013. The full Committee considered the resolution and ordered 
it reported favorably to the House by voice vote on May 7, 
2013. The resolution was accompanied by H. Rept. 113-260, filed 
on November 12, 2013. Under suspension of the rules, the 
resolution was agreed to in the House, as amended, by voice 
vote on November 13, 2013.

 H. Con. Res. 58, Expressing the sense of Congress regarding 
        the need for the continued availability of religious services 
        to members of the Armed Forces and their families during a 
        lapse in appropriations.

    H. Con. Res. 58 expresses the sense of Congress that the 
provision and availability of religious services and clergy is 
important to the morale and wellbeing of many members of the 
Armed Forces and their families. The measure also expresses 
hope that the Secretary of Defense (DOD) is able to determine 
that contractor clergy provide necessary support to military 
personnel, and would therefore be covered under the 
appropriations made available under the Pay Our Military Act 
(P.L. 113-39).
    Mr. Doug Collins introduced the resolution on October 5, 
2013. The resolution was referred to the Committee. Under 
suspension of the rules, the resolution passed the House by a 
roll call vote of 400 ayes to 1 nay on October 5, 2013, two-
thirds majority required. The resolution passed the Senate, as 
amended, by unanimous consent on October 10, 2013. The House 
agreed to the Senate amendments by unanimous consent on October 
16, 2013.

                          Oversight Activities


 America's Immigration System: Opportunities for Legal 
        Immigration and Enforcement of Laws against Illegal Immigration 
        (Serial No. 113-1)

    On February 5, 2013, the Committee held a hearing to 
explore aspects of our current legal immigration system that 
can be improved and to look at lessons that can be learned from 
the effectiveness of past enforcement of our immigration laws.
    The hearing consisted of two panels. The first panel 
consisted of the following witnesses: (1) Mr. Vivek Wadhwa, 
Director of Research, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke 
University; (2) Mr. Michael Teitelbaum, Senior Advisor, Alfred 
P. Sloan Foundation and Wertheim Fellow, Harvard Law School; 
(3) Dr. Puneet S. Arora, Vice President, Immigration Voice; and 
(4) the Honorable Julian Castro, Mayor, San Antonio, Texas. The 
second panel consisted of the following witnesses: (1) Ms. 
Julie Myers Wood, President, Compliance, Federal Practice, and 
Software Solutions, Guidepost Solutions LLC; (2) Mr. Chris 
Crane, President, National Immigration and Customs Enforcement 
Council 118, of the American Federation of Government 
Employees; (3) Ms. Jessica Vaughan, Director of Policy Studies, 
Center for Immigration Studies; and (4) Mr. Muzaffar Chishti, 
Director of the Migration Policy Institute's office at New York 
University Law School.

 Drones and the War On Terror: When Can the U.S. Target Alleged 
        American Terrorists Overseas? (Serial No. 113-2)

    On February 27, 2013, the Committee held a hearing to 
gather information and discuss the targeted killing of American 
citizens by the Obama Administration. The hearing discussed the 
constitutional justification for such killings during armed 
conflict, whether drone attacks on military targets are 
preferable to the detainment and interrogation of terrorists, 
and whether the administration is correct in withholding from 
the Judiciary Committee the memos from the Justice Department's 
Office of Legal Counsel that provide the constitutional 
justification of the killings of U.S. citizens during wartime.
    The hearing consisted of the following witnesses: (1) Mr. 
John B. Bellinger, III, Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP; (2) Mr. 
Robert Chesney, Charles I. Francis Professor in Law, Associate 
Dean for Academic Affairs, University of Texas School of Law; 
(3) Mr. Benjamin Wittes, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; 
and (4) Mr. Stephen I. Vladeck, Professor of Law, Associate 
Dean for Scholarship, Washington College of Law.

 The Release of Criminal Detainees by U.S. Immigration and 
        Customs Enforcement: Policy or Politics? (Serial No. 113-5)

    On March 19, 2013, the Committee held a hearing to gather 
information and address Immigration and Customs Enforcement's 
release of certain aliens from detention; whether such an 
action was necessitated by automatic spending cuts as a result 
of sequestration; whether ICE's actions jeopardized public 
safety; and whether alternative measures could have been taken.
    The hearing consisted of the following witness: the 
Honorable John Morton, Director, U.S. Immigration and Customs 
Enforcement.

 Mismanagement at the Civil Rights Division of the Department 
        of Justice (Serial No. 113-10)

    On April 16, 2013, the Committee held a hearing to conduct 
oversight on the Civil Rights Division of the Department of 
Justice. The hearing focused primarily on a recent report 
released by the Inspector General entitled, ``A Review of the 
Operations of the Voting Section of the Civil Rights 
Division.''
    The hearing consisted of the following witnesses: (1) Mr. 
Hans A. von Spankovsky, Senior Legal Fellow, the Heritage 
Foundation; (2) Mr. Harry Mihet, Senior Litigation Counsel, 
Liberty Counsel; (3) Mr. Samuel Bagenstos, Professor, the 
University of Michigan Law School; and (4) Mr. J. Christian 
Adams, Attorney, Election Law Center.

 Classified Review of Justice Department Documents

    On April 24 and 25, 2013, the Committee provided Members 
the opportunity to review certain classified Justice Department 
documents.

 Oversight of the United States Department of Justice (Serial 
        No. 113-43)

    On May 15, 2013, the Committee held a hearing to conduct 
oversight over the Department of Justice.
    The hearing consisted of the following witness: the 
Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General, United States 
Department of Justice.

 Protecting U.S. Citizens' Constitutional Rights During the War 
        on Terror (Serial No. 113-21)

    On May 22, 2013, the Committee held a hearing to gather 
information and discuss the status of U.S. citizens' 
Constitutional rights during the War on Terror with particular 
focus on whether the government may detain U.S. citizens as 
enemy combatants.
    The hearing consisted of the following witnesses: (1) Mr. 
Robert M. Chesney, Charles I. Francis Professor of Law, the 
University of Texas School of Law; (2) Mr. Benjamin Wittes, 
Senior Fellow and Research Director in Public Law, the 
Brookings Institution; (3) Mr. Steven A. Engel, Partner, 
Dechert, LLP; and (4) Ms. Mary Ellen O'Connell, Professor of 
Law, University of Notre Dame Law School.

 Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (Serial No. 
        113-32)

    On June 13, 2013, the Committee held a hearing to conduct 
oversight over the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
    The hearing consisted of the following witness: the 
Honorable Robert S. Mueller, III, Director, Federal Bureau of 
Investigation.

 Oversight of the Administration's Use of FISA Authorities 
        (Serial No. 113-45)

    On July 17, 2013, the Committee held a hearing to conduct 
oversight on the Administration's use of FISA Authorities.
    The hearing consisted of two panels. The first panel 
consisted of the following witnesses: (1) Mr. James Cole, 
Deputy Director, United States Department of Justice; (2) Mr. 
John C. Inglis, Deputy Director, National Security Agency; (3) 
Mr. Robert S. Litt, General Counsel, Office of Director of 
National Intelligence; and (4) Ms. Stephanie Douglas, Executive 
Assistant Director, National Security Branch, Federal Bureau of 
Investigation. The second panel consisted of the following 
witnesses: (1) Mr. Stewart Baker, Steptoe & Johnson, LLP; (2) 
Mr. Steven G. Bradbury, Dechert, LLP; (3) Mr. Jameel Jaffar, 
Deputy Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union; and (4) 
Ms. Kate Martin, Center for National Security Studies.

 Oversight of the Administration's Use of FISA Authorities 
        (CLASSIFIED)

    On September 18, 2013, the Committee held a classified 
hearing on the Administration's use of FISA Authorities.
    The hearing consisted of the following witnesses: (1) Mr. 
James M. Cole, United States Department of Justice; (2) Mr. 
Robert S. Litt, Office of Director of National Intelligence; 
(3) Mr. John C. Inglis, National Security Agency; and (4) Mr. 
Andrew G. McCabe, Federal Bureau of Investigation.

 Are More Judges Always the Answer? (not yet printed)

    On October 29, 2013, the Committee held a hearing to 
examine the workload of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. 
Circuit and whether it justified confirmation of three nominees 
submitted by the President.
    The hearing consisted of the following witnesses: (1) the 
Honorable Charles E. Grassley, Ranking Member of the Senate 
Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senator; (2) 
Ambassador C. Boyden Gray, former White House Counsel, 
President George W. Bush, Boyden Gray & Associates; (3) Ms. Nan 
Aron, President, Alliance for Justice; and (4) Ms. Carrie 
Severino, Chief Counsel and Policy Director, Judicial Crisis 
Network.

 Bipartisan Classified Briefing

    On October 29, 2013, the Committee held a classified 
briefing for Committee members regarding the apprehension and 
transfer to the U.S. for prosecution of Nazih Abdul-Hamed Nabih 
al-Ruqai'I, aka Abu Anas al-Liby.

 Implementation of an Entry-Exit System: Still Waiting After 
        All These Years (not yet printed)

    On November 13, 2013, the Committee held a hearing on the 
delay of implementation of a biometric exit control system at 
ports of entry to track visa overstayers, 17 years after the 
first congressional mandate to do so.
    The hearing consisted of the following witnesses: (1) Ms. 
Janice Kephart, Former Special Counsel at U.S. Senate Committee 
on the Judiciary, Former Counsel to the 9/11 Commission; (2) 
Mr. James Albers, Senior Vice President, Washington Operations, 
MorphoTrust USA; (3) Ms. Julie Myers Wood, President, 
Compliance, Federal Practice and Software Solutions, Guidepost 
Solutions LLC; and (4) Mr. David Heyman, Assistant Secretary 
for Policy, Department of Homeland Security.

 The President's Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws (not yet 
        printed)

    On December 3, 2013, the Committee held a hearing on the 
President's constitutional duty to ``take care that the laws be 
faithfully executed.''
    The hearing consisted of the following witnesses: (1) Mr. 
Jonathan Turley, Professor, George Washington University Law 
School; (2) Mr. Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz, Professor, 
Georgetown University Law Center; (3) Mr. Simon Lazarus, Senior 
Counsel, Constitutional Accountability Center; and (4) Mr. 
Michael Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies, Cato 
Institute.

 Bipartisan Classified Briefing

    On December 4, 2013, the Committee held a classified 
briefing for members only to attend regarding the Foreign 
Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

 Asylum Abuse: Is it Overwhelming our Borders? (not yet 
        printed)

    On December 12, 2013, the Committee held a hearing to 
gather information and address a recent increase in foreign 
nationals claiming ``credible fear,'' at and between U.S. ports 
of entry and whether changes to current policies are necessary 
to prevent fraud in the system.
    The hearing consisted of the following witnesses: (1) Mr. 
Michael J. Fisher, Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol, Customs and 
Border Patrol; (2) Mr. Daniel H. Ragsdale, Deputy Director, 
Immigration and Customs Enforcement; (3) Ms. Lori Scialabba, 
Deputy Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; and 
(4) Ms. Ruth Wasem, Congressional Research Service.



           SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE CONSTITUTION AND CIVIL JUSTICE

  TRENT FRANKS, Arizona, Chairman
  JIM JORDAN, Ohio, Vice-Chairman

JERROLD NADLER, New York             STEVE CHABOT, Ohio
JOHN CONYERS, Jr., Michigan          J. RANDY FORBES, Virginia
ROBERT C. ``BOBBY'' SCOTT, Virginia  STEVE KING, Iowa
STEVE COHEN, Tennessee               LOUIE GOHMERT, Texas
THEODORE E. DEUTCH, Florida          RON DeSANTIS, Florida
                                     JASON T. SMITH, Missouri\8\

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\8\Keith J. Rothfus of Pennsylvania resigned from the Subcommittee in 
April 2013. Jason T. Smith of Missouri was added to the Subcommittee 
effective June 2013.

                              Jurisdiction

    The Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice 
shall have jurisdiction over the following subject matters: 
constitutional amendments, constitutional rights, Federal civil 
rights, ethics in government, tort liability, including medical 
malpractice and product liability, legal reform generally, 
other appropriate matters as referred by the Chairman, and 
relevant oversight.

                         Legislative Activities


 H.R. 1797, the ``Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act''

    H.R. 1797 would generally prohibit abortions of unborn 
children after 20 weeks post-fertilization, with limited 
exceptions.
    Chairman Trent Franks introduced the bill on April 26, 
2013. The Subcommittee held a hearing on H.R. 1797 on May 23, 
2013. The hearing consisted of the following witnesses: (1) Dr. 
Anthony Levatino, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Las Cruces, New 
Mexico; (2) Dr. Maureen Condic, Department of Neurobiology and 
Anatomy, University of Utah, School of Medicine; (3) Ms. 
Christy Zink, Washington, D.C.; and (4) Ms. Jill Stanek, RN, 
Mokena, Illinois.
    On June 4, 2013, the Subcommittee considered the bill and 
ordered it reported favorably to the full Committee, as 
amended, by a roll call vote of 6 ayes to 4 nays.

 H.R. 1944, the ``Private Property Rights Protection Act''

    H.R. 1944 prohibits state and local governments that 
receive federal economic development funds from using eminent 
domain to transfer private property from one private owner to 
another for the purpose of economic development.
    Mr. F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. introduced the bill on May 
9, 2013. The Subcommittee held a hearing on H.R. 1944 on April 
18, 2013. The hearing consisted of the following witnesses: (1) 
Ms. Susette Kelo, New London, Connecticut; (2) Dr. David Beito, 
University of Alabama; (3) Ms. Julia Trigg Crawford, Sumner, 
Texas; and (4) Mr. Scott Bullock, Institute for Justice.
    On June 4, 2013, the Subcommittee considered the bill and 
ordered it reported favorably to the full Committee by a roll 
call vote of 5 ayes to 3 nays.

 H.R. 2655, the ``Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2013''

    H.R. 2655 would (1) restore mandatory sanctions for filing 
lawsuits in violation of Rule 11, (2) remove Rule 11's ``safe 
harbor'' provision that currently allows parties to avoid 
sanctions by withdrawing potentially frivolous claims and (3) 
require monetary sanctions, including attorneys' fees and 
compensatory costs, against any party making a frivolous claim.
    Mr. Lamar Smith introduced the bill on July 11, 2013. On 
July 17, 2013, the Subcommittee considered the bill and ordered 
it reported favorably to the full Committee by a roll call vote 
of 6 ayes to 2 nays.

 H.J. Res. 40, the ``Victims' Rights Amendment''

    H.J. Res. 40 proposes an amendment to the Constitution of 
the United States to protect the procedural rights of crime 
victims.
    Chairman Trent Franks introduced the bill on April 23, 
2013. The Subcommittee held a hearing on H.J. Res. 40 on April 
25, 2013. The hearing consisted of the following witnesses: (1) 
Mr. Bill Montgomery, Maricopa County Attorney's Office; (2) Mr. 
John Gillis, Maricopa County Attorney's Office's Victim 
Services Division; (3) Professor Robert Mosteller, University 
of North Carolina School of Law; and (4) Professor Doug Beloof, 
Lewis and Clark Law School.

                          Oversight Activities


 Excessive Litigation's Impact on America's Global 
        Competitiveness (Serial No. 113-7)

    On March 5, 2013, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
examine the economic impact of our litigation system.
    The hearing consisted of the following witnesses: (1) Mr. 
Paul Hinton, Vice President, NERA Economic Consulting; (2) Mr. 
Rocky Flick, former President and CEO of Blitz USA; (3) Mr. 
Neil Vidmar, Russell M. Robinson II Professor of Law and 
Professor of Psychology at Duke Law School; and (4) Mr. Henry 
Butler, George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law and 
Executive Director of the Law & Economics Center at George 
Mason University School of Law.

 Examination of Litigation Abuses (Serial No. 113-8)

    On March 13, 2013, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
examine alleged abuses occurring in America's litigation 
system, including forum shopping, cy pres awards, and 
contracting with outside counsel to enforce public rights.
    The hearing consisted of the following witnesses: (1) Mr. 
John Beisner, co-chair of the Mass Torts and Insurance 
Litigation group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; 
(2) Ms. Elizabeth Milito, Senior Executive Counsel, National 
Federation of Independent Small Business Legal Center; (3) Ms. 
Joanne Doroshow, Executive Director of the Center for Justice 
and Democracy at New York Law School; and (4) Mr. Theodore 
Frank, founder of the Center for Class Action Fairness.

 DOJ's Quid Pro Quo with St. Paul: A Whistleblower's 
        Perspective (Serial No. 113-6)

    On May 7, 2013, the Subcommittee held a joint hearing with 
the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform's 
Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation & Regulatory 
Affairs. The hearing examined a False Claims Act case that was 
declined by the Department of Justice.
    The hearing consisted of three panels. The first panel 
consisted of the following witnesses: (1) the Honorable Charles 
E. Grassley, United States Senator; and (2) the Honorable 
Johnny Isakson, United States Senator. The second panel 
consisted of the following witness: Mr. Fredrick Newell, St. 
Paul, Minnesota. The third panel consisted of the following 
witness: Ms. Shelley R. Slade, Vogel, Slade & Goldstein LLP.

 The Voting Rights Act after the Supreme Court's Decision in 
        Shelby County (Serial No. 113-35)

    On July 18, 2013, the Subcommittee held a hearing on the 
Voting Rights Act after the Supreme Court's Decision in Shelby 
County v. Holder.
    The hearing consisted of the following witnesses: (1) Mr. 
Hons von Spakovsky, Senior Legal Fellow, The Heritage 
Foundation; (2) Mr. J. Christian Adams, Attorney, Election Law 
Center, PLLC; (3) Mr. Robert Kengle, the Lawyers' Committee for 
Civil Rights Under Law; and (4) Professor Spencer Overton, 
George Washington University Law School.



    SUBCOMMITTEE ON COURTS, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, AND THE INTERNET

  HOWARD COBLE, North Carolina, 
             Chairman
  TOM MARINO, Pennsylvania, Vice-
             Chairman

MELVIN L. WATT, North Carolina       F. JAMES SENSENBRENNER, Jr., 
JOHN CONYERS, Jr., Michigan          Wisconsin
HENRY C. ``HANK'' JOHNSON, Jr., GeorgiaMAR SMITH, Texas
JUDY CHU, California                 STEVE CHABOT, Ohio
THEODORE E. DEUTCH, Florida          DARRELL ISSA, California
KAREN BASS, California               TED POE, Texas
CEDRIC L. RICHMOND, Louisiana        JASON CHAFFETZ, Utah
SUZAN K. DelBENE, Washington         BLAKE FARENTHOLD, Texas
HAKEEM S. JEFFRIES, New York         GEORGE HOLDING, North Carolina
JERROLD NADLER, New York             DOUG COLLINS, Georgia
ZOE LOFGREN, California              RON DeSANTIS, Florida
SHEILA JACKSON LEE, Texas            JASON T. SMITH, Missouri\9\
                                     VACANCY\10\

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\9\Keith J. Rothfus of Pennsylvania resigned from the Subcommittee in 
April 2013. Jason T. Smith of Missouri was added to the Subcommittee 
effective June 2013.
\10\Mark E. Amodei of Nevada resigned from the Subcommittee in December 
2013. The Subcommittee had not filled the vacancy at the time of this 
report.

                              Jurisdiction

    The Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the 
Internet shall have jurisdiction over the following subject 
matters: Administration of U.S. Courts, Federal Rules of 
Evidence, Civil and Appellate Procedure, judicial ethics, 
copyright, patent, trademark law, information technology, and 
other appropriate matters as referred by the Chairman, and 
relevant oversight.

                         Legislative Activities


 H.R. 1123, the ``Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless 
        Competition Act''

    H.R. 1123 repeals a Library of Congress (LOC) rulemaking 
determination, made upon the recommendation of the Register of 
Copyrights, regarding the circumvention of technological 
measures controlling access to copyrighted software on wireless 
telephone handsets (mobile telephones) for the purpose of 
connecting to different wireless telecommunications networks (a 
practice commonly referred to as ``unlocking'' such devices). 
The bill reestablishes, as an exemption to provisions of the 
Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) prohibiting such 
circumvention, a previous LOC rule permitting the use of 
computer programs, in the form of firmware or software, that 
enable used wireless telephone handsets to connect to a 
wireless telecommunications network, when circumvention is 
initiated by the owner of the copy of such computer program 
solely to connect to such a network and access to the network 
is authorized by the network operator, thus permitting unlocked 
phones.
    On June 6, 2013, the Subcommittee held a hearing on H.R. 
1123. The hearing consisted of the following witnesses: (1) Mr. 
Steven K. Berry, President and Chief Executive Officer, 
Competitive Carriers Association; (2) Mr. Michael Altschul, 
Senior Vice President and General Counsel, CTIA-The Wireless 
Association; (3) Mr. George Slover, Senior Policy Counsel, 
Consumers Union; and (4) Mr. Steven J. Metalitz, Partner, 
Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP.

                          Oversight Activities


 Abusive Patent Litigation: The Impact on American Innovation & 
        Jobs, and Potential Solutions (Serial No. 113-13)

    On March 14, 2013, the Subcommittee held a hearing that 
focused on the impact of abusive patent litigation on the 
economy and specific legislative solutions and ideas to deal 
with this growing problem. The hearing built on hearings from 
previous Congresses that examined patent reform issues.
    The hearing consisted of the following witnesses: (1) Mr. 
Mark Chandler, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and 
Secretary, Cisco Systems, Inc.; (2) Ms. Janet L. Dhillon, 
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, J.C. 
Penney Company, Inc.; (3) Mr. John G. Boswell, Senior Vice 
President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, SAS 
Institute, Inc.; (4) Mr. C. Graham Gerst, Partner, Global IP 
Law Group, LLC; (5) Mr. Philip S. Johnson, Senior Vice 
President and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Johnson & 
Johnson; and (6) Mr. Dana Rao, Vice President and Associate 
General Counsel for Intellectual Property Litigation, Adobe 
Systems, Inc.

 The Register's Call for Updates to U.S. Copyright Law (Serial 
        No. 113-20)

    On March 20, 2013, the Subcommittee held an oversight 
hearing to consider the recent recommendations by the Register 
of Copyrights to update U.S. copyright law.
    The hearing consisted of the following witness: the 
Honorable Maria Pallante, Register of Copyrights, United States 
Copyright Office.

 Abusive Patent Litigation: The Issues Impacting American 
        Competitiveness and Job Creation at the International Trade 
        Commission and Beyond (Serial No. 113-24)

    On April 16, 2013, the Subcommittee held a hearing to build 
on the March 14, 2013 hearing regarding abusive patent 
litigation and the July 18, 2012 hearing on patent disputes 
before the International Trade Commission.
    The hearing consisted of the following witnesses: (1) Mr. 
Kevin H. Rhodes, Vice President and Chief Intellectual Property 
Counsel, 3M Innovative Properties Company; (2) Mr. Jonathan W. 
Dudas, Former Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual 
Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark 
Office; (3) Professor Colleen V. Chien, Santa Clara University 
School of Law; (4) Mr. Russell W. Binns, Jr., Associate General 
Counsel, IP Law and Litigation, Avaya, Inc.; (5) Ms. Deanna 
Tanner Okun, Former Chairman, International Trade Commission, 
Partner, Adduci, Mastriani and Schaumberg, LLP; and (6) Mr. F. 
David Foster, Chairman, Legislative Committee, U.S. 
International Trade Commission, Trial Lawyers Association.

 An Examination of the Judicial Conduct and Disability System 
        (Serial No. 113-25)

    On April 25, 2013, the Subcommittee held an oversight 
hearing to examine the Federal Judicial Conduct and Disability 
Process and related issues.
    The hearing consisted of the following witnesses: (1) the 
Honorable Anthony J. Scirica, Senior Judge, United States Court 
of Appeals for the Third Circuit; (2) the Honorable David B. 
Sentelle, Senior Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the 
District of Columbia Circuit; (3) Professor Arthur D. Hellman, 
Sally Ann Semenko Endowed Chair, University of Pittsburgh 
School of Law; and (4) Mr. Russell Wheeler, Visiting Fellow, 
Governance Studies Program, the Brookings Institution.

 A Case Study for Consensus Building: The Copyright Principles 
        Project (Serial No. 113-31)

    On May 16, 2013, the Subcommittee held an oversight hearing 
to begin undertaking a comprehensive review of American 
copyright law.
    The hearing consisted of the following witnesses: (1) Mr. 
Jon Baumgarten, Former General Counsel Copyright Office (1976-
1979); (2) Professor Laura Gasaway, University of North 
Carolina School of Law; (3) Professor Daniel J. Gervais, 
Vanderbilt University School of Law; (4) Professor Pamela 
Samuelson, University of California Berkeley School of Law; and 
(5) Mr. Jule Sigall, Assistant General Counsel for Copyright, 
Microsoft Corporation.

 Innovation in America (Part I): The Role of Copyrights (not 
        yet printed)

    On July 25, 2013, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
examine the impact of the copyright industry upon U.S. 
innovation and the economy.
    The hearing consisted of the following witnesses: (1) Ms. 
Sandra Aistars, Executive Director, Copyright Alliance; (2) Mr. 
Eugene Mopsik, Executive Director, American Society of Media 
Photographers; (3) Mr. Tor Hansen, Co-Founder, Yep Roc Records/
Red Eye Distribution; (4) Mr. John Lapham, General Counsel, 
Getty Images; and (5) Mr. William Sherak, President, Stereo D.

 Innovation in America (Part II): The Role of Technology (not 
        yet printed)

    On August 1, 2013, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
examine the impact of the technology industry upon U.S. 
innovation and the economy.
    The hearing consisted of the following witnesses: (1) Ms. 
Danea Ringelmann, Founder & Chief Customer Officer, Indiegogo; 
(2) Mr. Jim Fruchterman, President and CEO, Benetech; (3) Mr. 
Nathan Seidle, CEO, SparkFun Electronics, Inc.; (4) Mr. Rakesh 
Agrawal, Founder and CEO, SnapStream Media; and (5) Mr. Van 
Lindberg, Vice President, Intellectual Property, Rackspace.

 Satellite Television Laws in Title 17 (not yet printed)

    On September 10, 2013, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
examine satellite television laws in title 17.
    The hearing consisted of the following witnesses: (1) Mr. 
James Campbell, Vice President for Regulatory Affairs, 
CenturyLink, Inc.; (2) Mr. R. Stanton Dodge, Executive Vice 
President, General Counsel and Secretary, DISH Network, LLC; 
(3) Mr. Paul Donato, Executive Vice President and Chief 
Research Officer, the Nielsen Company; (4) Mr. Robert Garrett, 
Partner, Arnold and Porter, LLP on behalf of the Major League 
Baseball; (5) Mr. Earle MacKenzie, Executive Vice President and 
Chief Operating Officer, Shentel Cable on behalf of the 
American Cable Association; (5) Mr. Preston Padden, Former 
President, ABC Television Network and Former Executive Vice 
President, the Walt Disney Company (Testifying on his own 
behalf); and (6) Mr. Gerald J. Waldron, Partner, Covington & 
Burling LLP on behalf of the National Association of 
Broadcasters.

 The Role of Voluntary Agreements in the U.S. Intellectual 
        Property System (not yet printed)

    On September 18, 2013, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
examine the role of voluntary agreements in the U.S. 
intellectual property system.
    The hearing consisted of the following witnesses: (1) Ms. 
Jill Lesser, Executive Director, Center for Copyright 
Information; (2) Mr. Cary Sherman, Chairman and Chief Executive 
Officer, Recording Industry Association of America; (3) Mr. 
Randall Rothenberg, President and Chief Executive Officer, 
Interactive Advertising Bureau; (4) Mr. Gabriel Levitt, Vice 
President, PharmacyChecker.com; and (5) Mr. Robert Barchiesi, 
President, International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition.

 The Rise of Innovative Business Models: Content Delivery 
        Methods in the Digital Age (not yet printed)

    On November 19, 2013, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
examine new business models and related consumer expectations 
in the digital age.
    The hearing consisted of the following witnesses: (1) Mr. 
Paul Misener, Vice President, Global Public Policy, Amazon.com; 
(2) Mr. John S. McCoskey, Executive Vice President and Chief 
Technology Officer, Motion Picture Association of America; (3) 
Mr. Sebastian Holst, Executive Vice President and Chief 
Strategy Officer, PreEmptive Solutions; and (4) Mr. David Sohn, 
General Counsel and Director of CDT's Project on Copyright and 
Technology, Center for Democracy and Technology.



 SUBCOMMITTEE ON CRIME, TERRORISM, HOMELAND SECURITY AND INVESTIGATIONS

   F. JAMES SENSENBRENNER, Jr., 
        Wisconsin, Chairman
    LOUIE GOHMERT, Texas, Vice-
             Chairman

ROBERT C. ``BOBBY'' SCOTT, Virginia  HOWARD COBLE, North Carolina
PEDRO R. PIERLUISI, Puerto Rico      SPENCER BACHUS, Alabama
JUDY CHU, California                 J. RANDY FORBES, Virginia
LUIS V. GUTIERREZ, Illinois          TRENT FRANKS, Arizona
KAREN BASS, California               JASON CHAFFETZ, Utah
CEDRIC L. RICHMOND, Louisiana        TREY GOWDY, South Carolina
                                     RAUL R. LABRADOR, Idaho

                              Jurisdiction

    The Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, 
and Investigations shall have jurisdiction over the following 
subject matters: Federal Criminal Code, drug enforcement, 
sentencing, parole and pardons, internal and homeland security, 
Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, prisons, criminal law 
enforcement, and other appropriate matters as referred by the 
Chairman, and relevant oversight.

                          Oversight Activities


 Investigating and Prosecuting 21st Century Cyber Threats 
        (Serial No. 113-14)

    On March 13, 2013, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
highlight the importance of cyber security and potential 
legislative solutions to ensure greater security in both the 
private and public sectors.
    The hearing consisted of the following witnesses: (1) Ms. 
Jenny Durkan, Department of Justice; (2) Mr. John Boles, 
Federal Bureau of Investigation; (3) Mr. Robert Holleyman, BSA, 
The Software Alliance; and (4) Mr. Orin Kerr, George Washington 
University Law School.

 ECPA (Part I): Lawful Access to Stored Content (Serial No. 
        113-16)

    On March 19, 2013, the Subcommittee held the first hearing 
in a series held by the Subcommittee to examine how far the gap 
between technology and the law has come and if reforms are 
necessary to keep the law current with constantly evolving 
technology. This hearing focused on issues related to the 
lawful interception of stored communications, also known as 
``content.'' Access to the stored content of emails is governed 
by the Stored Communications Act portion of ECPA. The Stored 
Communications Act governs the privacy of, and government 
access to, the content of electronic communications and to 
related records. ECPA was enacted over 25 years ago and, with 
the evolution of technology, many of the requirements and 
safeguards were reexamined at this hearing.
    The hearing consisted of the following witnesses: (1) Ms. 
Elana Tyrangiel, Department of Justice; (2) Mr. Richard 
Littlehale, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation; (3) Mr. Orin 
Kerr, George Washington University School of Law; and (4) Mr. 
Richard P. Salgado, Google, Inc.

 Luxury Jets and Empty Prisons: Wasteful and Duplicative 
        Spending at the Department of Justice (Serial No. 113-23)

    On April 10, 2013, the Subcommittee held an oversight 
hearing on spending and potential duplication in the Department 
of Justice.
    The hearing consisted of two panels. The first panel 
consisted of the following witness: the Honorable Tom A. 
Coburn, United States Senator. The second panel consisted of 
the following witnesses: (1) Mr. Lee J. Lofthus, Assistant 
Attorney General for Administration, U.S. Department of 
Justice; (2) the Honorable Michael E. Horowitz, Inspector 
General, U.S. Department of Justice; (3) Mr. David C. Maurer, 
Director, Homeland Security and Justice, U.S. Government and 
Accountability Office; (4) Mr. Tom Schatz, President, Citizens 
Against Government Waste; and (5) Mr. Richard W. Stanek, 
Sheriff, Hennepin County, Minnesota.

 The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) (Part II): 
        Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance (Serial No. 113-34)

    On April 25, 2013, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
examine geolocation privacy and surveillance and issues related 
to the use of various geolocational technologies, including 
last year's United States Supreme Court case addressing police 
use of GPS technology, United States v. Jones, 132 S. Ct. 945 
(2012).
    The hearing consisted of the following witnesses: (1) Mr. 
Mark Eckenwiler, Perkins Coie; (2) Mr. Peter A. Modafferi, 
International Association of Chiefs of Police; (3) Ms. 
Catherine Crump, American Civil Liberties Union; and (4) Mr. 
Matt Blaze, University of Pennsylvania.

 Eyes in the Sky: The Domestic Use of Unmanned Aerial Systems 
        (Serial No. 113-40)

    On May 17, 2013, the Subcommittee held a hearing to gather 
information and discuss unmanned aerial systems (UAS), as they 
relate to law enforcement, government agencies and private 
individuals. This hearing examined the technology and 
capabilities of UAS, and focused on whether privacy laws 
adequately cover such technology.
    The hearing consisted of the following witnesses: (1) Mr. 
John Villasenor, Brookings Institution; (2) Mr. Gregory S. 
McNeal, Pepperdine University School of Law; (3) Mr. Tracey 
Maclin, Boston University School of Law; and (4) Mr. Chris 
Calabrese, American Civil Liberties Union.

 The Department of Justice's Handling of Known or Suspected 
        Terrorists Admitted into the Federal Witness Security Program 
        (Serial No. 113-41)

    On June 4, 2013, the Subcommittee held a hearing on the 
recent interim report from the U.S. Department of Justice 
Inspector General (``IG'') on the Department of Justice's 
handling of known or suspected terrorists admitted into the 
federal witness security program (``WITSEC'').
    The hearing consisted of the following witnesses: (1) the 
Honorable Michael Horowitz, Inspector General, U.S. Department 
of Justice; (2) Mr. David Harlow, Assistant Director, U.S. 
Marshals Service, U.S. Department of Justice; and (3) Mr. Paul 
O'Brien, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, 
U.S. Department of Justice.

 Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (not yet printed)

    On September 19, 2013, the Subcommittee held an oversight 
hearing of the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
    The hearing consisted of the following witness: Mr. Charles 
E. Samuels, Jr., Director, Federal Bureau of Prisons.



            SUBCOMMITTEE ON IMMIGRATION AND BORDER SECURITY

   TREY GOWDY, South Carolina, 
             Chairman
   TED POE, Texas, Vice-Chairman

ZOE LOFGREN, California              LAMAR SMITH, Texas
SHEILA JACKSON LEE, Texas            STEVE KING, Iowa
LUIS V. GUTIERREZ, Illinois          JIM JORDAN, Ohio
JOE GARCIA, Florida                  RAUL R. LABRADOR, Idaho
PEDRO R. PIERLUISI, Puerto Rico      GEORGE HOLDING, North Carolina
                                     VACANCY\11\

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\11\Mark E. Amodei of Nevada resigned from the Subcommittee in December 
2013. The Subcommittee had not filled the vacancy at the time of the 
report.

                              Jurisdiction

    The Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security shall 
have jurisdiction over the following subject matters: 
immigration and naturalization, border security, admission of 
refugees, treaties, conventions and international agreements, 
claims against the United States, Federal charters of 
incorporation, private immigration and claims bills, non-border 
immigration enforcement, other appropriate matters as referred 
by the Chairman, and relevant oversight.

                         Legislative Activities


 Meeting to Adopt Rules of Procedure and Statement of Policy 
        for Private Immigration Bills, Rules of Procedure for Private 
        Claims Bills, and Statement of Policy on Federal Charters

    On March 14, 2013, the Subcommittee met to approve rules of 
procedure and statement of policy for private immigration 
bills, rules of procedure for private claims bill, and a 
statement of policy on federal charters. All were approved by 
voice vote.

 Meeting to Request Department of Homeland Security 
        Departmental Records on the Beneficiaries of H.R. 306, for the 
        relief of Corina De Chalup Turcinovic; H.R. 977, for the relief 
        of Esther Njeri Karinge; H.R. 1023, for the Relief of Maria 
        Carmen Castro Ramirez and J. Refugio Carreno Rojas; and, H.R. 
        1207, For the Relief of Allan Bolor Kelley.

    On May 16, 2013, the Subcommittee agreed by voice vote to 
uphold the motion to request a departmental report on the 
beneficiaries. On May 29, 2013, the Subcommittee sent a letter 
to Director John Morton and officially requested that ICE 
provide the requested departmental reports.

 H.R. 1772, the ``Legal Workforce Act''

    H.R. 1772 reforms the employment eligibility verification 
process and requires all employers hiring or employing 
individuals in the United States to use the E-Verify system to 
check the employment eligibility of their new hires.
    On May 16, 2013, the Subcommittee held a legislative 
hearing on H.R. 1772. The hearing consisted of the following 
witnesses: (1) Mr. Angelo Amador, Vice President, Labor and 
Workforce Policy, National Restaurant Association; (2) Ms. Jill 
Blitstein, International Employment Manager, Human Resources, 
North Carolina State University; (3) Ms. Julie Myers Wood, 
President, Compliance, Federal Practice and Software Solutions, 
Guidepost Solutions LLC; and (4) Mr. Dominick Mondi, Executive 
Director, New Jersey Nursery and Landscape Association.

 H.R. 1773, the ``Agricultural Guestworker Act''

    H.R. 1773 amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to 
establish a new nonimmigrant visa for an alien having a 
residence in a foreign country which he or she has no intention 
of abandoning and who is coming temporarily to the United 
States to perform agricultural labor or services. This new ``H-
2C'' guestworker program replaces the current H-2A agricultural 
temporary worker program. H.R. 1773 expands the definition of 
``agricultural labor or services'' (relative to its meaning 
under the existing agricultural guestworker program) to include 
temporary, seasonal, and year-round agricultural or 
aquacultural work as well as the handling, packing, and 
processing of raw agricultural or aquacultural products.
    On May 16, 2013, the Subcommittee held a legislative 
hearing on H.R. 1773. The hearing consisted of the following 
witnesses: (1) Mr. Lee Wicker, Deputy Director, North Carolina 
Growers Association; (2) Mr. Christopher Gaddis, Head of Human 
Resources, JBS, USA Holdings, Inc.; (3) Mr. John Graham, 
President, Graham and Rollins, Inc., Hampton, Virginia; and (4) 
Mr. Arturo Rodriguez, President, United Farms Workers.

                          Oversight Activities


 Agricultural Labor: From H-2A to a Workable Agricultural 
        Guestworker Program (Serial No. 113-3)

    On February 26, 2013, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
discuss the overall effectiveness of the current ``H-2A'' 
temporary agricultural guestworker program established under 
the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.
    The hearing consisted of the following witnesses: (1) Mr. 
Bob Stallman, President of American Farm Bureau Federation; (2) 
Mr. Chalmers Carr, President and CEO of Titan Farms, Ridge 
Spring, South Carolina; (3) Mr. Michael J. Brown, President of 
National Chicken Council; and (4) Mr. Giev Kashkooli, 
Political/Legislative Director, 3rd Vice President, United Farm 
Workers.

 How E-Verify Works and How it Benefits American Employers and 
        Workers (Serial No. 113-4)

    On February 27, 2013, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
discuss the feasibility and effectiveness of implementing a 
national mandatory electronic verification system to determine 
worker eligibility for employment.
    The hearing consisted of the following witnesses: (1) Ms. 
Soraya Correa, Associate Director, Enterprise Services 
Directorate, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; (2) Mr. 
Chris Gamvroulas, President, Ivory Homes; (3) Mr. Randel K. 
Johnson, Senior Vice President for Labor, Immigration and 
Employee Benefits, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and (4) Ms. Emily 
Tulli, Policy Attorney, National Immigration Law Center.

  Enhancing American Competitiveness through Skilled 
        Immigration (Serial No. 113-15)

    On March 5, 2013, the Subcommittee held a hearing to assess 
the overall impact of skilled immigration on our economy; 
whether the current allocation numbers of various visa 
categories is appropriate given the United States' economic 
needs; whether a readjustment of visa numbers, specifically 
increasing the number of visas available for graduates of U.S. 
universities in STEM fields and other skilled workers, could 
make the United States more competitive in the global 
marketplace; and whether adding more high skilled visas could 
halt the current movement of U.S. university graduates to 
global competitors.
    The hearing consisted of the following witnesses: (1) Mr. 
Bruce A. Morrison, Chairman, Morrison Public Affairs Group 
testifying on behalf of IEEE; (2) Mr. Dean Garfield, President 
and CEO, Information Technology Industry Council; (3) Mr. 
Deepak Kamra, General Partner, Canaan Partner; and (4) Mr. 
Benjamin Johnson, Executive Director, American Immigration 
Council.

  The Separation of Nuclear Families under U.S. Immigration Law 
        (Serial No. 113-9)

    On March 14, 2013, the Subcommittee held a hearing on the 
separation of nuclear family members under U.S. immigration 
law; how the current limits on family-sponsored green cards for 
spouses and children of lawful permanent residents; and how 
best to solve the problem of family separation due to backlogs.
    The hearing consisted of the following witnesses: (1) Mr. 
Randall Emery, President, American Families United; (2) Mr. 
Mathi Mugilan Paguth Arivalan, Lawful Permanent Resident; (3) 
Mr. Demetrios Papdemetriou, President, Migration Policy 
Institute; and (4) Ms. Clarissa Martinez De Castro, Director, 
Immigration and National Campaigns, National Council of La 
Raza.

  Addressing the Immigration Status of Illegal Immigrants 
        Brought to the United States as Children (Serial No. 113-33)

    On July 23, 2013, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
address the immigration status of aliens not lawfully present 
in the United States who were brought to the United States as 
minors by their parents. Further, the Committee discussed 
several pieces of legislation that have been introduced since 
2001 to address the immigration status of these individuals, 
what requirements should exist prior to obtaining a legal 
status, and what the best course of action for dealing with 
these immigrants' status might be.
    The hearing consisted of two panels. The first panel 
consisted of the following witnesses: (1) the Honorable Mike 
Coffman, United States House of Representatives; (2) the 
Honorable Jeff Denham, United States House of Representatives; 
(3) the Honorable Cory Gardner, United States House of 
Representatives; and (4) the Honorable Luis V. Gutierrez, 
United States House of Representatives. The second panel 
consisted of the following witnesses: (1) Dr. Barrett Duke, the 
Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist 
Convention; (2) Ms. Margie McHugh, Migration Policy Institute; 
(3) Ms. Pamela Rivera, Washington, D.C.; and (4) Ms. Rosa 
Velazquez, Arkansas Coalition for DREAM.


    SUBCOMMITTEE ON REGULATORY REFORM, COMMERCIAL AND ANTITRUST LAW

 SPENCER BACHUS, Alabama, Chairman
  BLAKE FARENTHOLD, Texas, Vice-
             Chairman

STEVE COHEN, Tennessee               DARRELL E. ISSA, California
HENRY C. ``HANK'' JOHNSON, Jr., GeorgiaM MARINO, Pennsylvania
SUZAN K. DelBENE, Washington         GEORGE HOLDING, North Carolina
JOE GARCIA, Florida                  DOUG COLLINS, Georgia
HAKEEM S. JEFFRIES, New York         JASON T. SMITH, Missouri\12\

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\12\Keith J. Rothfus of Pennsylvania resigned from the Subcommittee in 
April 2013. Jason T. Smith from Missouri was added to the Subcommittee 
effective June 2013.

                              Jurisdiction

    The Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and 
Antitrust Law shall have jurisdiction over the following 
subject matters: bankruptcy and commercial law, bankruptcy 
judgeships, administrative law, independent counsel, state 
taxation affecting interstate commerce, interstate compacts, 
antitrust matters, other appropriate matters as referred by the 
Chairman, and relevant oversight.

                         Legislative Activities


  H.R. 367, the ``Regulations From the Executive in Need of 
        Scrutiny Act of 2013''

    H.R. 367 amends the Congressional Review Act to require a 
vote in Congress to approve any new major regulation before 
that regulation may become effective. The Act defines ``major 
rule'' as any rule, including an interim final rule, which has 
resulted in or is likely to result in: (1) an annual effect on 
the economy of $100 million or more; (2) a major increase in 
costs or prices; or (3) significant adverse effects on 
competition, employment, investment, productivity, innovation, 
or U.S. competitiveness.
    Mr. Todd C. Young introduced the bill on January 23, 2013. 
The Subcommittee held a hearing on the bill on March 5, 2013. 
The hearing consisted of the following witnesses: (1) Mr. James 
L. Gattuso, Senior Research Fellow in Regulatory Policy, the 
Heritage Foundation; (2) Professor Eric Claeys, George Mason 
University Law School; and (3) Professor Ronald M. Levin, 
William R. Orthwein Distinguished Professor of Law, Washington 
University School of Law.
    On March 20, 2013, the Subcommittee considered the bill and 
ordered it reported favorably to the full Committee by a roll 
call vote of 6 ayes to 3 nays.

  H.R. 982, the ``Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) 
        Act of 2013''

    H.R. 982 provides for a quarterly reporting requirement for 
asbestos bankruptcy trusts. The bill also requires each such 
trust to provide, upon written request, information related to 
payments from, and demands for payment from, such trust to any 
party in action involving liability for asbestos exposure. An 
asbestos trust may require the requesting party to pay for the 
reasonable costs associated with such a request for 
information.
    Mr. Blake Farenthold introduced the bill on March 6, 2013. 
The Subcommittee held a hearing on H.R. 982 on March 13, 2013. 
The hearing consisted of the following witnesses: (1) Professor 
Todd Brown, Professor of Law, SUNY Buffalo Law School; (2) the 
Honorable Peggy L. Ableman, Special Counsel, McCarter and 
English LLP; (3) Mr. Elihu Inselbach, Caplin and Drysdale; and 
(4) Mr. Marc Scarcella, Bates White Economic Consulting.

  H.R. 1493, the ``Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and 
        Settlements Act of 2013''

    H.R. 1493 amends procedures for the consideration and entry 
of consent decrees and settlement agreements that require new 
federal regulations. The bill includes procedures to allow 
greater opportunities for affected regulated entities and co-
regulators to intervene in civil litigation concerning 
regulatory action and provide public comment on proposed 
consent decrees and settlement agreements, expand judicial 
review of proposed decrees and settlements, and require review 
by the Attorney General and agency heads of certain proposed 
decrees and settlements.
    Mr. Doug Collins introduced the bill on April 11, 2013. The 
Subcommittee held a hearing on H.R. 1493 on June 5, 2013. The 
hearing consisted of the following witnesses: (1) Mr. Thomas W. 
Easterly, Commissioner, Indiana Department of Environmental 
Management; (2) Mr. William L. Kovacs, Senior Vice President, 
Environment, Technology and Regulatory Affairs, U.S. Chamber of 
Commerce; (3) Mr. Allen Puckett III, President, Columbus Brick 
Company; and (4) Mr. John D. Walke, Director, Climate and Clean 
Air Program, Natural Resources Defense Council.
    On July 10, 2013, the Subcommittee considered the bill and 
ordered it reported favorably to the full Committee by voice 
vote.

  H.R. 2122, the ``Regulatory Accountability Act of 2013''

    H.R. 2122 amends the federal regulatory process by making a 
series of changes and adding requirements to the rulemaking 
process outlined in the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). 
These changes and additions include new notice and cost-benefit 
analysis requirements and expanded review by the Office of 
Information and Regulatory Affairs, as well as expanded 
judicial review, among other things.
    Chairman Bob Goodlatte introduced the bill on May 23, 2013. 
The Subcommittee held a hearing on H.R. 2122 on July 9, 2013. 
The hearing consisted of the following witnesses: (1) Mr. 
Jeffrey A. Rosen, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP; (2) Mr. Keith 
Hall, Mercatus Center at George Mason University; (3) Ms. Diana 
Thomas, Department of Economics and Finance, Huntsman School of 
Business, Utah State University; (4) Mr. Robert A. Sells, 
President, Titan America Mid-Atlantic Business Division; and 
(5) Mr. Ronald M. Levin, William R. Orthwein Distinguished 
Professor of Law, Washington University School of Law.
    On July 18, 2013, the Subcommittee considered the bill and 
ordered it reported favorably to the full Committee by voice 
vote.

 H.R. 2542, the ``Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 
        2013''

    H.R. 2542 amends the Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 
(RFA) and the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness 
Act of 1996 (SBREFA). The bill revises the RFA and SBREFA to 
require agencies to perform additional and more detailed 
regulatory analyses, expands the use of small business review 
panels, broadens judicial review, and amends requirements for 
periodic retrospective review of existing regulations.
    Mr. Spencer Bachus introduced the bill on June 27, 2013. 
The Subcommittee held a hearing on the bill on June 28, 2013. 
The hearing consisted of the following witnesses: (1) Ms. Karen 
R. Harned, Executive Director, National Federation of 
Independent Business; (2) Mr. Carl Harris, Vice President and 
General Manager, Carl Harris Co., Inc.; (3) Mr. Amit Narang, 
Regulatory Policy Advocate, Public Citizen; and (4) Mr. Rosario 
Palmieri, Vice President, Infrastructure, Legal and Regulatory 
Policy, National Association of Manufacturers.
    On July 10, 2013, the Subcommittee considered the bill and 
ordered it reported favorably to the full Committee by voice 
vote.

 H.R. 2641, the ``Responsibly And Professionally Invigorating 
        Development Act of 2013''

    H.R. 2641 amends the Administrative Procedure Act to add 
provisions addressing and revising the federal environmental 
review and permitting process for construction projects. The 
legislation expands earlier, more limited steps to streamline 
the environmental review and permitting process and responds to 
the call of the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness 
to streamline permitting further.
    Mr. Tom Marino introduced the bill on July 10, 2013. The 
Subcommittee held a hearing on the bill on July 11, 2013. The 
hearing consisted of the following witnesses: (1) Mr. William 
Kovacs, Senior Vice President, Environment, Technology and 
Regulatory Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; (2) Mr. Dennis 
Duffy, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Energy Management, 
Inc.; (3) Mr. Nick Ivanoff, First Vice Chairman, American Road 
and Transportation Builders Association; and (4) Mr. Scott 
Slesinger, Legislative Director, Natural Resources Defense 
Council.
    On July 18, 2013, the Subcommittee considered the bill and 
ordered it reported favorably to the full Committee by voice 
vote.

                          Oversight Activities


 Competition and Bankruptcy in the Airline Industry: The 
        Proposed Merger of American Airlines and US Airways (Serial No. 
        113-22)

    On February 26, 2013, the Subcommittee held a hearing on 
the proposed merger between American Airlines and US Airways. 
The airline proposed to result from the merger was to be called 
American Airlines and was projected to be the largest domestic 
carrier, with 24% of the market and a combined equity value of 
$11 billion. The hearing examined the proposed merger and 
related antitrust and competitive issues related to the 
proposed merger.
    The hearing consisted of the following witnesses: (1) Mr. 
Stephen Johnson, Executive Vice President for Corporate & 
Government Affairs, US Airways; (2) Mr. Gary Kennedy, Senior 
Vice President & General Counsel, American Airlines; (3) Mr. 
Kevin Mitchell, Chairman, Business Travel Coalition, Inc.; (4) 
Professor Christopher L. Sagers, Cleveland-Marshall College of 
Law; and (5) Dr. Clifford Winston, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, 
Economic Studies, the Brookings Institution.

 The Obama Administration's Regulatory War on Jobs, the 
        Economy, and America's Global Competitiveness (Serial No. 113-
        38)

    On February 28, 2013, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
renew the Committee's regulatory oversight efforts in the new 
Congress, update the record on the extent of the 
Administration's regulatory activity, and highlight new 
research on the economic impacts of regulation.
    The hearing consisted of the following witnesses: (1) Mr. 
Robert L. Glicksman, J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of 
Environmental Law; (2) Mr. Drew Greenblatt, CEO, Marlin Steel; 
(3) Mr. Rob James, Avon Lake City Council; (4) Dr. Douglas 
Holtz-Eakin, President, American Action Forum; (5) Mr. William 
Kovacs, Senior Vice President, Environment, Technology & 
Regulatory Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and (6) Mr. Rob 
Weissman, President, Public Citizen.

 The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Consolidation, 
        and the Consequent Impact on Competition in Health Care (not 
        yet printed)

    On September 19, 2013, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
provide the subcommittee with information regarding 
consolidation in the health care marketplace and the present 
and future effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable 
Care Act on consolidation, and to discuss the potential impacts 
of such consolidation on competition in the health care 
industry. The hearing detailed how certain sectors of the 
health care industry have become consolidated, the potential 
factors that have motivated or exacerbated the consolidation, 
and any competitive harms that may have resulted from the 
consolidation.
    The hearing consisted of the following witnesses: (1) 
Professor Barak D. Richman, Edgar P. and Elizabeth C. Bartlett 
Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law; (2) Mr. Thomas 
P. Miller, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute for 
Public Policy and Research; (3) Ms. Sharis A. Pozen, Partner, 
Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher and Flom LLP, representing the 
American Hospital Association; (4) Mr. Joseph Miller, General 
Counsel, America's Health Insurance Plans; (5) Professor Thomas 
L. Greaney, Chester A. Myers Professor of Law, Saint Louis 
University School of Law; and (6) Mr. David A. Balto, Law 
Office of David Balto.

 The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs: Federal 
        Regulations and Regulatory Reform (not yet printed)

    On September 30, 2013, the Subcommittee held an oversight 
hearing on the Office of Management and Budget's Office of 
Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). This office oversees 
and coordinates regulatory activities across the Executive 
Branch.
    The hearing consisted of two panels. The first panel 
consisted of the following witness: the Honorable Howard A. 
Shelanski, Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory 
Affairs, Office of Management and Budget. The second panel 
consisted of the following witnesses: (1) Mr. C. Boyden Gray, 
Partner, Boyden Gray and Associates and former regulatory 
advisor to President Reagan; (2) Mr. John F. Morrall, III, 
Affiliated Senior Scholar, Mercatus Center at George Mason 
University and former OIRA Acting Deputy Administrator; (3) Ms. 
Nicole Riley, Virginia State Director, National Federation of 
Independent Business; and (4) Ms. Sally Katzen, Visiting 
Professor, New York University School of Law and former OIRA 
Administrator.

 Oversight of the Antitrust Enforcement Agencies (not yet 
        printed)

    On November 15, 2013, the Subcommittee held a hearing with 
the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division and the 
Federal Trade Commission to perform oversight of these 
antitrust enforcement agencies' current enforcement efforts, 
areas of antitrust enforcement that merit Congressional 
attention, and the interaction between the two agencies.
    The hearing consisted of the following witnesses: (1) the 
Honorable William J. Baer, Assistant Attorney General, 
Antitrust Division, United States Department of Justice; and 
(2) the Honorable Edith Ramirez, Chairwoman, Federal Trade 
Commission.

 The Bankruptcy Code and Financial Institution Insolvencies 
        (not yet printed)

    On December 3, 2013, the Subcommittee held an oversight 
hearing to hear testimony regarding issues related to the 
orderly resolution of distressed financial institutions through 
the bankruptcy process, and to examine whether the Bankruptcy 
Code could be better equipped to facilitate resolution 
proceedings for financial companies of all sizes.
    The hearing consisted of the following witnesses: (1) the 
Honorable Jeffrey Lacker, President, Federal Reserve Bank of 
Richmond; (2) Mr. Donald S. Bernstein, Davis Polk & Wardwell 
LLP; and (3) Professor Mark J. Roe, David Berg Professor of 
Law, Harvard University.


         OVER-CRIMINALIZATION TASK FORCE RESOLUTION OF 2013\13\

   F. JAMES SENSENBRENNER, Jr., 
        Wisconsin, Chairman

ROBERT C. ``BOBBY'' SCOTT, Virginia  SPENCER BACHUS, Alabama
JERROLD NADLER, New York             LOUIE GOHMERT, Texas
STEVE COHEN, Tennessee               RAUL R. LABRADOR, Idaho
KAREN BASS, California               GEORGE HOLDING, North Carolina
HAKEEM S. JEFFRIES, New York

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\13\On May 7, 2013, the full Committee approved a resolution to create 
an Over-Criminalization Task Force of 2013.

                              Jurisdiction

    The Over-Criminalization Task Force shall conduct hearings 
and investigations relating to over-criminalization issues 
within the Committee on the Judiciary's Rule X jurisdiction, 
and may issue reports to the Committee detailing its findings 
and recommendations.

                          Oversight Activities


 Defining the Problem and Scope of Over-Criminalization and 
        Over-Federalization (Serial No. 113-44)

    On June 14, 2013, the Task Force held an introductory 
hearing to define the problem and scope of over-criminalization 
and over-federalization and identify topics the Task Force may 
wish to address as part of its investigation.
    The meeting consisted of the following witnesses: (1) Mr. 
George Terwilliger, III, Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP; 
(2) Mr. John Malcolm, Rule of Law Programs Policy Director, 
Heritage Foundation; (3) Mr. William N. Shepherd, American Bar 
Association; and (4) Mr. Steven D. Benjamin, President, 
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

 Mens Rea: The Need for a Meaningful Intent Requirement in 
        Federal Criminal Law (Serial No. 113-46)

    On July 19, 2013, the Task Force held its second hearing 
and addressed the need for a criminal intent requirement for 
federal crimes.
    The hearing consisted of the following two witnesses: (1) 
Professor John S. Baker, Jr., Ph.D., a Visiting Professor at 
Georgetown Law School, Visiting Fellow at Oriel College, 
Oxford, and Professor Emeritus at LSU Law School; and (2) Mr. 
Norman L. Reimer, Executive Director of the National 
Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

 Regulatory Crime: Identifying the Scope of the Problem (not 
        yet printed)

    On October 30, 2013, the Task Force held its third hearing. 
This hearing was the first of two planned hearings on 
regulatory crime and identified the scope of regulatory crimes 
currently in effect and discussed the issues relating to 
regulatory crime.
    The hearing consisted of a single panel of experts and 
victims: (1) Mr. Reed D. Rubinstein, Partner, Dinsmore & Shohl 
LLP; (2) Ms. Rachel Barkow, Segal Family Professor of 
Regulatory Law and Policy, New York University School of Law; 
(3) Mr. Lawrence Lewis, Bowie, Maryland; and (4) Mr. Steven and 
Mrs. Joyce Kinder, Grand Rivers, Kentucky.

 Regulatory Crime: Solutions (not yet printed)

    On November 14, 2013, the Task Force held its fourth 
hearing and the second of two on regulatory crime. The hearing 
identified and considered solutions to the problems posed by 
agency regulations carrying criminal penalties.
    The hearing consisted of a single panel of two experts: (1) 
Mr. John S. Baker, Jr., Ph.D., a Visiting Professor at 
Georgetown Law School, Visiting Fellow at Oriel College, 
Oxford, and Professor Emeritus at LSU Law School; and (2) Mr. 
Lucian E. Dervan, an Assistant Professor of Law at the Southern 
Illinois University School of Law.