Rep. Deutch argues that secret FISA rulings
have broadened the powers of the NSA
The House Judiciary Committee
As a member of the House Judiciary Committee, I have the opportunity to influence legislation related to civil rights and liberties, immigration, criminal justice, and other issues. During the 113th Congress, I have worked on the Judiciary Committee to protect voting rights, advocate for sensible gun violence reforms, fight racial bias in our justice system, and urge more transparency and accountability in domestic surveillance programs.
With the right focus, I believe the House Judiciary Committee could play a powerful role in advancing economic opportunity for all Americans through legislation that would limit the influence of special interests in our elections, protect homeowners and other consumers from unfairness in the banking industry, and combat discrimination in our laws and in the workplace. Unfortunately, the Republican majority in the 113th Congress has too often used the House Judiciary Committee as a vehicle to push through divisive elements of a social agenda that have little to do with what should be our main focus in Congress: encouraging job creation and growing middle class paychecks.
Rep. Deutch poses for the NOH8
campaign, which fights
discrimination against Americans
based on sexual orientation..
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Equal protection under the law must be upheld for all our citizens, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. As a proud supporter of marriage equality, I was thrilled to see the Supreme Court finally rule the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. I co-introduced the Respect for Marriage Act, legislation that would build on this decision and ensure that same-sex couples legally married in one state can relocate across the country, just as heterosexual couples do, without having their marriages invalidated.I have also cosponsored legislation to address bullying and harassment of LGBT students so that all young Americans can receive a quality public education in a safe and supportive environment.
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During the 113th Congress, I have fought back against efforts by my Republican colleagues to weaken women's access to safe and legal abortion. Despite the fact that current law prohibits the use of taxpayer dollars for abortion services, House Republicans introduced H.R. 7, a bill that if enacted, would use the tax code to interfere in the privately funded health care decisions made by women and their families. I have also opposed efforts by the Republican majority to deny federal funding for Planned Parenthood that is intended for breast cancer screenings, cervical cancer tests, sexual transmitted disease prevention, and other basic health services.
Consumer Protection I continue to fight efforts to weaken, block, and defund key protections passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. I voted for this legislation to safeguard our economy from the kind of unaccountable, risky behavior that wiped out 8 million jobs, sent property values plummeting, and caused untold hardship for millions of Americans in 2008. I have closely followed the implementation of these reforms, including the formation of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. This new independent watchdog will help prevent banks from taking advantage of consumers through predatory lending practices and overly complex financial products. Click here to learn more about the Consumer Protection Financial Bureau.
I have also introduced bipartisan legislation known as the Seniors Fraud Prevention Act with my colleagues, Reps. Peter Welch (D-VT) and Vern Buchanan (R-FL). With more than $15 trillion in assets nationwide, America’s seniors are prime targets for con artists determined to go after their lifesavings through fraudulent investment plans, counterfeit billing, deceitful telemarketing, and fake online sweepstakes and prizes. By creating an office within the Federal Trade Commission specifically charged with preventing fraud against seniors, we can better track these crimes, alert our communities of the latest scams, and protect these hard earned assets.