Criminal Justice, Civil Rights, and Consumer Protection
The House Judiciary Committee
Congressman Ted Deutch will continue to serve on the House Judiciary Committee in the 114th Congress, which holds jurisdiction over many issues of great importance to our democracy, including justice and the courts, civil rights and liberties, constitutional amendments, and immigration. Ted opposes efforts to use the House Judiciary Committee as a platform for pushing through elements of a divisive and discriminatory agenda that have little to do with the priorities of most Americans. Instead, Ted strongly believes the House Judiciary Committee should more actively pursue efforts to promote fairness in our courts, integrity in our elections, and accountability in government. He will continue to work across the aisle to advance bipartisan legislative priorities, from improving America's patent system to safeguarding privacy in domestic surveillance programs.
As a member of the House Judiciary Committee, Ted is often on the frontlines of attacks on the constitutionally-protected rights of women. He has fought legislative initiatives aimed at weakening access to safe and legal abortion, interfering with the contraception and other private matters between women and their doctors, and rolling back federal funding for women’s preventative health. In 2014, Ted delivered what the national blog ThinkProgress called a "passionate speech" in support of a real women's agenda that sets aside partisan attacks on women's health in favor of progress on issues like equal pay for equal work and affordable childcare.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights
Ted is a vocal advocate for equal protection under the law for all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. As a proud supporter of marriage equality, Ted applauded the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act. Ted is a cosponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act, legislation that would build on this decision by ensuring the marriages of same-sex couples are legally respected in every state. He has also cosponsored legislation to combat bullying and harassment of LGBT students, which detracts from the safe and supportive learning environment that our children deserve in public schools.
Ted believes the House Judiciary Committee has an important role to play in protecting consumers from abuse in the financial sector. Representing a large community of retirees, Ted is uniquely concerned about protecting the more than $15 trillion in retirement assets held by seniors nationwide from fraud and abuse. He is the author of the bipartisan Seniors Fraud Prevention Act, which would enhance the Federal Trade Commission’s efforts to protect seniors from criminals targeting their assets by peddling fake investment plans, counterfeit billing schemes, and other financial scams. Ted also voted in support of the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 to better shield our economy from the kind of risky behavior that led to the financial crisis of 2008, which wiped out 8 million jobs, sent property values plummeting, and left our economy in a deep recession. In the 114th Congress, Ted will continue to fight efforts to roll back Wall Street reform and weaken the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the new independent watchdog established to look out for ordinary consumers in our financial sector.