Political Headlines June 19, 2013: FBI Director Robert Mueller Reveals US Drone Program During NSA Testimony

FBI Chief Reveals US Drone Program

Source: ABC News Radio, 6-19-13

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The FBI does fly spy drones over the U.S. FBI Director Robert Mueller made that admission before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday during his testimony about the National Security Agency surveillance programs.

According to Mueller, the FBI deploys these unmanned planes in “a very minimal way and very seldom” and his bureau is working to develop guidelines for their future use so as to relieve concerns of privacy advocates and civil liberties groups….READ MORE

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Political Headlines May 21, 2013: Senate Judiciary Committee Passes Immigration Reform Bill 13-5 Now Moves to Full Senate

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Immigration Reform Bill Moves to Full Senate

Source: ABC News Radio, 5-21-13

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The bipartisan Senate “Gang of Eight” held together despite an onslaught of amendments and some efforts to kill its comprehensive immigration reform bill.

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday night passed the bill 13-5, largely intact, to the full Senate for a vote….READ MORE

Full Text Obama Presidency May 21, 2013: President Barack Obama’s Statement on the Senate Judiciary Committee Passing the Immigration Overhaul Bill

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OBAMA PRESIDENCY & THE 113TH CONGRESS:

Statement by the President

Source: WH, 5-21-13 

I congratulate the Senate Judiciary Committee on completing its work on S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.   Thanks to the leadership of Chairman Leahy and a bipartisan group of eight Senators, the legislation that passed the Judiciary Committee with a strong bipartisan vote is largely consistent with the principles of commonsense reform I have proposed and meets the challenge of fixing our broken immigration system. The process for considering this legislation has been open and inclusive with multiple hearings, and more than a hundred amendments were considered and adopted, in many cases with bipartisan support.  I applaud the Committee members for their hard work, especially “Gang of Eight” members Senators Schumer, Durbin, Graham and Flake.  None of the Committee members got everything they wanted, and neither did I , but in the end, we all owe it to the American people to get the best possible result over the finish line.  I encourage the full Senate to bring this bipartisan bill to the floor at the at the earliest possible opportunity and remain hopeful that the amendment process will lead to further improvements.

Political Headlines March 7, 2013: Senate Judiciary Committee Passes Gun Trafficking Bill With a Vote of 11 to 7

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Senate Committee Passes Gun Trafficking Bill

Source: ABC News Radio, 3-7-13

The Senate Judiciary Committee passed the first piece of gun legislation out of committee Thursday morning when it voted in favor of a gun trafficking bill with a vote of 11 to 7.

The bill, which is sponsored by committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., would make “straw” purchasing, which occurs when a buyer buys a gun on behalf of someone who cannot legally purchase one, illegal….READ MORE

Full Text Political Headlines January 30, 2013: Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ opening statement at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence & control — Transcript & Video

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Gabby Giffords’s opening statement (transcript, video)

Source: WaPo, 1-30-13

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ full opening statement at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence:

Okay. Thank you for inviting me. This is an important conversation for our children, for our communities, for Democrats and Republicans. Speaking is difficult but I need to say something important. Violence is a big problem. Too many children are dying. Too many children. We must do something. It will be hard, but the time is now. You must act. Be bold, be courageous. Americans are counting on you. Thank you.

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