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11/03/2021
Nominations Hearing

WATCH LIVE: Today the Judiciary Committee considers the nominations of one circuit court nominee and five district court nominees—the latest in President Biden’s and Senate Democrats’ efforts to add highly qualified judges to the bench.

11/02/2021
Cleaning Up Online Marketplaces

E-commerce makes up an increasing % of U.S. spending—but there are massive amounts of illicit and dangerous consumer products by third party sellers that operate with inadequate transparency on sites like Amazon.

We need legislative action #CleaningUpOnlineMarketplaces

WATCH:

11/02/2021
Hearing: "Cleaning Up Online Marketplaces"

Have you ever shopped online? Today, the Committee will consider the problem of stolen, counterfeit, and unsafe products that are sold to unsuspecting consumers on online marketplaces.

WATCH LIVE: "Cleaning Up Online Marketplaces: Protecting Against Stolen, Counterfeit, and Unsafe Goods"

10/20/2021
Nominations Hearing

WATCH LIVE: At 10:00 AM ET, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the nomination of Holly Thomas to the Ninth Circuit, and five nominations to District Court judgeships.

BREAKING: damning new Senate Judiciary Committee report details then-President Donald Trump’s repeated efforts to enlist...
10/07/2021
Report Cites New Details of Trump Pressure on Justice Dept. Over Election

BREAKING: damning new Senate Judiciary Committee report details then-President Donald Trump’s repeated efforts to enlist DOJ in his scheme to overturn the 2020 election.

A Senate panel fleshed out how Donald Trump pursued his plan to install a loyalist as acting attorney general to pursue unfounded reports of fraud.

10/06/2021
#RestoreTheVRAA

Voter suppression isn't our history. It's happening as we speak. This year alone, state legislators have introduced more than 425 bills with provisions that make it harder for people to vote. 19 states have enacted 33 of these laws.

Share if you agree: It's time to pass the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.

10/06/2021
Nominations Hearing

WATCH LIVE: At 10:00 AM ET, the Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on the latest slate of President Biden’s executive and judicial nominations.

09/29/2021
Breaking Down Texas's Abortion Ban

S.B. 8 flouts the long-established precedent in Roe v. Wade. It uses a bounty hunter-style enforcement scheme designed to insulate the law from judicial review. Yet SCOTUS allowed it to become the law of the land in the nation’s second-largest state.

Don't look away. WATCH:

09/28/2021
Toxic Conservatorships: The Need for Reform

LIVE: Sadly Britney Spears’ case is far from an isolated incident. For many people conservatorships can be toxic—denying them due process & taking away their rights. Today we hear from former subjects of conservatorship & experts about avenues for reform.

NEW op-ed from Chair Durbin following the recent Judiciary Committee hearing entitled "Dereliction of Duty: Examining th...
09/24/2021
Op-ed: I chair the Senate Judiciary Committee. U.S. Olympic gymnasts illuminated the ugly truth about sexual assault. We must take action.

NEW op-ed from Chair Durbin following the recent Judiciary Committee hearing entitled "Dereliction of Duty: Examining the Inspector General’s Report on the FBI’s Handling of the Larry Nassar Investigation" —

"Under oath, FBI Director Christopher Wray promised changes at the bureau. It is my job as the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which oversees the FBI, to hold him to that promise."

The story of U.S. gymnasts victimized by former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar is a story of institutional failure that is not unique to those gymnasts, or even to the Olympics, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin writes.

09/14/2021
Nominations Hearing

WATCH LIVE: At 10:00 AM ET, the Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the nominations of Beth Robinson to the Second Circuit; Jennifer Sung to the Ninth Circuit; Rahul Gupta to be Director of National Drug Control Policy; and Elizabeth Prelogar to be Solicitor General.

08/03/2021
Hearing on Student Loan Bankruptcy Reform

WATCH LIVE: Currently 45 million Americans hold more than $1.7 trillion in student loan debt. Unlike most other types of debt, student loans are not dischargeable in bankruptcy except in extremely rare circumstances. It's time for #StudentLoanBankruptcyReform

08/02/2021

America is in the middle of a student debt crisis, with the total amount of debt reaching $1.7 trillion.

Today we'll be sharing stories of how this crisis is affecting Americans of every age and background. Head to our Twitter @JudiciaryDems and share your story by tweeting with #StudentLoanBankruptcyReform

07/28/2021
Hearing: Beefing up Competition

WATCH LIVE: At 2:30 PM ET, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing entitled “Beefing up Competition: Examining America’s Food Supply Chain” to discuss ways to provide more fairness and transparency for family farmers and consumers.

07/28/2021
Nominations Hearing

WATCH LIVE: At 10:00 AM ET, the Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on pending nominations. Today’s panels include Fourth Circuit nominee Toby Heytens, four district court nominees, and an Assistant AG.

07/27/2021
Hearing on Ransomware Attacks

WATCH LIVE: At 10:00 AM ET, SJC holds the first-ever full Judiciary Committee hearing on ransomware—the first Congressional testimony this year by the Justice Department and FBI on this threat.

07/21/2021
#FarmworkerLegalization

Throughout the instability of the pandemic, one thing has remained constant: our domestic food supply chain remained intact.

Our food supply is secure because of our 2.4 million farmworkers—half of whom are undocumented.

WATCH and show your support for #FarmworkerLegalization:

07/21/2021
Immigrant Farmworkers are Essential to Feeding America

WATCH LIVE: At 10:00 AM ET, SJC will hold a hearing entitled “Immigrant Farmworkers are Essential to Feeding America" to examine the essential contributions of immigrant farmworkers to our food supply and highlight the need for a path to citizenship for undocumented farmworkers.

07/17/2021
Remembering John Lewis

To remember and honor John Lewis is to defend the cause of his life: the sacred right to vote.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will work to advance the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. We will fight beside his spirit. We will get in good trouble.

We promise, Congressman.

07/14/2021
Restoring the Voting Rights Act after Brnovich & Shelby County

We must protect Americans’ right to vote.

HAPPENING NOW: As voting rights come under attack across the country, Senator Blumenthal’s Subcommittee on the Constitution is hearing from experts about this danger to the foundation of our democracy.

07/13/2021
The Sacred Right to Vote

The attacks on the ballot box we see today mirror the racist attacks on political rights at the turn of the 20th century.

The historic parallels are clear. To deny this vestige of Jim Crow is to ignore the realities of racism in America.

WATCH:

In case you missed it: Today, Attorney General Garland joined Deputy AG Lisa Monaco, Associate AG Vanita Gupta, and AAG ...
06/25/2021

In case you missed it: Today, Attorney General Garland joined Deputy AG Lisa Monaco, Associate AG Vanita Gupta, and AAG for Civil Rights Kristen Clarke to announce their latest actions to defend your right to vote.

This is what your senior Justice Department leadership looks like.

And they're just getting started.

In case you missed it: Today, Attorney General Garland joined Deputy AG Lisa Monaco, Associate AG Vanita Gupta, and AAG for Civil Rights Kristen Clarke to announce their latest actions to defend your right to vote.

This is what your senior Justice Department leadership looks like.

And they're just getting started.

06/23/2021
Nominations hearing

WATCH LIVE: At 9:30 AM ET, the Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on five executive and judicial nominations to the First Circuit, District of Massachusetts, District of New Jersey, DOJ Office of Legislative Affairs, and DOJ Office of Legal Counsel.

06/22/2021
Hearing: Subcommittee on Intellectual Property

WATCH LIVE: At 2:30 PM ET, Senator Leahy—Chair of the Subcommittee on Intellectual Property—holds a subcommittee hearing entitled "Protecting Real Innovations by Improving Patent Quality."

06/22/2021
End the Crack-Powder Co***ne Sentencing Disparity

This is our chance to come together to make substantial improvements to our criminal justice system by fixing one of the worst policies to come out of the failed war on drugs: the crack-powder disparity.

Congress needs to finish this job. WATCH:

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