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Nadler Applauds House Passage of 10 Judiciary Bills

Washington, June 23, 2021

Washington, D.C. - Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed 10 bills in the Committee's jurisdiction:

"I am extremely proud of the bipartisan legislation that passed the House today which will advance much-needed reforms to our criminal justice system, clean up our federal code, and expand access to justice. I applaud my colleagues for working together to pass these bills and look forward to seeing their advancement."

The House of Representatives passed the following bills: 

H.R. 983, Preventing Crimes Against Veterans Act of 2021

The Preventing Crimes Against Veterans Act, introduced by Representatives Ted Deutch (D-FL) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), makes it a crime to knowingly engage in any scheme to defraud a veteran of his or her veteran’s benefits. The bill was passed by a vote of 416-5.

H.R. 2694, the Criminal Judicial Administration Act of 2021

The Criminal Judicial Administration Act, introduced by Representatives Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Chip Roy (R-TX), authorizes courts, in the interest of justice, to order the U.S. Marshals to cover roundtrip travel and subsistence for defendants who must attend court hearings, but who cannot afford to pay this on their own. It also authorizes magistrate judges to hear post-judgment motions in misdemeanor cases in which he or she exercised trial jurisdiction. 

H.R. 2922, the Elder Abuse Protection Act of 2021

The Elder Abuse Protection Act, introduced by Representatives Sylvia R. Garcia (D-TX) and Victoria Spartz (R-IN), would establish the Elder Justice Initiative as a permanent part of the Department of Justice. It would also require the Elder Justice Initiative to post materials online to help identify elder abuse and report it, and it would charge the Initiative with translating materials it prepares aimed at the public into Spanish. 

H.R. 961, the Justice for Juveniles Act

The Justice for Juveniles Act, introduced by Representatives Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA) and Kelly Armstrong (R-ND), eliminates the administrative exhaustion requirement of the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) for incarcerated youth before they may file a lawsuit challenging the conditions of their incarceration. The administrative requirement, as applied to youth, is inconsistent with today’s scientific understanding of the cognitive development of young people.

H.R. 3239, To make improvements in the enactment of title 41, United States Code, into a positive law title and to improve the Code

H.R. 3239, introduced by Representative Scott Fitzgerald (R-WI), would make minor technical changes to title 41 of the United States Code, which pertains to public contracts. 

H.R. 3241, To make improvements in the enactment of title 54, United States Code, into a positive law title and to improve the Code

H.R. 3241, introduced by Representative Cori Bush (D-MO), would make minor technical changes to title 54 of the United States Code, which pertains to the National Park Service and related programs.

H.R. 704, the Artistic Recognition for Talented Students (ARTS) Act

The ARTS Act, introduced by Representatives Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Nancy Mace (R-SC), and Darrell Issa (R-CA), directs the Register of Copyrights to waive the application fee to register a copyright for students who have won the Congressional Art Competition or the Congressional App Challenge.

H.R. 2571, the Advancing Mutual Interests and Growing Our Success (AMIGOS) Act

The AMIGOS Act, introduced by Representative David N. Cicilline (D-RI), allows citizens of Portugal to participate in the E-1 and E-2 visa programs for traders and investors if Portugal provides reciprocal treatment to U.S. citizens. 

S. 1340, To amend title 28, United States Code, to redefine the eastern and middle judicial districts of North Carolina 

S. 1340, which is identical to H.R. 2746 introduced by Representative Deborah Ross (D-NC), redefines the boundaries of the Middle and Eastern Districts of North Carolina to place Fort Bragg and Camp Mackall entirely within the Eastern District. 

H.R. 2679, the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association Charter Amendments Act of 2021

H.R. 2679, introduced by Representative Steve Chabot (R-OH) and Jamie Raskin (D-MD), makes changes to the federal charter for the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association to give it the flexibility it needs to operate well into the future, without the need for further congressional amendment.