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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte Outlines Panel's Agenda

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Wednesday, February 27 2013

Curbing 'frivolous' patent litigation, ensuring the safety of the nation's digital infrastructure, and taking another look at an outdated electronic data storage law are all at the top of the agenda for the House Judiciary Committee, said its chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte, a Republican from Virginia, on Wednesday.

Goodlatte made the remarks at a breakfast in Washington, D.C. hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

"We should recognize that while technology has brought tremendous improvements to our quality of life, these advances have also brought about significant vulnerability," Goodlatte said in a copy of his speech sent out to reporters from his press office. "Cyberattacks are a direct threat to our economic prosperity, privacy, and way of life. The Judiciary Committee will make it a priority to enhance our nation's vulnerable systems and protect our networks and computers and ensure our national security and economic well-being."

The committee will also dive into an examination of the Obama Administration's assassination-by-drone program, he said, with a hearing on the subject scheduled on Tuesday afternoon.

Goodlatte also mentioned immigration reform as being a priority for the committee. The panel is also likely to look at gun control legislation, but the idea of universal background checks is not likely to be incorporated in the committee's work, reports POLITICO.