New Members of Color on House Judiciary
The 2018 midterm elections changed control of the House of Representative and added new members, and as a result, top Committees have seen the addition of new faces. Members joining the House Judiciary Committee -- which is charged with overseeing the administration of justice within the federal courts, administrative agencies, and federal law enforcement entities -- in the 116th Congress include Lou Correa (D-CA), Verónica Escobar (D-TX), Sylvia García (D-TX), Lucy McBath (D-GA), Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL), and Joe Neguse (D-CO), among others. And they’ll have their hands full: the Committee will have to decide whether there are grounds to impeach the president, should it come to that, and Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) has already started requesting answers about the Robert Mueller probe from the FBI and others. They also have jurisdiction over immigration and border security, admission of refugees, voting rights, and all matters concerning the U.S. Constitution. And as we told you on Wednesday, the Committee may also look at Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. One more note: on Wednesday, we told you about some of the new members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government. Also joining the Committee: Jimmy Gómez (CA), Stacey Plaskett (VI), Brenda Lawrence (MI), and Robin Kelly (IL). More here.