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Feb. 23, 2016

The Washington Times Opinion: Focus on real, not imaginary, problems, by David Keene

This post originally appeared in The Washington Times on February 23, 2016.

Congressional committee chairmen are a pretty turf-conscious bunch and don’t like it when their work meets resistance from outside their own committee.

Virginia’s Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, fits this mold, as he tends to dismiss those who question his committee’s motives or wisdom. This is a hard-headed quality that makes him an effective congressional leader, but can prove troublesome and incredibly frustrating to outsiders who raise questions about legislation originating in his committee.