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John Gramlich


John Gramlich covers legal affairs for CQ Roll Call. He previously covered justice policy as a staff writer with Stateline, the daily news service of the Pew Center on the States, and worked as a news producer with The Baltimore Sun. His work has been published in The Washington Post, Chicago Sun-Times, Houston Chronicle and other outlets.

A dual citizen of Germany and the United States, John is from Easton, Pennsylvania, and attended Penn State University and American University.

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Lee Proposes Supermajority to Pass Gun Control Bills

March 22, 2013

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, will offer an amendment to the Democrats’ fiscal 2014 budget resolution that seeks to require a two-thirds majority for the passage of any gun control legislation in the Senate.

DOJ Responds to Vitter on Voting Issue That Could Hinder Perez Nomination

March 22, 2013

The Justice Department responded Friday to Sen. David Vitter’s request for more information about its enforcement of a federal voter registration law — a response the Louisiana Republican demanded before deciding whether to drop his threat to block the nomination of Thomas Perez as the next Labor secretary.

Leahy-Paul Bill Would Relax Federal Sentencing Laws

March 20, 2013

Sens. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., introduced legislation Wednesday that would give federal judges leeway to hand down lesser criminal penalties than those called for under mandatory minimum sentencing laws.

Democrats Curb Gun Control Goals

March 19, 2013

Senior Senate Democrats bluntly acknowledged Tuesday that a proposed federal ban on assault weapons will not become law, bowing to the political calculus that only lesser gun control measures stand a chance of passing Congress, despite three months of emotional national debate since the Connecticut school massacre.

Vitter Vows to Block Perez Nomination for Labor Secretary

March 18, 2013

Sen. David Vitter, R-La., announced Monday that he will block President Barack Obama’s nominee for Labor secretary, Thomas E. Perez, until he receives more information about Perez’s enforcement of a federal voting law as the head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.

Perez's Nomination to Labor Post Already Facing GOP Criticism

March 18, 2013

President Barack Obama on Monday nominated Thomas E. Perez, an assistant attorney general at the Justice Department, as his next Labor secretary, saying he has “spent a career as a consensus builder.”

Spotlight Turns to Reid in Gun Control Debate

March 14, 2013

All eyes now shift to Harry Reid. With the Senate Judiciary Committee completing its work on a series of gun measures Thursday, the majority leader must determine his strategy for how the full chamber will move forward in response to last year’s Connecticut school shooting.

Permanent Gun Law Changes in Senate CR Irk Gun Control Advocates, Democrats

March 14, 2013

Gun control advocates and some congressional Democrats expressed frustration Thursday that the continuing resolution being debated on the Senate floor this week seeks to make several permanent policy changes related to firearms.

Perez's Record Could Fuel Labor Fight

March 11, 2013

If President Barack Obama names Thomas E. Perez as his next secretary of Labor, Senate Republicans will have a lengthy and contentious Washington track record to examine as they decide whether, or how strongly, to object to his nomination.

Panel Splits Sharply on Feinstein's Assault Weapons Plan

Feb. 27, 2013

Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee strongly disagreed Wednesday over a proposed reinstatement of the assault weapons ban, indicating that the panel may break along party lines when it marks up the legislation, possibly as early as Thursday.

Republicans Face Test in Upcoming Vote on Renewing Domestic Violence Law

Feb. 25, 2013

House Republican leaders may need every vote they can get this week when they bring to the floor a five-year reauthorization of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act.

Goodlatte Says House Will Act on Gun Legislation

Feb. 22, 2013

For the first time since the Dec. 14 mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, House Judiciary Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte said Friday that his chamber will take legislative action to curb gun violence.

NRA Chief Blasts Gun Language in State of the Union

Feb. 14, 2013

Wayne LaPierre, the chief executive officer of the National Rifle Association, assailed President Barack Obama on Thursday for not addressing school security more specifically during his State of the Union address.

House Republicans Noncommittal on Holding Gun Votes

Feb. 13, 2013

Republican reactions to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union call for tougher gun laws have run the gamut, with Oklahoma Sen. James M. Inhofe asserting that the proposals are a “disaster” and Illinois Sen. Mark S. Kirk expressing optimism that lawmakers can find some common ground.

Obama Makes Emotional Gun Control Plea in Speech Finale

Feb. 12, 2013

Congressional leaders must honor the memory of thousands of victims of gun violence by bringing up for a vote legislative proposals to curb such attacks, President Barack Obama declared during his State of the Union address Tuesday night, which was marked by the presence of dozens of shooting victims and family members seated in the House visitor galleries.

Democrats, Via Their Guest List, Will Spotlight Shooting Victims at Speech

Feb. 11, 2013

The human toll of gun violence will be front and center at President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night, with former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords joining more than two dozen shooting victims, their family members, first responders and others who will attend the speech as guests of Democratic lawmakers.

House Democrats Release Gun Proposals Largely Mirroring Obama's

Feb. 7, 2013

A task force of House Democrats released a set of 15 policy principles Thursday that it hopes to shape into legislation to help reduce gun violence, less than a month after President Barack Obama issued a virtually identical set of recommendations.

Supreme Court Won't Weigh In Yet on Obama NLRB Appointments

Feb. 6, 2013

The Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to intervene, at least for now, in the simmering legal dispute over President Barack Obama’s contested appointments to the National Labor Relations Board.

Senate Hearing Shows Support for Gun Background Checks, Trafficking Measures

Jan. 30, 2013

A combative and crowded Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence Wednesday exposed the deep divisions among lawmakers and advocates over the nation’s firearms policies. But the three-hour session also showed there is bipartisan support for strengthening the background check system for gun purchases and cracking down on gun traffickers.

Republicans Call for NLRB to Shut Down in Wake of Court Ruling on Appointees

Jan. 25, 2013

Senate Republicans won an important victory over President Barack Obama on Friday, when a federal appeals court ruled that his appointments to the National Labor Relations Board a year ago were unconstitutional. GOP lawmakers quickly responded by calling for the appointees to resign and for the board to shut down.

Feinstein, McCarthy Unveil Strengthened Assault Weapons Ban

Jan. 24, 2013

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., unveiled legislation Thursday that would reinstate and considerably expand the expired federal ban on assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines.

Democrats Tweaking Domestic Violence Legislation

Jan. 22, 2013

Democrats are reintroducing legislation this week that would renew the Violence Against Women Act for five years, and the updated proposal includes at least one key concession to Republicans.

In Apparent Reversal, Issa Criticizes ATF Nominee

Jan. 18, 2013

Rep. Darrell Issa blasted President Barack Obama’s nomination of B. Todd Jones to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as a “slap in the face” on Jan. 18 — less than a month after Issa appeared to endorse Jones for the job.

Obama's Sweeping Gun Agenda Met With Cool Republican Response

Jan. 16, 2013

President Barack Obama launched the most ambitious gun-control effort in nearly two decades on Wednesday, calling on a divided Congress to pass a raft of policy proposals little more than a month after a gunman fatally shot 20 first-graders and six educators at an elementary school in Connecticut.

NRA Launches Urgent Appeal Ahead of White House Gun Proposal

Jan. 15, 2013

The National Rifle Association issued an urgent appeal to its members Tuesday, asking them to “renew or upgrade” as the Obama administration prepared to release a proposal to stem gun violence.

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