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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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Obama Reviews Gun Proposals; Emanuel Offers Advice

Jan. 14, 2013

President Barack Obama said Monday that he would detail his administration’s proposals to prevent gun violence later this week, even as his former chief of staff provided him with some unsolicited advice about how to push gun control legislation through a bitterly divided Congress.

Holder Stays as Attorney General; Conflicts With House Likely to Continue

Jan. 9, 2013

Despite being the first attorney general ever to be held in contempt of Congress, Eric H. Holder Jr. intends to stay in his post for the foreseeable future, the Justice Department confirmed on Wednesday.

Giffords Launches Effort to Counter Gun-Rights Lobby

Jan. 8, 2013

Two years to the day after she was shot in the head in a failed assassination attempt while meeting with constituents, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly launched an advocacy effort Tuesday intended to prevent gun violence.

Immigration Enforcement Is Top Priority, Report Finds

Jan. 7, 2013

Many congressional Republicans have long insisted that tougher enforcement should be the first step of any immigration law overhaul. But a report released Monday finds that the federal government already spends more on immigration enforcement every year than it does on all of its criminal law enforcement agencies combined.

Gun Group's Rhetoric Signals Tough Road for Legislation

Dec. 17, 2012

Amid an outpouring of condolences after last week’s deadly shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, the reaction from one gun-rights group stood out.

Congress Unlikely to Embrace New Gun Laws Following Connecticut Shooting

Dec. 14, 2012

President Barack Obama’s call for “meaningful action” following one of the deadliest mass shootings in American history — and one of the most shocking, with 20 children killed — is likely to face a tough road in Congress and in the lobbying circles that influence it.

House GOP Boosts Funds for DOMA Legal Defense

Dec. 13, 2012

House Republicans have quietly raised the value of a contract with a private law firm that is handling the chamber’s Supreme Court defense of a 1996 federal law that defines marriage as the union between a man and a woman.

Leahy Wants Clarification on State Marijuana Laws

Dec. 13, 2012

Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick J. Leahy is asking the Obama administration to clarify its position on the recreational use of marijuana, which two states legalized by referendum Nov. 6 but remains illegal under federal law.

Federal Court Becomes New Front in Filibuster Battle

Dec. 10, 2012

The debate over the filibuster moved into a federal courtroom Monday, as four House Democrats and other plaintiffs outlined a lawsuit they have filed against the Senate over the controversial use of the parliamentary maneuver.

Supreme Court Will Hear Same-Sex Marriage Cases

Dec. 7, 2012

The Supreme Court on Friday announced that it would hear two same-sex marriage cases before the end of its term: one related to a California ballot proposition and another related to the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

Immigration Overhaul Emissaries Wait in House

Dec. 3, 2012

With an immigration overhaul on next year’s agenda, House Republicans must decide which members of their conference will play a visible role in the negotiations — an important consideration for a party that is struggling to attract Latino voters.

Hispanic Caucus Unveils Principles It Requires in an Immigration Overhaul

Nov. 28, 2012

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus, emboldened after an election in which Latino voters overwhelmingly supported President Barack Obama, released a nine-point list of principles Wednesday that the group insists must be part of any immigration overhaul.

Judge Rules Against Store Chain on Contraception

Nov. 20, 2012

A federal judge in Oklahoma has ruled that a national chain of Christian-owned arts and crafts stores is not exempt from a Health and Human Services rule requiring private employers to offer workers no-cost birth control as part of their health insurance plans.

Democrats Propose Speeding Up Voting

Nov. 15, 2012

Efforts to improve election administration and address the long lines that greeted voters on Election Day shifted to Capitol Hill on Thursday as House and Senate lawmakers unveiled related bills.

Republicans Split on Judicial Nominees

Nov. 14, 2012

President Barack Obama’s re-election last week has exposed an internal rift among Republican senators over whether to clear the way for confirmation votes on long-stalled judicial nominations during the lame-duck session or delay them until the next Congress.

Lawmakers Turn Attention to FBI Agent in Petraeus Probe

Nov. 13, 2012

A senior member of the House Judiciary Committee suggested Tuesday that Congress will need to look into the conduct of the FBI agent who helped launch the investigation that prompted David H. Petraeus to resign as CIA director.

House GOP Pledges to Continue DOJ Oversight

Nov. 13, 2012

The possible departure of Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is unlikely to improve the icy relationship between the Republican-led House and the Justice Department, GOP lawmakers and aides say.

Hill Questions FBI's Petraeus Investigation Protocol

Nov. 12, 2012

Lawmakers from both parties expressed frustration Monday that the FBI did not inform them that it was conducting an investigation that included former CIA Director David H. Petraeus. But it’s not at all clear that the agency violated protocol — or the law — in keeping the inquiry to itself.

As Incoming Judiciary Chairman, Goodlatte Will Face Immigration, Criminal Law, Civil Rights

Nov. 2, 2012

Virginia Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte is a mild-mannered Republican known for his expertise in agriculture and Internet policy. But when he takes over the Judiciary Committee as expected next year, the promotion will put him at the center of bruising debates over immigration, criminal law and civil rights.

Law Enforcement Cautions Against Sequester’s Effect on Justice Grants

Oct. 25, 2012

State and local law enforcement officials, including prosecutors, police and drug enforcement agents, are joining the chorus of advocates warning against the effects of the automatic federal spending cuts scheduled to go into effect in January.

Latino Group Expects Gains in Congressional Elections

Oct. 23, 2012

The number of Latinos elected to the new Congress will increase by at least three seats in the House and one seat in the Senate, a national Latino advocacy group projects.

Appeals Court to Congress: No Reneging on Automatic Judicial Pay Hike

Oct. 21, 2012

A federal appeals court has ruled that Congress cannot retroactively take away cost-of-living adjustments promised to federal judges in a 1989 law, handing an important victory to the judiciary in its long-running effort to raise judicial compensation.

New Health Care Overhaul Challenge Hinges on Origination Clause Test

Oct. 8, 2012

A lawsuit pending in federal district court seeks to throw out the 2010 health care overhaul, contending the “tax” at the center of the law’s requirement that most Americans obtain health insurance did not originate in the House as the Constitution requires.

Republicans Raise More Questions About Administration’s Prison Purchase

Oct. 3, 2012

Republicans are pointing to nuanced legal positions taken by the Obama administration as evidence it may be planning to transfer detainees held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to a prison in Illinois, despite repeated denials by administration and Democratic officials.

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