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Chairmanship puts Goodlatte in national spotlight

Published On: Dec 24 2013 03:36:10 AM EST   Updated On: Aug 20 2013 12:07:49 AM EDT

It was held in Verona, Virginia, and focused on immigration

SALEM, Va. -

6th District Congressman Bob Goodlatte knew the chairmanship of the House Judiciary Committee would put him in the national spotlight. What he didn't expect was how many high-profile issues would hit the committee so quickly.

"When I became Chairman," Goodlatte said in an interview Monday morning, "I didn't know that so many of these issues would come to the fore during the first 6-7 months as Chairman, but we're ready for it."

Sunday morning, Goodlatte appeared on the CBS program Face the Nation.

24 hours later, he was back in the 6th District visiting Carter Machinery in Salem.  He met privately with executives of the company, and then took questions from a group of employees.  The issues they raised included health care reform, abuses by the Internal Revenue Service and the attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya.

"Also concerns about the National Security Agency," Goodlatte said in an interview after his remarks, "some of the intelligence gathering that's going on, Americans wanting to know whether their private data is being gathered by the government."

Goodlatte was also planning to attend a town hall meeting Monday night in Augusta County, where supporters of immigration reform were expected to turn out in force.