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Congressman George Holding

Representing the 13th District of North Carolina

Congressman George Holding Named to Overcriminalization Task Force

May 7, 2013
Press Release
For Immediate Release: May 7, 2013
Contact: Lindsay Hamilton, 202-225-3032
Congressman George Holding Named to Overcriminalization Task Force
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Judiciary Committee authorized the creation of an Overcriminalization Task Force of 2013, which will focus on assessing current federal criminal laws to find areas for improvement. Congressman George Holding was named to the bipartisan task force and released the following statement:
“I’m excited to be joining the Overcriminalization Task Force. As a former U.S. Attorney, I look forward to contributing to the conversation about how we can improve our federal laws. As new federal criminal laws are created, so are burdensome federal regulations – we must look at whether federal criminal laws are efficient, relevant, and protect personal freedom.
Those who break the law must be held responsible, and they should be held accountable at an appropriate level. There are areas where our current federal criminal code unnecessarily overreaches into state and local jurisdiction, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure that the federal role is appropriately defined.”
Background: The House Judiciary Committee Overcriminalization Task Force of 2013 led by Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.) and Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-Va.), will conduct hearings and investigate issues related to over-criminalization and over-federalization. Congressman Holding will serve as one of five Republicans on the task force.
Currently, there are approximately 4,500 federal crimes in the U.S. criminal code. Many of these laws are unnecessary because they are redundant. Over the past thirty years, Congress has been averaging 500 new crimes per decade. This has increased the number of federal regulations, often imposing criminal penalties without requiring that criminal intent be shown to establish guilt. The Overcriminalization Task Force will assess how to reduce federal overreach and ensure that lawbreakers are held responsible while also protecting constitutional rights and civil liberties.