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The House Judiciary Committee, formally called the United States House Committee on the Judiciary, is a standing committee in the United States House of Representatives. Its responsibilities include overseeing matters of justice in federal courts, administrative agencies, and federal law enforcement agencies. The committee is also responsible for the impeachment of federal government officials.

The current Chairman of the Judiciary Committee is Rep. Lamar Smith, a Republican of Texas. Due to their majority in the House, Republicans make up a majority of seats on the committee; twenty-three seats are held by Republicans, and sixteen are held by Democrats.

Stop Online Piracy ActEdit

The Stop Online Piracy Act was introduced into the House by Chairman Smith on October 26, 2011. The Judiciary Committee considered the bill and held a hearing on November 16, 2011 to discuss issues and matters related to the legislation.

SOPA underwent markup on December 15, 2011, during which time a number of amendments were proposed but rejected by members of the committee. SOPA enjoys strong support from the members and is expected to pass out of committee once Smith schedules a vote.

Committee membersEdit

The following members of the House sit on the House Judiciary Committee:

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