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Letters & Testimony

The ABA frequently corresponds with Members of Congress, the Executive Branch and other governmental bodies and testifies before Congress on matters of importance to the administration of justice and the legal profession.

118th Congress

4/9/2024
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network
ABA Urges Treasury Department to Protect Client Confidentiality in Final Residential Real Estate Anti-Money Laundering Rule

09/14/2023
Senator Durbin and Senator Grassley
ABA Letter in Support of S. Res. 333, a Resolution to Designate 2024 as the Year of Democracy

07/11/2023
State Department
ABA Expresses Continued Support for the Singapore Convention on Mediation, Urges State Department to Seek Prompt Senate Approval

117th Congress

11/21/2022
House Committee on Natural Resources
ABA Letter in Support of H.R. 3587, the Requirements, Expectations, and Standard Procedures for Effective Consultation with Tribes (RESPECT) Act

11/09/2022
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
ABA Urges FERC Not to Adopt New Duty of Candor Rule Requiring Energy Lawyers to Disclose Privileged and Other Confidential Client Information

6/24/2022
House Leadership
ABA Letter of Support for Bipartisan Legislative Actions to Reduce Gun Violence

6/01/2022
Senate Bipartisan Working Group on Gun Violence
ABA Letter in Support of Bipartisan Legislative Actions to Reduce the Risk of Gun Violence

5/27/2022
House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch
ABA Letter in Support of the Library of Congress' FY23 Budget

5/27/2022
Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch
ABA President Reginald Turner Submits Testimony to the U.S. Senate in Support of the Library of Congress

4/20/2022
Financial Action Task Force
ABA Urges FATF Not to Adopt New International Anti-Money Laundering Guidance to the Real Estate Sector Requiring Lawyers to Disclose Protected Client Information

4/13/2022
Arizona Board of Executive Clemency
ABA Letter Regarding the Case of Arizona Death-Row Prisoner Clarence Dixon

2/7/2022
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network
Global Investigations Division
ABA Urges FinCEN Not to Adopt New Rule Requiring Real Estate Lawyers to Disclose Confidential Client Information or Comply with Other Bank Secrecy Act Regulations

11/8/21
Brenda Mallory, Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality for the Executive Office of the President
ABA Letter Requesting Support for a United Nations Resolution Recognizing the Right to a Healthy Environment

10/5/21
Secretary of State Antony Blinken
ABA Expresses Support for Singapore Convention on Mediation, Urges State Department to Seek Prompt Senate Approval

9/27/21
Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution
ABA Letter Regarding the September 28th Hearing on Toxic Conservatorships: The Need for Reform

8/3/21
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives 
ABA Comments on Proposal Addressing “Definition of ‘Frame or Receiver’ and Identification of Firearms”

4/20/21
Senate Leadership
ABA Letter Opposing the Persuader Rule Provision in the PRO Act 

3/29/2021
Senate Judiciary Committee
ABA Urges Senate Judiciary Committee to Consider Proposals Aimed at Curbing Gun Violence

3/15/21
New Congressional Members
ABA Letter Welcoming New Senators...ABA Letter Welcoming New Representatives...

2/4/2021
Congressional LeadershipABA Urges Congressional Leadership to Support Supplemental LSC Funding

116th Congress

11/13/20
Haiti Prime Minister Jouthe
ABA Letter Regarding the Assassination of Monferrier Dorval, president of the Port-Au-Prince Bar Association

9/8/20
Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee and the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee
ABA Letter to FEMA to Implement the Disaster Legal Services (DLS) Program

6/5/2020
Department of the Treasury and Small Business Administration
ABA Comments Regarding the SBA Paycheck Protection Program Interim Final Rules

5/11/2020
Department of Health and Human Services
ABA Letter Opposing PSDA Requirement Waivers

4/9/2020
House and Senate Appropriations Committees
ABA Thanks Congress for Emergency LSC Funding, Requests Additional LSC Funding to Address COVID-19 Pandemic

3/24/2020
Executive Office for Immigration Review and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement
ABA Letter to EOIR and ICE to Protect Individuals Working In and Appearing Before Immigration Courts

3/19/2020
House and Senate Appropriations Committees
ABA Urges Congress to Include Supplemental Emergency LSC Funding in Stimulus Bill 

3/12/2020
U.S. House and Senate Leadership
ABA Letter Regarding the Impact of COVID-19 on Associations, Nonprofits, and Other Tax-Exempt Organizations

12/23/2019
Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen of the Department of Justice ABA Letter Urging Justice Department to Issue Guidance on Federal Government Lawyer Participation in Bar Associations

9/17/2019
Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance ProgramsABA Letter to Withdraw the Proposed Rule of Religious Exemption in Executive Order 11246

115th Congress

5/23/18
Senate Appropriations Committee
ABA Letter in Support of the Library of Congress's FY2019 Budget Request

3/30/18
House Appropriations Committee
ABA Letter in Support of the Library of Congress's FY2019 Budget Request

3/7/18
Senate Judiciary Committee
ABA Letter Supporting Legislative Steps to Reduce Gun Violence

11/30/17
Attorney General Jeff Sessions
ABA Letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions Urging Diversity in U.S. Attorney Candidates

6/19/17
Senate Appropriations Subcommittee
ABA Letter in Support of the Library of Congress's FY2018 Budget Request

5/3/17
House Appropriations Subcommittee
ABA Letter in Support of the Library of Congress's FY2018 Budget Request

114th Congress

10/24/16
Consumer Financial Protection BureauABA Urges CFPB to Protect the Attorney-Client Privilege in New Rules Governing Disclosure of Confidential Information

5/24/16
Chairman and Ranking Member of House Financial Services Committee Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing ABA Opposes H.R. 4450, the “Incorporation Transparency and Law Enforcement Assistance Act,” Supports Other Means to Fight Money Laundering

5/18/15
U.S. Senate and House of Representatives
Letter Introducing the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources as a Resource for Congress

4/6/15
Senate Finance Committee
ABA Urges Congress to Reject Harmful Tax Proposals Affecting Law Firms

4/6/15
House Ways & Means Committee
ABA Urges Congress to Reject Harmful Tax Proposals Affecting Law Firms

112th Congress

9/21/2011
Office of Labor-Management Standards
ABA Opposes OMB's Persuader Rule

111th Congress

11/5/2009
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee 
ABA Testimony to Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Opposing S. 569