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Conyers: “President Lacks Power under Constitution to Launch U.S. Into War in Libya”

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Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, today issued a following statement today calling for an immediate emergency session to debate the authorization of military force in Libya. “Article I, Section 8, clause 11 of the Constitution grants Congress – not the President – the power ‘to declare war,’ stated Conyers. While the legislative and executive branch... Read more »

Conyers Introduces the PLAY Act, the "Prevent Lockout of Athletes This Year Act"

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House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued the following statement regarding the National Football League’s lockout and the special broadcast television antitrust exemption enjoyed by professional football: As you know, over the weekend the NFL Players Association decertified, the collective bargaining agreement expired, and the owners of the National Football Leag... Read more »

Conyers: Republicans Continue to Push Divisive Social Agenda That Has Nothing to Do With Jobs

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Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr.(D-Mich.) spoke forcefully against H.R. 3, the misleadingly named, “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” during a Judiciary Committee markup. If enacted, H.R. 3 would expand current restrictions on abortion and impose an unprecedented penalty – by use of the tax code – on privately-funded health care choices made by women and their... Read more »

Conyers: Deporting 11 Million Is Not a Jobs Plan

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Today, at a hearing on “Making Immigration Work for American Minorities,” House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) rejected the argument that widespread job displacement among African Americans is a result from immigration.At the hearing, Mr. Conyers delivered the following remarks:We come here today under the guise of protecting American workers. But we have yet to see... Read more »

Conyers: Women and Hispanic Farmer Settlement Restores Confidence in USDA

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Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced plans to settle the discrimination claims of women and Hispanic farmers and ranchers against the USDA. “The voluntary claims process announced today by the USDA is a welcome step toward resolving claims of discr... Read more »

Conyers Issues Committee Report on GOP Budget Proposals -- America On the Brink

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Today, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, issued a report, “America on the Brink,” detailing the impact of the GOP budget proposals as well as the impact of a possible government shutdown on justice and judiciary related areas.“Rather than funding programs that will lead to job creation and help get our nation’s economy back on track, the Hous... Read more »

ADVISORY: Conyers to Host Forum on the Impact of Budget Proposals on Justice, Job Creation, Public Safety, and Civil Liberties

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On Thursday, February 24th, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) will host a forum on the impact that the GOP’s budget proposal – and the looming government shutdown – will have on job creation, public safety, and America’s justice system. Some of the federal programs that will be critically affected by H.R. 1, the Republican continuing resolution that passed the U.... Read more »

Conyers: Too Much Surveillance Will Hinder Innovation and Cost Jobs

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Today, at the House Judiciary Crime Subcommittee Committee Hearing on “Going Dark: Lawful Electronic Surveillance in the Face of New Technologies,” Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) emphasized the dangers of legislating new requirements desired by law enforcement on all communications companies. Mr. Conyers criticized the possibility that the administration may propose that all communicat... Read more »

Conyers: Constitutional Text and History Proves the Validity of Health Care's Minimum Coverage Requirement

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Today, at the House Judiciary Full Committee’s Hearing on the “Constitutionality of the Individual Mandate,” Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) and his Democratic colleagues stressed how the Affordable Healthcare Act’s foundations are constitutionally sound, invoking the Constitution’s plain language, past Supreme Court cases, and the establishment of federal programs, such as Medicare and... Read more »

Conyers Rejects State Bankruptcy Option as Being Unnecessary

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Today, at the Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law Hearing on the Role of Public Employee Pensions in Contributing to State Insolvency, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. rejected the proposal to have states file for bankruptcy to relieve them of their contractual obligations, such as collective bargaining agreements and pension funding commit... Read more »