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Republicans Make it Virtually Impossible to Repeal Special Tax Breaks for the Wealthy or Big Oil and Gas Producers, But It Would Allow Congress to Destroy Medicare or Veterans' Hospitals by Simple Majority

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Today, House Judiciary Democrats continued to fight back Republican efforts to impose extreme Medicare cuts with a constitutional amendment, in the Committee’s third day-mark up of H.J. Res 1, the Republican balanced budget constitutional amendment. H.J. Res. 1 would amend the U.S. Constitution to require a balanced budget and a super majority vote of both houses in order to run a deficit, increas... Read more »

Judiciary Committee Republicans Defend Corporate Tax Loopholes

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Today, Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) opposed the Republican balanced budget proposal that would enshrine special interest tax loopholes into the Constitution.In support of Congressman Mel Watt’s (D-N.C.) amendment to eliminate the protection of special interest tax breaks, Conyers noted:The Republican proposal would take more than $1 trillion in tax breaks for favo... Read more »

Conyers Fights to Protect Medicare From Republican Slash-and-Burn Budget Amendment

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Today, at the House Judiciary markup of H.J. Res 1, the Republican balanced budget constitutional amendment, Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), offered an amendment that would exempt Medicare from the draconian budget proposal. H.J. Res. 1 would amend the U.S. Constitution to require a balanced budget and a super majority vote of both houses in order to run a deficit, increase taxes, rais... Read more »

Conyers, Clarke Call for the Federal Government to Respond to Anti-Muslim Sentiment

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Tags: Antitrust

Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) and Congressman Hansen Clarke (D-Mich.) called for the federal government to take the necessary steps to counter anti-Muslim sentiment.“We believe that this sense of Congress is a logical step toward sending the message that the American Muslim community should be able to enjoy the rights guaranteed under the Constitution ... Read more »

Conyers and Markey Raise Concerns Surrounding AT&T/T-Mobile Merger's Impact on Consumers

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Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) and Congressman Ed Markey (D-Mass.), a senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and former chairman of the Communications, Technology and the Internet Subcommittee, held a press conference to raise antitrust and public interest concerns surrounding the proposed merger of AT&T and T-Mobile wireless telecommunicati... Read more »

Conyers: A Fair Legal System is Vital to Economic Prosperity

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Today, after the House Judiciary Constitution Subcommittee Hearing on litigation’s effect on America’s global competitiveness, Committee Ranking Member John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) dismissed the fallacy that tilting the playing field in favor of corporations and leaving individual citizens without recourse in the courtroom would solve all of America’s economic woes. “I have always argued that our le... Read more »

Conyers: Limited Government Party Turns Out to Be a Party of the Unlimited

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Today, at a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on H.R. 1932, Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) criticized the bill as a massive, unconstitutional expansion of the government’s ability to detain immigrants for many years—even indefinitely—with little or no procedural protections at all.“It is ironic that this bill comes from the Judiciary Committee leadership that should be prote... Read more »

Conyers: TPS Extension Will Significantly Support Haiti Recovery and Save Thousands of Lives

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Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) commended Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano for granting his request for an extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti nationals. Effective July 23, 2011, the extension will allow eligible Haiti nationals to remain in the U.S. for an additional 18 months and expand TPS designation to H... Read more »

Conyers: COPS Bill Will Create Jobs and Reduce Crime

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Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) joined Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) in introducing H.R. 1896, the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Improvements Act of 2011. The proposal would establish legislative authority for the COPS Office at the Justice Department to: administer grants for the hiring of police officers and deputy sheriffs, reestab... Read more »

Conyers Introduces Bill to Crack Down on OPEC Oil Cartel and Protect Consumers From Gasoline Price Gouging

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Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) introduced H.R. 1899, the “Oil Consumer Protection Act of 2011,” to subject the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to U.S. antitrust laws, prohibiting oil and gas companies from unilaterally withholding gasoline supply to create a shortage, with the intent of raising prices.“You do not have to look very h... Read more »