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Conyers: Republicans Jeopardizing Health and Safety of all Americans In Pursuit of Ideological Agenda

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Today, the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law held a hearing entitled, “H.R. 2122, the ‘Regulatory Accountability Act of 2013.” Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued the following statement as his opening remarks: “The so-called ‘Regulatory Accountability Act’ – which effectively will prevent agencies from issuing regulations – is among... Read more »

Conyers, Goodlatte, Sensenbrenner, and Scott Statement on Meeting with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

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Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Ranking Member John Conyers (D-Mich.), Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.) and Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-Va.) met with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to discuss his sworn congressional testimony and the search warrant for James Rosen’s e-mails. After the mee... Read more »

Conyers Calls on Judiciary Republicans to Abandon Partisan, Piecemeal Approach to Immigration Reform

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Today, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee held a full committee Markup of H.R. 2131, the “Supplying Knowledge-based Immigrants and Lifting Levels of STEM Visas Act (The SKILLS Visa Act).” This comes on the heels of a full committee Markup yesterday of H.R. 1772, the “Legal Workforce Act,” that would make E-Verify, an electronic employment verification system, mandatory for all employers. Following... Read more »

Conyers Hails Historic Supreme Court Ruling as Victory for Marriage Equality

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Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in a 5-4 decision, that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. Section 3 defined marriage for purposes of federal law as the legal union of a man and woman, thus denying thousands of married gay and lesbian couples federal responsibilities and rights provided all other married couples. Following the decision by the Supreme Court, Congress... Read more »

Bipartisan Judiciary Members: Supreme Court Acknowledges the Work of the Voting Rights Act is Not Complete

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Today, senior members of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee including John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr, (R-Wis.), Melvin L. Watt (D-N.C.), and Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) released this statement addressing the Supreme Court ruling in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder that overturned the coverage formula for Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. In a 5-4 decision, the Court voted "Our... Read more »

Conyers: Supreme Court’s Ruling in Shelby County v. Holder Undermines Critical Protections in Voting Rights Act

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Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder. In a 5-4 decision, the Court overturned the coverage formula for Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, stating that, "Our decision in no way affects the permanent, nationwide ban on racial discrimination in voting found in [Section] 2. We issue no holding on [Section] 5 itself, only on the coverage formula. Congress may draft a... Read more »

Conyers Statement on Edward Snowden Disclosures

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(DETROIT) – Following continued national security leaks by Edward Snowden, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued the following statement: “It is unfortunate that so much of Congress and the media’s focus is on the whereabouts of Edward Snowden. We should focus our time and attention on ensuring that law-abiding Americans are not unnecessarily subject to intrusive surveillance; making sure... Read more »

Conyers: Republican Agriculture Guestworker Plan is Nothing More Than “Self-Deportation”

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Yesterday, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee held a full committee markup of H.R. 1773, the “Agricultural Guestworker Act.” Following the markup, Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued the following statement: “The agriculture sector in the United States relies on more than a million undocumented workers to toil in our fields and put food on our tables. These workers are essential to o... Read more »

Conyers: Republican Nationwide Abortion Ban is Both Dangerous and Unconstitutional

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Today, the U.S. House of Representatives considered H.R. 1797 the, “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” on the House floor. The legislation, which imposes a nationwide ban on abortions performed after 20 weeks, passed the House by a vote of 228 to 196. Following the passage of this legislation, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued the following statement: “Following multiple weeks... Read more »

Conyers: Extreme Republican Legislation is a Non-Starter for Immigration Reform

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Today, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee held a full committee markup of H.R. 2278, the “Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement (SAFE) Act.” Following his opening remarks, Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued the following statement: “Rather than embrace the bipartisan spirit that is driving the passage of comprehensive immigration reform closer to reality in the Senate, my House Republi... Read more »