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Conyers Joins Cummings and Former Oversight Committee Chairmen in Filing Brief Opposing Republican Fast and Furious Contempt Lawsuit

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Today, John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, joined Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, in filing an amicus brief in the contempt lawsuit brought by House Republicans against Attorney General Eric H. Holder relating to Operation Fast and Furious. They were joined by two other House Member... Read more »

Reps. Scott and Conyers Lead Letter Requesting Clemency on Unfair Crack Sentences

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Today, Representative Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-Va.), Ranking Member of the Crime Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee, and Representative John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the full House Judiciary Committee, led a letter from House members to President Obama requesting that he establish a process for considering appropriate clemency for those in prison who were sentenced pr... Read more »

Conyers Offers Sympathies to Victims of Newtown Shooting, Calls for Legislation to Reduce Gun Violence

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(DETROIT) –Representative John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued the following statement today in response to the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut: “Today, our hearts go out to the victims of the horrific shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. We offer our condolences to their families. “The level of gun violence in this country is unacceptable. There have been too ma... Read more »

Conyers, Nadler, and Scott Urge Greater Scrutiny of Administration’s Drone Program

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This morning, the House Judiciary Committee held a Full Committee Markup of H. Res. 819, “Directing the Attorney General of the United States to transmit to the House of Representatives, not later than 14 days after the date of the adoption of this resolution, any documents and legal memoranda in the Attorney General’s possession relating to the practice of targeted killing of United States citize... Read more »

Remembering Jack Brooks, Former Judiciary Committee Chairman

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Late Tuesday evening, former representative, and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Jack Brooks (D-Texas) passed away in his hometown of Beaumont in Texas. Representative John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued this statement following the news of his passing: “I am sad to learn that my former colleague and friend Jack Brooks has passed away. “As long-time members of the House Judiciary Committ... Read more »

Conyers Applauds Sixth Circuit’s Upholding Affirmative Action in Michigan

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Yesterday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit rejected Michigan’s ban on affirmative action in the state - Proposal 2 - which was passed by voters in 2006 as an amendment to the state constitution. The Court found that Proposal 2 deprives minorities of equal protection of the law by creating a structural burden that minority students would have to shoulder in order to address... Read more »

Joined by Six Members of Congress, Conyers Announces Continuing Investigation of Voting Rights

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(DETROIT) – Today, Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), joined by Subcommittee on the Constitution Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Subcommittee on Elections Ranking Member Charles Gonzalez (D-TX), along with Representatives John Lewis (D-GA), Judy Chu (D-CA), and Marcia Fudge (D-OH), a... Read more »

Ranking Democrats Demand Answers from Republican Chairman After Felony Arrest for Voter Registration Fraud by RNC Contractor

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(DETROIT) – Today, the top Democratic members on committees responsible for elections, the Judiciary, and Oversight sent a second letter to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus calling on him to make clear the RNC’s associations with individuals and companies charged with acts of voter registration fraud in states across the country. This letter followed an earlier letter from the... Read more »

Conyers Lauds Supreme Court’s Rejection of Ohio Early Voting Case

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(DETROIT) – Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court denied the state of Ohio’s request for review of their early voting case. Previously, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, as well as a lower court in Ohio, ordered the state to remove restrictions to early voting the weekend prior to the general election because the restrictions did not equally protect all Ohio citizens. The Supre... Read more »

Conyers Statement on the Passing of Senator Arlen Specter

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(DETROIT) – Yesterday, former Senator Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) passed away at age 82 following complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Representative John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) released this statement following the news of Senator Specter’s passing: “I am deeply saddened by the loss of a long-standing public servant for the state of Pennsylvania, Senator Arlen Specter. He was a strong-willed figh... Read more »