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Bipartisan Members of Judiciary Committee Affirm: The Work of Section 5 is Not Done

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Today, former Chairmen of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-Wis.) and Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) responded to oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court in the case Shelby County v. Holder. The bipartisan group of members filed a brief as amici curiae on February 1, 2013 to affirm what the Supreme Court has declared for over 50 years: Congress can enforce ... Read more »

Conyers Salutes Rosa Parks as a Civil Rights and Voting Rights Icon

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Today, civil rights icon Rosa Parks was honored by having a statue dedicated in her honor within Statuary Hall inside of the United States Capitol. Following his participation in the ceremony, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued the following statement: “Rosa Parks was a champion of civil rights, an advocate for peace, and a dear friend,” said Conyers. “While quiet in demeanor, through ... Read more »

Conyers Statement at Oversight Hearing on Drones

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This morning, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee held a full committee oversight hearing entitled, “Drones and the War on Terror: When Can the U.S. Target Alleged American Terrorists Overseas?” Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) delivered the following statement during his opening remarks: “Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I very much appreciate that our Com... Read more »

Conyers and Moore: House Republican Version of VAWA Turns Back on Victims of Violence

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Today, the Republican leadership announced they will bring their version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization to the House Floor next week. As opposed to S. 47, which passed the Senate with a bipartisan vote of 78 to 22 last week, the House Republican version of VAWA omits protections for the LGBT, Native women, and immigrant communities. It also excludes provisions that combat... Read more »

Conyers and Moore Applaud Senate Passage of Violence Against Women Act

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Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) and Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-Wisc.) released this statement following the Senate passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), S. 47, by a vote of 78 to 22. This Senate-passed bill is almost identical to the bill introduced in January by Reps. Moore and Conyers (H.R. 11). VAWA supporters in the House look forward to... Read more »

Remembering Congresswoman Cardiss Collins

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This past Sunday, former Congresswoman Cardiss Collins (D-Ill.) passed away in Arlington, Virginia at the age of 81. Representative Collins was the first black congresswoman from Illinois and represented her Midwestern district for nearly 25 years. During the 96th Congress she served as chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, and in the 104th Congress she served as ranking member of the Governmen... Read more »

Conyers Applauds Housing Anti-Discrimination Standards

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This afternoon, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a final rule formalizing, “the national standard for determining whether a housing practice violates the Fair Housing Act as a result of discriminatory effect.” After the announcement of this rule, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued the following statement: “The issuance of this rule will bring important ... Read more »

Conyers Endorses Principles of House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force

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Today, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), along with other members of the House Democratic Caucus, participated in a Democratic Issues Conference in Leesburg, Virginia which included addresses by President Obama and Vice President Biden. At this conference, the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, created by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and chaired by Congressman Mike Thompso... Read more »

Conyers Calls for Comprehensive Immigration Reform Including Pathway to Citizenship

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This morning, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee held a full committee hearing entitled, “America’s Immigration System: Opportunities for Legal Immigration and Enforcement of Laws Against Illegal Immigration.” During opening remarks Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) delivered the following statement: “I would like to commend Chairman Goodlatte for choosing to make immigration reform the topi... Read more »

Bipartisan Members of Judiciary Committee File Amicus Brief in Support of Voting Rights Act

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Today, Members on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-Wis.), Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), Rep. Jerrold L. Nadler (D-N.Y.), Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-Va.), and Rep. Melvin L. Watt (D-N.C.), filed a brief as amici curiae in the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Shelby Country v. Holder to defend the constitutionality of Secti... Read more »