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Conyers, Governor Snyder, Rev. Williams Discuss Emergency Managers Law

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Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) and Reverend Charles E. Williams II, president of the Detroit chapter of the National Action Network, met Governor Rick Snyder to discuss Michigan’s Emergency Managers law, Public Act 4. The meeting occurred prior to Governor Snyder’s testimony before the House Committee on Education and Workforce. At today’s meeting, Rep... Read more »

Conyers: People Must Know Who is Flooding the Airways with Anonymous Political Ads

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Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) released the following statement in advance of the second anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission, which falls on tomorrow January 21. The Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United case wiped out a century of legal precedent, granting corporations the same free ... Read more »

Conyers: 10 Years Later and Congressional Republicans Still Refuse to Close Guantanamo Detention Center

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Today marks the tenth anniversary of the detention center located at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. On January 11, 2002, the Bush administration transported twenty detainees to the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba, the first of 775 detainees that have been housed at the facility over the past ten years. A decade after its creation, 171 detainees remain housed at the facility, 89 of whom have been... Read more »

Conyers, Jackson Lee: Supreme Court Should Protect Minority Voting Rights in Texas Redistricting Case

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Today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a consolidated case involving recent changes to Texas’ congressional district map. According to the 2010 census, Texas gained more than 4 million new residents with much of the growth occurring in the state’s African American and Latino population. Under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), Texas must seek preclearance from the Department ... Read more »

Conyers Applauds Obama Administration Immigration Fix That Keeps American Families Together

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Yesterday, the Obama administration announced a common sense proposal to fix a bureaucratic snag in our immigration system that often results in the prolonged separation of hundreds of thousands of U.S. citizens from their children and spouses. House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) released the following statement in response to the announcement: “I applaud the annou... Read more »

Conyers: The Stop Online Piracy Act Protects American Jobs and Prevents Theft

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Today, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on H.R. 3261, the “Stop Online Piracy Act.” The bill protects American jobs by modernizing criminal and civil statutes to meet new intellectual property enforcement challenges presented by the proliferation of websites dedicated to intellectual property theft and fraud. Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) made the following statement after... Read more »

Conyers Judicial Redaction Bill Passes Congress and Awaits President's Signature

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Today, the House of Representatives approved a Senate amendment to H.R. 1059, a bill authored by House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.). H.R. 1059, as amended, extends by six years the authority of the Judicial Conference of the United States to redact personal and sensitive information from financial disclosure reports filed by judges and judicial branch employees, s... Read more »

Conyers Applauds Secretary of State Clinton's National Action Plan on International Women's Rights

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Rep. John Conyers, Jr. today commended President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for initiating the Nation’s first-ever National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security. By Executive Order, the President has formally directed that the Plan be implemented, which is the product of more than a decade of international dialogue. In announcing the Plan during remarks made at... Read more »

Conyers: Stopping Online Piracy Urged by Unions, Businesses, and Scholars

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Today, the House Judiciary Committee is considering H.R. 3261, the “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA), a bill to combat online intellectual property theft and protect American jobs and consumers. House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) released the following statement. “Prior to the bill’s passage, I am urging the Committee to adopt Mr. Smith’s manager’s amendment. The am... Read more »

Conyers Praises DHS for Complying with Subpoena

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Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) produced additional documents requested by the House Judiciary Committee through a subpoena issued by the Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement. Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) made the following statement in response: “This committee has a legitimate oversight role with regard to DHS’s enforcement actions, and I agree that i... Read more »