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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 »

Majority Squanders Opportunity to Help Law Enforcement Fight Gun Violence

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Today, the House Judiciary Committee held an oversight hearing on the United States Department of Justice at which U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder testified. The Majority focused most of their questioning on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) tactics during Operation Fast and Furious, a local operation planned by agents and prosecutors in Arizona. Operation Fast and F... Read more »

Safety Killing Anti-Regulation Bill Is Not a Jobs Plan

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Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 10, the “Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2011” (REINS Act). H.R. 10 creates an unworkable process that will make it nearly impossible for new regulations to be enacted by giving Congress only 70 days in which to consider and approve major rules. The REINS Act is the latest in a trio of anti-regulation measures considered by... Read more »

DOJ and FTC Must Do More To Rein in Corporate Excesses

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Today, the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet held an oversight hearing on the antitrust enforcement agencies. The top federal officials charged with enforcing antitrust laws, Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz and Acting Assistant Attorney General Sharis Pozen of the Department of Justice Antitrust Division, testified befor... Read more »

Conyers Amendment Preserves Judgeships In Michigan and Across the Country

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Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1021, the “Temporary Bankruptcy Judgeships Extension Act of 2011.” The bill extends by 5 years the authorizations for 30 temporary bankruptcy judgeships in 20 judicial districts around the country. Included in the bill is an amendment authored by Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) which provided for the extension of many additional temporary... Read more »

Regulations Do Not Kill Jobs But Save Lives

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Today, the House of Representatives began consideration of a series of bills aimed at disrupting the regulatory process that is responsible for protecting the health and safety of millions of Americans. H.R. 527, the Regulatory Flexibility Improvement Act, H.R. 3010, the Regulatory Accountability Act, and H.R. 10, the REINS Act all will undermine a host of regulatory protections. These protection... Read more »

Congress Must Level the Sales Tax Playing Field for Small Businesses

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Today, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on “Constitutional Limitations on States’ Authority to Collect Sales Taxes.” In the 1992 Quill Decision, the Supreme Court struck down a North Dakota law that required an out-of-state business to remit sales taxes on in-state customers because the business in question did not have a substantial enough presence in the state. However in the opinio... Read more »

House Rejects Balanced Budget Amendment

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Today, the House of Representatives rejected H.J. Res. 2, a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution, when the measure failed to garner the two-thirds majority vote necessary for adoption. The amendment did not include any explicit guarantees to protect Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security; would have required federal government outlays not to exceed receipts; and would have required a two... Read more »

Immigration Bill Effects Relations With 141 Countries Yet No Hearings

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Today the House Judiciary Committee, without holding a single legislative hearing, began consideration of H.R. 3256, the “Deport Convicted Foreign Criminals Act of 2011.” Under the bill, for every 90 day period a country does not repatriate an individual scheduled for deportation by the U.S. government, the State Department must automatically retaliate by denying visas to individuals from that co... Read more »