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Conyers Calls on IRS to Crack Down on Tax Preparer Rip-offs of Customers

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Yesterday, the Committee on the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, held a hearing on “Identity Theft and Income Tax Preparation Fraud.” The Subcommittee heard testimony from several witnesses, including Mr. Michael Robinson, a victim of tax fraud. House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) released this statement following the hearing. “T... Read more »

Holder Contempt Vote A Partisan Distraction; House Should Focus on Job Creation Legislation

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Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) released this statement following the vote in the House of Representatives to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. “This attorney general has gone to extraordinary lengths to accommodate Congress’ request for information by appearing before it nine times and providing over 7,000 pages of documents. Mo... Read more »

Conyers: Health Care Decision is a Historic Victory for the American People

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Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) released this statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in National Federation of Independent Businesses v. Sebelius, which upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. “Today is a historic day. The Affordable Care Act can now take its rightful place among this nation’s other critical efforts to ens... Read more »

Conyers: Supreme Court Ruling Affirms It’s the Federal Government’s Job to Fix Our Broken Immigration System

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Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) released this statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in Arizona v. United States, which held unconstitutional several key provisions of Arizona’s immigration law S.B. 1070, and upheld the preeminence of the federal government in determining immigration law and policy. “Today’s Supreme Court ruling in Arizona... Read more »

Conyers Praises Obama Administration for Providing Relief to Immigrant Young People

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Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) praised the policy announced by Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano that grants immigration officials the discretion to defer deportation action against certain young undocumented immigrants. These same individuals would also be allowed to apply for work permits. Only individuals who meet certain criteria would... Read more »

Conyers Praises Attorney General Holder’s Record on Voting and Civil Rights

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Today, Attorney General Eric Holder testified at a House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing of the Department of Justice. Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) released this statement following the hearing: “I applaud Attorney General Holder and the Department of Justice for its aggressive enforcement of voting and civil rights laws,” said Conyers. “Conservatives on this committee have cha... Read more »

Conyers Reintroduces H.R. 5593, the John Hope Franklin Tulsa-Greenwood Race Riot Claims Accountability Act of 2012

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Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers (D-Mich.) hosted Dr. Olivia Hooker, a survivor of the Tulsa-Greenwood Race Riot of 1921 and a notable professor and the first African American woman to enlist in the United States Coast Guard. Dr. Hooker, along with Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree met with members of Congress to reflect on the 91st anniversary of the riot, and to ... Read more »

Conyers Opposes Conservatives’ Assault on Roe v. Wade

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Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) opposed H.R. 3541, the “Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2012.” Formerly known as the “Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act,” the bill jeopardizes women’s access to safe, legal medical care and undermines the constitutional right to privacy guaranteed by Roe v. Wade. “This legislation doe... Read more »

Conyers Introduces Bill to Restore Competition to the Health Insurance Marketplace

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Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) introduced the “Health Insurance Industry Antitrust Enforcement Act of 2012,” which would level the playing field between health care professionals and insurance companies in the health care industry and improve the quality of patient care. The Act would eliminate the antitrust immunity provided under the McCarran-Ferguson... Read more »

Conyers Joins Lewis, Hoyer, Clyburn, and Brady in Introducing the Voter Empowerment Act

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Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) joined Representative John Lewis (D-Ga.), House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), Democratic Assistant Leader James Clyburn (D-S.C.), and House Committee on Administration Ranking Member Robert Brady (D-Pa.), in introducing the Voter Empowerment Act. Over the past year, states across the country have enacted restrict... Read more »