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Republican Bill Slams Courthouse Door in the Face of the Poor

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Today at a markup held by the House Judiciary Committee, Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) opposed the passage of H.R. 1996, the “Government Litigation Savings Act.” The bill prohibits groups and individuals seeking to protect important rights and interests threatened by unreasonable government action from recovering attorney’s fees under the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA). The EAJA a... Read more »

Gun Bill Allows Criminals to Carry Concealed Weapons Across State Lines

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Today, Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) opposed the passage of H.R. 822, the “National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011.” The bill overrides the laws of almost every state by requiring each to accept concealed handgun carry permits from every other state, even if the permit holder would not be allowed to obtain such a permit or carry a gun in the state in which he or she is travel... 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: Pelosi Has Championed Consumer Protection For Years

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Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) released the following statement regarding the Credit Card Fair Fee Act of 2008, which the House Judiciary Committee reported to the House at the end of the 110th Congress: "The House Judiciary Committee reported out the Credit Card Fair Fee Act of 2008 on October 3, 2008 – effectively the last working day of the 110th Co... Read more »

Racial Profiling Undermines Public Safety

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Today, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security held a hearing on “21st Century Law Enforcement: How Smart Policing Targets Criminal Behavior.” The hearing focused on racial profiling and its supposed effectiveness as a legitimate law enforcement tactic. The subcommittee heard testimony from the following witnesses: Mr. Hilary O. Shelton, Director, NAACP Washingt... Read more »

Conyers Joins Hoyer in Opposing Voter ID Laws

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Today, Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) joined Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Congressional Black Caucus Chair Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-Mo.), Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Charlie Gonzalez (D-Texas), Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Judy Chu (D-Calif.), and House Administration Committee Ranking Member Robert Brady (D-Pa.) in a letter urging the elections administrat... Read more »

Conyers: DHS Subpoena Authorization Premature

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Today, the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement voted to authorize the subcommittee chairman to issue a subpoena to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) following a request from Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX.) for sensitive law enforcement data related to persons who have come into contact with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE). Ranking ... Read more »

Conyers: Judiciary Committee Should Hold Antitrust Hearings on College Athletics

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Today, Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) participated in a roundtable forum on intercollegiate athletics entitled “Hypocrisy or Hype? The Impact of Back-Room Deals, Payoffs, and Scandals in American Collegiate Student Athletics” organized by Representative Bobby Rush (D-ILL.). The forum’s panel consisted of experts in the fields of sports journalism and economics, the president of the Nat... Read more »

Conyers: Conservatives Pile On Regulations Stifling Job Creation

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Today, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on H.R. 3010, the “Regulatory Accountability Act,” which would amend the Administrative Procedure Act in numerous ways that would effectively halt agency rulemaking, undermining critical public health and safety rules. Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) released the following statement in response to the hearing: “The Regulatory Accountab... Read more »

Conyers Fights Dangerous Gun Legislation: Bill Would Override States’ Efforts to Reduce Gun Violence

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Today, Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) led the opposition to H.R. 822, the “National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011,” a dangerous bill that would override the laws of almost every state by obliging each to accept concealed handgun carry permits from every other state, even if the permit holder would not be allowed to carry or even possess a handgun in the state where he or she i... Read more »