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Conyers Applauds Attorney General’s Efforts to Block Discriminatory Texas Voter ID Law

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Today, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit challenging the strict voter identification law implemented by the state of Texas in the wake of suspension of the Section 5 preclearance provision of the Voting Rights Act. In its complaint, DOJ alleges that the voter ID provision was adopted with discriminatory purpose, and will have the result, of denying or abridging the right to vote... Read more »

Conyers, Nadler, and Scott Call for Immediate Congressional Action to Curb Privacy Abuses

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Today, further details about the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance program were made public in press accounts. Specifically, it was reported that internal NSA’s reports show that the agency repeatedly ran afoul of privacy rules. Following these public revelations, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y... Read more »

Conyers Hails Federal Court Decision Holding NYC “Stop and Frisk” Policy Unconstitutional

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(DETROIT) – Today, a federal judge ruled in the case of Floyd v. City of New York that the city’s “stop and frisk” policy is unconstitutional. After this ruling, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued the following statement: “Today’s federal court decision striking down New York’s stop-and-frisk policy is a victory for individual liberty and equal justice under the law. “The Court found t... Read more »

Conyers and Scott Praise Attorney General Holder’s Action to Curtail Mandatory Minimum Sentences

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Today, Attorney General Eric Holder delivered an important speech at the American Bar Association’s annual meeting in San Francisco. He spoke about the issue of overcrowding in federal prisons and the policies that have led to this problem. He said that, “too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long and for no good law enforcement reason.” He also stated that, “widespread incarcerati... Read more »

Conyers, Nadler, and Scott Write AG Holder on DEA Surveillance Allegations

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Today, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), ranking member of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, and Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-Va.), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations wrote a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder co... Read more »

With One Last Effort to Dismantle Health, Safety, & Environmental Protections, House Republicans Jet for August Vacation

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Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 232 to 183 to pass H.R. 367, the “Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act.” After passage of the legislation, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued the following statement: “Without question, the ‘REINS Act’ will have dangerous consequences for all Americans, chiefly by creating an unworkable approval process for regula... Read more »

House Judiciary Committee Democrats Release Staff Report on AG Holder Testimony

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Today, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee issued a minority staff report on, “U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s testimony before the Committee and the Justice Department’s Investigation of national security leaks.” Following the release of this report, Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued the following statement: “After months of oversight work, the Minority staff report makes clear... Read more »

Conyers Joins Senator Cardin and Civil Rights Groups in Calling for Passage of the End Racial Profiling Act

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Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) and Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined civil rights groups in calling for passage of their legislation, the End Racial Profiling Act. This legislation is designed to protect minority communities by prohibiting the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officials. The End Racial Profiling Act is supported by 136 national organizations including the NAACP, ... Read more »

Conyers, Larson, and Brady Sign Amicus Brief Urging SCOTUS to Uphold Contribution Limits

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Today, Ranking Member John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) of the House Judiciary Committee, joined Congressman John B. Larson (D-Conn.), chairman of the Task Force on Election Reform, and Ranking Member Robert A. Brady (D-Penn.) of the Committee on House Administration, in submitting an Amicus brief to the Supreme Court regarding the upcoming McCutcheon v. FEC case. The three leading members were joined on... Read more »

Conyers Floor Statement on Amendment Ending the NSA’s Mass Surveillance of Americans

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Today, the U.S. House of Representatives considered H.R. 2397, the “Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2014.” Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) and Congressman Justin Amash (R-Mich.) offered an amendment to this legislation that would curtail the blanket collection of telephone records by the National Security Agency (NSA). During the debate over this amendment Rep. Conyers delivere... Read more »