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Ranking Members Call on Issa to Withdraw NLRB Subpoena

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Today, the Ranking Members of the Committees on Oversight and Government Reform, Education and the Workforce, and the Judiciary wrote to Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa urging him to withdraw his unilateral subpoena demanding documents from the National Labor Relations Board relating to its investigation of Boeing’s alleged discrimination against workers in Washington State. Issa launche... Read more »

Conyers, Cleaver Urge President to Invoke Constitutional Authority to Raise Debt

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Today in a letter to President Obama, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member and Dean of the Congressional Black Caucus John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) and Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) called on President Obama to raise the debt ceiling under the authority of the 14th Amendment. Below is the text of the letter: July 30, 2011 President Barack Obama The White House 1600 ... Read more »

Conyers Calls the HALT Act an Attack on the President

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Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) called H.R. 2497, the "Hinder the Administration's Legalization Temptation Act", which would suspend the authority of the Executive Branch to use current immigration law to grant or extend certain forms of immigration relief in order to prevent it from granting “backdoor amnesty”, an attack on President Obama and legal imm... Read more »

Conyers Criticizes Ideologically Extreme “Cut, Cap, and Balance Act”

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Today, Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) criticized the Republican “Cut, Cap, and Balance” Act – an ideological assault on our democratic institutions that would eviscerate critical federal programs, including Social Security and Medicare.“This anti-democratic proposal holds hostage the possibility of increasing the debt ceiling to avoid a disastrous federal default, u... Read more »

Conyers: Allegations That News Corp. Violated Privacy of 9/11 Victims Are Disturbing and Require Thorough Review

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Today, Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) said that the Democratic Staff of the House Judiciary Committee will review allegations that News Corporation (“News Corp.”) has engaged in serious and systemic invasions of privacy. News Corp. is a United States media corporation with international operations.“With every day, the allegations against News Corp. grow more extensive and more disturbi... Read more »

Conyers Calls on Senate to Remove Section 18 from Patent Bill Before Floor Action

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Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) requested that the Senate not bring H.R. 1249, the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act to the Senate floor unless Section 18, the Transitional Program for Covered Business Method Patents is removed. “Section 18 is bad policy for our country and the retroactive application of this provision is unfair and inappropriate,” Conyers... Read more »

Conyers Calls for New Strategies to Deal With Drug Abuse

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Today, on the fortieth anniversary of President Nixon declaring a “War on Drugs,” Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) joined Dr. Ron Daniels, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson and others at the National Press Club for a forum entitled, “Declaring War on the War on Drugs,” to discuss how Nixon’s initiative has too often made the American people the victims. “Now, more than ever, we need to change the count... Read more »

Republicans Make it Virtually Impossible to Repeal Special Tax Breaks for the Wealthy or Big Oil and Gas Producers, But It Would Allow Congress to Destroy Medicare or Veterans' Hospitals by Simple Majority

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Today, House Judiciary Democrats continued to fight back Republican efforts to impose extreme Medicare cuts with a constitutional amendment, in the Committee’s third day-mark up of H.J. Res 1, the Republican balanced budget constitutional amendment. H.J. Res. 1 would amend the U.S. Constitution to require a balanced budget and a super majority vote of both houses in order to run a deficit, increas... Read more »

Judiciary Committee Republicans Defend Corporate Tax Loopholes

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Today, Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) opposed the Republican balanced budget proposal that would enshrine special interest tax loopholes into the Constitution.In support of Congressman Mel Watt’s (D-N.C.) amendment to eliminate the protection of special interest tax breaks, Conyers noted:The Republican proposal would take more than $1 trillion in tax breaks for favo... Read more »

Conyers Fights to Protect Medicare From Republican Slash-and-Burn Budget Amendment

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Today, at the House Judiciary markup of H.J. Res 1, the Republican balanced budget constitutional amendment, Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), offered an amendment that would exempt Medicare from the draconian budget proposal. H.J. Res. 1 would amend the U.S. Constitution to require a balanced budget and a super majority vote of both houses in order to run a deficit, increase taxes, rais... Read more »