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Conyers Delivers Keynote Address Commending Work of Gideon’s Promise

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(DETROIT) – This evening, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) gave the keynote address at an event in Detroit honoring the work of Gideon’s Promise, an organization working to recruit and train public defenders. The event comes on the heels of the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s historic ruling in Gideon v. Wainwright, in which the Court held that state courts are required to provide a... Read more »

Conyers Announces Establishment of Bipartisan Over-Criminalization Task Force

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This week, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee passed unanimously, by voice vote, a resolution establishing an, “Over-Criminalization Task Force.” Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) will serve as an ex officio member of the task force. Following the establishment of this task force, Rep. Conyers issued this statement: “For the last several decades, Congress has decided that the answer to mo... Read more »

Conyers: Congressional Oversight Should Be Constructive, Not Partisan

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This morning, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, alongside the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Economic Growth, held a hearing entitled, “DOJ’s Quid pro Quo with St. Paul: A Whistleblower’s Perspective.” Following the reading of opening statements at the hearing, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued this statement: “I am deeply disappointed in my ... Read more »

Conyers Applauds Senate Passage of Marketplace Fairness Act, Calls on House to Adopt Measure

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Today the Senate voted 69 to 27 to pass S. 336, the “Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013.” This legislation would give states the option to require the collection of sales and use taxes already owed under state law by out-of-state businesses, rather than rely on consumers to remit those taxes to the states. Under the current tax loophole, while brick-and-mortar retailers collect sales and use taxes f... Read more »

Conyers Applauds Nomination of Congressman Watt to become Director of Federal Housing Finance Agency

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Today, President Obama nominated Congressman Melvin L. “Mel” Watt (D-N.C.) to serve as director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the independent federal regulator that oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-backed mortgage financiers. Rep. Watt has represented the 12th Congressional District of North Carolina since 1993, and he currently serves as the ranking member of the Court... Read more »

Conyers Commends Obama Administration for its Treatment of the Boston Bombing Suspect

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Last night, in a proceeding convened in a Boston hospital room, a federal magistrate read criminal charges against Dzhokar Tsarnaev and advised him of his legal rights. Following reports of this proceeding, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) released this statement: “The Obama administration should be commended for sticking by its principles and the rule of law. The man in custody is a United... Read more »

Conyers Votes Against Cybersecurity Bill; Says Congress Must Not Forsake Privacy Protections

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Today, the House of Representatives voted 288 to 127 to pass H.R. 624, the “Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act” (CISPA). This legislation overrides current privacy laws to permit private companies to share information with the federal government if there is a suspected cyber threat, but does not require the companies to remove unrelated private information of customers from what they tu... Read more »

Conyers Commends Tom Perez’s Leadership, Work of the Civil Rights Division

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Today, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee held a full committee hearing entitled, “Mismanagement at the Civil Right Division of the Department of Justice.” During his opening remarks, Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) delivered the following statement: “Mr. Chairman, once again, I must object to the title of this hearing: ‘Mismanagement at the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Ju... Read more »

Conyers Applauds Appointment of Melanie Roussell as HUD Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs

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This afternoon, the Obama administration announced the appointment of Melanie Roussell to the position of Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Following this announcement, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) released this statement: “I am delighted to learn that Melanie Roussell, my former Communications Director with the House Judici... Read more »

Conyers and Peters Request GAO Investigation of Michigan Emergency Managers

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Today, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) and Congressman C. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting an investigation into emergency managers in Michigan. Reps. Conyers and Peters issued this statement following their transmission of the letter to the GAO: John Conyers, Jr.: “It is difficult to identify a single instance where an emergency ... Read more »