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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 »

Conyers Supports Diligent Work of Immigration and Customs Enforcement

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This afternoon, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee held a full committee hearing entitled, “The Release of Criminal Detainees by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: Policy or Politics?” At the hearing, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) delivered the following statement during his opening remarks: “The title of today’s hearing—‘The Release of Criminal Detainees by U.S. Immigration and C... Read more »

Conyers Hails National Voter Registration Act Following Supreme Court Arguments

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Today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Arizona v. ITCA. The Court was presented with the issue of whether, under the "National Voter Registration Act of 1993" (NVRA), states can demand additional requirements to the federal uniform voter registration form. Since Arizona’s Proposition 200 ballot initiative was approved in November 2004, the state has rejected tens-of-thou... Read more »

Conyers Applauds Selection of Thomas Perez for Secretary of Labor

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Today, President Obama nominated Thomas Perez, the current assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, to the secretary of labor post, following Hilda Solis's retirement. Following this announcement, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued the following statement: “I applaud President Obama's nomination of Thomas Perez to become the next Secre... Read more »

Conyers Honors 50th Anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright Decision

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Fifty years ago, the United States Supreme Court decided, in a landmark unanimous ruling, that under the due process clause of the 14th Amendment state courts are required to provide an attorney for defendants in criminal cases who are unable to afford legal counsel. This requirement already existed under the 6th Amendment at the federal level, but was groundbreaking for extending the right to co... Read more »

House Judiciary Members Introduce Legislation to Restore Consumers’ Ability to Unlock Cell Phones

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Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Ranking Member John Conyers (D-Mich.), along with Representative Howard Coble (R-N.C.), chairman of the Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet Subcommittee and Representative Mel Watt (D-N.C.), ranking member of the Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet Subcommittee, announced the introduction of legislation to re... Read more »

Conyers: OIG Report Confirms that Perez Cleaned Up Dysfunction at DOJ Voting Section

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Earlier today, the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General released a report entitled “Review of the Operations of the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division.” The report examines the Voting Section’s enforcement of federal voting rights laws from 2001 to 2012. Following the release of the report, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued this statement: “The inspector ge... Read more »

Conyers Joins First Responders in Calling for Legislation to Combat Gun Trafficking

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This afternoon, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) participated in a bipartisan Gun Trafficking Forum put on by Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Congressman Scott Rigell (R-Va.), and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.). Following the forum, Rep. Conyers issued the following statement: “Today, I stand with my colleagues at a bipartisan forum on gun trafficking in support of the ‘Gun Tra... Read more »