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Sensenbrenner and Conyers Introduce Athlete Due Process Protection Act

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Today Representatives Jim Sensenbrenner, former chair of the House Judiciary Committee, and John Conyers, Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee and also a former chair of the Committee, introduced the Athlete Due Process Protection Act of 2012, a bipartisan bill that will strengthen the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s (USADA) ability to ensure a fair playing field in sports. Sensenbre... Read more »

Conyers Calls Committee Hearing A Veiled Campaign Event

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This morning, Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) delivered the following opening statement during a House Judiciary Committee hearing entitled, “Regulation Nation: The Obama Administration’s Regulatory Expansion vs. Jobs and Economic Recovery”: “As we begin this hearing, it is important that we note and appreciate the backgrounds of our witnesses. “One of our witnesses is an economic advis... Read more »

Conyers Commends Inspector General for Clearing Attorney General Eric Holder of Attacks Made over Fast and Furious Incident

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Today, the Inspector General of the United States Department of Justice issued a report entitled, “A Review of ATF’s Operation Fast and Furious and Related Matters.” The tactic of ‘gun walking’ took place in Operation Wide Receiver, initiated in 2006, and in Operation Fast and Furious, initiated in 2009. The report detailed that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Headquarters,... Read more »

Conyers Welcomes Pennsylvania Supreme Court Decision Against Voter ID Law

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Today, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, in a 4-2 decision, instructed a judge on the lower Commonwealth Court to cease implementation of the state’s Voter ID law and for the lower court to further review the case. Specifically, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court instructed the Commonwealth Court to determine whether or not the law disenfranchises voters, and to assess the ease of access to ID cards. Ra... Read more »

Conyers Calls on Committee to Put Partisan Rhetoric Aside, Return to People’s Business

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This morning, Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) delivered the following opening statement during a House Judiciary Committee hearing entitled, “The Obama Administration’s Abuse of Power”: “Mr. Chairman, I have and continue to enjoy a respectful relationship with you and deeply appreciate the manner in which you have chaired this committee over the last two years. However, I must respectfu... Read more »

Conyers Applauds Federal Court Decision Blocking Onerous Texas Voter ID Law

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(DETROIT)—Last week, a three-judge District Court in D.C. blocked onerous legislation requiring an individual to show a photo identification before casting a ballot in an election. The court found the law to be discriminatory, and would effectively limit the right to vote of minorities and poor voters. Representative John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) released this statement following the court’s decisio... Read more »

Conyers and Fudge Call for Investigation of Potential Voter Suppression in Ohio

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Last Wednesday August 15th, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted issued a directive requiring specific rules and operating hours for county boards of elections. Specifically, the directive eliminated early voting on weekends, and barred all boards of elections from being open on Columbus Day. The directive further raised questions about postage being paid for on absentee ballot envelopes. Ranking Me... Read more »

Conyers Calls on Congress to Designate a National Month of Voter Registration

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Today, Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), along with Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), Democratic Caucus Leader John Larson (D-Conn.), Ranking Member Robert Brady (D-Pa.), Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), and APAC Chairwoman Judy Chu (D-Calif.), along with 35 other Members of the House of Representatives introduced a House Resoluti... Read more »

Conyers Helps to Introduce Legislation Curbing the Supreme Court’s Citizens United Ruling

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Today, Representative John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) joined alongside Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Robert Brady (D-Pa.), Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), Robert Andrews (D-N.J.), and Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), to introduce as co-sponsors legislation authored by Representative John Dingell (D-Mich.) entitled the, “Restoring Confidence in Our Democracy Act.” Represe... Read more »

Conyers: Time to Return to Helping Struggling Americans, Not to Perpetuate the “War Against Women”

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Today, H.R. 3803, the “District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” failed to pass the House of Representatives. This legislation would have banned abortions in the District of Columbia starting at 20 weeks after conception. The bill did not contain any health exceptions, including psychological threats to a woman’s life, nor did it provide for exceptions in cases involving ince... Read more »