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Conyers, Clarke, Peters, Scott, Jackson Lee, Waters, Cohen, Johnson, Chu Introduce "Shield Our Streets Act" to Fight Street Crime in Budget-Strapped Communities Across the Country

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Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), Representative Hansen Clarke (D-Mich.), Representative Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-Va.), Representative Shelia Jackson Lee (D-Texas), Representative Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), Representative Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), Representative Hank Johnson (D-Ga... Read more »

Committee Passes Chabot, Conyers Bill Encouraging Foreign Countries to Lend Cultural Works to American Museums

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Today the House Judiciary Committee passed by unanimous voice vote, H.R. 4086, “Foreign Cultural Exchange Jurisdictional Immunity Clarification Act.” The bill immunizes foreign states from lawsuits that seek damages for artwork that is already immune from seizure pursuant to a presidential determination when the work is in the U.S. for temporary exhibition. H.R. 4086 makes Foreign Sovereign Immuni... Read more »

Conyers: Michigan Emergency Manager Law Unconstitutional

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House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued a report finding that Michigan’s emergency manager’s law was unconstitutional, that the emergency managers were not working and had engaged in mismanagement and abuse, and that included a series of recommendations to remedy the legal issues created by the law and to address the underlying causes for the law’s existence. Th... Read more »

Conyers: Senate Republican Obstruction Jeopardizes Workers and Consumers

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Today the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on “Executive Overreach: The President’s Unprecedented ‘Recess’ Appointments”. The hearing’s purpose is to examine President Obama’s recent recess appointment of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and 3 members to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). President Obama resorted to recess appointments in the ... Read more »

MEDIA ADVISORY: Conyers to Hold Forum on Michigan’s Emergency Manager Law

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(DETROIT) – House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-M14) will host a Democratic Judiciary forum concerning the legal implications of the Emergency Manager Law. The forum will start at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February, 21, 2012 and will be held at Soul Harvest Ministries in Highland Park. Currently, there are six emergency managers appointed under the Michigan Emergency Law (Ben... Read more »

Conyers Leads Fight to Prevent Secret Money in Federal Elections

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– Yesterday, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-MIch.) joined his colleagues Representatives Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Robert Brady (D-Pa.) as an original cosponsor of H.R. 4010, the DISCLOSE Act of 2012, a bill to require the disclosure of corporate and special interest money in politics. In the 2010 Citizens United case, the Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional lim... Read more »

Conyers: Mortgage Settlement Agreement is First Step Toward Recovering Losses for Victims of Reckless and Abusive Mortgage Practices; But Much More Needs To Be Done

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House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) commented on today’s announcement that the federal government and 49 state attorneys general have reached a $25 billion settlement agreement with the Nation’s five largest mortgage servicers to address mortgage loan servicing and foreclosure abuses. “Today’s announcement is a first step towards providing homeowners mortgage relie... Read more »

Conyers Calls on House and Senate to Move Quickly to Conference and Restore Political Intelligence Provision to Congressional Insider Trading Bill

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Today on the House Floor, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) called on the House of Representatives to move quickly to conference with the Senate in order to strengthen S. 2038, the “Stop Trading On Congressional Knowledge Act” (the STOCK Act), a bill that clarifies that members of Congress, congressional staff, Executive Branch officials, and judicial officers a... Read more »

Republican Approval of Conyers Amendment Proves that Bill Never Had Anything to Do with Civil Rights

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At a markup held today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) opposed H.R. 3541, the Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act, the purpose of which is to limit a woman’s right to choose and restrict her access to safe, legal medical care. During debate, Constitution Subcommittee Chairman Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) offered into the record a l... Read more »

Conyers Calls on Congress to Pass Obama Housing Assistance Plan that Includes Principal Reduction for Underwater Homeowners

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Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) released the following statement applauding the Obama Administration’s plan to help make it easier for underwater homeowners to refinance their mortgages to take advantage of historically low interest rates. The Obama Administration estimates that the plan could help nearly 11 million underwater Americans save approximatel... Read more »