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Parental Rights are Important but a Constitutional Amendment is Unnecessary

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Yesterday, the Subcommittee on the Constitution held a hearing on “H.J. Res. 110, an Amendment to the Constitution Concerning Parental Rights and Education.” In numerous cases, the Supreme Court has long recognized the relationship between parent and child as a fundamental right. H.J. Res. 110 would not provide any additional protections or recognition not already afforded to this important bond b... Read more »

USPTO Satellite Office Opening Creates Jobs and Sends Message to the Nation that Detroit is a Center for Technological Development and Innovation

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(DETROIT)—Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) joined Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank for the opening of the Elijah J. McCoy United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) satellite office in Detroit, Michigan. This is the first ever USPTO satellite office. The office will directly create more than 100 new jobs with the potential to spur the c... Read more »

Conyers: Health Care Repeal Vote A Time Wasting Political Temper Tantrum

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Today on the floor, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) voted against H.R. 6079, the “Repeal Obamacare Act.” During debate over the measure, Ranking Member Conyers lead Judiciary Democrats in opposition to the bill. This marks the 31st time House Republican leadership has held a vote on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which created landmark new prote... Read more »

Conyers Calls on IRS to Crack Down on Tax Preparer Rip-offs of Customers

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Yesterday, the Committee on the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, held a hearing on “Identity Theft and Income Tax Preparation Fraud.” The Subcommittee heard testimony from several witnesses, including Mr. Michael Robinson, a victim of tax fraud. House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) released this statement following the hearing. “T... Read more »

Holder Contempt Vote A Partisan Distraction; House Should Focus on Job Creation Legislation

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Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) released this statement following the vote in the House of Representatives to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. “This attorney general has gone to extraordinary lengths to accommodate Congress’ request for information by appearing before it nine times and providing over 7,000 pages of documents. Mo... Read more »

Conyers: Health Care Decision is a Historic Victory for the American People

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Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) released this statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in National Federation of Independent Businesses v. Sebelius, which upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. “Today is a historic day. The Affordable Care Act can now take its rightful place among this nation’s other critical efforts to ens... Read more »

Conyers: Supreme Court Ruling Affirms It’s the Federal Government’s Job to Fix Our Broken Immigration System

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Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) released this statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in Arizona v. United States, which held unconstitutional several key provisions of Arizona’s immigration law S.B. 1070, and upheld the preeminence of the federal government in determining immigration law and policy. “Today’s Supreme Court ruling in Arizona... Read more »

Conyers Praises Obama Administration for Providing Relief to Immigrant Young People

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Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) praised the policy announced by Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano that grants immigration officials the discretion to defer deportation action against certain young undocumented immigrants. These same individuals would also be allowed to apply for work permits. Only individuals who meet certain criteria would... Read more »

Conyers Praises Attorney General Holder’s Record on Voting and Civil Rights

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Today, Attorney General Eric Holder testified at a House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing of the Department of Justice. Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) released this statement following the hearing: “I applaud Attorney General Holder and the Department of Justice for its aggressive enforcement of voting and civil rights laws,” said Conyers. “Conservatives on this committee have cha... Read more »

Conyers Reintroduces H.R. 5593, the John Hope Franklin Tulsa-Greenwood Race Riot Claims Accountability Act of 2012

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Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers (D-Mich.) hosted Dr. Olivia Hooker, a survivor of the Tulsa-Greenwood Race Riot of 1921 and a notable professor and the first African American woman to enlist in the United States Coast Guard. Dr. Hooker, along with Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree met with members of Congress to reflect on the 91st anniversary of the riot, and to ... Read more »