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Reps. Conyers, Lewis, Hoyer, and Clyburn Reintroduce the Voter Empowerment Act

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– Yesterday, lead sponsors Rep. John Lewis (GA-5), House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5), Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn (SC-6), Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (MI-13), and Rep. Robert Brady (PA-1) and more than 170 Democrats reintroduced the Voter Empowerment Act in the House of Representatives. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York will introduce a companion version in the Senate. The Vo... Read more »

Rep. Conyers and Sen. Cardin Reintroduce Legislation To Restore Ex-Offenders’ Voting Rights

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Today, U.S. House Judiciary Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) reintroduced H.R. 1459, the “Democracy Restoration Act of 2015.” Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) yesterday introduced its Senate companion, S. 772. The bill would create uniform federal standards for returning the voting rights of ex-offenders to vote in federal elections. The legislation could result in returning the right to vote f... Read more »

Reps. Conyers and Sensenbrenner Introduce The Judicial Redress Act

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House Judiciary Ranking Member John Conyers today introduced the Judicial Redress Act of 2015, which: Extends citizens of major U.S. allies the core benefits that Americans enjoy under the Privacy Act with regard to information shared with the United States for law enforcement purposes; Serves as an important show of support for our allies and is critical to ensure continued sharing of information... Read more »

Conyers and Jackson Lee Applaud ACLU Lawsuit Challenging The NSA’s “Upstream Collection” Programs

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Today, several educational, legal, human rights, and media organizations filed suit to challenge the National Security Agency’s “upstream collection” surveillance programs, which monitor all international Internet traffic by intercepting, copying and reviewing Americans’ communications en masse by intercepting telephone and Internet traffic from major Internet cables and switches, both foreign and... Read more »

Rep. Conyers Commends DOJ for Thorough Investigation of Discriminatory Practices by Ferguson Police Dept.

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House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued the following statement after the Department of Justice released a report that cites the Missouri Ferguson Police Department engaged in a systemic and broad pattern of racially biased enforcement, including the use of unreasonable force against African-Americans: “In verifying longstanding community complaints, the DOJ Fer... Read more »

Conyers-Cummings-Lowey-Serrano Issue Statement Supporting D.C.’s Legal Interpretation of Initiative 71

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Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, House Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Nita Lowey, House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government Ranking Member José E. Serrano, and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Elijah Cummings issued the following statement in support of the District of Columbia’s legal authorit... Read more »

Conyers, Goodlatte, Jackson Lee, and Sensenbrenner Introduce Bill to Implement Nuclear Terrorism Treaties

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House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers (D-Mich.) House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee Ranking Member Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.), today introduced the Nuclear Terrorism Conventions Implem... Read more »

Conyers-Lofgren Statement on Texas District Court Injunction

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U.S. Representatives John Conyers, Jr.(D-Mich.), Ranking Member on the House Judiciary Committee, and Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Ranking Member on the Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee, delivered the following statement today after a federal district court issued a preliminary injunction against Department of Homeland Security immigration directives issued in November 2014. “While we are d... Read more »

Rep. Conyers: Judiciary Committee Majority Engaged in Witch-Hunt as Millions of Americans Continue to Suffer Through Foreclosure Crisis

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Today, during a House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law hearing consumer protection and mortgage lending settlements, Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. issued the following opening statement, as prepared for delivery: “The stated purpose of today’s hearing is to determine whether there has been a misuse of mortgage settlement funds by the Administration for i... Read more »

Reps. Sensenbrenner and Conyers Lead Bipartisan Reintroduction of Legislation to Restore the Voting Rights Act

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Today, House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.) and House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers (D-Mich.) reintroduced the bipartisan Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2015. The legislation aims to uphold the most vital principles of the historic law, which was first enacted 50 years ago. Reps. Conyers and ... Read more »