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Conyers Supports President Obama Taking Critical 1st Step Toward Improving Our Broken Immigration System

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House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. released the following statement in support of President Obama’s impending announcement that he will exercise his authority under existing law to improve our broken immigration system through executive action: “President Obama has the authority, under the U.S. Constitution and the Immigration and Nationality Act, to improve our broken immi... Read more »

Conyers Still Supports USA Freedom Act Blocked by Senate Republicans

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Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr., released the following statement after the Senate fell two votes short of ending debate on the USA FREEDOM Act of 2014. The 58-42 vote effectively cuts off any prospect of surveillance reform in the 113th Congress. The USA FREEDOM Act would have introduced sweeping reforms to various government surveillance programs, including the ... Read more »

Conyers Statement on Nomination of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General

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House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. released the following statement today on President Obama’s nomination of U.S. Attorney Loretta E. Lynch, Eastern District of New York, to serve as the next Attorney General of the United States: “Loretta Lynch is an accomplished and committed public servant who has proven that she can withstand various challenges in the pursuit of justice... Read more »

Rep. Conyers Statement on DHS Plan to Require Passengers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guina to Enter through Airports with Enhanced Screening

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Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) released the following statement after the Department of Homeland Security announced a new temporary plan to require passengers originating from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea to enter the United States through one of five designated airports enhanced with Ebola-screening measures (located in Dulles, Atlanta, New York C... Read more »

Congressman John Conyers and Senator Grassley Question New Practice Denying Records to DOJ Inspector General

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House and Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Members John Conyers, Jr. and Chuck Grassley are raising questions about a new practice by the Justice Department denying certain records to the department’s Inspector General. During testimony before the House Judiciary Committee in September, the Inspector General for the Department of Justice, Michael Horowitz, raised concerns about the FBI’s refusal... Read more »

House Judiciary Committee Seeks Answers on Series of Secret Service Failures

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Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Ranking Member John Conyers (D-Mich.), and House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.) and Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-Va.) sent a letter to Acting Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy seeking answers to over a dozen questions regarding a... Read more »

Conyers Applauds Enactment of Law to Fund Testing of DNA Samples to Solve Crimes

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Today, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (MI-13) applauded the enactment of the “Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act of 2014” (H.R. 4323), which President Obama signed into law yesterday. This law authorizes funding of nearly $194 million for each of Fiscal Years 2015-2019 for the Department of Justice to administer various grants, including the Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Grant Program, to assist state and... Read more »

Rep. John Conyers Statement on Attorney General Eric Holder's Resignation

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Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. released the following statement on the resignation of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder from the Department of Justice: “Attorney General Eric Holder has delivered the utmost distinguished service during his tenure in the Obama administration. As the first African American to serve as attorney general, Mr. Holder has shown vigorous... Read more »

House Judiciary Committee Approves the Trade Secrets Protection Act

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Today, the House Judiciary Committee approved H.R. 5233, the Trade Secrets Protection Act by voice vote. Introduced on July 28, 2014, the bipartisan Trade Secrets Protection Act, which is sponsored by Rep. George Holding (R-N.C.) and Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Subcommittee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), amends the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 to create a federal civ... Read more »

House Judiciary Committee Approves Bipartisan Bankruptcy Legislation

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Today the House Judiciary Committee approved H.R. 5421, the Financial Institution Bankruptcy Act of 2014 by a voice vote. The Financial Institution Bankruptcy Act is a product of the Judiciary Committee’s long-standing oversight of our nation’s bankruptcy laws as well as the Committee’s recent examination into improving bankruptcy laws for the resolution of financial institutions. The Financial I... Read more »