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Conyers: “Speaker Boehner’s Lawsuit Against President Obama is Unfounded & Unnecessary”

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Today, the U.S. House Rules Committee held a hearing on Speaker John Boehner’s resolution, “providing for authority to initiate litigation for actions by the president inconsistent with his duties under the Constitution of the United States.” Specifically, House Republicans contend that President Obama overstepped his constitutional authority in delaying the employer mandate of the Affordable Care... Read more »

Conyers Introduces Two Bills Safeguarding Public Employees, Retirees & Access to Utilities During Bankruptcy Proceedings

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Today, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) introduced H.R. 5133, the “Protecting Employees and Retirees in Municipal Bankruptcies Act of 2014,” along with Representatives Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), and Henry C. “Hank” Johnson (D-Ga.). Specifically, this legislation amends chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code to strengthen protections for public employees and retirees in m... Read more »

As House Republicans Block Immigration Reform, Conyers Backs President Obama’s Strategy

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(DETROIT) – Today, the White House made public that Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has no intention of bringing immigration reform legislation up for a vote on the House Floor. House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) delivered the following statement after President Obama’s announcement that he will take administrative steps in the coming months to reform the country’s ... Read more »

Conyers & Cohen: “Supreme Court Ruling an Affront to Reproductive Rights, While Opening Door to Employer Discrimination”

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Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, ruling that closely-held for-profit companies with religious objections can opt out of providing contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act. After the ruling, Ranking Members John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) and Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice Ranking Member Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) delivered the foll... Read more »

Conyers & Cohen: “Supreme Court Reaffirms Centrality of Patient Safety When Accessing Healthcare Clinics”

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Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in McCullen v. Coakley, striking down a Massachusetts state law requiring a 35-foot fixed buffer zone around healthcare clinics while affirming the legality of buffer zones generally. After the ruling, Ranking Members John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) and Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice Ranking Member Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) delivered th... Read more »

Conyers: “Human Tragedy Along Southern Border Should Not Be a Partisan Issue”

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Today, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee held a full committee hearing entitled, “An Administration Made Disaster: The South Texas Border Surge of Unaccompanied Alien Minors.” This hearing comes as a humanitarian crisis in parts of Central America is felt along the Southwest border of the United States - where thousands of children have arrived in recent weeks - largely as a result of violence oc... Read more »

Conyers, Goodlatte, Coble, Nadler Applaud Senate Agreement on Cell Phone Unlocking Bill

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Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), Chairman Robert C. “Bob” Goodlatte (R-Va.), Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Subcommittee Chairman Howard Coble (R-N.C.), and Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Subcommittee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) applauded the announcement that Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Leahy (D-Vt.) ... Read more »

Conyers: “Judiciary Republicans Approve Bill to Spend Billions Reviewing All Federal Regulations”

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Today, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee held a full committee Markup of H.R. 4874, the “Search for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act of 2014.” Section 101(K) of the bill funds a new Retrospective Regulatory Review Commission by taking $ 25 million or 1%, whichever is greater, of unobligated funding from federal agencies. Under any methodology this figure would... Read more »

Conyers Introduces New Legislation to Protect Student Loan Borrowers

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Today, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) introduced H.R.4835, the “Stopping Abusive Student Loan Collection Practices in Bankruptcy Act of 2014.” This legislation curtails ruthless collection tactics used by creditors against borrowers who have taken out student loans and sought bankruptcy relief. In particular, the legislation empowers a bankruptcy judge to award both the costs and attorney... Read more »

Conyers: Intelligence Community is Not Exempt from Congressional Oversight & Public Accountability

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Today, the House of Representatives voted 345-59 to approve H.R. 4681, the “Intelligence Authorization for Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015.” After voting against the legislation, U.S. House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich) issued the following statement: The Intelligence Authorization Act can and should be an annual vehicle for reform of the intelligence community. Last wee... Read more »