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Conyers Strongly Opposes Majority’s Efforts to Restrict Women’s Right to Choose

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Today, the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice held a Markup of H.R. 1797, the “District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.” Following consideration of the bill, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued the following statement: “I am deeply disappointed that today my colleagues in the majority opted to use our limited working time to consider legislation tha... Read more »

Conyers: Justice Department Response Should Put Partisan Allegations to Rest

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This afternoon, the U.S. Department of Justice transmitted a letter in response to Congressman Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Congressman Sensenbrenner’s (R-Wisc.) letter to the attorney general on May 29, 2013. Following the delivery of this letter, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued the following statement: “I appreciate the department’s quick and forthright response to the recent letter from... Read more »

Conyers, Watt Statement on Patent Litigation Issues

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Today, Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released a discussion draft designed to address some of the outstanding patent issues, including litigation abuse. Following the release of this discussion draft, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, and... Read more »

Conyers, Watt Statement on Patent Litigation Issues

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Today, Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released a discussion draft designed to address some of the outstanding patent issues, including litigation abuse. Following the release of this discussion draft, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, and... Read more »

Conyers Challenges House Majority to Support Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation Following Senate Judiciary Passage

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This afternoon, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee held a full committee hearing entitled, “S. 744 and the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986: Lessons Learned or Mistakes Repeated?” This hearing comes a day after the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13-5 to report to the Senate Floor S. 744, comprehensive immigration reform legislation entitled the, “Border Security, Economic Opportun... Read more »

Conyers Celebrates the 59th Anniversary of Landmark case Brown v. Board of Education

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Today marks the 59th anniversary of the seminal civil rights case Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954). In this case, the Supreme Court overturned Plessy v. Ferguson,163 U.S. 537 (1896) which held that separate but equal treatment of blacks and whites was constitutional. Oliver Brown, along with a collection with thirteen African American parents filed suit against the Board of Educati... Read more »

Conyers Delivers Keynote Address Commending Work of Gideon’s Promise

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(DETROIT) – This evening, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) gave the keynote address at an event in Detroit honoring the work of Gideon’s Promise, an organization working to recruit and train public defenders. The event comes on the heels of the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s historic ruling in Gideon v. Wainwright, in which the Court held that state courts are required to provide a... Read more »

Conyers Announces Establishment of Bipartisan Over-Criminalization Task Force

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This week, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee passed unanimously, by voice vote, a resolution establishing an, “Over-Criminalization Task Force.” Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) will serve as an ex officio member of the task force. Following the establishment of this task force, Rep. Conyers issued this statement: “For the last several decades, Congress has decided that the answer to mo... Read more »

Conyers: Congressional Oversight Should Be Constructive, Not Partisan

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This morning, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, alongside the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Economic Growth, held a hearing entitled, “DOJ’s Quid pro Quo with St. Paul: A Whistleblower’s Perspective.” Following the reading of opening statements at the hearing, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued this statement: “I am deeply disappointed in my ... Read more »

Conyers Applauds Senate Passage of Marketplace Fairness Act, Calls on House to Adopt Measure

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Today the Senate voted 69 to 27 to pass S. 336, the “Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013.” This legislation would give states the option to require the collection of sales and use taxes already owed under state law by out-of-state businesses, rather than rely on consumers to remit those taxes to the states. Under the current tax loophole, while brick-and-mortar retailers collect sales and use taxes f... Read more »