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House Rejects Balanced Budget Amendment

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Today, the House of Representatives rejected H.J. Res. 2, a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution, when the measure failed to garner the two-thirds majority vote necessary for adoption. The amendment did not include any explicit guarantees to protect Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security; would have required federal government outlays not to exceed receipts; and would have required a two... Read more »

Conyers, Cleaver Urge President to Invoke Constitutional Authority to Raise Debt

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Today in a letter to President Obama, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member and Dean of the Congressional Black Caucus John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) and Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) called on President Obama to raise the debt ceiling under the authority of the 14th Amendment. Below is the text of the letter: July 30, 2011 President Barack Obama The White House 1600 ... Read more »

Conyers Criticizes Ideologically Extreme “Cut, Cap, and Balance Act”

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Today, Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) criticized the Republican “Cut, Cap, and Balance” Act – an ideological assault on our democratic institutions that would eviscerate critical federal programs, including Social Security and Medicare.“This anti-democratic proposal holds hostage the possibility of increasing the debt ceiling to avoid a disastrous federal default, u... Read more »

Republicans Make it Virtually Impossible to Repeal Special Tax Breaks for the Wealthy or Big Oil and Gas Producers, But It Would Allow Congress to Destroy Medicare or Veterans' Hospitals by Simple Majority

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Today, House Judiciary Democrats continued to fight back Republican efforts to impose extreme Medicare cuts with a constitutional amendment, in the Committee’s third day-mark up of H.J. Res 1, the Republican balanced budget constitutional amendment. H.J. Res. 1 would amend the U.S. Constitution to require a balanced budget and a super majority vote of both houses in order to run a deficit, increas... Read more »

Judiciary Committee Republicans Defend Corporate Tax Loopholes

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Today, Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) opposed the Republican balanced budget proposal that would enshrine special interest tax loopholes into the Constitution.In support of Congressman Mel Watt’s (D-N.C.) amendment to eliminate the protection of special interest tax breaks, Conyers noted:The Republican proposal would take more than $1 trillion in tax breaks for favo... Read more »

Conyers Fights to Protect Medicare From Republican Slash-and-Burn Budget Amendment

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Today, at the House Judiciary markup of H.J. Res 1, the Republican balanced budget constitutional amendment, Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), offered an amendment that would exempt Medicare from the draconian budget proposal. H.J. Res. 1 would amend the U.S. Constitution to require a balanced budget and a super majority vote of both houses in order to run a deficit, increase taxes, rais... Read more »

Conyers: Looming Government Shutdown Reveals House Leadership's Fiscal Irresponsibility and Willingness to Put Americans At Risk

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Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) criticized conservative House Leadership for failing to take active steps to avert the looming government shutdown—one that would have a potential of hosting a devastating impact on the American people, particularly lower and middle-class individuals. Mr. Conyers’ statement is as follows: Based on their absolute refusal to... Read more »

Conyers Issues Committee Report on GOP Budget Proposals -- America On the Brink

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Today, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, issued a report, “America on the Brink,” detailing the impact of the GOP budget proposals as well as the impact of a possible government shutdown on justice and judiciary related areas.“Rather than funding programs that will lead to job creation and help get our nation’s economy back on track, the Hous... Read more »

ADVISORY: Conyers to Host Forum on the Impact of Budget Proposals on Justice, Job Creation, Public Safety, and Civil Liberties

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On Thursday, February 24th, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) will host a forum on the impact that the GOP’s budget proposal – and the looming government shutdown – will have on job creation, public safety, and America’s justice system. Some of the federal programs that will be critically affected by H.R. 1, the Republican continuing resolution that passed the U.... Read more »

Conyers: Too Much Surveillance Will Hinder Innovation and Cost Jobs

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Today, at the House Judiciary Crime Subcommittee Committee Hearing on “Going Dark: Lawful Electronic Surveillance in the Face of New Technologies,” Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) emphasized the dangers of legislating new requirements desired by law enforcement on all communications companies. Mr. Conyers criticized the possibility that the administration may propose that all communicat... Read more »