Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Conyers and Moore Applaud Senate Passage of Violence Against Women Act

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Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) and Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-Wisc.) released this statement following the Senate passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), S. 47, by a vote of 78 to 22. This Senate-passed bill is almost identical to the bill introduced in January by Reps. Moore and Conyers (H.R. 11). VAWA supporters in the House look forward to... Read more »

Conyers Applauds Housing Anti-Discrimination Standards

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This afternoon, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a final rule formalizing, “the national standard for determining whether a housing practice violates the Fair Housing Act as a result of discriminatory effect.” After the announcement of this rule, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued the following statement: “The issuance of this rule will bring important ... Read more »

Conyers: Mortgage Settlement Agreement is First Step Toward Recovering Losses for Victims of Reckless and Abusive Mortgage Practices; But Much More Needs To Be Done

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House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) commented on today’s announcement that the federal government and 49 state attorneys general have reached a $25 billion settlement agreement with the Nation’s five largest mortgage servicers to address mortgage loan servicing and foreclosure abuses. “Today’s announcement is a first step towards providing homeowners mortgage relie... Read more »

Reps. Conyers, Gutierrez, Capuano and Sens. Franken, Menendez Release GAO Report Investigating Foreclosure “Robo-signing”

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Today, Reps. John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), Mike Capuano (D-Mass.) and Sens. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) released a GAO report confirming reports that mortgage servicers had been fraudulently signing or notarizing affidavits allowing the completion of foreclosures without any personal knowledge of the cases, a process more commonly referred to as "robo-... Read more »

Conyers: Patriot Act Extension is Too Flawed, Too Intrusive, and Too Over-reaching

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Today, House Judiciary Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) rose on the House Floor in opposition to H.R. 514 which would extend, until December 8, 2011, the three expiring provisions of the USA Patriot Act. H.R. 514 is being considered today for House passage, without any hearings, markups, nor the opportunity for amendments that would have allowed for necessary bipartisan reform measures t... Read more »

House Judiciary Democrats Call for Hearings on Gun Safety

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Congressman John Conyers (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, joined by the other fifteen Democrats on the Committee, today asked Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) to hold hearings on gun safety in the wake of the recent Tucson shootings. “It is more important than ever that we examine our gun safety laws and regulations,” said Conyers. “It is simply common sense to limit the a... Read more »