Government Oversight

Conyers Corrects Colleague’s Misconceptions Following Executive Authority Hearing

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Today, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee held a full committee hearing entitled, “Enforcing the President’s Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws.” After the hearing concluded, Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) delivered the following statement: Throughout the course of United States history, Presidents have exercised their constitutional authority to undertake executive act... Read more »

Conyers Lauds Presidential Commission’s Bipartisan Approach to Addressing Voting Problems

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Today, ranking member of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) met with Bob Bauer, the co-chair of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration. This meeting comes on the heels of a report that the commission issued last month detailing how to address the many issues that plagued the 2012 presidential election specifically and the American electoral system genera... Read more »

As Bipartisan Concern Grows, Conyers Urges Surveillance Overhaul At Judiciary Hearing

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Today, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee held a full committee hearing entitled “Examining Recommendations to Reform Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Authorities.” During his opening remarks, Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) delivered the following statement: “The 9/11 Commission, observing that Congress had ‘vested substantial new powers in the investiga... Read more »

Conyers Calls for End to Telephone Metadata Program on Eve of Judiciary Hearing on Surveillance Reform

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Tomorrow morning, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee is holding a full committee hearing entitled “Examining Recommendations to Reform Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Authorities.” In anticipation of the hearing, Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued the following statement: “The public now understands that our government is engaged in widespread domest... Read more »

Conyers, Nadler, & Scott Hail Government Privacy Watchdog’s Recommendation to End NSA's Mass-Surveillance Program

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(DETROIT) – Today, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) released a report criticizing and calling for an end to the National Security Agency’s (NSA) sweeping telephone metadata collection program. The PCLOB cited the program, currently permitted under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act, as having “little unique value” in investigating and preventing terrorism. This comes on the heel... Read more »

Conyers, Nadler, and Scott Applaud the President’s Pledge to End Bulk Collection at the NSA

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Today, ranking member of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) attended President Obama’s address on surveillance reform at the Department of Justice. In his remarks, the President concurred with many of the findings of the review group he convened on Intelligence and Communications Technologies—including its recommendation that the government should no longer engage in th... Read more »

Conyers, Leahy, Sensenbrenner Lead Bipartisan, Bicameral Introduction of Legislation to Restore the Voting Rights Act

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Following the bipartisan tradition of the Voting Rights Act, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), joined with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.) Thursday to introduce bipartisan legislation to uphold the most vital principles of the historic law. The legislation supported by a range of civil rights ... Read more »

Conyers Welcomes President Obama’s Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence

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(DETROIT) – On Friday, the Obama administration announced two executive actions to strengthen the federal firearms background check system. The Department of Justice (DOJ) is issuing a proposed rule to clarify terminology used in prohibiting firearms purchases on the basis of certain mental health reasons. In addition, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is issuing a proposed rule to... Read more »

Conyers & Progressive Caucus Laud NSA Review, Urges President Obama to Swiftly Undertake Necessary Reforms

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(DETROIT) – Today, Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) Co-Chairs Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) joined Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), CPC member and ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, to urge the president to take swift action on 46 recommendations made by a presidential taskforce to reform the surveillance program at the National Security Agency (NSA) ... Read more »