Government Oversight

After Federal Ruling, Conyers Renews Calls for Legislative Hearings on Surveillance Reform

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(DETROIT) – Today, U.S. House Judiciary Chairman Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) responded to U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon’s ruling yesterday that the National Surveillance Agency’s (NSA) bulk metadata collection program, which collects information on virtually all telephone calls in the United States, is likely unconstitutional under the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition of unre... Read more »

Conyers Presses Senate Republicans to Call Off Their Judicial Blockade and Confirm Judge Robert Wilkins

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This Monday, the United States Senate will consider the nomination of Judge Robert L. Wilkins to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Over the course of the last month, Senate Republicans have derailed the nominations of two other well-qualified appointees to the same court, considered the second highest in the land, leaving three vacancies in place. In light of... Read more »

Sensenbrenner & Conyers Introduce Bipartisan Legislation Curbing Government Surveillance

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Today, John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, joined former Judiciary Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-Wisc.) and 79 other members of the House in introducing H.R. 3361, the USA FREEDOM Act: United and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ending Eavesdropping, Dragnet Collection, and Online Monitoring Act. H.R. 3361 will end the bulk col... Read more »

Conyers, Nadler, and Petri Reintroduce the Bipartisan State Secrets Protection Act

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Today, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Ranking Member on the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, and Congressman Tom Petri (R-Wisc.), reintroduced legislation that would ensure meaningful judicial determination of the state secrets privilege. The bipartisan State Secrets Protect... Read more »

Conyers Warns of Dire Prospects for Federal Government and the Nation in Face of Government Shutdown

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Today, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement concerning the shutdown of the federal government, including the federal Judiciary: “Following the election of the Republican majority to Congress in 2010, we have careened from one manufactured fiscal crisis to another. At midnight last night, House Republicans forc... Read more »

Conyers, Nadler, and Scott Call for Immediate Congressional Action to Curb Privacy Abuses

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Today, further details about the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance program were made public in press accounts. Specifically, it was reported that internal NSA’s reports show that the agency repeatedly ran afoul of privacy rules. Following these public revelations, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y... Read more »

Conyers, Nadler, and Scott Write AG Holder on DEA Surveillance Allegations

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Today, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), ranking member of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, and Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-Va.), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations wrote a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder co... Read more »

With One Last Effort to Dismantle Health, Safety, & Environmental Protections, House Republicans Jet for August Vacation

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Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 232 to 183 to pass H.R. 367, the “Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act.” After passage of the legislation, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued the following statement: “Without question, the ‘REINS Act’ will have dangerous consequences for all Americans, chiefly by creating an unworkable approval process for regula... Read more »

House Judiciary Committee Democrats Release Staff Report on AG Holder Testimony

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Today, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee issued a minority staff report on, “U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s testimony before the Committee and the Justice Department’s Investigation of national security leaks.” Following the release of this report, Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued the following statement: “After months of oversight work, the Minority staff report makes clear... Read more »