Government Oversight

Conyers, Larson, and Brady Sign Amicus Brief Urging SCOTUS to Uphold Contribution Limits

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Today, Ranking Member John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) of the House Judiciary Committee, joined Congressman John B. Larson (D-Conn.), chairman of the Task Force on Election Reform, and Ranking Member Robert A. Brady (D-Penn.) of the Committee on House Administration, in submitting an Amicus brief to the Supreme Court regarding the upcoming McCutcheon v. FEC case. The three leading members were joined on... Read more »

Conyers Floor Statement on Amendment Ending the NSA’s Mass Surveillance of Americans

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Today, the U.S. House of Representatives considered H.R. 2397, the “Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2014.” Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) and Congressman Justin Amash (R-Mich.) offered an amendment to this legislation that would curtail the blanket collection of telephone records by the National Security Agency (NSA). During the debate over this amendment Rep. Conyers delivere... Read more »

Conyers: Judiciary Republicans Jeopardize Civil Rights Protections by Creating More Red Tape for Federal Agencies

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Today, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee held a full committee markup of H.R. 1493, the "Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act of 2013"; H.R. 2122, the "Regulatory Accountability Act of 2013"; H.R. 2542, the "Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Acts of 2013"; and H.R. 2641, the "Responsibly and Professionally Invigorating Development (RAPID) Act of 2013.” After his opening remarks, ... Read more »

July 23, 2013 - CDT Supports Amash/Conyers Amendment That Would Prevent Bulk Collection of Phone Metadata

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"The Amash/Conyers amendment would ensure that Section 215 of the Patriot Act is used as Congress originally intended – to protect American citizens from terrorist threats, but not to erode our fundamental freedoms. This Amendment does not repeal Section 215. Rather, it ensures that data the NSA collects under this authority pertains to people actually under investigation, rather than to all Americans." Read more »

Conyers: Bipartisan Consensus that Unchecked, Sweeping Surveillance Programs Must End

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Today, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee held a full committee hearing on, “Oversight of the administration’s Use of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Authorities.” The U.S. House Judiciary Committee is the committee of primary jurisdiction for both authorities principally discussed at the hearing today: Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act and Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act. Fol... Read more »

Reps. Richmond, Conyers, Nadler, and Scott Lead Letter Calling for Investigation into Several Louisiana Prison Facilities

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Today, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), ranking member of the full U.S. House Judiciary Committee, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), ranking member of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-Va.), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations, and Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-La.) se... Read more »

Conyers, Goodlatte, Sensenbrenner, and Scott Statement on Meeting with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

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Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Ranking Member John Conyers (D-Mich.), Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.) and Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-Va.) met with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to discuss his sworn congressional testimony and the search warrant for James Rosen’s e-mails. After the mee... Read more »

Conyers Statement on Edward Snowden Disclosures

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(DETROIT) – Following continued national security leaks by Edward Snowden, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued the following statement: “It is unfortunate that so much of Congress and the media’s focus is on the whereabouts of Edward Snowden. We should focus our time and attention on ensuring that law-abiding Americans are not unnecessarily subject to intrusive surveillance; making sure... Read more »

Conyers, Amash Introduce Bipartisan LIBERT-E Bill to Address National Security Agency Surveillance

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Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, and Congressman Justin Amash (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Liberty Caucus, announced the introduction of bipartisan legislation to address National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance. H.R. 2399, the "Limiting Internet and Blanket Electronic Review of Telecommunications and Email Act" (LIBERT-E Act), re... Read more »

Conyers: FBI Exceeds Surveillance Authority in Letter and in Spirit of the Law

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Today, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee held a full committee Oversight Hearing on the Federal Bureau of Investigation. During his opening remarks, Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) delivered the following statement: “On Wednesday, June 5, the Guardian published what appears to be a classified order from a member of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The order requires Verizon... Read more »