Government Oversight

Conyers Calls on Committee to Put Partisan Rhetoric Aside, Return to People’s Business

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This morning, Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) delivered the following opening statement during a House Judiciary Committee hearing entitled, “The Obama Administration’s Abuse of Power”: “Mr. Chairman, I have and continue to enjoy a respectful relationship with you and deeply appreciate the manner in which you have chaired this committee over the last two years. However, I must respectfu... Read more »

Conyers Applauds Federal Court Decision Blocking Onerous Texas Voter ID Law

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(DETROIT)—Last week, a three-judge District Court in D.C. blocked onerous legislation requiring an individual to show a photo identification before casting a ballot in an election. The court found the law to be discriminatory, and would effectively limit the right to vote of minorities and poor voters. Representative John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) released this statement following the court’s decisio... Read more »

At Senate Judiciary Panel Conyers Calls on Congress to Pass End Racial Profiling Act

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Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) testified before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights at a hearing entitled “Ending Racial Profiling in America.” He spoke to the need for Congress to enact his legislation to end racial profiling by law enforcement and the importance of community based policing as means to ... Read more »

Conyers: Senate Republican Obstruction Jeopardizes Workers and Consumers

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Today the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on “Executive Overreach: The President’s Unprecedented ‘Recess’ Appointments”. The hearing’s purpose is to examine President Obama’s recent recess appointment of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and 3 members to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). President Obama resorted to recess appointments in the ... Read more »

Conyers Leads Fight to Prevent Secret Money in Federal Elections

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– Yesterday, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-MIch.) joined his colleagues Representatives Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Robert Brady (D-Pa.) as an original cosponsor of H.R. 4010, the DISCLOSE Act of 2012, a bill to require the disclosure of corporate and special interest money in politics. In the 2010 Citizens United case, the Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional lim... Read more »

Conyers, Jackson Lee: Supreme Court Should Protect Minority Voting Rights in Texas Redistricting Case

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Today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a consolidated case involving recent changes to Texas’ congressional district map. According to the 2010 census, Texas gained more than 4 million new residents with much of the growth occurring in the state’s African American and Latino population. Under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), Texas must seek preclearance from the Department ... Read more »

Conyers Judicial Redaction Bill Passes Congress and Awaits President's Signature

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Today, the House of Representatives approved a Senate amendment to H.R. 1059, a bill authored by House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.). H.R. 1059, as amended, extends by six years the authority of the Judicial Conference of the United States to redact personal and sensitive information from financial disclosure reports filed by judges and judicial branch employees, s... Read more »