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Representative John Conyers, Jr. was re-elected in November 2012 to his 25th term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is the second most senior member of the House and is Ranking Member of the House Committee on the Judiciary. Congressman Conyers is also a founding member and Dean of the Congressional Black Caucus.

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America's Real Deficits: Jobs and Infrastructure

(6) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 12:47 PM

Congress is fixated on the federal budget deficit.

This year, the House of Representatives passed a budget to slash funding for infrastructure, Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program, nutrition programs, K-12 education, and science research in the name of deficit reduction. Harsh across-the-board "sequester" cuts remain the...

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Detroit's Water Cutoffs: Counterproductive and Coldhearted

(16) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 4:36 PM

Imagine a week without running water. Imagine not only the physical thirst but also the inability to bathe, to cook, or to clean. Imagine the hardships this scenario would present for a family with children in diapers and the public health risks it would impose on a broader community.

This...

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Rebooting Electronic Privacy Rights

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 2:52 PM

When the framers drafted the Constitution, Americans' privacy rights were of great importance and necessary in establishing protections for the people. However, as technology has advanced exponentially, our government has fallen short of upholding and extending those privacy protections to the digital space.

The Fourth Amendment protects documents stored...

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Criminal Injustice

(23) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 12:11 PM

For decades, Congress has implemented policies that distort America's criminal justice system and tip the scales of justice in favor of punishment over rehabilitation. As a matter of civil rights and basic justice, our criminal justice system must change. Fortunately, the Obama Administration recognizes the unacceptable status quo, and recently...

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Celebrate Mother's Day: Reduce America's Maternal Mortality

(1) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 7:15 PM

While flowers and greeting cards are thoughtful, millions of American women need something more important on this Mother's Day: lifesaving preventive health care.

Maternal mortality rates have doubled over the past 25 years. It's now more dangerous to give birth in the United States than...

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Even the Rich Should Reject the Ryan Budget

(68) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 1:46 PM

It's no secret that the House Republican budget being considered this week would hurt the livelihoods of low-income Americans. Since winning control of the House in 2010, GOP leaders and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan have used the federal budget process to slash funding for education, nutrition, and job-training...

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Why Democrats Have a Winning Agenda

(27) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 10:39 AM

The conventional wisdom from cable news pundits is that this will be a difficult year for Congressional Democrats. Between website troubles, legislative roadblocks in the House of Representatives, and polls showing Americans' declining faith in government, it seems sensible to expect continued gridlock or conservative drift.

But there's a...

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President Obama's Justified Executive Authority

(12) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 12:25 PM

In a recent op-ed in the Washington Post, Eugene Scalia and Rachel Mondl call on the federal courts to overturn President Obama's executive order requiring most federal contractors to pay their workers at least $10.10 an hour. Scalia and Mondl take issue with the order on the ground...

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Aspirations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

(18) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 1:35 PM

Co-authored by Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg and Sheila Collins

On Tuesday, December 10 the world observed Human Rights Day, marking the 65th anniversary of the adoption by the United Nations of a Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is sometimes forgotten that this Universal Declaration has important roots in American soil....

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The Full Employment Generation

(39) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 9:01 AM

As veterans of the Civil Rights Movement, we can vividly remember a time when people of conscience from all over the country stood together with a common voice to fight for a common cause.

Sadly, in the decades since the 1960s, there's been no similarly-encompassing movement for social change....

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What Price Justice?

(3) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 10:30 AM

As the government budget gridlock grinds on, there has been considerable attention concerning its financial impact, with the sequester calculated as costing the economy more than 1.5 million jobs and the government shutdown estimated as costing the economy more than $150 million per day. However, few...

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Honoring Occupy, Creating Occupations

(9) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 6:02 PM

This September marks the 5-year anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers, which set off the banking crisis, causing the stock market to crash and costing millions of Americans their jobs. Technically the recession ended four years ago, but I know that the nearly 12 million unemployed and 14 million...

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Fulfilling the Promise of Medicare

(32) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 12:18 PM

"We can say this of Medicare: By honoring the fundamental humanity, which is the spirit of democracy, it is a triumph of rightness in America."

Nearly five decades after President Lyndon Johnson spoke those words as he signed Medicare into law, it is time to honor the fundamental humanity...

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A Bipartisan Response to the NSA's Surveillance

(2) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 5:23 PM

By Rep. Justin Amash and Rep. John Conyers

Somewhere in a government data center sits information on every call you've made lately. You may be completely innocent. And yet, day-in and day-out, the government continues to collect information on your calls.

Vacuuming up details from the lives of ordinary Americans...

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Momentum Building to Cancel the Sequester

(7) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 1:47 PM

Earlier this month, devastating across-the-board cuts -- known in Washington as the "sequester" -- kicked in. Since then, Americans of all political stripes have been scrambling to cope with a new world in which critical government services like pre-K education for disadvantaged kids, unemployment insurance for...

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Time to Tackle America's Real Debt: Jobs

(2) Comments | Posted January 18, 2013 | 11:56 AM

As President Obama prepares to take the oath of office, an elite consensus has emerged in Washington: The first term was about reducing unemployment; the second is about tackling the federal debt.

The Economist Magazine put it succinctly: "The crisis and recession are past," it declared. "Mr....

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A Letter to Our Ancestors: To Those Who Came Before Us

(3) Comments | Posted January 1, 2013 | 8:10 AM

This letter is part of our "Letters to Our Ancestors" project. In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, we've asked members of our community to share their own letters to our forefathers. With these letters, we hope to look back on the progress our community has made...

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Building a Bipartisan Consensus and Rebuilding Communities: A Job Creation Bill for America's Hardest Hit Areas

(6) Comments | Posted July 31, 2012 | 3:28 PM

I can think of few issues that have led to more heated rhetoric and emotions than immigration. Much of the recent focus has rightly been on fixing our broken immigration system and what to do about the undocumented population that has been living and working in the United States, in...

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Why Is the Best Attorney General Receiving the Worst Treatment?

(174) Comments | Posted June 27, 2012 | 6:38 PM

Tomorrow, the House is expected to vote on whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over internal deliberative documents related to Operation Fast and Furious.

Last week, the attorney general -- who has testified on this matter on nine separate occasions and...

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