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Representative John Conyers, Jr. proudly represents the 13th Congressional District of Michigan. He is the Dean of the House of Representatives and is the 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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The Benghazi Committee Should Stop Wasting Time and Taxpayer Money

(126) Comments | Posted October 14, 2015 | 3:55 PM

Nearly fifteen years ago, the Independent Counsel Law lapsed after controversies concerning overzealous prosecutors like Kenneth Starr -- who had an unlimited budget and little accountability. Today, we face a similar specter of an untethered investigation: the so-called "Select Committee on Benghazi."

On May 8, 2014, the House of Representatives...

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Congress Should Heed Pope Francis' Call to Answer the 'Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor'

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 9:45 AM

This summer, Pope Francis released one of the most important and eloquent works of our time: Laudato Si. A meditation on modern culture and our responsibilities to our creator and one another, it directly confronts the sin and injustice of continued environmental degradation and inaction on climate change.


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Achieving A "More Perfect Union" Requires Acknowledging Our Past Injustices

(31) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 5:41 PM

July 29th marks the 7th anniversary of the passage of H.Res.194, the first-ever official Congressional apology for slavery and Jim Crow. In Charleston, President Obama underscored the need for our nation to acknowledge past injustices and take action to rectify their consequences so we can live up to our founding...

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GOP Economics: Export American Jobs Rather Than American Products

(71) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 5:05 PM


Earlier this year, GOP standard-bearers Paul Ryan and Ted Cruz penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal highlighting their support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, two massive trade deals with Asia and Europe. Congressman Ryan and...

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Solving the Climate Crisis Will Strengthen Our Economy

(84) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 2:59 PM

When I voted for the Clean Air Act as a Member of Congress in 1970, I received a stern warning from special interests: Environmental protection hurts economic growth. When I voted for the Clean Water Act in 1972, the Endangered Species Act in 1973, and the first federal fuel economy...

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Women and Children's Nutrition: America's Best Investment

(3) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 6:12 PM

This month marks the 45th anniversary of the Supreme Court case Goldberg v. Kelly, which held that some public benefits are so essential to human survival that they cannot be legally terminated without a formal notice and a hearing. This month also marks the start of Congress' annual appropriations season,...

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A Progressive Answer to the GOP's Regressive Budget

(39) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 4:50 PM

A federal budget is a statement about our society's values.

If you believe in this notion as I do, there's a conclusion we can't help but reach: The GOP's new House budget proposal makes some troubling assertions about what's right and wrong.

In a time of unprecedented retirement income...

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Drinking Water: A Human Right at Risk in America

(27) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 3:35 PM

Take a moment to imagine life without running water. Imagine the ordeal of having to find water not only to stay hydrated but also to bathe, clean, and cook. Imagine the challenge of caring for infants, the sick, or the elderly when the tap runs dry.

Over the past...

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America's New Single-Payer Majority

(44) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 1:07 PM

The Republican-led House of Representatives just unsuccessfully attempted to undo the Affordable Care Act for the 56th time.

While it's been well established that repealing Obamacare without a plausible replacement would leave tens of millions of people uninsured and worsen our deficits by accelerating the growth in healthcare costs,...

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Saving Our Republic From Citizens United

(8) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 9:40 AM

When Benjamin Franklin walked out of the 1787 Constitutional Convention, a woman standing outside the hall asked him what sort of government the delegates had created. Franklin responded, "A republic, Madame, if you can keep it."

While this republic was born without legal franchise for people of color and women,...

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Radical Deregulation Won't Bring Real Growth

(12) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 3:51 PM

Throughout the 1920s, Congress was focused on slashing taxes on the wealthy and eliminating business regulations, arguing that a free market could govern itself and that a rising tide would lift all boats.

The results were devastating: Wall Street ran amuck, resulting in the 1929 stock market...

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The Economic Case Against Keystone

(72) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 3:17 PM

It's been well established that the Keystone XL pipeline -- which congressional Republicans are seeking to authorize right now -- presents unacceptable risks to the planet. Keystone's completion would enable the full exploitation of Canada's tar sands oil deposits, raising global temperatures by an estimated 0.7 degrees Fahrenheit....

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The Full Employment Act at 35: America's Unfinished Business

(8) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 6:38 PM

For the first time since the start of the Great Recession, the unemployment rate is below 6 percent. America has experienced 55 consecutive months of net job creation, resulting in the addition of 10.3 million new jobs.

Look beneath these surface-level statistics, however, and you'll still find massive unused human...

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Delay in Executive Action on Immigration Does Not Change GOP Culpability on Immigration Reform

(104) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 3:25 PM

In the wake of the president's announcement that executive action on immigration will be delayed by several months, it is important that we not lose track of the fact that it was the House Republicans who not only blocked immigration reform, but passed several anti-immigrant bills that would cause devastating...

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America's Real Deficits: Jobs and Infrastructure

(3) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 1:47 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 | 5:36 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.


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Rebooting Electronic Privacy Rights

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 3:52 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 | 1:11 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 | 8:15 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 | 2:46 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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