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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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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

(75) 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

(6) 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.

This...

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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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Why Democrats Have a Winning Agenda

(27) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 11:39 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 | 1:25 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 | 2:35 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 | 10:01 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 | 11:30 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 | 7:02 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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(1) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 3:01 PM

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