Thursday, April 20, 2017

CONYERS: Judiciary Policing Strategies Working Group Visits Houston & Holds Press Conference

 Washington, D.C. -- Several members of the bipartisan Policing Strategies Working Group traveled to Houston, Texas to meet with local community leaders and law enforcement to discuss police accountability, aggression towards law enforcement, and public safety concerns related to these issues.

Members of the working group held a press conference on Thursday, April 20 at 12:15 p.m. CT. Details can be found below.

WHO:  Members of Congress

  • House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.)
  • House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.)
  • Representative Doug Collins (R-Ga.)
  • Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas)
  • Representative Cedric Richmond (D-La.)

  • WHAT:  Press conference following the conclusion of the bipartisan Policing Strategies Working Group roundtable with community leaders.

    WHEN:  Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 12:15 p.m. Media with video equipment can begin setup at 11:45 a.m.

    WHERE:   Mickey Leland Federal Building
                        1919 Smith Street

    Background on the Working Group: In July 2016, Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Ranking Member John Conyers  announced the establishment of a working group to examine police accountability, aggression towards law enforcement, and public safety concerns related to these issues. The bipartisan working group is in the process of holding a series of roundtables to candidly discuss the issues fueling excessive force used by law enforcement and attacks against police officers. Read Chairman Goodlatte and Ranking Member Conyers’ op-ed on the working group in The Hill here.

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    Wednesday, April 19, 2017

    CONYERS, GOODLATTE, LEAHY, GRASSLEY Remain Committed to Good-Faith Talks to Reform Investor Visa Program Ahead of Expiration

    EB-5 reforms needed to curb fraud, abuse, national security risks 

    Washington, D.C. - Bipartisan, bicameral Judiciary Committee leaders today reaffirmed their commitment to reform the troubled EB-5 investor visa program ahead of its scheduled expiration on April 28, or to let the flawed program expire if reforms are not possible.  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Senator Patrick Leahy, along with House Judiciary Ranking Member JohnConyers, Jr. and Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte reiterated requirements of any meaningful negotiation as they continue to search for a compromise on EB-5 reform.  The program has longstanding, well-documented fraud, abuse and national security concerns, and has drifted away from Congress’ original intent: spurring job creation in rural and economically depressed areas.

    Dean of the U.S. House
    of Representatives
    John Conyers, Jr.
    “Despite the well-documented and rampant abuse of the EB-5 Regional Center Program that we have exposed in recent years, we remain committed to working in good faith with our colleagues and industry stakeholders to bring about much needed reforms to this troubled program. However, as we have made clear time and time again, any reforms must contain genuine and sincere changes to allow rural and distressed urban areas, the very communities this program is supposed to benefit, to compete for investment dollars. In addition, any reforms must address the many national security and fraud concerns by containing – without loopholes – compliance measures, background checks, and transparency provisions,” the lawmakers said.

    “Just a few weeks ago, we were encouraged by a reasonable proposal offered by IIUSA, the nation’s largest EB-5 industry trade association, containing significant reforms to the program. The proposal was a good faith effort to address our concerns and provide long-term stability to the program, and could have served as a basis for reform negotiations.

    “As we have in the past, we remain willing to work with our colleagues and industry groups to produce meaningful reform. This must include strong transparency and anti-fraud measures, meaningful investment differentials, adjustments of the investment amounts to appropriately account for inflation, adequate set asides for both rural and urban distressed areas, and an end to the program’s abusive gerrymandering practices.” 

    In a recent letter, below, to congressional leadership, the lawmakers, along with Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein, stated that the program should expire absent these reforms.
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    Tuesday, April 18, 2017

    CONYERS Speaks To Gray Panthers Of Metro Detroit On Universal Health Care

    It was my pleasure to speak to the Gray Panthers of Metro Detroit on the importance of fighting for universal health care, and updated them on HR 676 #MedicareForAll and HR1000 #JobsForAll

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    A common question I hear is, "What is the Democrat's plan for healthcare?" Well, I've been introducing my plan, #MedicareForAll, every year since 2003. Countries around the world provide quality, universal access to health care and it is about time that we do the same here in the United States. I call on my colleagues to join me in supporting HR.676, Medicare for All.

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    Thursday, April 13, 2017

    CONYERS Health Care Listening Session, April 13, 2017

    Image may contain: 1 personToday, Congressman Conyers held a Listening Session on Health Care.

    Image may contain: 1 person, sitting and textMembers of the District were given the opportunity to voice their ideas and share their stories pertaining to health care in the United States.

    Mr. Conyers announced the formation of the Disability Caucus to further the work for Single Payer, Medicare For All.

    More information on how to sign up and participate will be posted.

    To learn more on Medicare For All, you can read his op-ed in the New York Times in the link, below.

    CONYERS: Medicare for All's time has come

    #MedicareForAll    #SinglePayer

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    Monday, April 10, 2017

    CONYERS Cordially Invites You To Attend His Community Listening Panel, April 13, 2017

    Congressman John Conyers, Jr., cordially invites you to attend his Community Listening Panel

    Date: Thursday, April 13, 2017

    Time: 7:00 pm

    Location: UAW Local 600 Hall, 10550 Dix, Dearborn 48120

    Featured speakers and experts will be in attendance to discuss issues that greatly affect our region such as Healthcare (HR 676) and Immigration.

    For more information please call:

    Detroit Office (313) 961-5670; or,

    Westland Office (734) 675-4084

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    Friday, April 7, 2017

    CONYERS & GOODLATTE Seek Answers On Americans Swept Up Under Foreign Intelligence Programs

    Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) today requested that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence provide a public estimate of the number of communications involving U.S. persons incidentally swept up under FISA Section 702.

    FISA Section 702, which targets the communications of non-U.S. persons outside of the United States in order to protect national security, reportedly contributes to more than a quarter of all National Security Agency surveillance and has been used on multiple occasions to detect and prevent horrific terrorist plots against our country. Although Congress designed this authority to target non-U.S. persons located outside of the United States, it is clear that Section 702 surveillance programs can and do incidentally collect information about U.S. persons when U.S. persons communicate with the foreign targets of Section 702 surveillance.

    In their letter to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Goodlatte and Conyers state it is crucial that members of the House Judiciary Committee understand the impact of Section 702 on U.S. persons as the Committee proceeds with the debate regarding the reauthorization of this surveillance authority. They request that Director Coats provide a public estimate of the number of communications involving U.S. persons subject to Section 702 surveillance as soon as possible in order to inform public debate on the law.

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    CONYERS Commemorates Martin Luther King's Sermon "Beyond Vietnam"

    This week, longtime civil rights activist and Congressman John Lewis and more than 50 Members of Congress joined me to introduce my new resolution, H.Res. 246, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the April 4, 1967 “Beyond Vietnam” sermon given by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Riverside Church in Harlem, New York.

    In the sermon, Dr. King declared his opposition to the U.S. war in Vietnam.

    He also gave an important warning to our nation, one that still rings true today. Dr. King said: “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”

    Since I recorded this message, President Trump unilaterally decided, without approval from Congress or the United Nations, to bomb a sovereign nation.

    Those 59 Tomahawk missiles alone cost taxpayers more than $50 million.

    I will continue do to everything in my power to stop Trump from wasting our tax money bombing people abroad, when we have so much important nation-building to do right here at home.

    There is no question that the United States must do more to relieve the suffering of the civilians trapped in Syria’s civil war.

    If President Trump wants to help the Syrian people, he should start by welcoming those seeking refuge from this terrible civil war. You can listen to Dr. King’s prophetic 1967 speech here:

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