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Feb 15, 2017 Press Release

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The “Authorization and Oversight Plan” before us this morning is not binding on the Committee.  It is, instead, an informal outline of our oversight priorities for the Congress to come.

Mr. Chairman, I want you to know that I have always appreciated both your effort—and that of your staff—to reach consensus on the Committee’s oversight plan. Unfortunately, I fear that there are several urgent matters within our jurisdiction that will not be discussed on a timely basis if we do not bring them up today.

Apr 13, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C.  – The House Judiciary Committee today approved by a vote of 28-0 the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 699) to protect Americans’ privacy and public safety in the digital age.

Mar 21, 2016 Press Release

Encryption a Top Issue for House Judiciary and Energy and Commerce Committees

Mar 16, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman John Conyers (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, together with 31 original cosponsors, introduced H.R. 4754, the Emergency Financial Manager Reform Act of 2016 to address unchecked decision-making powers that appointed emergency financial managers have in financially distressed cities.

Mar 1, 2016 Press Release

“Thank you, Mr. Chairman.  I want to associate myself with your comments about our jurisdiction. 

“It is not an accident that the House Judiciary Committee is the committee of primary jurisdiction with respect to the legal architecture of government surveillance. 

“In times of heightened tension, many of our colleagues will rush to do something, anything, to get out in front of an issue.  We welcome their voices in the debate—but it is here, in this Committee room, that the House begins to make decisions about the tools and methods available to law enforcement.

Feb 29, 2016 Press Release


10:00 a.m.       Executive Overreach Task Force Hearing

2237 Rayburn House Office Building

"The Original Understanding of the Role of Congress and How Far We’ve Drifted From It"


Feb 25, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C.  – On Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 1:00 p.m., the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled “The Encryption Tightrope: Balancing Americans’ Security and Privacy.” The House Judiciary Committee previously held member briefings on encryption, which included a briefing from technology companies and a classified briefing from the government. 

Feb 24, 2016 Press Release

“Today’s hearing is the 29th anti-regulatory hearing that the Committee has held over the past 5 years.  Yet, during those same 5 years, the Committee has not conducted a single hearing on –

Feb 23, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Yesterday, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), House Education and Workforce Committee Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA) and House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice Ranking Member Steve Cohen (D-TN) issued a letter to U.S.