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Congressman John Conyers

Representing the 13th District of Michigan

Foreign Affairs

My top priorities in Congress have always been “Jobs, Justice, and Peace,” and I have been a leader in Congress for policies that promote peace and international cooperation so that we can focus on economic development both at home and abroad.

From my early opposition to the War in Vietnam, to my grave concerns about the ongoing War on Terror, I strongly believe that it is our responsibility to seek out all peaceful options to resolve conflict before we put our servicemen and servicewomen in harm’s way. I believe we must  strictly adhere to international law and avoid unilateral military action that is so costly to our nation in both blood and treasure.

I also believe that we must exercise the utmost caution in our efforts to arm and train foreign fighting forces. We must always beware of unintended consequences—it is unacceptable if U.S. arms or training inadvertently facilitate human rights violations or hurt our national interests.

Finally, I am concerned about our vastly disproportionate military spending and nation-building abroad, at a time when we urgently need to rebuild here at home.

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September 28, 2017 Press Release

Today, a bipartisan group of 65 Members of Congress, led by Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), Congressman Rick Crawford (R-AR), Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), and Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06), sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to implement changes to allow U.S. companies to sell products for reconstruction to Cuba after Hurricane Irma devastated the country.

The Members wrote,

August 10, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. –  More than 60 Members of Congress, working from their home districts during recess, came together to write an urgent letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to express “profound concern” over “irresponsible and dangerous” statements made by President Trump and to urge Tillerson to do everything in his power “to ensure that President Trump and other Administration officials understand the importance of speaking and acting with the utmost cauti

April 7, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, following a chemical attack on civilians attributed to the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, United States military forces launched a missile strike on a Syrian airbase.  Rep. John Conyers, Jr., Ranking Member of the House Committee on the Judiciary, issued the following statement in response:

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

April 4, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (MI-13) and Congressman John Lewis, veterans of the civil rights movement, led more than 50 Members of Congress in introducing H.Res. 246, a resolution to commemorate 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 speech, he condemned the Vietnam War and called for a fundamental change in the way the United States conducts foreign policy abroad. 

October 14, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C. (Oct. 14, 2016)—Today, Reps. Elijah E. Cummings, John Conyers, Jr., Eliot L. Engel, and Bennie G. Thompson, the Ranking Members of the House Committees on Oversight and Government Reform, Judiciary, Foreign Affairs, and Homeland Security, issued the following statement in response to evidence that the Trump campaign apparently knew months beforehand about the hacking of emails from the account of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta:

July 25, 2016 Press Release

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June 29, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representatives John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), the Dean of Congress, and Mia Love (R-UT) today led a bipartisan letter signed by 158 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives calling on the U.S. State Department to “immediately and unreservedly exercise its leadership” to ensure that the United Nations takes responsibility for the devastating cholera epidemic that it caused in Haiti. The lawmakers are insisting on U.S.