Arrindell meets congressman ConyersPOSTED: 11/7/11 4:58 PM
St. Maarten – Parliament President Gracita Arrindell was recently in Washington DC, and met with Congressman John Conyers Jr., a Detroit Democrat, who was re-elected in November of last year. He is serving his 24th term in the U.S. House of Representatives and is its second most senior member.
Arrindell briefed Conyers about St. Maarten’s country status within the Kingdom of the Netherlands and discussed a number of other issues related to the country’s socio-economic development.
According to the National Journal, Conyers has been considered, with Pete Stark, John Lewis, Jim McDermott, and Barbara Lee, to be one of the most liberal Members of Congress for many years. Civil rights icon Rosa Parks served on Conyers’ staff between 1965 and 1988.
Conyers is known as one of the supporters of the drive to regulate online gambling. He has likened the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006, hidden within the SAFE Port Act, to Prohibition.
After Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in 1968, Conyers introduced the first bill in Congress to make King’s birthday a national holiday.
Conyers was critical of Richard Nixon, and he was the number 13 on the President’s enemies list during his 1969–74 presidential tenure. Nixon’s Chief Counsel described Conyers as “Coming on fast. Emerging as a leading black anti-Nixon spokesman. Has known weakness for white females.”
Conyers voted on the Articles of Impeachment against Nixon in July 1974.