Floor Statements

July 23, 2014
Madam Speaker, I rise today alongside my Republican colleague from Illinois, Representative Aaron Schock, who is here to speak about the Full-Service Community Schools Act of 2014, which we will be introducing later today. 
July 17, 2014
Mr. Speaker, I rise in solidarity with our good ally and friend Israel as it defends its people from Hamas' deadly rockets.
July 15, 2014
I rise to speak on this bill but not to offer an amendment. I don't offer an amendment because to offer an amendment I would have to identify an offset within the body of this bill. This bill is deeply and harmfully underfunded. 
June 20, 2014
I thank the Gentleman for yielding. I rise for two reasons. First of all to express my agreement with Mr. [Jim] Moran and with members of the Committee, perhaps on both sides of the aisle, with respect to our continuing Guantanamo policy.
June 12, 2014
Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to this bill, but I am constrained to respond to the remarks, the emotional remarks, the perplexed remarks of the Gentleman who preceded me.
May 30, 2014
Mr. Speaker, first let me briefly say I rise to speak on this bill, which directly impacts our economy, our competitiveness, and our ability to create jobs that pay well and open doors to opportunity.
May 22, 2014
Earlier this week, I had an opportunity to meet with the DREAMers, a number of DREAMers who want to join the Armed Forces of the United States. There is a bill called the ENLIST Act, introduced by one of our Republican Members, that, essentially, says we're going to allow DREAMers to enlist and, through their service, they could establish their path to citizenship.
May 21, 2014
Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to this. I urge my Members to vote against it. I don't know if they will, but I urge them to do so. All of us in this body need to be for accountability. None of us in this body, however, ought to be for turning a civil service system into a patronage system.
May 20, 2014
Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of this bill, which I am proud to cosponsor, and I thank the Gentlelady from Florida, Congresswoman Wilson, for spearheading this effort.
May 9, 2014
Mr. Speaker, we ought to extend the research and development tax credit to help businesses invest in innovation. But Republicans are asking us to do so without paying for it, which would add $155 billion to the deficit.
May 8, 2014
Mr. Speaker, I rise with a great deal of sadness. We're punting. USA Today said: ‘House action on tax extenders forfeits credibility on deficits and national debt.’ They are right.
May 7, 2014
Mr. Speaker, what a waste of the people's time for Congress to spend this week on politics and not policy. We are about to vote on a resolution that is really a partisan political message.
May 1, 2014
As the gentleman knows, we have an agenda, which I talked to him about briefly, we call Make It In America, which is essentially about growing manufacturing, encouraging manufacturers to return to the United States, and encouraging people when they want to go into manufacturing to do so here in America. Not only will that provide for a made in America label all over the world, but it will also provide the middle-class jobs and opportunities that we need. Part of that agenda, I will tell my friend, is to make permanent the research and development tax credit.
April 28, 2014
“In 2000, Congress passed the National Law Enforcement Museum Act to authorize the development of plans for and the construction of a museum to honor the nearly 20,000 local, state, and federal law enforcement officers who have fallen in the line of duty since 1791. All of them, Mr. Speaker, put their lives in danger to serve their communities and their country, leaving us with an enduring example of service and sacrifice. They are a part of our domestic defense corps.
April 9, 2014
“I thank the Ranking Member for yielding. This Republican budget, as I've said before, is an exercise in how not to achieve fiscal sustainability. 
April 8, 2014
“Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Never again. We intone those words: never again. We intone those words because we have seen horror and felt guilt that it happened on our watch. And so we say never again.
April 8, 2014
“I thank the Ranking Member for yielding. I would first observe, Mr. Speaker, that the American people ought to lament another opportunity missed. An opportunity to come together and adopt a big, balanced plan for investment and balance in our fiscal system in America.
April 2, 2014
The previous speaker said that people were going to be forced to reduce hours.
April 2, 2014
"Mr. Speaker, the baseball season begins this week, so I'll quote the great Yogi Berra, who said: 'It's déjà vu all over again.' 
March 27, 2014
"I thank my friend, the Ranking Member, Mr. Engel from New York, and I thank Mr. Royce, the Chairman of the Committee, for bringing this bill to the Floor and working in a bipartisan fashion to affect an objective that I strongly support. I thank both of them for their work.
March 27, 2014
"I thank the Gentleman for yielding. Perhaps we ought to have a criteria of everybody who has read this bill can vote on it.
March 11, 2014
“I want to congratulate Chairman Royce for bringing this bill to the Floor, Ranking Member Engel, and my good friend from Massachusetts [Rep. Bill Keating] for his leadership on this issue.
March 6, 2014
“I thank the Gentlelady for yielding. I want to thank Chairman Rogers and Ranking Member Lowey for bringing this bill to the Floor in a very timely fashion.
February 28, 2014
"I want to comment on one of the statements [Majority Leader Cantor] made, which I agree, in which, Mr. Speaker, he just told us, again I agree: 'America doesn't work if middle class families are taking home less.'
February 28, 2014
“Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my colleague, the Ranking Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, for his taking the time here to discuss two critical problems that confront us. First of all, the crisis that is ongoing in Ukraine and the negotiations that are currently underway with Iran.