Floor Statements

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November 21, 2013
“I thank the Gentleman from Connecticut. Not only for the special order but for the speech he gave as we led into this special order about that wrenching day in November, the 22nd of November, 1963. Where he was, the memory he had. And I thank the Leader who has recalled so well what John Kennedy meant to our generation.
September 19, 2013
“Mr. Speaker, it is with great sadness that I rise to remember three of my constituents who tragically lost their lives in Monday's shooting along with nine other innocent victims at the Washington Navy Yard. The entire Washington Metropolitan area is still in shock at the horrific news.
July 24, 2013
“Mr. Speaker, as the Speaker has said, later today members and staff from both parties will come together to remember the tragic shooting that occurred 15 years ago in this Capitol.
July 18, 2013
“I rise with a great deal of sadness, saddened by the passing of my friend, William H. Gray, who represented the people of Pennsylvania’s Second District in this House from 1979 to 1991.
July 11, 2013
“This side of the aisle believes the passage of the farm bill is very, very important. It's important for our agricultural interests, for our farmers. We believe it's very important for those who are relying on nutritional programs and support from us.”
June 18, 2013
“I thank the Gentleman for yielding, and I thank him for his work and I thank Mr. Lucas for his work. We struggle in this Congress to try to bring bipartisan legislation to the Floor. It's a shame. I've normally voted for the farm bill, for reasons I'll express here.
June 13, 2013
“I rise to join the Leader. I rise to join Congresswoman Esty and Congressman Thompson in recognizing this sad anniversary.
January 22, 2013
“I join in thanking U.S. Trade Representative Amb. Ron Kirk for his four years of dedicated service as America’s chief advocate for exports and fair trade practices.  Under his leadership, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative oversaw the opening of new markets for our businesses and the implementation of tougher trade enforcement rules that help ensure a level playing field for American products overseas.  Throughout this tenure, Amb. Kirk has stressed that when American businesses can compete fairly, they will prosper and create new opportunities for jobs here at home.  He has been a strong supporter of American workers and their role as the engine of our economic growth, and I was glad to have had the opportunity to work with him in developing parts of House Democrats’ Make It In America jobs plan to revitalize our manufacturing sector.  I wish him all the best as he embarks on the next phase in his career.”  
January 21, 2013
“Today, as President Barack Obama took his second oath of office to ‘preserve, protect, and defend’ our Constitution, we reflect on the challenges our nation has faced over the past four years, as well as the ones that lie ahead. President Obama has taken action to strengthen our economy, reduce our deficits, and increase our national security. We have made significant progress over the course of his first term, but we know more needs to be done to make the promise of the American Dream more accessible to every American.
January 20, 2013
"On Monday, we will join in remembering the tireless work and the inspirational life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  In his thirty-nine short years walking this Earth, Dr. King preached a gospel of peace and brotherhood that continues to resonate across the country, in the hearts of millions seeking to create a more perfect union for the generations to follow. 
October 14, 2012
"I was saddened to hear about the passing of Arlen Specter. For thirty years, he served the people of Pennsylvania in the U.S. Senate well, often working across the aisle to get things done. He was a moderate who put the needs of his constituents and country before politics - something seen all too rarely now. My thoughts and prayers are with his family."
July 26, 2012
“I thank the Gentleman from Colorado [Rep. Perlmutter] who has been so involved and so eloquent in expressing the grief that his constituents share and all the members from Colorado on either side of the aisle who have come together to share this grief.
June 28, 2012
Mr. Speaker, this is a sad day for the House of Representatives. It is an irresponsible day for the House of Representatives. It is a day in which the Majority party asked us to take an action that has never been taken in the history of America - never once holding a cabinet officer in contempt of the Congress.
May 28, 2010
Herb Shanks is retiring today after serving as Attendant for the House Democratic Cloakroom since 1973.
April 20, 2010
We are gathered here in honor of the Boys and Girls Clubs, its extraordinary work—and in honor of the irreplaceable Tim Russert.
March 3, 2010
Every ten years, as long as we have been a nation under the Constitution, the United States has taken a Census of everyone who lives here.
December 1, 2009
Our capital city is mourning the death of one of its leading citizens, a man I was proud to call my friend: Abe Pollin.
November 18, 2009
Every day, we and our families live under the blanket of protection provided by America’s firefighters—men and women who are willing to risk their lives to safeguard us, our loved ones, and our property.
October 28, 2009
On his arrival in the Senate, Edward Brooke tells us in his autobiography, the same Senators who spoke out so forcefully for segregation were happy to invite their new colleague into the Senate swimming pool.
October 22, 2009
The census doesn’t exist to score political points—it exists to give us an accurate picture of our country.
October 7, 2009
She will be as famous a thousand years from now as she is today.’ Mark Twain, who was her friend, made that prediction for Helen Adams Keller.
September 15, 2009
None of us is happy to be here considering the resolution before us. I know I am not. At the same time, what is at issue here is of importance to this House and to our country.
September 9, 2009
Today we mark the distance traveled between fear and memory.
April 22, 2009
I am proud to speak in favor of this bill supporting Best Buddies, an organization dedicated to the social integration of children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
February 25, 2009
With today’s markup, Congress is one step closer to bringing representation to the people of this city. And I am happy to report that I, with the help of the three distinguished Members here with me, will bring the DC voting rights bill to the floor of the House next week.