Floor Statements

September 9, 2014
Mr. Speaker, September should be a particularly important month for this House. It will be a month of contrast. It will be a month in which the American people will be able to see that the Republican message to the American people is ‘you're on your own,’ while Democrats say ‘we're on your side.’
August 1, 2014
Mr. Speaker, House Republicans have taken two bad bills – that fail to meet the challenge of the humanitarian crisis on the border – and made them worse.
August 1, 2014
In today's paper there’s an op-ed , it's written by Mr. McCarthy, the new Majority Leader. In that op-ed he said, quote: ‘I have always believed that you must win the argument before you can win the vote. In Congress, committees act as idea factories for policies from both sides, and as Majority Leader I will commit to the committee process and regular order.’ Apparently he didn't start yesterday doing that, and we don't start today doing that.
July 30, 2014
I thank the Gentlelady [Rep. Slaughter] for yielding, and I rise in opposition to the bill that is before us. It is somewhat ironic that the Republicans want to sue the President for not enforcing a law that they want to repeal. 
July 30, 2014
I congratulate [Rep. Jeff] Miller, the Chairman of the Committee, and [Rep. Mike] Michaud, the Ranking Member, for working together to get this done. Mr. Speaker, this bill is a result of a bipartisan agreement, and while I have some serious concerns about a number of provisions of which I’ll speak, I’m supporting it because it assigns resources to help cut down the waiting times for veterans to get the care they need and that we owe them. That must be our number one goal.
July 25, 2014
Mr. Speaker, I’m not going to ask the Majority Leader any more questions, because I'm not going to get any answers. 
July 25, 2014
It’s always interesting to hear the debate. I wonder if the Gentlelady [Rep. Lynn Jenkins] believes the analogy she made in terms of cost of living applies to the minimum wage as well. If she does, I would ask her to urge her leadership to bring the minimum wage bill to the Floor.
July 24, 2014
Mr. Speaker, I think it appropriate that one of us rise to recognize the sacrifice made by Detective [John] Gibson and Officer [Jacob] Chestnut.
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.