Floor Statements

November 4, 2015
I rise in opposition to this rule. I rise in opposition because it would make in order several amendments that undermine the will of the majority of both parties in this House that the Export-Import Bank should be reopened immediately.
October 27, 2015
The American public ought to know that 147 Republicans voted to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank just a few years ago under the leadership of [former Majority Leader] Mr. Cantor and myself. 
October 26, 2015
Since July, businesses and workers have been asking Congress to reopen the Export-Import Bank so that they could compete on a level playing field in overseas markets.
October 21, 2015
I would like to see the formation of a ‘Responsibility Caucus’ – a caucus that is honest with the American people; that doesn't pretend that this debt limit vote is a real vote, [that doesn’t pretend] it's a real vote when you cut revenues by hundreds of billions of dollars and don't pay for it, and if you think that that does not up the debt, somehow pays for it, you haven't been around for the last 35 years watching.
October 9, 2015
I join my friend, Mr. Forbes, in opposition to this amendment, Mr. Speaker. This amendment would harm America’s national security.
September 29, 2015
Uncertainty over the Bank’s future has already lead businesses to announce jobs being moved overseas. 
September 17, 2015
Mr. Speaker, the will of the Majority is being thwarted in this House – the People's House.  
September 11, 2015
As a result of our failure to fund the Export-Import Bank and to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, we are losing jobs, and we have lost a substantial number of jobs already.
July 9, 2015
Mr. Speaker, there are days in this House when morality and the values of our country as articulated in the Declaration of Independence and in the Constitution of our country summons us to vote as Americans – as moral representatives and as representatives of the values of our country. Today is such a day, my colleagues.
June 25, 2015
Charter authority for the Export-Import Bank is set to expire this coming Tuesday, should Congress fail to reauthorize it – which apparently we are going to fail to do.
June 18, 2015
This essentially will be the sixtieth vote – over the next two days, four days – on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
June 18, 2015
He did this in response to Congress' failure to pass the DREAM Act and help children of undocumented immigrants stay here and help build a better future for America.
June 18, 2015
I thank the gentleman for repeating for a third time his answer to me. Mr. Speaker, I would simply observe sadly that the representation ‘the House can work its will’ on an issue of great importance to the United States and to jobs in the United States will not be brought to this Floor, notwithstanding the fact that 180 Democrats have signed a discharge petition and 60 Republicans filed a bill to extend the Export-Import Bank.
June 3, 2015
Mr. Speaker, we are now less than a month from the deadline for Congress to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank.
May 20, 2015
Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to the COMPETES reauthorization act, which is an attempt to disinvest, in my view, in research, innovation, and education at a time when we ought to be investing in those areas even more greatly.
May 19, 2015
I rise in support of this sixty-day extension, because it's essential that we do this. The consequences of not doing it would be very, very negative. 
May 14, 2015
 want to congratulate Senator Cardin, the Ranking Member of the Foreign Relations Committee, for his hard work to reach this compromise with Chairman Corker.
April 30, 2015
It reaffirms their commitment to a severe and unworkable policy agenda that would harm the economy and stands little chance of being implemented
April 28, 2015
Mr. Speaker, when the Supreme Court ruled in 2013 to invalidate the preclearance formula in the original Voting Rights Act, it issued a challenge to Congress to pass an updated one. 
April 23, 2015
The Supreme Court next week is hearing more than just an argument about same-sex marriage. It is considering a question fundamental to what it means to be an American.
April 15, 2015
The [Oversight and Government Reform Committee] Ranking Member [Elijah Cummings] said this was a bill to solve a nonexistent problem.
April 3, 2015
With 129,000 new private sector jobs created, March saw the sixty-first month of consecutive private sector job growth.  Our economy has been making strides, but there is much more Congress can do to remove uncertainty for businesses seeking to invest here and create the kind of jobs that ensure America’s workers share in the benefits of recovery through higher wages and access to opportunities.
March 26, 2015
Whether we are for or against, the Congress is working today as the American people would have the Congress work. Speaker Boehner, Leader Pelosi, our extraordinary staffs on both sides of the aisle, and Members have come together and dealt with some difficult issues.