Floor Statements

March 24, 2010
In the winter of 2008, America did not know whether it was heading for a Second Great Depression.
March 21, 2010
We are here to conclude a day of argument, which concludes months of argument in a national conversation that began more than a century ago.
March 10, 2010
Forty five years ago, civil rights activists attempted a march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, to demand that their governor honor their right to vote and their God-given equality.
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.
February 4, 2010
The House has just voted that our country should pay the bills it has already incurred.
February 3, 2010
Tomorrow, the House will have the opportunity to take one of the most important votes for fiscal responsibility in a long time—and I want to thank my Blue Dog friends for working so long to make it possible.
January 20, 2010
I join my colleagues in expressing my sorrow over last week’s earthquake, which shattered the lives of so many of the people of Haiti.
December 15, 2009
Every Member in this chamber understands the deep danger inherent in a nuclear Iran.
December 3, 2009
I rise to support this bill, which permanently extends estate tax relief to American families—and which strikes a fair balance between what we owe to families, farmers, and small businesses, and what we owe to our country’s fiscal future.
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 19, 2009
Today, we have the chance to vote for health care our seniors can count on, and a fiscal future all Americans can have faith in.
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.
November 7, 2009
Soon, each one of us is going to look into his or her conscience and vote on this bill.
November 5, 2009
A year ago this week, Barack Obama was elected president in the midst of the greatest economic crisis in a generation.
November 4, 2009
House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer spoke at a Helsinki Commission event this morning marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
November 3, 2009
I rise to voice my objection to the unbalanced and inaccurate Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, otherwise known as the Goldstone Report.
October 29, 2009
Today, we are one step further on a long, hard road—the road to bringing quality, affordable health care to every American.
October 28, 2009
I am proud to join Prime Minister Blair and Secretary Duncan on this important day for the community schools movement.
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 22, 2009
Eight months into the 111th Congress, and the Obama presidency, it is clear that the economic policies that we have put in place are helping to pull our country out of recession.
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.
September 9, 2009
The motive behind community schools is a simple one: getting every child in America the education he or she deserves.