Floor Statements

June 24, 2010
I rise in strong support of the DISCLOSE Act. For more than a century, Mr. Speaker, America has limited the role of private money in public elections.
June 24, 2010
Every one of us understands the deep danger of a nuclear Iran.
June 16, 2010
Small businesses are the job-creating engine of our economy. They employ more than half of all employees in the private sector, and they have created 64% of net new jobs over the past 15 years.
June 9, 2010
In the early morning hours of Monday, May 31, Israeli naval forces intercepted six ships, carrying mostly Turkish demonstrators, attempting to break the blockade of the Gaza Strip.
May 28, 2010
Herb Shanks is retiring today after serving as Attendant for the House Democratic Cloakroom since 1973.
May 28, 2010
Since inheriting the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and an economy shedding 800,000 jobs per month, President Obama and the 111th Congress have been dedicated to standing up for the middle class, its interests, and its future.
May 27, 2010
Democrats in Congress have worked closely with President Obama to fight our enemies, promote our interests and support our troops and their families—compiling a record of securing our nation in stronger and smarter ways.
May 19, 2010
This legislation is named in honor of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who dedicated her long life to public service, and especially to the inclusion of those with intellectual disabilities.
May 12, 2010
I rise in support of the America COMPETES Act, which creates jobs in the short-term and builds a strong foundation for prosperity in the long-term.
April 28, 2010
America faces a massive budget challenge, which includes record debt brought on by eight years of Republican fiscal recklessness.
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 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.