Floor Statements

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.
August 21, 2009
Welcome and thank you for joining us today to bring to light the many ways that health reform proposals under discussion in Congress will help small businesses who are today struggling to provide coverage for their employees.
July 27, 2009
We’ve heard a lot of wild claims about health insurance reform from our Republican colleagues.
July 23, 2009
For far too many decades, we have labored under a health care system that is unworthy of our great country.
July 22, 2009
Maybe you’ve heard ‘the first rule of holes’: when you’re in one, stop digging.
June 26, 2009
This is a transformative moment. This is a moment to build a clean energy future for our country. This is a moment to create jobs. This is a moment to take on, at long last, a defining challenge of our time: global warming.
June 17, 2009
Today, I am introducing statutory “pay-as-you-go” legislation in the House, with over 155 original co-sponsors, including the Members standing behind me.
June 16, 2009
I rise to voice my strong support for final passage of this supplemental appropriations bill.
June 10, 2009
We are here to defend small businesses that are integral to our communities, and to the employment of one million Americans: our auto dealerships.
May 19, 2009
I want to welcome you to this conference. I want to applaud your commitment to clean air, to lower emissions, and to the nuclear technology that will help get us there.
May 13, 2009
Thank you for inviting me to speak to you in the midst of a transformative time for America’s energy policy. This morning, I’d like to talk about what I think that transformation ought to look like. But before I do, I want to emphasize that it’s just as important that we hear what you think it ought to look like.
May 12, 2009
Patient-centered care’: as I’m sure you know, that is one of the biggest buzz-phrases in our healthcare debate.
May 6, 2009
If I were to guess the single most lasting lesson of our economic crisis, and if I were to spell it out in just five words, I would say: this is what debt does.
May 4, 2009
A hope so simple and so humble that nearly every people took it for granted: ‘That we may be a nation like all other nations.’ So many thousands of years ago, the Old Testament tells us, the Jewish people asked simply for that, at the foundation of their first state.
April 29, 2009
This legislation—The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act—is a powerful statement of some of our most important American values: tolerance, respect for differences, and accountability for those who are driven to violence by hate.
April 29, 2009
Today, the House has the rare opportunity to set America on a responsible course for the future, a course of lasting, broadly-shared prosperity.
April 29, 2009
I am pleased to be here with the Blue Dog leadership, who supported the budget conference report that passed the House today.
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.
April 2, 2009
Today, with the passage of this budget resolution, the House has the opportunity to set America’s priorities for years to come and build a sustainable, widely-shared recovery.
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.