Floor Statements

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.
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.