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August 2, 2012Press Item
Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer today sent a letter to the House Democratic Caucus urging Democratic Members to highlight the past 19 months of the Republican Majority’s record of missed opportunities in addressing the nation’s central challenges.
August 1, 2012Press Item
“Mr. Speaker, this week’s middle class tax cut debate is an unnecessary sequel to December’s fight over extending payroll tax cuts. Republicans campaigned on a pledge to seek bipartisan solutions to our pressing challenges, but, when faced with a bipartisan agreement in December, they chose to walk away. And they appear ready to do so again this week. 
August 1, 2012Press Item
Extending tax cuts for the middle class is a concept that both parties agree on, yet Republicans refuse to compromise to provide economic certainty to American families.  So far this Congress, the GOP has created a record of obstruction, ignoring critical bipartisan Senate bills.  Instead of working across the aisle, House Republicans have wasted time on political messaging bills that protect the wealthiest in the country while ignoring the issues facing the middle class.
July 26, 2012Press Item
“Today, House Republicans wasted more time as they passed yet another anti-regulation bill that will do nothing to create jobs or grow the economy while rolling back critical protections for consumers and the environment.  With little time left on the schedule, we ought to be taking action on the middle-class tax cut extension the Senate passed yesterday.  House Republicans should pass that bill immediately, so we can extend tax cuts for families and small businesses on income under $250,000.  Passing the Senate bill would give certainty to 98% of families and 97% of small businesses that their taxes will not increase next year.                                                                                                                                                                                   
July 25, 2012Press Item
Over the last 19 months in the majority, House Republicans have wasted time passing GOP messaging bills that appeal to their conservative base, rather than working towards bipartisan compromises on critical legislation.  Meanwhile, the Senate has passed multiple pieces of legislation with strong bipartisan votes.  House Republicans continue to choose confrontation over compromise, refusing to take up any of these bills and putting American families and businesses at risk.  Here’s a look at how House Republicans are refusing to govern for the middle class:
July 19, 2012Press Item
“I am deeply disturbed that Speaker Boehner would falsely charge President Obama with putting politics ahead of the challenges facing middle-class Americans still out of work and their families, and not caring about their situation.  He should look very carefully at the history this Congress of the House over which he presides.  It tells the story of Republicans walking away again and again from their responsibility to extend unemployment insurance, keep payroll taxes from rising, maintain low interests rates for student loan borrowers, protect Medicare for seniors, and pass comprehensive jobs legislation – like Democrats’ Make It In America plan – that will help put more Americans back to work. 
July 19, 2012Press Item
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) announced today that House Democrats have begun using open tools on POPVOX.com that enable citizens and organizations to publicly weigh in on specific legislation before Congress. Whip Hoyer issued the following statement:
July 16, 2012Press Item
“Today, Republicans voted to block consideration of the DISCLOSE Act, a measure that would provide greater transparency to political financing.  This represents a disappointing setback when it comes to ensuring that all Americans have an equal voice in choosing those who serve us in office.  The DISCLOSE Act would require the disclosure of donations to organizations engaged in campaign activity in the wake of the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision.  
June 29, 2012Press Item
“We thought the bill was constitutional. The Supreme Court has said it’s constitutional. It's within our powers and we think the American public can be more secure today than they were yesterday with the assurance that they're going to have access to affordable, quality health care.”
June 28, 2012Press Item
Mr. Speaker, this is a sad day for the House of Representatives. It is an irresponsible day for the House of Representatives. It is a day in which the Majority party asked us to take an action that has never been taken in the history of America - never once holding a cabinet officer in contempt of the Congress.
June 18, 2012Press Item
As we return from the ninth full week of recess since the 112th Congress reconvened in January, House Republicans continue to pursue an extreme agenda that ignores our challenges of creating jobs and furthering our economic recovery.  We have only twenty-four legislative days remaining before August’s five-week district work period. Furthermore, the House is only scheduled to be in session for eight legislative days in September and a mere five in October.
June 14, 2012Press Item
Today, we heard President Obama lay out a plan for America’s economic future to provide businesses with certainty, to create jobs for the middle class, and to pay down our debt. The American people understand what’s at stake this year: the progress of our economic recovery and the potential for a new generation of prosperity. The path laid out by the President is the right way to further our recovery, as demonstrated by the success of our auto industry after Democrats took action to prevent automakers from going bankrupt. 
June 8, 2012Press Item
Mr. Speaker, some of the most pressing legislative items were nowhere to be found on the Floor this week. We had an opportunity to make headway on critical legislation. Unfortunately, the leadership provided no action. Not solutions, not action, only obstruction and delay.
March 10, 2012Press Item
"I want to thank Jay Inslee for his years of service in Congress. He is a good friend, and it has been an honor to be his colleague in the House. Jay is a leader on clean energy issues, working for policies that create clean energy jobs and protect our environment ...
March 6, 2012Press Item
“Today the people of New Jersey lost a beloved public servant, and the House of Representatives lost a respected member.  As his state's first African American elected to Congress, Donald Payne was a trailblazer who helped pave the way for many to follow throughout the country.  Don was a tireless campaigner for justice.  Whether it was for the men and women from urban communities in Essex, Hudson, and Union Counties, the millions of American students who benefited from his service on the Committee on Education and the Workforce, or those suffering from poverty and oppression in Africa for whom he was a vocal advocate, his fight for justice at home and human rights around the world will be Don's lasting legacy.  His many travels to the Sudans brought hope to those experiencing the bitterness of war, hunger, and displacement, and his efforts drew Americans’ attention to the genocide in Darfur and ongoing violence across the Sudans.  All of us who had the honor of serving with him will dearly miss him and the energy and passion he brought to his job.  My thoughts are with his family today.”
March 2, 2012Press Item
For three decades, Norm Dicks and I have served together in Congress, and he is not only a respected colleague but a dear friend.  I’m saddened that Norm has decided to retire at the end of the 112th Congress.  He will be greatly missed in the halls of the Capitol by Members on both sides of the aisle.
February 28, 2012Press Item
As Parliamentarian, John Sullivan has been a careful steward of the rules of the House and a strong defender of their proper exercise, which has earned him the respect of members and leaders from both parties.  When he became Parliamentarian in 2004, John brought with him seventeen years of experience working in the Office of the Parliamentarian, three years as counsel to the Armed Services Committee, and seven years as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Air Force.  Having given over thirty-five years of his career to our nation, I join in thanking him for his many contributions.
February 2, 2012Press Item
"Over the past five years, I have come to know Heath Shuler as a resolute lawmaker, a determined advocate for getting America's fiscal house in order, and – above all – a good friend. I will greatly miss him in this House, where he has made an enormous impact as a leader of the Blue Dog Coalition and as a rising star in the Democratic caucus...
January 26, 2012Press Item
While I was saddened to learn that Rep. Brad Miller will be retiring from Congress, I am thankful for the chance to have served alongside him these past nine years.  Over the course of his time in Congress, Rep. Miller has fought for the well-being of North Carolina families, and he has worked tirelessly as a member of the Financial Services Committee to combat predatory lending practices and help those facing foreclosure stay in their homes.  Believing strongly in creating opportunities for more Americans to reach the middle class, Rep. Miller  has been a strong advocate for education and access to health care, and he has been a defender of North Carolina service members, veterans, and their families.  He will be missed in this House, and I join in wishing him the best as he moves on to the next step in his career.
January 25, 2012Press Item
None of us on this Floor are talented enough to summon the rhetoric that all of us feel in our hearts. We have young men and women, arrayed on the fields in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other troubled spots in the world. They are fighting for freedom and democracy and too many of them are injured on those fields. Our beloved colleague, Gabrielle Giffords, was injured on the field in the exercise of that democracy. And in being injured, she has become an example for us, for all Americans, indeed all the world, of courage, of clarity of purpose, of grace, of responsibility, of a sense of duty which she exercises this day.
January 24, 2012Press Item
Tonight, President Obama stood before Congress and the American people and asked us to envision the America we can achieve together, sharing his blueprint for doing so.  The plan he laid out is rooted in the same values of fairness and responsibility that have enabled generations of Americans to climb ladders of opportunity and pass their faith in the American Dream on to their children.