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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.
January 17, 2012Press Item
Democratic Whip Hoyer stated, “I am pleased that Congress is actively taking steps to update how it connects with the American people online, improve transparency and better interact with our constituents to keep them informed. There is still work to be done, but Democrats and Republicans alike understand the duty we share to make the legislative process as open and accessible as possible. This report continues the hard work of Members from both sides of the aisle in shaping how we can better connect the American people to their government in order to better serve them.”
December 13, 2011Press Item
The Republican-led 112th Congress has proven to be one of the least productive Congresses in recent memory. In 2007, when Democrats took back the majority and a Republican president was in the White House, more bills were passed and more than double the number of bills were signed into law. Republicans have also had fewer votes and Committee mark-ups and hearings.
December 13, 2011Press Item
Terry Lierman has been a key part of the success of this office for over four and a half years,” said Hoyer. “When he came to our office, he brought unparalleled experience and a passion for helping people. I have worked closely with him for over 30 years to promote and support Democratic ideals, and I am pleased that he will continue to work with me by serving as the Treasurer of Hoyer for Congress and the Chair of AMERIPAC, my leadership PAC. I am very appreciative of all that Terry has done to assure the success of our efforts and look forward to working closely with him in the coming years.
December 12, 2011Press Item
I was pleased to learn that Paul Irving will be nominated to serve as the new Sergeant at Arms of the House of Representatives. He brings to the position a long and distinguished career with the U.S. Secret Service and a wealth of experience in federal law enforcement. I want to thank Bill Livingood once again for his service, and I look forward to working with his successor to ensure that the Capitol Police and the Office of the Sergeant at Arms have the resources they needs to protect the House, its members, staff, and visitors.
December 7, 2011Press Item
The Republican Leader and I may debate vigorously on many issues, but one area where we strongly agree is on making Congress more transparent and accessible. Recently, Congress took steps to open up the Capitol building, this Visitor’s Center, so citizens can meet with their Representatives and see the home of their legislature. In the same way, Congress is now taking steps to update how it connects with the American people online.
November 28, 2011Press Item
“America, and the principles for which it stands, have been well-served by Congressman Barney Frank during his over three decades of service in the Congress. He has brought an exceptional intellect, political courage, common sense, a wonderful wit, and a love of country and of the People’s House to his service. He will be greatly missed...
November 26, 2011Press Item
"It has been a honor to serve with my good friend Charlie Gonzalez for over a decade and I am saddened by his retirement. The U.S. Congress and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus will be losing a dedicated public servant who has been a leader on voting rights issues...
October 27, 2011Press Item
This year’s Floor schedule has prevented the House from getting anything done to create jobs and help Americans who are out of work, and next year’s schedule is more of the same. While Members appreciate having more time in their districts, the House has struggled to get even its most basic work done. We’ve conducted legislative business a mere 111 days this year - nearly equal to the 104 days spent either in recess or in pro forma business. And the schedule has been out of sync with the Senate, making it nearly impossible to coordinate. As a result, this Congress has seen only a small number of bills signed into law. I hope that next year, in spite of the lack of days in session, Republicans will put partisanship aside and work with us to address the challenges facing our nation and get Americans back to work.
October 26, 2011Press Item
I’m sad to learn that the House of Representatives will be losing a dedicated public servant at the end of this Congress. John Olver has been a tireless fighter for the people of Western Massachusetts since he was first elected to the House in 1991. Having served with him on the Appropriations Committee, I know he has always put the interests of his constituents first and has consistently fought for the most disadvantaged among us. I join in wishing him and his wife, Rose, well in whatever lies ahead.