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July 30, 2014Press Item
The American people are distressed and angry and disappointed with the Congress of the United States.
July 30, 2014Press Item
I thank the Gentlelady [Rep. Slaughter] for yielding, and I rise in opposition to the bill that is before us. It is somewhat ironic that the Republicans want to sue the President for not enforcing a law that they want to repeal. 
July 30, 2014Press Item
I congratulate [Rep. Jeff] Miller, the Chairman of the Committee, and [Rep. Mike] Michaud, the Ranking Member, for working together to get this done. Mr. Speaker, this bill is a result of a bipartisan agreement, and while I have some serious concerns about a number of provisions of which I’ll speak, I’m supporting it because it assigns resources to help cut down the waiting times for veterans to get the care they need and that we owe them. That must be our number one goal.
July 30, 2014Press Item
I am disappointed that a handful of Republican Senators have blocked the Bring Jobs Home Act from moving forward in that chamber, in spite of it securing a majority of votes.  
July 30, 2014Press Item
Today, House Republicans are bringing to the Floor a resolution authorizing a lawsuit against the President, an unprecedented action, which many Republicans think is wasting time.
July 30, 2014Press Item
It is welcome news this morning that our economy grew much more than expected following slowed growth in the first quarter of the year, showing the continued resilience of our workforce, entrepreneurs, and consumers. 
July 30, 2014Press Item
As we prepare to head into the August District Work Period, House Republicans are wasting time on political stunts and ignoring the priorities the American people care about – including jobs.
July 30, 2014Press Item
President Obama made an excellent choice in appointing Alejandro Pérez as the next Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, the White House’s chief liaison to the House of Representatives. 
July 29, 2014Press Item
Since helping to broker the agreement that led to South Sudan’s independence in 2011, the United States has been committed to helping the world’s newest state build democratic institutions and pursue peaceful economic development.
July 29, 2014Press Item
In announcing expanded sanctions today against Russian President Vladimir Putin and his chief backers - Russia's largest banks, a major defense contractor, and the country's oil industry - the Administration is sending a clear message that Russia will continue to face consequences unless it ceases its interference in Ukraine's sovereign affairs and works with the international community to promote an end to the bloodshed
July 29, 2014Press Item
Today’s announcement that 8.2 million seniors and Americans with disabilities caught in the Medicare Part D ‘donut hole’ have now saved more than $11.5 billion on prescription drugs since 2010 is further proof that the Affordable Care Act is working as intended to help seniors save money and see their benefits improved.  
July 29, 2014Press Item
It is a serious time in which we meet. It is a time when history will record that we had the resolve to prevail, or we did not. 
July 29, 2014Press Item
As we mark the 50th anniversary of President Johnson declaring an unconditional ‘War on Poverty,’ and in the aftermath of a recession that hit the lowest income Americans very, very hard, we ought to take stock on how best to alleviate poverty in America in the twenty-first century.
July 28, 2014Press Item
Today’s review by the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees affirms what we already knew.  First, efforts to control health care cost growth – including the Affordable Care Act – are working.  
July 28, 2014Press Item
As the world marks the centennial of the outbreak of the First World War today, I join in remembering the service and sacrifices of so many American military personnel who answered the call to fight on distant shores in defense of democracy and values we hold dear.