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January 8, 2016Press Item
"I was disappointed that Republicans adopted a motion to postpone until January 26 a vote to override the President’s veto of their bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act and defund Planned Parenthood.  
January 8, 2016Press Item
"Thank you very much Chairwoman Sánchez, and I want to thank particularly the Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus who have been tireless in educating not only the Members, but also the Administration on the extraordinarily adverse  consequences of the actions that have been taken over the last few weeks. 
January 8, 2016Press Item
As we begin the new year and the Second Session of the 114th Congress, newly elected Speaker Paul Ryan has an opportunity to turn the page on the bitter partisanship of the past few years and show that he is willing to work across the aisle to get things done for the American people.  The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that “House Speaker Paul Ryan starting this month will push to turn the chamber into a platform for ambitious Republican policy ideas.”  But evidence points to the contrary, with the first items on the House’s agenda for 2016 being the sixty-second vote to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act, the eleventh vote to attack women’s health, and several bills that would undermine consumer safety, workplace safety, and environmental protections.  House Republican leaders know these bills will never become law, yet they continue to pander to the far right with political messaging bills instead of bringing substantive, bipartisan legislation to the Floor. It is also unfortunate that Speaker Ryan has already taken issues such as comprehensive immigration reform and an expansion of paid family and medical leave off of the table. 
January 8, 2016Press Item
This morning’s jobs report for December, which shows a gain of 275,000 private sector jobs, provides us with a bookend to a year in which we’ve witnessed steady job growth that has brought the unemployment rate down more than half a percentage point since last January.
January 7, 2016Press Item
The bipartisan legislation that Reps. Joe Kennedy and Ted Deutch introduced today in the House, along with the bill introduced by Reps. John Delaney and Kennedy, are important steps in the ongoing process of countering Iran’s aggression and blocking its support for terrorism.  The introduction of these bills should send a strong signal to hardliners in Iran that backing terror or pursuing ballistic missile technologies – activities outside the scope of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) but still in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions – will merit decisive action from the Congress and our global partners. 
January 7, 2016Press Item
Regardless of politics, we can all agree – as elected leaders in Washington and as an American community – that any armed takeover of public property is not acceptable and should end quickly and peacefully.
January 6, 2016Press Item
Mr. Speaker, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, and I quote: ‘House Speaker Paul Ryan starting this month will push to turn the chamber into a platform for ambitious Republican policy ideas.’  My friend Mr. Upton talked about policy ideas, but, Mr. Van Hollen correctly observed, they're not on this Floor.  You haven't brought them to this Floor.  All you've brought is a negative.  Bring a positive. That, presumably, is what your Speaker ought to be talking about.
January 6, 2016Press Item
"Today's apparent nuclear test by North Korea reminds the world precisely why the United States and its international partners must take a firm line against any attempts by radical regimes to pursue nuclear weapons. ...
January 5, 2016Press Item
I've had the pleasure of serving alongside Steve Israel for fifteen years, and I've come to know him as a good colleague and a friend.
January 5, 2016Press Item
I was proud to join an amicus brief filed in the Supreme Court today by 162 Members of the House and Senate urging the justices to continue safeguarding women’s constitutional right to reproductive health care options, as enshrined by the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.
January 5, 2016Press Item
As we begin the second session of the 114th Congress, there are a number of critical issues the American people expect to see Congress address.
January 5, 2016Press Item
“Today, recognizing that the federal government cannot do nothing while thousands of Americans – including many children – are killed by gun violence each year, President Obama used his legal authority to take bold executive actions that will help keep dangerous firearms out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them while supporting research into mental health and safer gun technologies.  
January 2, 2016Press Item
I am disappointed that the Administration has delayed punitive action in response to Iran’s recent ballistic missile tests.  
December 28, 2015Press Item
ICYMI: Wanted to be sure you saw this article in The Hill on Whip Hoyer’s recent bipartisan successes, including the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, inclusion of the Full-Service Community Schools program in the Every Student Succeeds Act, and passage of the visa waiver improvement bill.