Press Releases

December 18, 2014
Today’s executive order is an important step forward in responding to the recent tragedies in Ferguson, New York, and other cities with careful and thoughtful steps to enhance police training and strengthen trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.
December 17, 2014
I join in praising the release of Alan Gross and express tremendous relief at his safe return to his family.
December 17, 2014
I join in thanking Raj Shah for his service these past five years as Administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development. 
December 17, 2014
I am pleased that the Senate has finally confirmed three of the four commissioners to lead the Election Assistance Commission after a disturbingly long vacancy period. 
December 17, 2014
I join in congratulating Jonathan Stivers on his confirmation as USAID Assistant Administrator for Asia last night.
December 17, 2014
I am very disappointed that the Senate failed to reauthorize the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act before it adjourned for the year. 
December 16, 2014
Today’s heinous attack against schoolchildren and teachers in Peshawar ought to be condemned universally in the strongest possible terms.
December 16, 2014
I join in congratulating Dr. Vivek Murthy on his confirmation as U.S. Surgeon General.
December 11, 2014
We have time to return to the Rules Committee, pass out a rule which strikes these two provisions, and pass the bill. 
December 10, 2014
I am glad that the House finally acted on a multi-year reauthorization of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act. 
December 9, 2014
When this new house convenes on January 6, it will be the first in 59 years not to include the distinguished dean of this House, Mr. John Dingell of Michigan.
December 9, 2014
December 9, 2014
For generations, American men and women have fought and died on the field of battle to uphold the highest principles of justice and human rights that our nation embodies – not only for Americans but for oppressed people throughout the world. 
December 8, 2014
Four years ago today, the Democratic Majority in the House brought to the Floor and passed legislation to end the threat of deportation for law-abiding, undocumented immigrants who were brought here as children and have known no other home than America. 
December 5, 2014
The Bureau of Labor Statistics’s jobs report for November shows an economy that is resilient and ripe for growth. 
December 5, 2014
Ashton Carter is an excellent choice to serve the next Secretary of Defense.  
December 4, 2014
I think that the Speaker does not want a government shutdown, [Republican Leader] McConnell has indicated that he doesn’t wasn't a government shutdown, and none of the rest of us in the leadership want a government shutdown. 
December 4, 2014
I am pleased that the House has passed the National Defense Authorization Act for 2015, critical legislation to support our military that the Congress has never failed to enact before the end of the year.  
December 4, 2014
Thank you very much, Leader Pelosi, and let me join you in congratulating [Rep.] Maxine Waters on her leadership [as] the Ranking Member on the Financial Services Committee and all the Members of the Financial Services Committee, the [Ranking Member] of our Small Business Committee [Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez], all of whom have worked so very hard on this issue and understand the consequences of inaction.
December 4, 2014
My heart goes out to the family of Eric Garner, who continue to seek justice for his tragic death on July 17.
December 4, 2014
It is very disappointing that the Republican Majority in the House wasted Congress’s time today on a partisan bill that will undermine the President’s executive actions to strengthen our borders, keep families together, and focus enforcement efforts on criminals. 
December 4, 2014
Everybody in that body believes the immigration system is broken.
December 3, 2014
Today’s announcement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that the growth in health care spending has continued to slow – to the lowest rate since 1960 – demonstrates that the Affordable Care Act is working. 
December 3, 2014
Today, the House overwhelmingly passed legislation strengthening U.S.-Israel defense cooperation and expanding energy collaboration, reaffirming America’s strong commitment to Israel’s security and our close ties with its government and people.