Press Releases

June 30, 2015
I applaud the proposed rule announced today to raise the overtime eligibility threshold so that more American workers can bring home the higher wages they have earned. 
June 29, 2015
Today marks the beginning of House Democrats’ sixth annual Online All-Star Competition, a three-week competition among Members of the Democratic Caucus to increase online engagement and reach constituents through social media.
June 26, 2015
Today, the Supreme Court recognized the fundamental right of every loving couple to marry and have those marriages recognized equally across our country. 
June 25, 2015
Two years ago, the equal access of every American to vote in our elections was dealt a serious blow by the Supreme Court, which invalidated part of the landmark Voting Rights Act that Congress passed and President Johnson signed in the wake of “Bloody Sunday” and the Selma-to-Montgomery marches in 1965.  
June 25, 2015
Today, the Supreme Court affirmed what those who wrote the Affordable Care Act already knew – that subsidies to help Americans afford health insurance premiums are to be made available to all Americans, whether they get their health care through the federal marketplace or through state-based marketplaces.
June 24, 2015
There is no more important act in our democracy than casting one’s vote and having one’s voice heard equally in our government, which is why I’m pleased that Reps. Terri Sewell, John Lewis, Linda Sanchez, and Judy Chu introduced legislation today to restore the voting rights protections struck down by the Supreme Court two years ago this week.
June 24, 2015
I am disappointed that Republicans continue to pursue legislation that ignores the dangers of climate change and undermines our nation’s efforts to develop cleaner energy alternatives. 
June 24, 2015
I was very privileged to join all of my colleagues in a visit to Karnes [County Residential Center].
June 23, 2015
For too long, the draconian cuts of the sequester have strangled our investments to keep America Number One in the global economy and to ensure our national security.
June 23, 2015
One of the things we see here is a stark example of why comprehensive immigration reform is absolutely essential.
June 19, 2015
Today’s CBO report makes clear that repealing the Affordable Care Act, as Republicans have consistently voted to do, would explode the deficit, cause millions to lose their insurance coverage, and raise costs for seniors on Medicare.
June 19, 2015
On this day, 150 years ago, former slaves in Texas rejoiced at their freedom, the last in America to hear the news, and ever since that day Juneteenth has marked the anniversary of emancipation for the millions whose ancestors suffered the unthinkable horrors of slavery.  I join in celebrating this day, which serves as a reminder to all of us of our shared responsibility to recognize and protect the equal rights and equal dignity of every person. 
June 18, 2015
The encyclical released by Pope Francis today on the environment is a powerful call to planetary stewardship and a reminder of human consequences of pollution, climate change, and degradation of our natural resources. 
June 18, 2015
I want to thank [Rep.] Gutiérrez and those with whom I’m standing here, all of whom have worked very, very hard to ensure that America has a rational and comprehensive immigration policy.
June 17, 2015
Today's action in the Appropriations Committee shows, once again, how 'unrealistic and ill-conceived,' as Chairman Hal Rogers put it, the Republican sequester strategy truly is. 
June 17, 2015
I want to thank Rep. Jim McGovern for his work to ensure that Congress plays a role in shaping the scope of our military engagement overseas. 
June 16, 2015
The Long-Term Budget Outlook released today by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office is a chilling and powerful reminder of the consequences of continued partisanship.  
June 15, 2015
Three years ago, President Obama took a bold and decisive step in the face of inaction by the Republican-led House on immigration to create the DACA program that has helped nearly 700,000 DREAMers remain in this country.
June 12, 2015
I have long supported lowering trade barriers, which helps American businesses and workers compete on a level playing field in overseas markets. 
June 11, 2015
Today, House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released a video unveiling a new, free app to provide Members of Congress, staff, the press, and the public with live updates and news on what’s happening on the Floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. 
June 10, 2015
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