Press Releases: 2009

March 17, 2009
When President George W. Bush took office, the Bush Administration and Republican Congress used the opportunity to pass massive tax cuts, which erased the surplus and created the largest deficits in history.
March 16, 2009
Today's announcement by the Obama Administration is a positive step to free up credit for small businesses.
March 12, 2009
When President Obama took the oath of office in January, he pledged to work with Congress to address the challenges facing our nation and make the tough decisions necessary to ensure that our economy is strong for years to come.
March 12, 2009
The need to fix health care is a conversation that is happening not just in Washington, but at the kitchen tables of families across this country.
March 11, 2009
Today, House Democratic Leaders announced new earmark reforms to help ensure that taxpayer money is being spent effectively on worthy projects benefitting local communities.
March 11, 2009
Earmarks are part of Congress’s power of the purse, which all Americans know as essential to the balance of powers between the branches of government.
March 10, 2009
Today, Chairman Miller and Senators Kennedy and Harkin introduced legislation to give hard-working Americans the tools they need to secure fair wages and treatment at their jobs.
March 10, 2009
Today I rise as a proud sponsor of House Concurrent Resolution 37, legislation which will allow the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby Association to hold the 68th Annual Greater Washington Soap Box Derby on the grounds of the United States Capitol on Saturday, June 20.
March 10, 2009
Fifty days ago, President Obama walked into the White House and inherited one of the worst economic crises this country has ever seen.
March 10, 2009
Today we had the opportunity to hear from leading economists about their thoughts on our nation’s economy.
March 9, 2009
Today is truly a day of renewed hope for millions of Americans afflicted with diseases for which embryonic stem cell research could hold the cure.
March 9, 2009
I am pleased to be here with the Speaker, Members of Congress and veterans participating in Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program.
March 6, 2009
For more than 127 years, the American Red Cross has been responding to natural disasters and assisting families in times of need.
March 6, 2009
Today’s unemployment report for February contains more bad news for American workers.
March 5, 2009
I applaud the House’s passage of the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act.
March 5, 2009
I applaud the Obama Administration for ending the IRS private debt collection program, which a new study shows provided no government savings, and in fact cost the government more.
March 5, 2009
Today, I joined President Obama and national health care leaders for a constructive and broad-ranging discussion on health care reform.
March 5, 2009
Our nation’s health care system is an enormous burden on American families, businesses and economy.
March 5, 2009
Last week, President Obama delivered to Congress a budget outline that shows real leadership and makes the tough, responsible choices necessary to address the challenges facing our nation.
March 4, 2009
A House vote on the D.C. House Voting Rights Act will be postponed to allow more time for discussion on outstanding matters.
March 4, 2009
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is essential to our economic recovery. Yet, Republicans have repeatedly provided misleading information on its effects in an effort to undermine this important legislation.
March 3, 2009
I can think of no better person than John Berry to lead the Office of Personnel Management.
March 2, 2009
Due to inclement weather, there will be no votes in the House today. Debate on the suspension bills originally scheduled for today will proceed this afternoon.
March 2, 2009
Governor Sebelius is a knowledgeable and experienced executive who I believe is an exceptional choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services.
March 2, 2009
This month is Women’s History Month: We honor the generations of women who fought for a full and equal share in our Nation’s life, from the voting booth to the workplace.