Press Releases: 2009

October 9, 2009
It is a great honor to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, and I want to extend my congratulations to President Obama.
October 9, 2009
The Labor Department announced Thursday that new claims for unemployment insurance dropped last week to a seasonally adjusted 521,000, the lowest level since early January.
October 8, 2009
The conference report to this vital Defense Authorization bill for Fiscal Year 2010 takes important steps to enhance our military readiness, our national security, and the well-being of our military families and federal employees.
October 7, 2009
Today's new deficit estimate for fiscal year 2009 shows the result of two things: fiscally reckless policies by the Bush Administration, and actions taken to rescue our nation's economy from collapse.
October 6, 2009
More than 100 days have passed since Republican Leaders in Congress promised to produce a comprehensive health reform alternative of their own.
October 5, 2009
This month is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. We honor the contributions of the 54 million Americans with disabilities, and we pledge ourselves to removing all of the roadblocks to their full and equal participation in the workplace.
October 2, 2009
One year ago, Congress took swift and deliberative action to rescue our financial sector from an impending collapse.
October 2, 2009
Today’s report on September job losses is disappointing news. Though economists largely agree that the recession that began in December 2007 has ended, that brings little comfort to Americans who are still out of work.
October 2, 2009
Today's report on unemployment from the Department of Labor is disappointing and while the numbers are better than they were a year ago, they are still far too high.
September 30, 2009
Building a new, clean energy economy that creates jobs, saves consumers, increases American competitiveness, and moves us closer toward energy independence is a key priority for this Congress.
September 28, 2009
September 25, 2009
On Thursday, Christina Romer, Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers delivered a speech on the state of the economy, crediting “the Federal Reserve and the U.S. government for taking actions that…prevented the economy from going ‘over the edge as it did in the 1930s.’”
September 25, 2009
In June of this year, House Republicans said they would introduce a bill to reform America’s health care system.
September 25, 2009
Over the last six decades, the rising costs of health care and the increasing number of uninsured Americans have been discussed in every presidential campaign and by nearly every Administration and Congress – whether Democratic or Republican.
September 25, 2009
I am highly disturbed by news of a new, previously undeclared uranium enrichment facility in Iran.
September 23, 2009
Today, the Government Accountability Office, the federal government’s top watchdog, released a report on the progress made by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in fighting the recession across America.
September 23, 2009
In President Obama’s recent address to Congress, he said, “[This is] a plan that incorporates ideas from many of the people in this room tonight – Democrats and Republicans.”
September 22, 2009
Under the Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the pace of job loss has declined dramatically in recent months. However, because the recession was so deep, it will take more time to completely reverse the more than 6.9 million jobs lost since the beginning of the recession in 2007.
September 21, 2009
After passing major legislation this year dealing with such critical challenges as economic recovery and making college more affordable, House Members will continue to work on important issues in Committee, on the Floor, and in their districts this Fall.
September 18, 2009
This evening, Jews around the world will begin their celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
September 17, 2009
Today the House passed the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act, legislation that accomplishes two key goals: expanding opportunities for higher education, and putting our country on sounder fiscal footing.
September 17, 2009
This afternoon, I was pleased to join President Obama as he made the case for health insurance reform to an audience of students in my congressional district, at the University of Maryland in College Park.
September 16, 2009
I am pleased that the Senate Finance Committee appears to be poised to begin marking up its proposal next week.
September 16, 2009
In remarks made after a speech marking the anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said yesterday that the recession is “very likely over.”