Press Releases: 2010

September 29, 2010
Tonight, after we complete our legislative business for the week, the House will adjourn until November 15th.
September 27, 2010
Today, President Obama signed into law the Small Business Jobs Act, an important step to boost our small businesses and contribute to our economic recovery. The bill creates a small business lending fund to help businesses access the capital they need to grow and hire new workers; it also includes $12 billion in small business tax cuts and funds export-promoting programs that help American companies compete abroad. The Small Business Jobs Act is fully paid for, so it does not add to the deficit—and it is projected to create or save hundreds of thousands of jobs.
September 24, 2010
I'm pleased the Ways and Means Committee passed WTO-consistent China currency legislation this morning. I will bring this bill to the House Floor for a vote next week. While a multilateral approach to addressing this issue is preferable, we cannot wait any longer to level the playing field for U.S. businesses and protect American manufacturing jobs. We recognize the efforts China is making toward reform, but they need to act faster to allow their currency to appreciate. Taking action on this bill, as part of our Make It In America agenda to strengthen U.S. manufacturing and create jobs, will help American workers and small businesses compete successfully.
September 24, 2010
Next week, we will bring The James Zadroga 9-11 Health and Compensation Act to the floor for a vote. It is our hope that we will have a strong, bipartisan vote to pass this critical legislation.
September 23, 2010
After completing work on a major bill that will help small businesses create jobs, the House will not have votes tomorrow.
September 23, 2010
Just as we expected, the Republican agenda has no new ideas and will take us right back to the exact same agenda that failed middle class families and small businesses. Republican economic policies led to the deepest recession in generations, and their fiscal policies exploded the deficit – and they would do so again. On national security, they took their eye off the main fight against terrorism, and they took no actions to rein in the culture of corruption that flourished under their leadership. And they still don't have a real health care reform plan, meaning Americans with pre-existing conditions won't get coverage, people will lose their insurance when they get sick, and insurance companies will be back in control of Americans' health.
September 17, 2010
Democrats are working hard to continue creating jobs and strengthening the economy and fighting against Republican plans to take us back to the failed policies of President Bush. Next week, we will take action on the Small Business Lending Act, which we are discussing with our Members. This bill will provide needed assistance to small businesses and help them expand and add jobs. There will be no votes in the House on Tuesday, September 21st. The House will meet for legislative business on Wednesday, September 22nd, at 2:00 p.m., with votes postponed until 6:00 p.m.
September 16, 2010
The Small Business Lending Act that passed the Senate today is a critical part of Democrats' efforts to keep creating jobs and strengthening the economy. I'm disappointed that only two Republicans stood with us in support of small businesses, who need access to capital to grow and add more jobs.
September 16, 2010
Today the House passed the Rural Energy Savings Program Act, also known as the RuralStar program. RuralStar establishes loans that help rural families, and families all over the country, retrofit their homes and enhance energy efficiency. It is part of the Make It In America agenda, a plan to boost manufacturing and create secure, middle-class jobs for American workers. The House has passed 10 Make It In America bills to strengthen job-creating industries at home, invest in our workforce, and fight for a fair playing field for American companies; three have already been signed into law.
September 15, 2010
In response to a question about tax cuts for middle income taxpayers, I reiterated my position that I was for extending those tax cuts for families earning $250,000 or less. I was then asked, if I would be willing to talk about going above that level. I reiterated my position. But as always, I was willing to talk to others about their positions. Unfortunately, the reports of my answer implied a willingness to support an extension of Bush policies. That is incorrect.
September 15, 2010
As Democrats continue to focus on job creation, a key piece of boosting the economy is strengthening our manufacturing sector.
September 15, 2010
Hispanic Heritage Month is a time for us to reflect on the history of Latinos in this country, which dates back to the founding of our nation's oldest settlements. They have enriched our nation with their contributions to science, medicine, education, and the arts, as well as their distinguished military and public service, including service in both chambers of Congress.
September 10, 2010
Nine years ago tomorrow, America suffered the most destructive terrorist attack in its history. For all those who lost a loved one in the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, or Pennsylvania, the wounds of September 11th are no doubt still fresh.
September 8, 2010
"Today the President spoke about Democrats' efforts to continue creating jobs and growing the economy. His speech was a sharp contrast to the one given by Minority Leader Boehner in the same city not too long ago.
September 7, 2010
Beginning at sundown tomorrow night, the Jewish community celebrates Rosh Hashanah, which marks the Jewish New Year. It is a time to pause for reflection on the past year, and calls for the renewal of core values as a new year begins.
September 3, 2010
Today we honor the hard-working men and women who have done so much to make America prosperpus and strong, as well as the ongoing effort to ensure that every American worker is treated with the fairness and dignity he or she deserves. At a time when unemployment, home forclosures, and lack of access to health care have made the American Dream seem out of reach for so many, standing up for working Americans is more important than ever.
September 3, 2010
Today we received the news that our private sector added 67,000 jobs last month—the eighth straight month of private sector growth. That private sector companies feel confident enough to continue adding employees to their payrolls is a sign that Democratic recovery policies are showing results. Nevertheless, total employment declined in August, as a result of the end of temporary government Census jobs. The overall decline in employment, along with the fact that millions of Americans remain out of work, shows that much remains to be done.
August 31, 2010
This evening, President Obama delivered an address to mark the end of America's combat mission in Iraq. The Obama Administration and the Democratic Congress pledged to end the war in Iraq, and this month's completion of the responsible redeployment of American combat troops demonstrates that that pledge is being kept. After seven years, the war in Iraq has seen awe-inspiring displays of sacrifice from American and coalition forces; and tonight, above all, we call to memory the more than 4,400 American troops who died in Iraq, along with the more than 30,000 who suffered injuries. We vow to honor their memories, and to honor the compact with all Americans who served, particularly when it comes to providing returning veterans the health care they need and the educational opportunities they deserve.
August 27, 2010
Five years ago this week, Hurricane Katrina made landfall in the Gulf Coast, leaving a path of destruction in its wake. On this solemn occasion, we pause to remember those who lost their lives and those whose livelihoods were forever changed by this tragedy. Today, the region continues to recover and rebuild, thanks to the indomitable spirit of the people of the Gulf Coast.
August 27, 2010
Today, we honor the life and legacy of President Lyndon Johnson, a man who worked tirelessly to put an end to poverty and racial injustice, helping to forever shape the destiny of our country. President Johnson's courageous leadership and bold vision of a Great Society were instrumental in creating Medicare and Medicaid, the landmark Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts, and many other achievements that still help millions of Americans claim their right to equal opportunity.
August 19, 2010
More than seven years after the beginning of the war in Iraq, the last American combat brigade heads home today. I join all Americans in thanking our brave men and women in uniform for the courage and the sacrifice they have shown, year after year. Together we also mourn the loss of all those who lost their lives in the service of their country.
August 19, 2010
Today's projections from the CBO reinforces the need for continued work to bring down the deficit and further strengthen the economy, while also showing that Democrats' actions have had a positive impact. The deficit for Fiscal Year 2010, while lower than previously projected, is still far too high. Democrats have taken real steps to restore fiscal responsibility, including returning to the pay-as-you-go law that led to surpluses in the 1990's, creating a fiscal commission to put forward solutions to balance the budget, and passing a budget that cut spending.
August 18, 2010
"Ninety years ago today, women were granted the most fundamental expression of equality in democracy—the right to vote. As we pause to honor this landmark day in our nation's history, we must commemorate the efforts of a fearless group of women, who worked tirelessly to ensure that all women would have the same fundamental rights as men.
August 13, 2010
"For 75 years, Social Security has stood as an unbroken promise to America's seniors: that after a lifetime of hard work, they have the assurance that they can retire with real security. Where many seniors were once faced with a life of poverty, for the last 75 years they have instead been able to lead a life of dignity.
August 11, 2010
I'm pleased the President signed another piece of Democrats' Make it in America agenda into law today. Manufacturing is a critical sector of our economy, vital to both our economic recovery and to our national security. No other sector can replace manufacturing, and Democrats are committed to restoring a vibrant and strong manufacturing base in the U.S. The bill signed into law today, the U.S. Manufacturing Enhancement Act, will make it cheaper for manufacturers to get the materials they need to make their products right here in America, spurring more manufacturing and supporting an estimated 90,000 manufacturing jobs across the country.