Press Releases: 2011

March 28, 2011
Tonight, President Obama spoke to the American people about the ongoing international military effort to prevent the Gadhafi regime’s brutal attacks on Libyan civilians. I support this lifesaving effort, which has been authorized by the United Nations and backed by our European allies and the Arab League. I also applaud the service and courage of the American troops who are helping to carry it out. It is essential, however, that the president continue to inform and consult with Congress as long as American troops remain part of this mission. Finally, I am pleased that NATO is set to take over leadership of this mission on Wednesday; as I have urged the president, our European allies and the members of the Arab League must assume the leading role.
March 26, 2011
I'm deeply saddened by Geraldine Ferraro's passing today. Not only was she a trailblazer, she was a good friend and someone I'm proud to have worked with over the years. She opened doors for generations of women to come by being the first woman nominated as a Vice Presidential candidate.
March 24, 2011
As a lead co-sponsor of the ADA Amendments Act, I am pleased that the EEOC has issued final regulations today that will ensure all Americans with disabilities will be able to invoke the full protections provided under the ADA,” said Democratic Whip Hoyer. “The ADA Amendments Act restored the intent of the original ADA law to protect anyone with a disability, even if they take steps to mitigate their condition. The regulations issued today uphold the law and open the doors of opportunity to everyone."
March 23, 2011
My thoughts are with all those injured or killed in today’s bombing in Jerusalem. In the wake of this terrorist act, it is vital to reassert our commitment to the security of our ally Israel, as well as our condemnation of those who attack civilians and those who inspire such attacks by inciting hatred against Israel. As Israelis face cowardly attacks like today’s, as well as an ongoing barrage of rockets from Gaza, Americans must stand united behind Israel’s right to defend itself, and the right of civilians everywhere to live in peace.
March 22, 2011
A year ago this week, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, giving families—not insurance companies—the freedom to control their own health care choices. Just a year after it became law, the Affordable Care Act is making it easier for small businesses to cover their employees, reforms in the law are taking important steps to slow the growth of health care costs, and the law is stopping the worst insurance company abuses, including making it illegal to deny care to children because of a pre-existing condition.
March 18, 2011
I am pleased the UN Security Council has taken action in the face of broad and lethal attacks on civilians by Gadhafi. The UN has rightfully authorized international action to preclude further bloodshed, and the Arab League has also called for action in light of Gadhafi’s threats and actions. The President has indicated that the U.S. will assist international efforts to protect civilians and end the violence. I support this action and have urged the Administration to take a supportive role in this effort. I firmly believe that our European allies and the members of the Arab League must take the leading role.
March 17, 2011
Over the course of the next three weeks, Democrats and Republicans must work together to fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year. Democrats have shown that we are willing to cut spending as long as it does not hurt our economy or cost jobs. I hope Republicans show a similar willingness to compromise and work with us. They cannot insist on extreme social policy riders that have no place in a debate on spending cuts, and they must come down from their reckless and economically damaging demand for $100 billion in spending cuts. After this week’s vote in the House, it is clear that if Republicans do not insist on inflammatory riders and make targeted and smart spending cuts, we will be able to reach a compromise.
March 15, 2011
I am proud to introduce the Full-Service Community Schools Act today. Full-service community schools are part of re-imagining how we can make sure our children get the education they deserve. These schools tap into community resources to ensure that when children go to school, they are ready to learn and their families are prepared to support learning. Students and their families are able to access a wide range of services – from early childhood programs, to health clinics and dental care, to English lessons and career advice for parents. These services remove serious obstacles that would prevent children from succeeding.
March 11, 2011
We cannot continue funding government week by week. It is disruptive and wastes taxpayer money, and it causes significant uncertainty for the private sector. That is why it is imperative for Republicans to put forward a new long-term measure and tell us where they are willing to compromise. They don’t have any excuses left: the Senate rejected House Republicans’ reckless and arbitrary spending cuts, which would have cost thousands of jobs and harmed our economy. And using their own measure - $100 billion in cuts – Democrats have already offered to meet them more than halfway. So it’s time for Republicans to step up and put something new on the table.
March 11, 2011
Our thoughts are with the people of Japan in the wake of today’s devastating earthquake and tsuanmi. Though the full extent of the damage is not yet clear, we do know that Japan has suffered widespread loss of life and destruction of property—and those who have suffered from this horrific natural disaster should know that they have the world’s sympathy, and that we continue to hold them in our prayers. As President Obama made clear, the United States stands ready to assist Japan as it begins its recovery efforts.
March 11, 2011
Democrats are committed to restoring fiscal discipline and cutting spending, and the bill introduced today will provide another tool for us to do that. Under expedited rescission, Congress and the President can work together to cut wasteful, duplicative spending. I hope my Republican colleagues back up their calls for reduced spending with action and join us in moving this bill forward.  
March 10, 2011
We need to do more to address the foreclosure crisis in this country, but the Republican housing bills on the floor this week are not the answer. By only proposing to terminate housing programs and not offering any solutions of their own to help responsible middle class American families stay in their homes, these bills are not the way forward. So far, Republicans have not put forth a jobs plan, have not put forth a real health care reform plan and today, it is clear they have no plan to help middle class families stay in their homes.
March 9, 2011
I believe this hearing would have been more useful had it taken a broader look at domestic terror and radicalization. As currently structured, however, I believe it sends the wrong message to the Muslim-American community. We need them to work with law enforcement to identify terrorist threats, not be afraid of them. We all need to work together to keep our nation and Americans safe, and we need everyone’s cooperation to do so. Targeting one segment of our population is not helpful to that objective.
March 9, 2011
Now that the Senate has failed to pass either the Republican spending bill or the Democrats’ compromise measure, it is time for negotiations on a long-term solution to continue. Democrats have come more than halfway to Republicans' demand of 100 billion in spending cuts, and yet Republicans have so far refused to move an inch from their one and only proposal. Since their proposal has failed in the Senate, Republicans must now put forward a real compromise measure that backs away from their reckless and arbitrary spending cuts that would cost thousands of jobs. We need to make smart spending cuts while protecting investments in our nation’s future.
March 9, 2011
Today, I attended a meeting of the House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group, which voted to intervene in litigation pertaining to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court. I voted against this decision. I believe that the Administration is correct in concluding that DOMA is unconstitutional and discriminatory. There is ample precedent for the Justice Department’s decision not to defend this statute: since 1979, both Democratic and Republican Administrations have declined to defend acts of Congress on more than 50 occasions. In fact, it is rare for the House to intervene in defense of statutes that the Justice Department has declined to defend. I am disappointed in Republicans’ decision today.
March 9, 2011
I am saddened by the death of esteemed journalist David Broder. For decades, David brought our country a wealth of fair and evenhanded reporting, analysis, and commentary—work that was valued for its insights on both sides of the aisle. The respect that David garnered as ‘Dean’ of the Washington press corps was well-earned. His tireless work to keep the public informed, and his contributions to American journalism, will be sorely missed.
March 7, 2011
Whether retired or active, Federal public servants and their service to the American people—whether they are Democrats, Republicans, or Independents—deserve respect. As someone who represents almost 60,000 Federal employees in Maryland’s 5th Congressional District and sees the contributions of public servants on a daily basis, they certainly have mine.
March 4, 2011
The Speaker has indicated he is going to convene the House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group to decide whether to intervene in cases concerning the Defense of Marriage Act. I believe the Administration has correctly concluded that the statute is discriminatory and unconstitutional. I therefore will oppose intervening in cases regarding this Act.  
March 4, 2011
Today’s news on job creation is encouraging: our country added 192,000 jobs last month. Our unemployment rate is now 8.9%—and in recent months, the unemployment rate has declined at the fastest pace in almost 28 years. While these numbers are signs of an economy regaining its health, they also remind us that millions of Americans are still out of work and that more needs to be done.
March 3, 2011
Tomorrow, the Department of Labor will release its report on February’s employment numbers. And while we don’t yet know the results, one thing is certain: if the news is good, Republicans will try to take credit for it. It’s just as certain that they will have no basis in fact for doing so. As this Congress approaches the two-month mark, Republicans have yet to offer a single piece of job-creating legislation.
March 3, 2011
I support the repeal of the new 1099 reporting requirements, and have voted for their repeal in the past. But due to the manner in which this bill is paid for, I cannot support today’s legislation, as it would increase the burden on middle class Americans.
March 2, 2011
The faithful members of NTEU have much to be proud of: protecting our nation’s borders to keep our enemies out; ensuring that our nation’s new financial regulatory laws are implemented so that we don’t have another 2008 Wall Street meltdown; and performing critical scientific research in numerous federal agencies that promote the safety and well-being of all Americans. In short, the vast majority of Americans know that they are serving our nation.
March 2, 2011
Congress has now sent a two-week Continuing Resolution to the President to cut spending and keep the government running. We have now cut $45 billion of the $100 billion that Republicans have set as their goal. Funding government two weeks at a time is inefficient and cannot continue.
March 2, 2011
I want to thank Chairman Rockefeller and Ranking Member Hutchison for giving me the opportunity to speak on one of our nation’s defining challenges: strengthening and creating jobs for America’s middle class. That same goal is behind the Democrats’ Make It In America agenda. Make It In America is about creating an environment in which American businesses can thrive, innovate, and create jobs here—and it is about ensuring we have a workforce that can fill the well-paying jobs of the future. I believe that when more products are made in America, more families will be able to Make It In America.
March 1, 2011
This month marks Women’s History Month, an opportunity to remember and celebrate generations of women who have made indelible contributions to our nation. Across all areas of society, women have made a real and lasting impact, which serves as an inspiration to all those that follow.