Press Releases: 2013

October 28, 2013
"I was very saddened to learn of the passing of my friend, Ike Skelton.  He was an extraordinary American, and I had the privilege of serving alongside him in Congress for nearly thirty years, where I saw his compassion, his humility, and his deep-rooted Missouri values up close. 
October 24, 2013
“I agree with the President that the House should pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation this year.  
October 24, 2013
“Today’s announcement by Interior Secretary Jewell of $162 million in funding to help coastal communities rebuild natural barriers damaged in Hurricane Sandy demonstrates the Obama Administration’s continued commitment to help those affected by the storm.
October 23, 2013
“We need to energize our federal employees all over this government. Shutting down the government made no sense, it penalized people who were not responsible for what [House Republicans] don’t like…. But I want to thank each and every one of you.
October 23, 2013
“The success of our economic recovery will depend, in large part, on how well we can grow our manufacturing base, make more products in America, and sell those products around the world.
October 23, 2013
“Thank you very much, Mr. Chairman, my good friend Ruben Hinojosa. My other colleagues who are here who head up a variety of our Caucuses. And I’m joined by the Chairman of the Democratic Caucus, who will be speaking after I speak. And I am speaking on behalf of Leader Pelosi and myself.
October 22, 2013
“Today’s jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which shows that our economy added 126,000 private sector jobs in September and that the unemployment rate dropped to 7.2%, confirms that our recovery was still on the right track before reckless and irresponsible actions by House Republicans led to a shutdown of the federal government and threatened an unprecedented default on America’s obligations.
October 21, 2013
“Lorraine Miller is a trailblazing leader who has served our country with distinction as the first African-American Clerk of the House of Representatives, and she will do an outstanding job leading the NAACP as its interim President and CEO. 
October 19, 2013
"I join in mourning the loss of Rep. Bill Young, with whom I was honored to serve in Congress for over thirty years and to work alongside on the Appropriations Committee for much of that time. He embodied the spirit of cooperation that helped achieve important bipartisan legislation - a spirit he continued to promote throughout his time in Congress.  
October 18, 2013
“I was deeply saddened to learn this morning of the passing of my friend,  former Speaker Tom Foley, and my thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Heather, and their extended family.
October 18, 2013
“By nominating Jeh Johnson to be our next Secretary of Homeland Security, President Obama has selected an outstanding public servant with significant experience in protecting our nation and supporting the work of law enforcement
October 16, 2013
“After sixteen days of a government shutdown and weeks of uncertainty as to whether our nation would be able to pay its bills on time, the House has now passed a bill to reopen the government and prevent a catastrophic default. 
October 16, 2013
“The government ought to be open. It ought to be serving the people and America ought to pay its debts. That's what we're getting in this vote. 
October 16, 2013
“Well, I think we're going to do the right thing. We're certainly not doing the perfect thing but we're doing the right thing and it's never the wrong time to do that. I'm glad that we have come to this agreement.
October 15, 2013
“Thank you, Madam Leader. I agree with the Leader, that this is a very positive meeting, as we expected it to be. The President is very committed to getting the government open, obviously, making sure that America pays its bills. 
October 15, 2013
“I don't know if there's much to add. I think the American people were heartened by the fact that Senators were talking.
October 12, 2013
“Once again, the twelfth day of the shutdown of government of the American people, the twelfth day of having people out of work, expected to be paid but not working. 
October 12, 2013
“We’re now in the twelfth day of the government shutdown. We are just a few days from risking the creditworthiness of our country. It is time to open up this government [and] get government workers back to work serving the American people.
October 11, 2013
“I think the votes are there to open up government and I think the votes are there to make sure the nation pays its debts. … In this case, however, both sides say they want government open. Both sides say they don't want the government to default. So it seems that we're in agreement. We ought to have a bill on the Floor to do both of those and pass it today. Unfortunately, that hasn't happened yet, but it can happen today and I hope it does.”
October 10, 2013
“Every one of you here, everyone of you here represents 100,000 who are not here.
October 9, 2013
I want to say that the President emphasized over and over again what we also share, and that is he is willing to talk about all of the issues that our Republican colleagues want to talk about and try to come to agreement. 
October 9, 2013
“I am pleased that President Obama has nominated Janet Yellen to serve as the next Chair of the Federal Reserve.  She will bring stability to the markets and certainty to our monetary policy.  As one of our nation’s most experienced economists, Janet has played an important role in setting monetary policy for over three decades.  Her nomination shatters yet another glass ceiling, as the first woman nominated to serve as Chair of the Federal Reserve.
October 7, 2013
"[Republicans] are playing chicken with the credit and reputation of the United States of America." 
October 5, 2013
“Thank you very much Leader Pelosi. This is an important tool of the minority – motion to instruct.  Or, for that matter, anybody else in the House – to tell the conference committee what they ought to do.
October 4, 2013
“I join in marking Manufacturing Day, an opportunity for America’s manufacturing businesses to highlight the products they make, their talented workforce, and their role in growing our economy and creating jobs.