Press Releases: 2013

October 4, 2013
“Look, I think that comprise can happen but the longer the Republicans have held hostage the Affordable Care Act the less time we’ve had to get there. Yes I think compromise is possible, but as [Representative] Charlie Dent, one of the Republicans to which you refer, said yesterday they don’t have to be in the same package.
October 4, 2013
“The government of the people, by the people and for the people has been shut down by the Republican Party that refuses to put a bill on the Floor, that if passed would open government by 1 o’clock today.
October 3, 2013
“I was pleased to assist with the final passage of a temporary extension of the Iraqi Special Immigrant Visa program, and I want to thank Rep. Blumenauer for his hard work on this issue.  With House action last night and Senate passage today, I hope the President will quickly sign this important bill into law.”
October 2, 2013
“I don't think there's any doubt that the Republicans are wasting time, and not opening up the government for all the people of our country. And these [selective funding] bills take little snippets, as you point out, Martin, that they think may be politically controversial, and deal with them while at the same time leaving women, infants and children unable to access nutritional programs, closing down Head Start classrooms, laying off 70% of the people at CIA, so important for our national security and safety. 
October 2, 2013
“I was proud to join House Democrats today in introducing a comprehensive immigration reform bill aimed at fixing our nation’s broken immigration system.  Our nation has always been a haven for those seeking a better life and a chance to participate in growing our economy and adding new voices to our democracy.  
October 2, 2013
“Thank you Leader Pelosi. Monday night, the Republicans shut down the people’s government. They did so for unnecessary and entirely political motivation. The only way to end the shutdown is for Speaker Boehner to put the Senate’s bill to open the government on the Floor for a vote. And it will pass.
October 2, 2013
"[T]his piecemeal approach is going to be dragged out over a long period of time and you've just done a litany of adverse consequences as a result of shutting this government down that apparently our Republican friends did not anticipate.
October 1, 2013
"[The Affordable Care Act] was hard-fought. We now see the first day in my state literally tens of thousands of people were signing up… . They were so excited about having, finally, access to affordable quality health care and have insurance.
October 1, 2013
“Good afternoon. Of course as we all know, it is not a good afternoon. It is an afternoon filled with angst, anxiety, fear, doubt, lack of confidence, and a concern all over America about whether their government can and does work. I want to thank all of you for being here. I know you share all that anxiety and fear, for your families and for yourselves. We want to thank you for the service you give to our federal government.
October 1, 2013
“[Republicans] shut down the government. They think that gives them leverage to accomplish what they couldn't accomplish in the election and it's harmful to the American people. The losers are not the silent majority in the Republican Conference. The losers are the American people. Their government is now shut down. Their government is not available to serve them as they want themselves served, as it ought to serve them. Clearly, Americans want an efficient, effective government but they don't want no government.”                                                                          
October 1, 2013
“Here, the issue is not numbers because we’ve taken the Republican number for funding in this interim…. We’ve adopted their number. We’ve said OK, we’ll agree with your number.
October 1, 2013
“Today’s report from the Institute for Supply Management shows that our manufacturing sector grew last month at its fastest pace in almost two and a half years, only to be rewarded with an unnecessary government shutdown amid damaging sequester cuts.  
October 1, 2013
“Today, with the beginning of open enrollment for health insurance exchanges in all fifty states and the District of Columbia, Americans across the country are now able to shop, compare, and sign up for insurance plans that offer real choices and competitive pricing.  As a result, millions of uninsured Americans will be able to access affordable coverage, many for the first time. 
October 1, 2013
“I don't think any American can feel happy about the situation we confront right now. Every economist predicts it's going to be costly to the economy, dangerous to our national security and undermine the confidence of the American people, and of the people who work for them in the United States government. This is a policy that is very negative, very harmful and rejected by approximately three quarters of the American people as a strategy that ought not to be pursued."
October 1, 2013
“By shutting down the United States government, House Republicans have proven that they are willing to follow through on their threats to the prosperity and security of our nation – and cause hundreds of thousands of middle-class workers to be furloughed immediately – all in the name of a pointless attempt to undo the Affordable Care Act. 
September 30, 2013
“The health insurance exchanges being set up in each state are an important part of health care reform. These exchanges will allow individuals and families to choose from the quality health insurance plans at competitive rates. The health insurance exchanges provide real choices and greater freedom for Americans to get the coverage they need.
September 30, 2013
“Thank you very much Madam Leader. We are against shutting down the government. Shutting down the government is bad policy, it undermines the confidence of our people, our national security, our economy, and the creation of jobs. We are against shutting down government.
September 30, 2013
“Attorney General Holder is absolutely right to challenge North Carolina’s new, discriminatory law, which will effectively disenfranchise many of its residents, particularly seniors, students, and members of minority groups.
September 26, 2013
“The President’s announcement of a new Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee, to continue the work begun with the launch of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership two years ago, is a reminder that the Obama Administration remains focused on creating jobs and strengthening American manufacturing – and Congress should be as well.
September 26, 2013
“Good morning. I’m so glad the President of the United States has come to Prince George’s Community College to talk about the Affordable Care Act. None of us ought to be surprised that when President Obama decided to talk about the successes in implementing health care reform, he came to Maryland.
September 25, 2013
“Thank you very much Congressman Welch for your leadership and tenacity on this issue. Peter Welch has been raising his voice and the voice of others for years now on behalf of fiscal responsibility.
September 25, 2013
“Five years ago today, the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 was signed into law, representing a significant victory in the ongoing effort to ensure full equality of access and opportunity for Americans with disabilities.  No American ought to be denied a job, access to a building, or the right to make his or her own medical decisions as the result of a disability. 
September 25, 2013
“Today’s report by the Department of Health and Human Services makes it clear that the health insurance exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act will lower costs for consumers and offer a range of choices for Americans seeking quality health care
September 22, 2013
I was moved at this evening's memorial service by the uplifting words by President Obama, Defense Secretary Hagel, Secretary Mabus, Washington D.C. Mayor Gray, and others as we mourned the loss of twelve dedicated patriots who lost their lives in Monday's tragic shooting. The service was a strong reminder that, when events like this occur, we come together to comfort one another as an extended American family.
September 20, 2013
“Two years ago today, our nation fully opened the doors of military service to LGBT Americans wishing to serve their country openly.  The end of the discriminatory 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell' policy reflected the great American tradition of breaking down barriers and expanding equal opportunity, and I was proud to have played a part in Democrats’ effort to repeal it.