Press Releases: 2014

September 15, 2014
I join in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins today.  Since our nation’s earliest days, Latinos have played an important role in building strong democratic institutions, making our economy the strongest in the world, and fighting under our flag in defense of freedom. 
September 15, 2014
Tommy Boggs was a not only a good friend and a Georgetown Law School classmate – he was also someone who believed strongly, as he once said, that ‘the job of government is to help the people.’ 
September 14, 2014
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) discussed the ISIL threat, the need to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, and Republican inaction on a number of critical priorities, including jobs and immigration reform, on C-Span's "Newsmakers." Below are excerpts and a link to the video...
September 12, 2014
Tomorrow marks the twentieth anniversary of the signing of the Violence Against Women Act, landmark legislation to crack down on domestic violence and assist survivors as they seek justice and healing.   I was proud to support passage of this law in 1994 as well as a reauthorization in 2013 that extended new protections to LGBT Americans, immigrants, and Native Americans.
September 12, 2014
Today I join in marking twenty years of AmeriCorps working to strengthen communities through volunteerism and citizen engagement.  Often called the ‘domestic Peace Corps,’ AmeriCorps was created by the bipartisan 1993 National and Community Service Trust Act, which I was proud to cosponsor, and expanded by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act in 2009.
September 11, 2014
Thirteen years ago, our nation was shaken by an attack that took the lives of 2,977 people and brought heartbreak to families and communities across the country and the world. 
September 10, 2014
Tonight, President Obama laid out a clear and comprehensive counterterrorism strategy to degrade and destroy the terrorist group ISIL, which has murdered two American journalists along with thousands of innocent Iraqis and Syrians. 
September 10, 2014
Today I joined my Congressional colleagues to award three Congressional Gold Medals in honor of those who perished in the terrible attacks on September 11, 2001.
September 5, 2014
Today’s news of a cease-fire agreement in Ukraine is an important step, one that I hope will prevent needless loss of life, further destruction of property, and instability. 
September 5, 2014
With stock markets climbing and recent economic growth strong, the Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs report for August shows that employers are still struggling with uncertainty exacerbated by gridlock in Congress and a Republican House Majority that refuses to work across the aisle in a serious effort to promote fiscal sustainability, invest in job growth, or make our tax code more competitive.
September 4, 2014
The Export-Import Bank is one of the most important tools we have for helping American small businesses access foreign markets, and Congress must not allow its authorization to expire on September 30 and place over 200,000 export-dependent jobs in danger. 
September 1, 2014
On this Labor Day, I join in celebrating the workers of our nation, who are not only the most productive in the world but who have fought hard and won important rights in the workplace that make our economy stronger for all. 
August 26, 2014
Ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, which took place ninety-four years ago today and recognized women’s right to vote, represented the culmination of a decades-long struggle for equal suffrage.
August 22, 2014
Today’s incursion by Russian military vehicles into the territory of Ukraine represents a gross violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and a dangerous escalation by Russia of the tense situation along the border.
August 14, 2014
The death of Michael Brown is a terrible tragedy, and my thoughts and prayers are with his family and his community.
August 12, 2014
Today’s announcement of $180 million in food aid to alleviate the threat of famine in South Sudan reflects America’s continued determination to help the people of the world’s newest sovereign state pursue a future of opportunity and peace. 
August 7, 2014
Tonight, President Obama authorized necessary action to protect American personnel and assist Iraqi civilians fleeing the brutal forces of the ISIL terror group...
August 7, 2014
Today’s decision by the World Trade Organization, which reaffirms the ruling in March that China has been pursuing illegal measures to disrupt the global trade in rare earth minerals, is a major victory for American workers and advanced manufacturing businesses.  
August 7, 2014
I was pleased to be on hand today as the President signed a bipartisan bill to ensure that our veterans receive the timely, quality health care they have earned through their service.
August 6, 2014
Thank you, Carl – not only for that warm introduction but for three decades of work to advance the cause of freedom around the world. 
August 6, 2014
Thank you, Rep. [Gregory] Meeks, not only for your introduction but for your leadership on the issue of drawing the United States and Africa closer.   One message from this extraordinary gathering of the last few days is that, although Africa faces many challenges, it is a continent of opportunity.
August 6, 2014
Today we mark the forty-ninth anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act, which will forever rank as one of the most successful pieces of Civil Rights legislation enacted for creating a process to combat racial discrimination in voting.
August 5, 2014
I was very saddened to learn of the passing of former White House Press Secretary James Brady yesterday.