Press Releases: 2014

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. 
August 1, 2014
Once again Israel accepted a ceasefire even while its citizens were under threat from Hamas rockets and tunnels of terror, but Hamas chose to violate it within hours by launching an attack and kidnapping an Israeli soldier. 
August 1, 2014
I am honored to stand here with Mr. Hinojosa and the Hispanic Caucus. But let me make it very clear: the Hispanic Caucus speaks for all of us, not just for their Caucus Members but for the Democratic Caucus and for millions and millions and millions of Americans who see America as a welcoming, compassionate, humanitarian, fair country.
August 1, 2014
Our economy continues to show its resilience, even in the face of the uncertainty exacerbated by gridlock in the Republican-led Congress. 
July 31, 2014
I thank the Gentlelady for yielding. I was going to ask my friend from Pennsylvania [Rep. Dent] whether he had talked to the Senate and thinks this has any chance of moving this week, and the answer I think I would give is no, it does not. 
July 31, 2014
It is the first time [Congress has sued the President]. It will be an unprecedented action if, in fact, the Congress sues the President.
July 30, 2014
The American people are distressed and angry and disappointed with the Congress of the United States.
July 30, 2014
I am disappointed that a handful of Republican Senators have blocked the Bring Jobs Home Act from moving forward in that chamber, in spite of it securing a majority of votes.  
July 30, 2014
Today, House Republicans are bringing to the Floor a resolution authorizing a lawsuit against the President, an unprecedented action, which many Republicans think is wasting time.
July 30, 2014
It is welcome news this morning that our economy grew much more than expected following slowed growth in the first quarter of the year, showing the continued resilience of our workforce, entrepreneurs, and consumers. 
July 30, 2014
President Obama made an excellent choice in appointing Alejandro Pérez as the next Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, the White House’s chief liaison to the House of Representatives. 
July 29, 2014
Since helping to broker the agreement that led to South Sudan’s independence in 2011, the United States has been committed to helping the world’s newest state build democratic institutions and pursue peaceful economic development.
July 29, 2014
In announcing expanded sanctions today against Russian President Vladimir Putin and his chief backers - Russia's largest banks, a major defense contractor, and the country's oil industry - the Administration is sending a clear message that Russia will continue to face consequences unless it ceases its interference in Ukraine's sovereign affairs and works with the international community to promote an end to the bloodshed
July 29, 2014
Today’s announcement that 8.2 million seniors and Americans with disabilities caught in the Medicare Part D ‘donut hole’ have now saved more than $11.5 billion on prescription drugs since 2010 is further proof that the Affordable Care Act is working as intended to help seniors save money and see their benefits improved.  
July 29, 2014
It is a serious time in which we meet. It is a time when history will record that we had the resolve to prevail, or we did not. 
July 29, 2014
As we mark the 50th anniversary of President Johnson declaring an unconditional ‘War on Poverty,’ and in the aftermath of a recession that hit the lowest income Americans very, very hard, we ought to take stock on how best to alleviate poverty in America in the twenty-first century.
July 28, 2014
Today’s review by the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees affirms what we already knew.  First, efforts to control health care cost growth – including the Affordable Care Act – are working.  
July 28, 2014
As the world marks the centennial of the outbreak of the First World War today, I join in remembering the service and sacrifices of so many American military personnel who answered the call to fight on distant shores in defense of democracy and values we hold dear.  
July 28, 2014
Wanted to be sure you saw this op-ed by House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5) and Rep. Aaron Schock (IL-18) in Education Week on their bipartisan legislation, the Full-Service Community Schools Act of 2014, which they introduced last week to expand the number of full-service community schools at the K-12 level around the country.
July 26, 2014
What we need to do in my view, however, is meet the immediate challenge of processing these folks who have come across the borders, many of whom are children. Treat them in a humane way and consistent with law.
July 24, 2014
I want to thank all of you for being here. Robert [Hiltonsmith, Policy Analyst at Demos], I want to thank you for being here as well. Our nation has always stood for the basic principle that if you work hard and take responsibility you ought to be able to make a decent living, get paid a fair wage for your labor, and have access to opportunities that enable you to secure a place in our middle class. I said that was our principle, but it is not always our reality.
July 24, 2014
Today, while millions of Americans are waiting for Congress to take action to create jobs, raise the minimum wage, fix our broken immigration system, address the humanitarian crisis at the border, and restore emergency unemployment insurance, the House’s Republican Majority chose to waste taxpayers’ time and money on a frivolous, politically motivated lawsuit against the President.