Press Releases

May 6, 2015
Jim Wright lived a full and extremely productive life.  I counted him as a friend, supporter, and someone I admired for his commitment to people, his courage in pursuing his principles, and his skill as a political leader.
May 5, 2015
Today, I join in celebrating Cinco de Mayo, the anniversary of one of the most inspiring moments in Mexican history – victory in the Battle of Puebla. 
May 1, 2015
Freddie Gray and his family deserve justice, and the charges filed today by the State's Attorney in Baltimore show that there is a process moving forward to investigate fully and thoroughly what happened.  
May 1, 2015
Once again, House Republicans are using the appropriations process to score political points and send a message to their base by advancing funding bills that continue the disastrous sequester policy and that include partisan policy riders that would be disastrous for our country.
May 1, 2015
We write to you in order to request that the House take up a long-term surface transportation funding bill when it returns from the May district work period.
May 1, 2015
I join in marking the beginning of Jewish American Heritage Month, which is celebrated each May throughout our country. 
May 1, 2015
Throughout the month of May, we celebrate the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who have helped build and strengthen our nation throughout its history.
April 30, 2015
I am disappointed that House Republicans passed a resolution this evening disapproving of a law to protect workers in the District of Columbia from discrimination based on personal health care decisions.
April 30, 2015
I joined with many other Members to oppose this year’s Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill out of a deep concern that it does not adequately fund the needs of our nation’s veterans, while using a budget gimmick to get around the sequester cuts imposed by the Republican budget strategy. 
April 30, 2015
I am proud to cosponsor a bill to raise the federal minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2020. 
April 30, 2015
I want to thank the National Endowment for Democracy for hosting today’s event, which I hope will result in some meaningful discussions not only about the current state of affairs in Russia but also the universal strength of freedom and democracy. 
April 30, 2015
I was proud to sign a discharge petition today that would force a vote on the Promoting U.S. Jobs Through Exports Act, which would reform and reauthorize the Export-Import Bank for an additional seven years.
April 29, 2015
The budget conference report written by House and Senate Republicans is further proof of Republicans’ commitment to a severe and unworkable policy agenda that disinvests in America.
April 29, 2015
I am very proud to be joining the new Bipartisan Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Caucus.  HBCUs have long played a crucial role in providing high quality education that strengthens both the African American community and our country as a whole.  Many of them, such as Bowie State University in Maryland’s Fifth District, are cutting-edge institutions of research and higher education that provide a solid foundation for student achievement and a launch-pad for successful careers. 
April 28, 2015
I am deeply disappointed by comments from Republican House leaders in support of cutting off export financing from the Export-Import Bank. 
April 28, 2015
Today, the Supreme Court heard arguments in preparation for a decision that I believe will be historic and a reaffirmation of the basic value enshrined in our Declaration of Independence and Constitution of every individual’s equal rights. 
April 27, 2015
The devastation and loss of life that has resulted from Saturday's earthquake in Nepal is truly heartbreaking.
April 24, 2015
Today we mark the somber centennial of one of history’s greatest tragedies:  the mass-murder of 1.5 million Armenians, which began with the arrest of 250 journalists, politicians, clergy, and intellectuals on April 24, 1915.
April 23, 2015
I was saddened to learn of the tragic deaths of Dr. Warren Weinstein and Giovanni Lo Porto while they were being held as hostages by al Qaeda.
April 23, 2015
I am pleased that the Senate has finally confirmed Loretta Lynch to serve as our country’s next Attorney General.
April 23, 2015
I am pleased that the House has taken bipartisan action to address the issue of enhancing cybersecurity.  
April 22, 2015
Leader Pelosi mentioned 165 days. Let me give you a starker figure. No Attorney General of the last [seven] have waited more than ten days to be confirmed after they were reported out of Committee. Loretta Lynch has now waited 55 days – more than all the rest of the Attorneys General since [Attorney General] Thornburgh under [President] Reagan was appointed. 
April 22, 2015
Forty-five years ago, Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day as an opportunity to recommit ourselves to environmental responsibility and stewardship.