Press Releases

July 9, 2015
It is appalling that House Republicans stealthily offered an amendment to the FY2016 Interior Appropriations bill last night that would require the National Park Service to continue allowing the display or sale of the Confederate flag – less than twenty-four hours after the House adopted amendments restricting its use. That racist, divisive flag of slavery, segregation, and secession is not an appropriate symbol to sell or fly in our National Parks and cemeteries run by the National Park Service
July 8, 2015
I am disappointed that House Republicans advanced a flawed and partisan reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that disinvests in America’s public schools. 
July 2, 2015
For the sixty-fourth consecutive month, our economy continues to create private-sector jobs, with 223,000 more added in June.
June 30, 2015
I applaud the proposed rule announced today to raise the overtime eligibility threshold so that more American workers can bring home the higher wages they have earned. 
June 29, 2015
Today marks the beginning of House Democrats’ sixth annual Online All-Star Competition, a three-week competition among Members of the Democratic Caucus to increase online engagement and reach constituents through social media.
June 26, 2015
Today, the Supreme Court recognized the fundamental right of every loving couple to marry and have those marriages recognized equally across our country. 
June 25, 2015
Two years ago, the equal access of every American to vote in our elections was dealt a serious blow by the Supreme Court, which invalidated part of the landmark Voting Rights Act that Congress passed and President Johnson signed in the wake of “Bloody Sunday” and the Selma-to-Montgomery marches in 1965.  
June 25, 2015
Today, the Supreme Court affirmed what those who wrote the Affordable Care Act already knew – that subsidies to help Americans afford health insurance premiums are to be made available to all Americans, whether they get their health care through the federal marketplace or through state-based marketplaces.
June 24, 2015
There is no more important act in our democracy than casting one’s vote and having one’s voice heard equally in our government, which is why I’m pleased that Reps. Terri Sewell, John Lewis, Linda Sanchez, and Judy Chu introduced legislation today to restore the voting rights protections struck down by the Supreme Court two years ago this week.
June 24, 2015
I am disappointed that Republicans continue to pursue legislation that ignores the dangers of climate change and undermines our nation’s efforts to develop cleaner energy alternatives. 
June 24, 2015
I was very privileged to join all of my colleagues in a visit to Karnes [County Residential Center].
June 23, 2015
For too long, the draconian cuts of the sequester have strangled our investments to keep America Number One in the global economy and to ensure our national security.
June 23, 2015
One of the things we see here is a stark example of why comprehensive immigration reform is absolutely essential.
June 19, 2015
Today’s CBO report makes clear that repealing the Affordable Care Act, as Republicans have consistently voted to do, would explode the deficit, cause millions to lose their insurance coverage, and raise costs for seniors on Medicare.
June 19, 2015
On this day, 150 years ago, former slaves in Texas rejoiced at their freedom, the last in America to hear the news, and ever since that day Juneteenth has marked the anniversary of emancipation for the millions whose ancestors suffered the unthinkable horrors of slavery.  I join in celebrating this day, which serves as a reminder to all of us of our shared responsibility to recognize and protect the equal rights and equal dignity of every person. 
June 18, 2015
The encyclical released by Pope Francis today on the environment is a powerful call to planetary stewardship and a reminder of human consequences of pollution, climate change, and degradation of our natural resources. 
June 18, 2015
I want to thank [Rep.] Gutiérrez and those with whom I’m standing here, all of whom have worked very, very hard to ensure that America has a rational and comprehensive immigration policy.
June 17, 2015
Today's action in the Appropriations Committee shows, once again, how 'unrealistic and ill-conceived,' as Chairman Hal Rogers put it, the Republican sequester strategy truly is.