Press Releases

June 10, 2015
My father immigrated to this country in the 1930’s as a young man. He came here for the same reasons so many others did – and still do – to seek a better life in a land of opportunity and freedom.
June 9, 2015
Throughout the month of June, I join in celebrating LGBT Pride Month, an opportunity to honor the contributions gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans have made to our communities, our country, and our world.
June 5, 2015
This morning’s jobs report tells the story of an economic recovery that continues to advance, with 262,000 private sector jobs created in May.
June 4, 2015
As you’ve heard, we have just three weeks or twelve legislative days until the Export-Import Bank shuts down – not entirely, as Congressman [Heck] indicated, but for all intents and purposes of new loans. We must not let that happen.
June 2, 2015
When Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act twenty-five years ago, it represented a seminal moment in the history of civil rights in our country.
June 1, 2015
It is a time not only for LGBT Americans to celebrate how much has been achieved toward equality but also for the parents, children, siblings, friends, and extended families of LGBT individuals to express pride in their loved ones’ courage and determination to live their lives openly.
June 1, 2015
"I am deeply disappointed that the new Senate Republican Majority has taken the irresponsible route of allowing key national security protections to expire.
May 27, 2015
I am extremely concerned by reports of unacceptable conditions for families in detention centers.
May 21, 2015
We are writing in response to Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith’s (R-Texas) op-ed “If everything is a priority, nothing is” (May 18).
May 19, 2015
Today should have been a joyful day for immigrant families across the country, when undocumented parents with children who are American citizens would have been able to begin applying for deferred action through the Administration’s new DAPA program, halting their risk of deportation.  
May 19, 2015
I thank Secretary Castro for joining the Task force today to discuss how HUD is working to expand access to housing, help more Americans attain homeownership, and alleviate poverty in our communities.
May 18, 2015
Today, I join in marking the fiftieth anniversary of the launch of Head Start, one of the Johnson Administration's key anti-poverty initiatives and still one of the most important investments we make toward closing the achievement gap. 
May 14, 2015
We’re talking about young people who have grown up in this country, loving this country, believing in its values, who want to serve their country and to protect the freedoms and democracy that they have enjoyed.
May 13, 2015
I am so very pleased to be here with all of you and Richard [Liu] and certainly [Representative] Judy Chu and [Representative] Mike Honda, who do such an extraordinary job in leading your [Congressional Asian Pacific American] Caucus and in making sure that all of us understand the issues of great importance to all Americans but particularly to Asian Pacific Americans and to make us sensitive to their concerns.
May 13, 2015
Today, House Democrats and Republicans came together to pass legislation that will protect Americans’ civil liberties while ensuring that law enforcement and homeland security agencies have the tools they need to keep our country safe. 
May 13, 2015
I was very saddened to learn of the tragic derailment last night in Philadelphia. 
May 13, 2015
I was honored to receive the Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award yesterday from Secretary Mabus. 
May 13, 2015
I want to thank Rep. Gallego for working to include an amendment in the defense authorization bill to encourage the Secretary of Defense to consider allowing DREAMers to serve in the military – and I want to thank him for his service to our nation as a Marine as well.