Press Releases

May 21, 2014
Fired up? What we don’t want is our globe fired up. We want to be fired up so that it will not be fired up.
May 21, 2014
While we opposed the establishment of a Select Committee in the first place, I support Leader Pelosi’s decision to appoint these five Democratic Members to participate on the panel.
May 20, 2014
The announcement of up to $50 million in humanitarian assistance pledged by the Obama Administration for refugees from South Sudan reaffirms our country’s commitment to the cause of peace, economic development, and human rights in the region and across the continent of Africa.
May 16, 2014
For twenty years, CAPAC has been a leading voice within the Democratic Caucus for equal opportunity, civil rights, and economic growth, and I have been as proud to work closely with its Members in the 113th Congress as I was to partner with former Rep. Norman Mineta and CAPAC’s original founding Members in 1994.
May 16, 2014
Sixty years ago tomorrow, the Supreme Court issued its historic, unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education, ending the shameful practice of legal segregation in schools throughout our country.
May 13, 2014
Promoting the growth of U.S. exports remains one of the core components of the Make It in America plan for jobs and competitiveness, and I welcome the Administration’s announcement today of a new phase in the National Export Initiative.
May 9, 2014
I was proud to vote for H.R. 10, the Success and Opportunity Through Quality Charter Schools Act, which passed the House today with a bipartisan vote of 360-45.  This legislation ensures quality, equity, and transparency in the federal Charter School Program. 
May 8, 2014
I am deeply disappointed that House Republicans continue to politicize a national tragedy.
May 8, 2014
No one should doubt where Congress stands on the brutal kidnapping of nearly 300 girls and young women in Nigeria, but this resolution, which I am proud to cosponsor, will make it very clear that America remains committed to helping bring them home and ensuring that their plight will not fade from the world’s attention
May 6, 2014
I strongly condemn the recent kidnapping of more than 300 teenage girls in Nigeria.  Their abduction at the hands of extremists must not be met with silence or complacence on the part of the Nigerian government or the international community.
May 6, 2014
This morning, there was a room available for some of the citizens of our country to come to Washington and their Capitol – their Capitol, with their office building, and their office and tell their story. They cut us off.
May 6, 2014
The release today of the third U.S. National Climate Assessment is an important step toward fulfilling the goals of the Climate Action Plan President Obama laid out last June.  
May 5, 2014
As Israelis mark sixty-six years of independence, I join in celebrating with them and with the millions of Jews around the world who look to the modern State of Israel as the fulfillment of a 2,000 year-old dream.
May 5, 2014
I join in celebrating Cinco de Mayo, the anniversary of the historic Battle of Puebla and an occasion of great pride for millions of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans. 
May 1, 2014
Once again, the Institute for Supply Management’s monthly report shows that our manufacturing sector is growing at a strong pace, continuing to demonstrate resilience even in the face of uncertainty caused by gridlock in Congress.  American manufacturers want to make more of their products here and sell them around the country and across the world – and, in the process, invest in new facilities, new hiring, and innovation. 
May 1, 2014
I join in celebrating the start of Jewish American Heritage Month, which is observed throughout May.
May 1, 2014
Throughout May, we honor the contributions by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to our history, economy, culture, government, and society. 
April 30, 2014
I am very disappointed that Senate Republicans voted today to block consideration of a bill to give American workers the raise they deserve.
April 30, 2014
With our economy growing at a far slower pace than expected in the first quarter of the year, Congress must take stock of missed opportunities to boost growth in order to put more Americans back to work. 
April 28, 2014
I join in observing Yom HaShoah today, a day of remembrance and reflection on the evils of genocide. 
April 24, 2014
Today we honor the lives of the 1.5 million victims lost in the Armenian genocide, one of the worst atrocities of our time.
April 24, 2014
The Export-Import Bank plays a crucial role in helping American businesses - especially small businesses - access new markets and compete overseas, and Congress should reauthorize it without delay.
April 23, 2014
I join in condemning the horrifying ethnic violence that has been reported to have taken place against civilians in South Sudan. 
April 23, 2014
The launch of the new Veterans Employment Center today continues this Administration’s strong commitment to easing the transition for our veterans returning home to their families and to the civilian job market.