Press Releases

January 7, 2016
Regardless of politics, we can all agree – as elected leaders in Washington and as an American community – that any armed takeover of public property is not acceptable and should end quickly and peacefully.
January 6, 2016
Mr. Speaker, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, and I quote: ‘House Speaker Paul Ryan starting this month will push to turn the chamber into a platform for ambitious Republican policy ideas.’  My friend Mr. Upton talked about policy ideas, but, Mr. Van Hollen correctly observed, they're not on this Floor.  You haven't brought them to this Floor.  All you've brought is a negative.  Bring a positive. That, presumably, is what your Speaker ought to be talking about.
January 6, 2016
"Today's apparent nuclear test by North Korea reminds the world precisely why the United States and its international partners must take a firm line against any attempts by radical regimes to pursue nuclear weapons. ...
January 5, 2016
I've had the pleasure of serving alongside Steve Israel for fifteen years, and I've come to know him as a good colleague and a friend.
January 5, 2016
I was proud to join an amicus brief filed in the Supreme Court today by 162 Members of the House and Senate urging the justices to continue safeguarding women’s constitutional right to reproductive health care options, as enshrined by the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.
January 5, 2016
“Today, recognizing that the federal government cannot do nothing while thousands of Americans – including many children – are killed by gun violence each year, President Obama used his legal authority to take bold executive actions that will help keep dangerous firearms out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them while supporting research into mental health and safer gun technologies.  
January 2, 2016
I am disappointed that the Administration has delayed punitive action in response to Iran’s recent ballistic missile tests.  
December 22, 2015
Five years ago, President Obama signed the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act into law, beginning a process that would eventually lead to the full integration of Americans in our Armed Forces without regard for their sexual orientation.
December 21, 2015
Throughout my years in Congress, I have worked with few people as capable, personable, or hardworking as Beth Moten. 
December 18, 2015
The omnibus bill was a win for the American people. 
December 17, 2015
I thank the Gentleman for yielding. The last Speaker – I have heard that speech in 1981, I heard it in 2001, I've heard it in 2003. The certainty of this bill is that we will explode further deficits and provide for disinvestment. That's the certainty of this bill, and I rise in strong opposition to it. 
December 16, 2015
I understand people want to protect themselves and their homes, but what we have here is a reasonable restraint to protect our people.
December 10, 2015
Reports of Iran’s continued testing of missiles capable of delivering nuclear warheads are disturbing and ought to be taken very seriously by the United States and our international partners.
December 10, 2015
This year marked another year of work to raise awareness among Members and the public of the ongoing crisis of poverty in our nation.
December 9, 2015
Today, Dr. John King, Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, met with the Democratic Whip Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality, and Opportunity to discuss the Department’s work to ensure students can succeed in the classroom and are college- and career-ready.