Press Releases

January 21, 2015
I join in congratulating my friend Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard on her appointment as Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, making her the first Latina to be the senior-most Democrat on any appropriations subcommittee. 
January 20, 2015
This evening, President Obama laid out a vision of an America that prioritizes a strong and growing middle class. 
January 16, 2015
Just two years ago, the Supreme Court ruled in U.S. v. Windsor that the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution requires the Federal government to recognize all lawfully married couples.  Today’s announcement by the Supreme Court means that the nation’s highest court will now rule on one of the most critical civil rights issues of the 21st century: Whether all loving and committed couples will have the same opportunity to marry under state law. 
January 16, 2015
On Monday, we will honor the life and leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who inspired his fellow Americans with an impassioned call for justice and equality. 
January 14, 2015
I was deeply disappointed that the House passed an appropriation bill for the Department of Homeland Security that included partisan, poison-pill amendments to deport DREAMers and tear immigrant families apart. 
January 14, 2015
I am deeply concerned and disappointed by comments from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte that Congress does not need to take corrective action to address the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision in Shelby v Holder, which guts one of the most important and effective provisions ever enacted to combat voter discrimination. 
January 14, 2015
We are now considering a bill which is central to the protection of Americans and America from those who would, through terrorist activities, put our people at risk. 
January 13, 2015
Well, very frankly, we have on the Floor this week, as you know, the funding of the Department of Homeland Security, which is designed to keep our country and our people safe.
January 12, 2015
Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson laid out his vision of robust federal investment in public education as a central component of the War on Poverty, marking the beginning of the successful effort to pass the bipartisan Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. 
January 9, 2015
I commend the President for appointing David Cohen as the next Deputy Director of the CIA. 
January 9, 2015
Since President Obama took office, our nation has seen a jobs recovery that has created over 11 million jobs over fifty-eight consecutive months of private sector job growth.
January 9, 2015
One of the things [Secretary] Larry Summers said that I absolutely agree with is confidence is in and of itself an economic booster, and what we've been doing in Washington for too many years is undermining confidence.
January 7, 2015
I join in standing with the people of Paris and our oldest ally France in the wake of the tragic and heinous attack against the office of the Charlie Hebdo magazine this morning.
January 7, 2015
‘Facing the rising sun upon a new day begun.’ What an extraordinary group of Americans I have as my colleagues to face that rising sun with new challenges and new opportunities.
January 6, 2015
Today, the 114th Congress of the United States convened, providing the House with a new opportunity to address the challenges we face together. 
January 4, 2015
Senator Edward Brooke was a man of principle and political courage.
December 19, 2014
I’m pleased that the Senate is following the House’s lead in supporting the actions of the Bulk Data Task Force, which was created in a bipartisan effort in 2012 to make legislative data more open and accessible.
December 19, 2014
We treat House Delegates and the Resident Commissioner as we treat all other Members for almost all purposes.
December 18, 2014
Today’s executive order is an important step forward in responding to the recent tragedies in Ferguson, New York, and other cities with careful and thoughtful steps to enhance police training and strengthen trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.
December 17, 2014
I join in praising the release of Alan Gross and express tremendous relief at his safe return to his family.
December 17, 2014
I join in thanking Raj Shah for his service these past five years as Administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development. 
December 17, 2014
I am pleased that the Senate has finally confirmed three of the four commissioners to lead the Election Assistance Commission after a disturbingly long vacancy period. 
December 17, 2014
I join in congratulating Jonathan Stivers on his confirmation as USAID Assistant Administrator for Asia last night.