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April 14, 2015
Today, on Equal Pay Day, we rededicate ourselves to the task of ensuring that working men and women have equal access to the opportunities that allow them to achieve the American Dream.
March 25, 2015
I’m pleased to join with Rep. Rosa DeLauro and other House Democrats to reintroduce the Paycheck Fairness Act today in the 114th Congress, and I thank Senator Barbara Mikulski for reintroducing it in the Senate. 
March 20, 2015
There is no reason why the Senate cannot vote immediately on the confirmation of Loretta Lynch to be our nation's next Attorney General.
March 19, 2015
I’m pleased to be joining Civil Rights Movement hero Rep. John Lewis, Assistant Leader Clyburn, Ranking Member Conyers, and Ranking Member Brady today to reintroduce the Voter Empowerment Act.
March 7, 2015
Thank you Saint John. What a wonderful experience this is for all of us. We owe [Representative] John [Lewis] and Doug [Tanner, Founder of the Faith & Politics Institute] for what they achieved in the past and for all that they continue to do today through the Faith & Politics Institute. 
March 6, 2015
I am proud to join an amicus brief in the marriage equality cases soon to be argued before the Supreme Court.
March 6, 2015
This weekend we mark the 50th anniversary of ‘Bloody Sunday,’ when on March 7, 1965, a determined group of Civil Rights activists set out from Selma on a march to the State Capitol in Montgomery to demand the right to register and to vote. 
February 11, 2015
Today the Congress came together in a spirit of bipartisanship to honor those who marched for voting rights in Selma fifty years ago. 
February 11, 2015
Twenty-five years ago, Nelson Mandela took his first steps into freedom from captivity on Robben Island, where he had been held as a political prisoner for eighteen of his twenty-seven years behind bars.
February 2, 2015
We mark Black History Month this year by celebrating the legacy of the thousands who braved violence and intimidation a half-century ago when they stood up for the equal right to vote. 
January 20, 2015
This evening, President Obama laid out a vision of an America that prioritizes a strong and growing middle class. 
December 4, 2014
My heart goes out to the family of Eric Garner, who continue to seek justice for his tragic death on July 17.
November 7, 2014
One year ago today, the United States Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act by a strong bipartisan vote of 64-32. 
September 17, 2014
As Thomas Jefferson, and those who wrote with him said, ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident.’ What we have found throughout history is, it may be self-evident, but it is not self-executed. That is why this legislation is necessary.
July 23, 2014
I applaud the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on approving yesterday the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a critical treaty that would enshrine in international law America’s efforts to ban discrimination against people with disabilities.
July 23, 2014
This evening, the House is considering a series of important bills that will help combat the scourge of human trafficking. 
July 21, 2014
Last month, President Obama announced that he would be using his executive authority to prevent federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT workers in both hiring and employment, and today he has fulfilled that promise. 
July 2, 2014
When President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law, it was the culmination of a movement for equality and desegregation.
June 26, 2014
I think the President, if there is no action in the next few weeks, is going to be impelled by his moral responsibility to act himself.
June 26, 2014
Today, as we celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the section of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act that prohibited federal recognition of same-sex marriages, let us pay tribute to all those who have stood up, marched, and spoken out for LGBT equality and pride. 
June 24, 2014
I was proud to stand with other Congressional leaders today as the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King were posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, America’s highest civilian honor.
June 20, 2014
Today’s report by the Justice Department further demonstrates the Obama Administration’s commitment to advancing equality for same-sex spouses and their families.
June 20, 2014
Fifty years ago, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner were brutally murdered while trying to register African Americans to vote in Mississippi.
June 16, 2014
I applaud the President for his decision to pursue an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT Americans in hiring and employment. 
June 10, 2014
Fifty-one years ago today, President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, landmark legislation that made it illegal for employers to pay women less than men for the same work.