Press Releases

July 3, 2014
Today’s monthly jobs report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals what many Americans already know – that our economic recovery continues to move forward as a result of the policies President Obama and Democrats instituted during the recession in order to help businesses create jobs and boost competitiveness. 
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.
July 1, 2014
I’m pleased to announce the beginning of House Democrats’ fifth annual Online All-Star Competition, which encourages Members of the Democratic Caucus to strengthen online engagement with our constituents.
June 30, 2014
The Supreme Court’s ruling today in Harris v. Quinn is a setback for workers and their families.
June 30, 2014
It is unconscionable that Speaker Boehner and House Republicans have decided to block comprehensive immigration reform at least through the end of the year.  
June 30, 2014
I was deeply disturbed to learn that Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar, and Eyal Yifrach were found murdered today. 
June 30, 2014
It is very disappointing that the Supreme Court today delivered a setback to women's health care across the country by allowing certain corporations to withhold the full range of health care options available to them under the law.  
June 30, 2014
In nominating Robert McDonald to serve as our next Secretary of Veterans Affairs, President Obama has tapped the expertise and talents of a successful business leader.
June 27, 2014
Today marks the one-year anniversary of the passage of the Senate’s bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill.
June 27, 2014
One year ago today, the United States Senate took a historic step by passing bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform. And, one year later, the Republican-led House has still failed to act.
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
One year ago tomorrow, the United States Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill that would secure our border, fix our broken visa system, and establish a pathway to citizenship that will bring millions of undocumented immigrants out of the shadows. 
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 26, 2014
I’m pleased to follow my friend, [Sen.] Dick Durbin.  Leader Reid just told you that we came from a ceremony giving the [Congressional] Gold Medal to [Israeli President] Shimon Peres.  Shimon Peres, in many ways, is a founding father of his country, a country, which for millennia, was peopled by the Jewish people, but in another sense, a nation of immigrants, as America is a nation of immigrants, made great and courageous and entrepreneurial by its immigrants.
June 26, 2014
I join in congratulating President Shimon Peres of Israel on being awarded the Congressional Gold Medal today.
June 25, 2014
You know, I'm looked at as a civil leader in the House of Representatives, but I am a militant for civil rights, a militant for voters’ rights, and I have walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge with my friend [Rep.] John Lewis and so many people that are here, including [Democratic Leader] Nancy Pelosi and [Rep.] Steve Cohen.
June 25, 2014
On this day last year, the Supreme Court set back the cause of equal voting rights in America in its terrible decision striking down a key part of the 1964 Voting Rights Act.  In the year since, we’ve seen several Republican-led states impose new voting restrictions.
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 22, 2014
I join in marking the seventieth anniversary of the enactment of the G.I. Bill, which helped millions of veterans of the Second World War afford higher education, attain homeownership, and train for civilian jobs in the post-war economy. 
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 19, 2014
I join in congratulating Rep. Kevin McCarthy on his election as Majority Leader.
June 19, 2014
I join in marking the 149th Juneteenth and in celebrating the joyous news of emancipation received by those who had been held brutally and unjustly in bondage as a result of slavery in America.
June 18, 2014
Today’s first-ever White House Maker Faire and the announcement that federal agencies will be partnering with private companies to support innovators and entrepreneurs is a further demonstration of this Administration’s serious commitment to helping more businesses and workers Make It In America.