Press Releases

September 26, 2013
“Good morning. I’m so glad the President of the United States has come to Prince George’s Community College to talk about the Affordable Care Act. None of us ought to be surprised that when President Obama decided to talk about the successes in implementing health care reform, he came to Maryland.
September 25, 2013
“Thank you very much Congressman Welch for your leadership and tenacity on this issue. Peter Welch has been raising his voice and the voice of others for years now on behalf of fiscal responsibility.
September 25, 2013
“Five years ago today, the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 was signed into law, representing a significant victory in the ongoing effort to ensure full equality of access and opportunity for Americans with disabilities.  No American ought to be denied a job, access to a building, or the right to make his or her own medical decisions as the result of a disability. 
September 25, 2013
“Today’s report by the Department of Health and Human Services makes it clear that the health insurance exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act will lower costs for consumers and offer a range of choices for Americans seeking quality health care
September 22, 2013
I was moved at this evening's memorial service by the uplifting words by President Obama, Defense Secretary Hagel, Secretary Mabus, Washington D.C. Mayor Gray, and others as we mourned the loss of twelve dedicated patriots who lost their lives in Monday's tragic shooting. The service was a strong reminder that, when events like this occur, we come together to comfort one another as an extended American family.
September 20, 2013
“Two years ago today, our nation fully opened the doors of military service to LGBT Americans wishing to serve their country openly.  The end of the discriminatory 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell' policy reflected the great American tradition of breaking down barriers and expanding equal opportunity, and I was proud to have played a part in Democrats’ effort to repeal it. 
September 19, 2013
"I agree with the President that we must do more to help U.S. businesses increase exports and be more competitive in a global marketplace. The more goods they sell around the world, the more opportunities there will be to hire workers here at home to manufacture those goods.
September 18, 2013
“I am deeply disappointed that Republicans continue to risk a government shutdown by appealing to the most extreme members of their party through a continuing resolution that has no chance of passing the Senate or being signed by the President. 
September 17, 2013
“This morning’s report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reaffirms what most economists already know:  our long-term budget picture is not sustainable, which is why we need to build on the deficit reduction we have already achieved, and revenue must have a place in any successful solution to bring our deficits down over the long term.
September 17, 2013
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), along with Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Rep. James McGovern (D-MA), sent the following letter to Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Director Douglas Elmendorf requesting an analysis of the economic impact of House Republicans’ legislation that cuts nearly $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and denies vital food support for four to six million low-income Americans. The letter asked that the CBO include the impact of these cuts on economic growth and jobs in any analysis of the bill. 
September 17, 2013
“I'm sure that it will renew the discussions about access to weapons that can be used to kill a lot of people quickly. …  what we have seen in so many of these instances are that the perpetrators have given previous indication of instability, even inclinations to use weapons, and to talk about violence. So there was no doubt this was somebody who had a record of instability and certainly should have been, I think, subject to closer scrutiny, particularly in access to a facility such as the Navy Yard, or any facility that has large numbers of people in it, that has security concerns in the United States.”
September 16, 2013
Hispanic Heritage Month, which began on Sunday, is an opportunity for all Americans to reflect on the many ways in which Hispanic cultures have enriched our nation and how Latinos have contributed so much to our national life. 
September 16, 2013
“Five years ago, our nation faced the most dangerous financial crisis since the Great Depression when our financial and housing markets neared collapse as a result of unsavory practices by some of our county’s largest banks.  Had it not been for emergency, bipartisan steps taken by the Congress and the Bush Administration, we might have witnessed economic catastrophe. 
September 16, 2013
“My thoughts are with the victims and the families who lost loved-ones in today’s tragic shooting at the Washington Navy Yard.  Many of those who serve there in military and civilian roles live in my district, and while we do not yet know all the details about who carried out this terrible shooting, there is no doubt that it has shaken the Navy, the greater Washington D.C. community, and our nation as a whole.   
September 14, 2013
“Clearly, I don't think we can allow [the negotiations] to be used as a delaying tactic. This has to be either real, as Secretary Kerry pointed out, specific, and immediate, but whether it's days or weeks, but certainly not longer than weeks where we get to a place where we think this is real.
September 13, 2013
“Fifty years ago this Sunday, four young lives were tragically cut short as a bomb ripped through the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.  That heinous attack, a result of the hatred and bigotry of segregation and Jim Crow, opened the eyes of so many Americans to injustices they could no longer ignore. 
September 13, 2013
“I’m proud to join Americans across the country in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. From our earliest days, Latinos have contributed to building a strong America and fighting to ensure that our nation lives up to the full promise of its democracy.
September 12, 2013
“As you saw we had the 41st vote on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, today. Notwithstanding that, we didn't do anything else. That bill won't have any future. And we did not do what we need to do, and that is ensure that the government doesn't shut down on October 1st.
September 12, 2013
“I am pleased that the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, which passed the House in July, has now been introduced in the Senate, and I thank Senators Durbin, Kirk, and their bipartisan group of cosponsors for taking this important step today.  With the rise in diagnoses of food allergies in children, we ought to make certain that our schools are equipped to save students’ lives in the event of an emergency. 
September 12, 2013
“Certainly I think [a diplomatic solution with Syria] is a very positive possibility. And if it bears fruit, it's going to be a very good resolution of this issue.
September 12, 2013
“With only six legislative days remaining before the end of the fiscal year, I am extremely disappointed that House Republicans continue to waste the Congress’s time on pointless attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act by undermining its implementation.
September 11, 2013
“Once again, House Republicans are in disarray, unable to govern as a result of division and dysfunction.  Even when promising a continuation of their policy of sequester and another defunding of the Affordable Care Act – gifts to the extreme wing of their party – Republicans lacked sufficient support and were unable to bring their bill to the Floor.  
September 11, 2013
“Though twelve years have now passed since that tragic day on which we were attacked, the pain and heartbreak of September 11, 2001, will never be forgotten.  For the loved ones of victims and for those who survived, this anniversary marks a solemn moment to remember the lives lost and lives changed forever.
September 10, 2013
 "I believe that the President tonight made a compelling case to respond militarily to the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime.  He also made clear that Assad must take immediate steps in order to demonstrate his sincerity about verifiable disarmament.  I support the President’s efforts to achieve a diplomatic solution that provides confidence to the world that Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal will be swiftly moved to international safekeeping with a view toward its eventual destruction.
September 10, 2013
“Thank you very much, Leader. I join the Leader in supporting the President’s posture. I believe that the President is right to suggest the use of military force in order to prevent, constrain, prohibit the use of chemical weapons which for over 100 years has been perceived by the international community at large as unacceptable to be used in any form of warfare.  I am for giving the President the authority and will vote to do so in an appropriate resolution.