Press Releases

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.
September 10, 2013
“In presenting a Congressional Gold Medal today in memory of Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley, we mark a day long awaited.  Thanks to the efforts of Congresswoman Terri Sewell, Congress is recognizing and honoring the lives of the four little girls brutally killed in the September 15, 1963, bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. 
September 9, 2013
“I join in wishing Ben Jealous well as he prepares to step down at the end of the year as President of the NAACP, our nation’s oldest and most highly respected civil rights advocacy organization
September 6, 2013
"The jobs report for August continues to show the underlying strength of our economy and the progress of our recovery. 
September 4, 2013
Today’s vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was an important first step to give the President the authority he needs to take decisive action to deter the Assad regime from further use of chemical weapons and degrade its capacity to do so.  
September 4, 2013
“I join in extending my wishes for a sweet and happy New Year to all who are celebrating Rosh Hashanah.
September 3, 2013
“Once again, our manufacturing sector is demonstrating its resilience and its great potential to drive economic growth and job creation.  Today’s Institute for Supply Management report, showing strong gains for our manufacturing sector, ought to be a clear message that Congress must take steps to capitalize on these gains. 
September 3, 2013
“I support the President’s call for authorizing limited but decisive military action in response to the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons in Syria.  While recognizing that the details of the authorization language have yet to be finalized, the use of chemical weapons, including against innocent children, is intolerable and cannot go unanswered. 
September 2, 2013
As our recovery continues, let us never forget that the strength of our economy depends on the skill and dedication of our workers, who remain the most productive in the world. 
August 31, 2013
"President Obama has carefully weighed the case for taking action along with our international partners to respond forcefully to the Syrian regime's deadly and nefarious use of chemical weapons. Now it is time for Congress, as the representatives of the American people, to do the same. 
August 29, 2013
I continue to be deeply concerned about the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people – action which demands outrage from the international community and cannot be tolerated.
August 29, 2013
“Federal recognition for all legally married same-sex couples for the purposes of tax filing has been long overdue. 
August 28, 2013
“Fifty years ago today, hundreds of thousands of Americans from all walks of life assembled on the National Mall to call for jobs, freedom, and full equality for all the people of our land.
August 27, 2013
The repeated use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government against its own people is an appalling and blatant violation of international laws and abuse of human rights that cannot be tolerated and must be condemned.
August 26, 2013
Ninety-three years ago today, after a long struggle for equal suffrage, women in America won the right to vote with the adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution. 
August 24, 2013
“Fifty years ago, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood here and put into mighty words the hopes, the dreams, the frustrations of millions of Americans, black and white, that the people of this land were not yet fully free – and that none could enjoy the promise of our democracy until all could enjoy it.
August 22, 2013
Every eligible voter in this country deserves the chance to cast a ballot and have that vote counted accurately. 
August 12, 2013
“The Attorney General’s announcement today of new guidelines for prosecutors to help reduce incarceration of non-violent, low-level drug offenders is an important step toward achieving the Administration’s goal of identifying reforms that will ensure that federal laws are enforced more fairly and efficiently.
August 9, 2013
"The enactment of this bill into law will save students billions of dollars in student loan interest rate payments over the next five years.
August 9, 2013
"I welcome the President’s announcement this afternoon of new steps to strengthen the oversight, transparency, and due process safeguards of our intelligence surveillance programs.  
August 6, 2013
“Forty-eight years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law, ending discriminatory practices that had prevented millions of Americans from participating fully in our democracy.  Regardless of one’s race, color, or creed, every American is equally entitled to cast a ballot and have that vote counted accurately...
August 6, 2013
“While it is disappointing that the Pentagon has had to impose furlough days for civilian defense workers, thanks to cost-saving efforts announced by the Pentagon today, the eleven furlough days employees had been expected to take have now been reduced to six. 
August 5, 2013
“As we mark the twentieth anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 taking effect, it is important to recognize how American workers and their families have benefitted from this law.