Press Releases

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. 
June 17, 2014
When American businesses and entrepreneurs innovate and make products here, the products that emerge change the world. 
June 17, 2014
We have a real stake in this, a real interest in this. The question becomes, okay, what do you do? 
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 12, 2014
I have been saying for some period of time that the Republican Party is a deeply divided party and has been dysfunctional. We have seen that. [Speaker] Boehner has not been able to lead on issues he thought were important.
June 12, 2014
I think what the election showed was what we've been saying all along, that the Republican Party is a deeply divided, dysfunctional party at this point in time, with great differences internally, which are making it very difficult for them to lead in a positive way.
June 11, 2014
This Congress we launched the Make It In America plan with an important premise in mind: every American who wants to work hard and take responsibility ought to have a job that pays well and opens doors of opportunity to the middle class. 
June 10, 2014
While the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill considered by the House today includes a number of positive provisions, I could not support it in its current form because it guts federal support for a number of important transit and housing programs. 
June 10, 2014
I join in congratulating Reuven Rivlin on being chosen to succeed Israeli President Shimon Peres when his term ends next month.