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March 6, 2012
“Today the people of New Jersey lost a beloved public servant, and the House of Representatives lost a respected member.  As his state's first African American elected to Congress, Donald Payne was a trailblazer who helped pave the way for many to follow throughout the country.  Don was a tireless campaigner for justice.  Whether it was for the men and women from urban communities in Essex, Hudson, and Union Counties, the millions of American students who benefited from his service on the Committee on Education and the Workforce, or those suffering from poverty and oppression in Africa for whom he was a vocal advocate, his fight for justice at home and human rights around the world will be Don's lasting legacy.  His many travels to the Sudans brought hope to those experiencing the bitterness of war, hunger, and displacement, and his efforts drew Americans’ attention to the genocide in Darfur and ongoing violence across the Sudans.  All of us who had the honor of serving with him will dearly miss him and the energy and passion he brought to his job.  My thoughts are with his family today.”
March 2, 2012
For three decades, Norm Dicks and I have served together in Congress, and he is not only a respected colleague but a dear friend.  I’m saddened that Norm has decided to retire at the end of the 112th Congress.  He will be greatly missed in the halls of the Capitol by Members on both sides of the aisle.
February 28, 2012
As Parliamentarian, John Sullivan has been a careful steward of the rules of the House and a strong defender of their proper exercise, which has earned him the respect of members and leaders from both parties.  When he became Parliamentarian in 2004, John brought with him seventeen years of experience working in the Office of the Parliamentarian, three years as counsel to the Armed Services Committee, and seven years as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Air Force.  Having given over thirty-five years of his career to our nation, I join in thanking him for his many contributions.
February 2, 2012
"Over the past five years, I have come to know Heath Shuler as a resolute lawmaker, a determined advocate for getting America's fiscal house in order, and – above all – a good friend. I will greatly miss him in this House, where he has made an enormous impact as a leader of the Blue Dog Coalition and as a rising star in the Democratic caucus...
January 26, 2012
While I was saddened to learn that Rep. Brad Miller will be retiring from Congress, I am thankful for the chance to have served alongside him these past nine years.  Over the course of his time in Congress, Rep. Miller has fought for the well-being of North Carolina families, and he has worked tirelessly as a member of the Financial Services Committee to combat predatory lending practices and help those facing foreclosure stay in their homes.  Believing strongly in creating opportunities for more Americans to reach the middle class, Rep. Miller  has been a strong advocate for education and access to health care, and he has been a defender of North Carolina service members, veterans, and their families.  He will be missed in this House, and I join in wishing him the best as he moves on to the next step in his career.
January 25, 2012
None of us on this Floor are talented enough to summon the rhetoric that all of us feel in our hearts. We have young men and women, arrayed on the fields in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other troubled spots in the world. They are fighting for freedom and democracy and too many of them are injured on those fields. Our beloved colleague, Gabrielle Giffords, was injured on the field in the exercise of that democracy. And in being injured, she has become an example for us, for all Americans, indeed all the world, of courage, of clarity of purpose, of grace, of responsibility, of a sense of duty which she exercises this day.
January 24, 2012
Tonight, President Obama stood before Congress and the American people and asked us to envision the America we can achieve together, sharing his blueprint for doing so.  The plan he laid out is rooted in the same values of fairness and responsibility that have enabled generations of Americans to climb ladders of opportunity and pass their faith in the American Dream on to their children.
January 17, 2012
Democratic Whip Hoyer stated, “I am pleased that Congress is actively taking steps to update how it connects with the American people online, improve transparency and better interact with our constituents to keep them informed. There is still work to be done, but Democrats and Republicans alike understand the duty we share to make the legislative process as open and accessible as possible. This report continues the hard work of Members from both sides of the aisle in shaping how we can better connect the American people to their government in order to better serve them.”
December 13, 2011
Terry Lierman has been a key part of the success of this office for over four and a half years,” said Hoyer. “When he came to our office, he brought unparalleled experience and a passion for helping people. I have worked closely with him for over 30 years to promote and support Democratic ideals, and I am pleased that he will continue to work with me by serving as the Treasurer of Hoyer for Congress and the Chair of AMERIPAC, my leadership PAC. I am very appreciative of all that Terry has done to assure the success of our efforts and look forward to working closely with him in the coming years.
December 12, 2011
I was pleased to learn that Paul Irving will be nominated to serve as the new Sergeant at Arms of the House of Representatives. He brings to the position a long and distinguished career with the U.S. Secret Service and a wealth of experience in federal law enforcement. I want to thank Bill Livingood once again for his service, and I look forward to working with his successor to ensure that the Capitol Police and the Office of the Sergeant at Arms have the resources they needs to protect the House, its members, staff, and visitors.
November 28, 2011
“America, and the principles for which it stands, have been well-served by Congressman Barney Frank during his over three decades of service in the Congress. He has brought an exceptional intellect, political courage, common sense, a wonderful wit, and a love of country and of the People’s House to his service. He will be greatly missed...
November 26, 2011
"It has been a honor to serve with my good friend Charlie Gonzalez for over a decade and I am saddened by his retirement. The U.S. Congress and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus will be losing a dedicated public servant who has been a leader on voting rights issues...
October 27, 2011
This year’s Floor schedule has prevented the House from getting anything done to create jobs and help Americans who are out of work, and next year’s schedule is more of the same. While Members appreciate having more time in their districts, the House has struggled to get even its most basic work done. We’ve conducted legislative business a mere 111 days this year - nearly equal to the 104 days spent either in recess or in pro forma business. And the schedule has been out of sync with the Senate, making it nearly impossible to coordinate. As a result, this Congress has seen only a small number of bills signed into law. I hope that next year, in spite of the lack of days in session, Republicans will put partisanship aside and work with us to address the challenges facing our nation and get Americans back to work.
October 26, 2011
I’m sad to learn that the House of Representatives will be losing a dedicated public servant at the end of this Congress. John Olver has been a tireless fighter for the people of Western Massachusetts since he was first elected to the House in 1991. Having served with him on the Appropriations Committee, I know he has always put the interests of his constituents first and has consistently fought for the most disadvantaged among us. I join in wishing him and his wife, Rose, well in whatever lies ahead.
October 20, 2011
“I have had the privilege of serving with Dennis Cardoza in Congress for eight years, and I have come to know him both as an effective advocate for the people of California’s 18th district and as a friend. From his studies at the University of Maryland and work running a small business to his time serving in California’s legislature, Dennis brought great experience to Congress that helped him quickly become a leader in the House on issues important to farmers and ranchers as well as on the home mortgage crisis that has hit California families hard...
October 4, 2011
Since Jerry Costello came to Congress in 1988, he has been a tireless advocate for the people of Southwestern Illinois. In his service on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee he has been a leader on aviation issues and has been a strong advocate for revitalizing roads, rails, and bridges in our communities, a proven method for creating jobs and bringing new economic opportunities. Having served with him for over twenty years, I have come to know him not only as a skilled legislator but also as a friend. When Jerry’s term comes to an end next year he will surely be missed, and I wish him all the best as he embarks on the next phase of his career.
July 15, 2011
I am saddened at the news that Congressman Kildee is going to retire, but I certainly understand his decision. Dale Kildee is a man of great integrity and faith. He has a deep concern for the people he represents, for those who are less fortunate, and for the principles and priorities that have made our country strong. He is a legislator who is both conscientious and faithful to his conscience. His work on education issues will have a positive and lasting effect in expanding opportunities for our nation’s children. America, the state of Michigan, and the people of the 5th district have been greatly advantaged by his service. I wish him the very best in the future, and he will be sorely missed in the 113th Congress.
June 28, 2011
Rep. Lynn Woolsey will be retiring from Congress after 10 terms, and I want to congratulate her on a career to be proud of. Lynn has faithfully and tirelessly represented the people of California’s 6th District, and she has been one of the House’s leading voices for progressive causes. She has worked hard to support renewable energy, protect Northern California’s environment, and to further legislation to help Americans balance work and family. Drawing on her experiences as a single working mother, Lynn also made important contributions as a senior member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Lynn will leave a strong record of accomplishment behind her, and I wish her all the best.
June 21, 2011
I strongly oppose this legislation, as abolishing the EAC would be an invitation to repeat the mistakes that blemished our democracy in 2000,” said Hoyer. “The work of the EAC matters to voters, who deserve assurance that their votes will count on Election Day. There is too much at stake to abolish the EAC. I can think of few more essential tasks than ensuring that the people’s representatives are elected fairly.”
June 16, 2011
I have said that Congressman Weiner needed to do what was best for his constituents, and I believe today he did just that. He and his family will be in my thoughts in the days ahead.  
June 7, 2011
I want to thank Congressman Boren for his years of service to his constituents in Oklahoma. He has worked tirelessly for their interests as an independent voice in the House of Representatives. I look forward to continuing to work with him for the remainder of this Congress, and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.
April 14, 2011
“Today, Republicans mark 100 days in the House majority. During that time, they have pursued divisive social issues, passed bills that have no chance of becoming law, introduced a budget that would end Medicare as we know it and threatened Americans with a government shutdown. But there is one thing that Republicans have failed to do: they have failed to even consider a single bill to create jobs...
April 4, 2011
 I am deeply saddened by the death of former Congressman John Adler of New Jersey. Like all those who were privileged to know John, I admired and respected him as a dedicated and passionate public servant. From local government to the U.S. Capitol, John was a principled advocate of high ethical standards, a clean environment, and the economic security of all Americans. A life of service to his community and his nation was cut off far too soon—but in the time he was with us, John made a real and lasting difference. My sincere condolences are with his wife, Shelley, their four sons, and all those touched by this untimely loss.
February 8, 2011
Today, Rep. Jane Harman announced that she is resigning from the House of Representatives to serve as the president of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a nonpartisan policy think tank. For many years, I’ve known Jane as a close friend and a trusted colleague; she has brought to Congress her deep knowledge of both foreign and domestic policy and a willingness to work with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to advance our nation’s interests. Those qualities have made her a true asset to Congress and have won her wide admiration from Democrats and Republicans alike. She is a leading voice on national security, who has built strong relationships with leaders around the world. And the same qualities that made Jane so valuable to Congress will also serve her well as leader of the Wilson Center. And while I will miss her sincerely, I wish her all the best as she continues her service to our country in a new role.
January 13, 2011
Last night, President Obama issued an inspiring call for all Americans to conduct our public debates with more civility and respect for one another, even when we strongly differ on the best course for our nation. I agree, and I believe Congress has a responsibility to set an example of less ugly, less divisive debate. Coming together to hear an address on the state of our union in a few weeks is an especially important moment to recommit ourselves to approaching our public life with the respect and honesty that our serious, shared problems demand.