Press Releases

October 8, 2010
“The promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act was to open the doors of opportunity in a country that prides itself on being the land of opportunity. Twenty years after the passage of the ADA, major advancements in technology now provide opportunities for greater accessibility – and pose new challenges - for individuals with hearing or visual impairments...
October 7, 2010
"Today President Obama signed into law the Intelligence Authorization Act, the first one to become law in six years.  This law will strengthen our national security, and its enactment today demonstrates Democrats' unyielding commitment to keeping our nation safe...
October 5, 2010
Today's sentencing sends a strong and unequivocal message to terrorists that they will be held accountable for their actions, and that they will not win.
October 1, 2010
Today, President Obama announced the departure of his Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel. It was my pleasure to work with Rahm in the House leadership and during his time at the White House—and I've seen first-hand his love of public service, his tremendous work ethic, and his dedication to the Democratic Party.
September 30, 2010
I am pleased the House passed the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010; it now goes to President Obama to become law. The passage of this legislation—the first Intelligence Authorization bill to be passed since 2004—is a major step to strengthen our national security. The bill continues policies that are working to help keep America safe from terrorist attack. It also strengthens oversight of our intelligence community. While this community deserves the support of Congress, it also requires direction from Congress, and this bill provides it.
September 30, 2010
Democrats have been focused on creating jobs and helping middle class families throughout this Congress, and when we return in November, we will continue our work. Our top priority will be extending middle class tax cuts, which have been held hostage by Republicans who want to give tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans that would add $700 billion to the deficit.
September 30, 2010
With his Administration's action today, President Obama is now the first president to ever enforce Congressionally-mandated sanctions on Iran. This hard-hitting action demonstrates how serious the President and the Democratic Congress are about halting Iran's dangerous pursuit of nuclear weapons. The Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act, passed by this Congress and implemented by President Obama, brings strong economic pressure to bear on Iran, sending an unambiguous message to the regime in Tehran about the high costs of their nuclear pursuit.
September 29, 2010
Today the House passed the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, a bill to provide care and compensation to the first responders and community residents exposed to toxins related to the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. The heroes of that day—the firefighters, police officers and other responders who came from across the country and rose to the occasion during one of America's darkest days—deserve our full support.
September 29, 2010
Strengthening America's manufacturing is essential to the creation of well-paying, middle class jobs. That's why Democrats have worked hard to pass pieces of our Make It In America agenda. Today, the House continued the Make It In America agenda by passing the Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act, which levels the trade playing field by holding China accountable for its unfair currency policy.
September 29, 2010
Tonight, after we complete our legislative business for the week, the House will adjourn until November 15th.
September 27, 2010
Today, President Obama signed into law the Small Business Jobs Act, an important step to boost our small businesses and contribute to our economic recovery. The bill creates a small business lending fund to help businesses access the capital they need to grow and hire new workers; it also includes $12 billion in small business tax cuts and funds export-promoting programs that help American companies compete abroad. The Small Business Jobs Act is fully paid for, so it does not add to the deficit—and it is projected to create or save hundreds of thousands of jobs.
September 24, 2010
I'm pleased the Ways and Means Committee passed WTO-consistent China currency legislation this morning. I will bring this bill to the House Floor for a vote next week. While a multilateral approach to addressing this issue is preferable, we cannot wait any longer to level the playing field for U.S. businesses and protect American manufacturing jobs. We recognize the efforts China is making toward reform, but they need to act faster to allow their currency to appreciate. Taking action on this bill, as part of our Make It In America agenda to strengthen U.S. manufacturing and create jobs, will help American workers and small businesses compete successfully.
September 24, 2010
Next week, we will bring The James Zadroga 9-11 Health and Compensation Act to the floor for a vote. It is our hope that we will have a strong, bipartisan vote to pass this critical legislation.
September 23, 2010
Just as we expected, the Republican agenda has no new ideas and will take us right back to the exact same agenda that failed middle class families and small businesses. Republican economic policies led to the deepest recession in generations, and their fiscal policies exploded the deficit – and they would do so again. On national security, they took their eye off the main fight against terrorism, and they took no actions to rein in the culture of corruption that flourished under their leadership. And they still don't have a real health care reform plan, meaning Americans with pre-existing conditions won't get coverage, people will lose their insurance when they get sick, and insurance companies will be back in control of Americans' health.
September 23, 2010
After completing work on a major bill that will help small businesses create jobs, the House will not have votes tomorrow.
September 17, 2010
Democrats are working hard to continue creating jobs and strengthening the economy and fighting against Republican plans to take us back to the failed policies of President Bush. Next week, we will take action on the Small Business Lending Act, which we are discussing with our Members. This bill will provide needed assistance to small businesses and help them expand and add jobs. There will be no votes in the House on Tuesday, September 21st. The House will meet for legislative business on Wednesday, September 22nd, at 2:00 p.m., with votes postponed until 6:00 p.m.
September 16, 2010
Today the House passed the Rural Energy Savings Program Act, also known as the RuralStar program. RuralStar establishes loans that help rural families, and families all over the country, retrofit their homes and enhance energy efficiency. It is part of the Make It In America agenda, a plan to boost manufacturing and create secure, middle-class jobs for American workers. The House has passed 10 Make It In America bills to strengthen job-creating industries at home, invest in our workforce, and fight for a fair playing field for American companies; three have already been signed into law.
September 16, 2010
The Small Business Lending Act that passed the Senate today is a critical part of Democrats' efforts to keep creating jobs and strengthening the economy. I'm disappointed that only two Republicans stood with us in support of small businesses, who need access to capital to grow and add more jobs.
September 15, 2010
In response to a question about tax cuts for middle income taxpayers, I reiterated my position that I was for extending those tax cuts for families earning $250,000 or less. I was then asked, if I would be willing to talk about going above that level. I reiterated my position. But as always, I was willing to talk to others about their positions. Unfortunately, the reports of my answer implied a willingness to support an extension of Bush policies. That is incorrect.
September 15, 2010
As Democrats continue to focus on job creation, a key piece of boosting the economy is strengthening our manufacturing sector.
September 15, 2010
Hispanic Heritage Month is a time for us to reflect on the history of Latinos in this country, which dates back to the founding of our nation's oldest settlements. They have enriched our nation with their contributions to science, medicine, education, and the arts, as well as their distinguished military and public service, including service in both chambers of Congress.
September 10, 2010
Nine years ago tomorrow, America suffered the most destructive terrorist attack in its history. For all those who lost a loved one in the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, or Pennsylvania, the wounds of September 11th are no doubt still fresh.
September 8, 2010
"Today the President spoke about Democrats' efforts to continue creating jobs and growing the economy. His speech was a sharp contrast to the one given by Minority Leader Boehner in the same city not too long ago.
September 7, 2010
Beginning at sundown tomorrow night, the Jewish community celebrates Rosh Hashanah, which marks the Jewish New Year. It is a time to pause for reflection on the past year, and calls for the renewal of core values as a new year begins.
September 3, 2010
Today we honor the hard-working men and women who have done so much to make America prosperpus and strong, as well as the ongoing effort to ensure that every American worker is treated with the fairness and dignity he or she deserves. At a time when unemployment, home forclosures, and lack of access to health care have made the American Dream seem out of reach for so many, standing up for working Americans is more important than ever.