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July 28, 2014Press Item
Today’s review by the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees affirms what we already knew.  First, efforts to control health care cost growth – including the Affordable Care Act – are working.  
July 28, 2014Press Item
As the world marks the centennial of the outbreak of the First World War today, I join in remembering the service and sacrifices of so many American military personnel who answered the call to fight on distant shores in defense of democracy and values we hold dear.  
July 28, 2014Press Item
Wanted to be sure you saw this op-ed by House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5) and Rep. Aaron Schock (IL-18) in Education Week on their bipartisan legislation, the Full-Service Community Schools Act of 2014, which they introduced last week to expand the number of full-service community schools at the K-12 level around the country.
July 26, 2014Press Item
What we need to do in my view, however, is meet the immediate challenge of processing these folks who have come across the borders, many of whom are children. Treat them in a humane way and consistent with law.
July 25, 2014Press Item
Mr. Speaker, I’m not going to ask the Majority Leader any more questions, because I'm not going to get any answers. 
July 25, 2014Press Item
It’s always interesting to hear the debate. I wonder if the Gentlelady [Rep. Lynn Jenkins] believes the analogy she made in terms of cost of living applies to the minimum wage as well. If she does, I would ask her to urge her leadership to bring the minimum wage bill to the Floor.
July 24, 2014Press Item
Mr. Speaker, I think it appropriate that one of us rise to recognize the sacrifice made by Detective [John] Gibson and Officer [Jacob] Chestnut.
July 24, 2014Press Item
I want to thank all of you for being here. Robert [Hiltonsmith, Policy Analyst at Demos], I want to thank you for being here as well. Our nation has always stood for the basic principle that if you work hard and take responsibility you ought to be able to make a decent living, get paid a fair wage for your labor, and have access to opportunities that enable you to secure a place in our middle class. I said that was our principle, but it is not always our reality.
July 24, 2014Press Item
Today, while millions of Americans are waiting for Congress to take action to create jobs, raise the minimum wage, fix our broken immigration system, address the humanitarian crisis at the border, and restore emergency unemployment insurance, the House’s Republican Majority chose to waste taxpayers’ time and money on a frivolous, politically motivated lawsuit against the President.
July 24, 2014Press Item
This morning’s news that the Affordable Care Act has saved consumers a total of $9 billion on their health insurance premiums since 2011 is a further demonstration that the law is doing what it was intended to do: providing families with greater access to affordable, quality care.
July 24, 2014Press Item
Five years ago today, the federal minimum wage increased to $7.25 an hour, and it has not changed since. 
July 23, 2014Press Item
I applaud the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on approving yesterday the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a critical treaty that would enshrine in international law America’s efforts to ban discrimination against people with disabilities.
July 23, 2014Press Item
This evening, the House is considering a series of important bills that will help combat the scourge of human trafficking.