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May 21, 2014Press Item
Fired up? What we don’t want is our globe fired up. We want to be fired up so that it will not be fired up.
May 21, 2014Press Item
Earlier this month, the White House released the third U.S. National Climate Assessment revealing the dangerous effects climate change is already having – and will continue to have – on regions across the nation. From extreme weather and water shortages to rising food prices and seasonal allergies, the report serves as a call to action for Americans to work together to secure a more sustainable future.
May 21, 2014Press Item
While we opposed the establishment of a Select Committee in the first place, I support Leader Pelosi’s decision to appoint these five Democratic Members to participate on the panel.
May 21, 2014Press Item
Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to this. I urge my Members to vote against it. I don't know if they will, but I urge them to do so. All of us in this body need to be for accountability. None of us in this body, however, ought to be for turning a civil service system into a patronage system.
May 20, 2014Press Item
Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of this bill, which I am proud to cosponsor, and I thank the Gentlelady from Florida, Congresswoman Wilson, for spearheading this effort.
May 20, 2014Press Item
The announcement of up to $50 million in humanitarian assistance pledged by the Obama Administration for refugees from South Sudan reaffirms our country’s commitment to the cause of peace, economic development, and human rights in the region and across the continent of Africa.
May 20, 2014Press Item
Earlier this month, House Republican leaders held a press conference where they claimed that they were focused on job creation and bringing legislation to the Floor that would put more Americans back to work.
May 16, 2014Press Item
For twenty years, CAPAC has been a leading voice within the Democratic Caucus for equal opportunity, civil rights, and economic growth, and I have been as proud to work closely with its Members in the 113th Congress as I was to partner with former Rep. Norman Mineta and CAPAC’s original founding Members in 1994.
May 16, 2014Press Item
Sixty years ago tomorrow, the Supreme Court issued its historic, unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education, ending the shameful practice of legal segregation in schools throughout our country.
May 13, 2014Press Item
Promoting the growth of U.S. exports remains one of the core components of the Make It in America plan for jobs and competitiveness, and I welcome the Administration’s announcement today of a new phase in the National Export Initiative.
May 9, 2014Press Item
I was proud to vote for H.R. 10, the Success and Opportunity Through Quality Charter Schools Act, which passed the House today with a bipartisan vote of 360-45.  This legislation ensures quality, equity, and transparency in the federal Charter School Program. 
May 9, 2014Press Item
Mr. Speaker, we ought to extend the research and development tax credit to help businesses invest in innovation. But Republicans are asking us to do so without paying for it, which would add $155 billion to the deficit.
May 8, 2014Press Item
Mr. Speaker, I rise with a great deal of sadness. We're punting. USA Today said: ‘House action on tax extenders forfeits credibility on deficits and national debt.’ They are right.
May 8, 2014Press Item
I am deeply disappointed that House Republicans continue to politicize a national tragedy.