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July 29, 2014Press Item
In announcing expanded sanctions today against Russian President Vladimir Putin and his chief backers - Russia's largest banks, a major defense contractor, and the country's oil industry - the Administration is sending a clear message that Russia will continue to face consequences unless it ceases its interference in Ukraine's sovereign affairs and works with the international community to promote an end to the bloodshed
July 29, 2014Press Item
Today’s announcement that 8.2 million seniors and Americans with disabilities caught in the Medicare Part D ‘donut hole’ have now saved more than $11.5 billion on prescription drugs since 2010 is further proof that the Affordable Care Act is working as intended to help seniors save money and see their benefits improved.  
July 29, 2014Press Item
It is a serious time in which we meet. It is a time when history will record that we had the resolve to prevail, or we did not. 
July 29, 2014Press Item
As we mark the 50th anniversary of President Johnson declaring an unconditional ‘War on Poverty,’ and in the aftermath of a recession that hit the lowest income Americans very, very hard, we ought to take stock on how best to alleviate poverty in America in the twenty-first century.
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.