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May 30, 2014Press Item
Mr. Speaker, first let me briefly say I rise to speak on this bill, which directly impacts our economy, our competitiveness, and our ability to create jobs that pay well and open doors to opportunity.
May 29, 2014Press Item
Gun violence is a problem Congress cannot ignore, and I am encouraged that Democrats and Republicans were able to come together today to pass an amendment offered by Rep. Mike Thompson that increases the funding available to states to maintain accurate and up-to-date records used in background checks.
May 29, 2014Press Item
Good afternoon.  We are here at a moment both joyous and mournful.
May 29, 2014Press Item
Two days after President Obama won re-election in 2012, Speaker Boehner announced that comprehensive immigration reform would be a top bipartisan priority. Fast forward nearly two years later, and House Republicans still have not allowed a single vote to fix our broken immigration system.
May 28, 2014Press Item
Today’s markup of the FIRST Act by the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology was an exercise in missed opportunities.
May 28, 2014Press Item
The VA Inspector General's interim report that was released today is deeply disturbing and demands action to correct the systemic problems that left 1,700 veterans off of the electronic waiting list at the Phoenix VA Health Care System. 
May 28, 2014Press Item
Today’s announcement by the Commerce Department that the first twelve Manufacturing Communities have been selected as part of the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership demonstrates the Administration’s commitment to job creation and growing America’s manufacturing sector.
May 28, 2014Press Item
I join in mourning Maya Angelou's passing and in celebrating her extraordinary life as a poet, author, Civil Rights activist, actor, musician, and teacher.
May 27, 2014Press Item
Today’s announcement that our combat mission in Afghanistan will end later this year represents a responsible plan to bring our troops home by 2016.
May 25, 2014Press Item
Today's election in Ukraine represents an important step forward for the ideals that brought thousands to Maidan Square to demand accountable leaders and self determination for their country.
May 23, 2014Press Item
I join in honoring the fallen heroes of our nation this Memorial Day and in upholding our shared responsibility to comfort and care for the loved ones and communities they left behind. 
May 23, 2014Press Item
Today, the World Trade Organization issued an important ruling that makes clear that China must cease its unfair practice of imposing trade barriers against America’s auto industry. 
May 23, 2014Press Item
I join in congratulating Secretary Shaun Donovan on his nomination to serve as the next Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
May 23, 2014Press Item
On Sunday, we mark the seventh anniversary of the signing of the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007, which I was proud to cosponsor and work to pass in the days after Democrats took control of Congress.
May 22, 2014Press Item
The USA Freedom Act that passed the House today takes significant steps to address concerns over the intelligence community’s information-gathering programs.
May 22, 2014Press Item
While I supported the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act when it passed the House today, I share many of the Obama Administration’s concerns as well as those of House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith that this bill does not reflect the hard choices necessary to achieve fiscal sustainability.