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July 26, 2010Press Item
Many of us have nearly forgotten an era in which it was commonplace for a person to be denied employment because she was blind, or unable to attend a university because he was in a wheelchair—an era in which people with disabilities were second-class citizens.
July 22, 2010Press Item
Twenty years ago on Monday, the Americans with Disabilities Act strongly committed our country to inclusion and equal opportunities for people with disabilities. It was a landmark piece of legislation, and its effects have been widely felt.
July 22, 2010Press Item
Twenty years ago on Monday, the first President Bush signed into law one of the most consequential pieces of civil rights legislation in recent memory.
June 7, 2010Press Item
Each June, we commemorate the birth of the modern Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender rights movement which began in June of 1969, as patrons of New York City’s Stonewall Inn courageously stood up to police harassment.
June 2, 2010Press Item
As we wait for all the facts to emerge about Monday’s events, several things are already clear.
May 19, 2010Press Item
Today, the House passed the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Act, legislation to reauthorizes the Special Olympics Act and grants to expand the successful Best Buddies program.
May 19, 2010Press Item
This legislation is named in honor of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who dedicated her long life to public service, and especially to the inclusion of those with intellectual disabilities.
April 20, 2010Press Item
Each year on Equal Pay Day, we recognize the work that has been done and the work that remains to end the unfair pay discrimination that women face in America’s workplace.
March 20, 2010Press Item
Today's protests against health insurance reform saw a rash of despicable, inflammatory behavior, much of it directed at minority Members of Congress.
February 23, 2010Press Item
Twenty years ago, the first President Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act, which made our nation a world leader on one of the most pressing human rights challenges of our time: the inclusion of people with disabilities.
September 9, 2009Press Item
As President Obama made clear tonight, America cannot put up for much longer with the skyrocketing cost of health care that is hurting our families, our businesses and our country.
May 20, 2009Press Item
I want to thank the Members here today, Representatives Langevin, and Wasserman-Schultz, as well as Representatives Sensenbrenner and Upton, for their commitment to making the house a safer and more accessible place for all citizens.
May 1, 2009Press Item
This week was an extremely productive one in the House of Representatives. Most importantly, both the House and the Senate passed the final version of the Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Resolution, a document that lays out our most important national priorities for the years to come...
April 29, 2009Press Item
This legislation—The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act—is a powerful statement of some of our most important American values: tolerance, respect for differences, and accountability for those who are driven to violence by hate.
April 28, 2009Press Item
Today on Equal Pay Day, we recognize the damaging impact that pay discrimination has on every woman in every workplace in America.
April 24, 2009Press Item
Today, we recognize the genocide that took the lives of 1.5 million Armenian children, women, and men in their ancestral homeland.
March 31, 2009Press Item
Today, the House passed the Senator Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which will create outlets for service so people of all ages can contribute to our nation’s recovery.
March 10, 2009Press Item
Today, Chairman Miller and Senators Kennedy and Harkin introduced legislation to give hard-working Americans the tools they need to secure fair wages and treatment at their jobs.
March 10, 2009Press Item
Today, the Employee Free Choice Act was introduced in the U.S. House and Senate.
March 3, 2009Press Item
House Democratic Leaders and President Obama celebrate Women's History Month, which is observed in March.
February 2, 2009Press Item
February is recognized as Black History Month. Today House leaders released statements commemorating the occasion.
February 2, 2009Press Item
Throughout the month of February, Americans come together to celebrate Black History Month.
January 27, 2009Press Item
I am proud that one of the very first bills passed by this House in the 111th Congress was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.
January 27, 2009Press Item
Today, the House passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which is now headed to President Obama for his signature.