Floor Statements

June 26, 2009
This is a transformative moment. This is a moment to build a clean energy future for our country. This is a moment to create jobs. This is a moment to take on, at long last, a defining challenge of our time: global warming.
June 17, 2009
Today, I am introducing statutory “pay-as-you-go” legislation in the House, with over 155 original co-sponsors, including the Members standing behind me.
June 16, 2009
I rise to voice my strong support for final passage of this supplemental appropriations bill.
June 10, 2009
We are here to defend small businesses that are integral to our communities, and to the employment of one million Americans: our auto dealerships.
May 19, 2009
I want to welcome you to this conference. I want to applaud your commitment to clean air, to lower emissions, and to the nuclear technology that will help get us there.
May 13, 2009
Thank you for inviting me to speak to you in the midst of a transformative time for America’s energy policy. This morning, I’d like to talk about what I think that transformation ought to look like. But before I do, I want to emphasize that it’s just as important that we hear what you think it ought to look like.
May 12, 2009
Patient-centered care’: as I’m sure you know, that is one of the biggest buzz-phrases in our healthcare debate.
May 6, 2009
If I were to guess the single most lasting lesson of our economic crisis, and if I were to spell it out in just five words, I would say: this is what debt does.
May 4, 2009
A hope so simple and so humble that nearly every people took it for granted: ‘That we may be a nation like all other nations.’ So many thousands of years ago, the Old Testament tells us, the Jewish people asked simply for that, at the foundation of their first state.
April 29, 2009
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 29, 2009
Today, the House has the rare opportunity to set America on a responsible course for the future, a course of lasting, broadly-shared prosperity.
April 29, 2009
I am pleased to be here with the Blue Dog leadership, who supported the budget conference report that passed the House today.
April 22, 2009
I am proud to speak in favor of this bill supporting Best Buddies, an organization dedicated to the social integration of children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
April 2, 2009
Today, with the passage of this budget resolution, the House has the opportunity to set America’s priorities for years to come and build a sustainable, widely-shared recovery.
February 25, 2009
With today’s markup, Congress is one step closer to bringing representation to the people of this city. And I am happy to report that I, with the help of the three distinguished Members here with me, will bring the DC voting rights bill to the floor of the House next week.
February 13, 2009
Today, after weeks of debate, and in the depths of an economic crisis that has already claimed more than three and a half million American jobs, we begin our recovery.
February 12, 2009
Every four or eight years, we have a transition to a new Administration. But the transition we marked last month was a special one.
February 11, 2009
Today, we honor a man who has sat in this chamber for nearly a quarter of its existence: John Dingell of Michigan.
February 9, 2009
We are here today to be honest with the American people. They need to know that this economic crisis will not end overnight. And they need to know one of the prime reasons why: the deep, deep fiscal hole we have inherited after eight years of former President Bush’s recklessness.
February 4, 2009
If you can afford healthcare in America, there is no better place in the world to be sick: You’ll be treated at the best hospitals, by the most skilled doctors, with the latest technology.
January 28, 2009
As you know, we are dealing with one of the worst economic climates in memory: 2.6 million jobs lost last year; the worst housing market since the Great Depression; financial turmoil that has threatened the savings and retirements of millions.
January 27, 2009
Thank you for inviting me to testify on an issue that tests, every year, our commitment to the democratic principles we voice here so often and with such certainty.
January 27, 2009
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 22, 2009
I don’t often quote myself. But today, I think that every Member of this House is thinking back to words we said in a similar debate four months ago, and wondering whether we can still stand by them.
January 14, 2009
If you want a picture of American healthcare, in all its excellence and squalor, there it is: The best doctors, the latest technology, six weeks of hospital care for a sick boy, at a cost of $250,000—in a country that can’t find $80 to fix a toothache.