Press Releases: 2009

February 11, 2009
Throughout the debate on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, House Republicans have played political games to cover their opposition to critical economic recovery legislation and their lack of a serious alternative.
February 10, 2009
As Secretary Geithner recognizes, our financial crisis was brought on, in large part, by ‘individuals, businesses, and governments [that] borrowed beyond their means.’
February 10, 2009
The Clinton administration delivered the nation into the 21st century with a record budget surplus. In eight years, President Bush and Republican Congresses squandered the budget opportunities they inherited and turned them into the worst deficits in American history.
February 9, 2009
Tonight, President Obama made a compelling case for an economic recovery plan with the power to create or save up to 4 million American jobs.
February 6, 2009
Today’s news that the economy lost 598,000 jobs last month follows weeks of layoff announcements and record numbers of Americans filing for unemployment benefits.
February 4, 2009
I want to commend Chairman John Spratt for today’s hearing on the status of defense budget plans for 2010 and future years.
February 4, 2009
As Congress continues work on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, it is clear that we cannot have a full economic recovery until the financial crisis is addressed.
February 4, 2009
The House will now reassemble on Monday at 2:00 p.m. for legislative business, with votes at 6:30 p.m.
February 3, 2009
Today, in the midst of the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression, and as Congress considers the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, it is telling to look back and examine the pattern of Republican failures on economic policy.
February 2, 2009
Throughout the month of February, Americans come together to celebrate Black History Month.
January 30, 2009
Today’s news that our nation had its sharpest economic contraction in over a quarter-century is further confirmation that swift and bold action is needed to get our economy moving again.
January 29, 2009
This is the contradiction of American healthcare: That we have the best hospitals, the most highly-trained doctors, the latest technology—and a system in which millions find it impossible to go in for a regular checkup.
January 26, 2009
On Wednesday, the House will consider the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which will create jobs and secure long-term economic growth by investing in the future.
January 26, 2009
The analysis of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act released today by the Congressional Budget Office shows that the recovery plan will provide an immediate boost to our economy, while also ensuring long-term economic stability and growth to prevent our nation from slipping back into a recession.
January 23, 2009
Today, President Obama signed an executive order repealing the ‘global gag rule,’ a policy that banned American funds for overseas family planning organizations that perform abortions or conduct abortion counseling.
January 23, 2009
Democrats are committed to working in a bipartisan manner, as we’ve shown by accepting amendments during markups on the economic recovery package held by the Appropriations, Ways and Means, and Energy and Commerce Committees this week.
January 23, 2009
I congratulate Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand on being selected to serve as the next U.S. Senator of the State of New York.
January 22, 2009
Thirty-six years ago, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in the case of Roe v. Wade.
January 22, 2009
This week, the Appropriations, Ways and Means, and Energy and Commerce Committees held markups on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to include important feedback from Members to improve the package.
January 22, 2009
For years, the United States has suffered under detention and interrogation policies that made a mockery of the rule of law, hampered our efforts to convict terrorists, and weakened our leadership in a global ideological struggle.
January 22, 2009
Each piece of economic news makes the dire situation confronting our nation clear.
January 21, 2009
Mark Zandi’s analysis of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act shows he believes that this package will provide the boost our economy needs to begin recovering from this recession.
January 20, 2009
Today, our Nation celebrated a day of renewal. The Inauguration of Barack Obama was not simply the end of one presidency and the beginning of another: so many of us hope that it also marked the close of an era of irresponsibility, reckless government, and extreme partisanship.
January 19, 2009
Years ago, there was a powerful man who was born and raised not far from here.