Press Releases

February 24, 2009
As the House begins debate on the FY09 Consolidated Appropriations Act this week, Republicans are continuing to try to sweep their history under the rug and convince the American people that they are committed to fiscal responsibility.
February 23, 2009
Today’s fiscal summit at the White House was a positive step as we begin to address our nation’s long-term fiscal challenges, and I commend President Obama for convening this meeting so quickly at the beginning of his Presidency.
February 20, 2009
I am too sensible of my defects not to think it probable that I may have committed many errors.’ George Washington left his country’s service with those words, in his farewell address.
February 20, 2009
I want to commend President Obama for convening a fiscal summit next week, demonstrating his commitment to restoring fiscal responsibility.
February 18, 2009
The impact of the housing crisis has been widespread and deep, devastating homeowners and communities throughout the nation, and launching the worst economic decline since the Great Depression.
February 17, 2009
The restructuring plans offered by GM and Chrysler today are the next step for the American auto industry as it returns to strength and makes necessary changes to compete in the 21st century economy.
February 17, 2009
President Obama’s announcement that he will send troop reinforcements to Afghanistan is the first step toward refocusing on the security and stabilization of that nation.
February 13, 2009
Today, the House passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act conference report to begin the process of repairing our economy and getting Americans back to work.
February 12, 2009
The House is scheduled to meet at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow and is expected to proceed directly to consideration of the American Recovery and Reinvestment conference report.
February 12, 2009
Today, we celebrate the 200th birthday of our nation’s 16th President, Abraham Lincoln.
February 11, 2009
The compromise economic recovery legislation is a victory for the country and for the American people.
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.