Press Releases

September 16, 2010
The Small Business Lending Act that passed the Senate today is a critical part of Democrats' efforts to keep creating jobs and strengthening the economy. I'm disappointed that only two Republicans stood with us in support of small businesses, who need access to capital to grow and add more jobs.
September 15, 2010
In response to a question about tax cuts for middle income taxpayers, I reiterated my position that I was for extending those tax cuts for families earning $250,000 or less. I was then asked, if I would be willing to talk about going above that level. I reiterated my position. But as always, I was willing to talk to others about their positions. Unfortunately, the reports of my answer implied a willingness to support an extension of Bush policies. That is incorrect.
September 15, 2010
As Democrats continue to focus on job creation, a key piece of boosting the economy is strengthening our manufacturing sector.
September 15, 2010
Hispanic Heritage Month is a time for us to reflect on the history of Latinos in this country, which dates back to the founding of our nation's oldest settlements. They have enriched our nation with their contributions to science, medicine, education, and the arts, as well as their distinguished military and public service, including service in both chambers of Congress.
September 10, 2010
Nine years ago tomorrow, America suffered the most destructive terrorist attack in its history. For all those who lost a loved one in the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, or Pennsylvania, the wounds of September 11th are no doubt still fresh.
September 8, 2010
"Today the President spoke about Democrats' efforts to continue creating jobs and growing the economy. His speech was a sharp contrast to the one given by Minority Leader Boehner in the same city not too long ago.
September 7, 2010
Beginning at sundown tomorrow night, the Jewish community celebrates Rosh Hashanah, which marks the Jewish New Year. It is a time to pause for reflection on the past year, and calls for the renewal of core values as a new year begins.
September 3, 2010
Today we honor the hard-working men and women who have done so much to make America prosperpus and strong, as well as the ongoing effort to ensure that every American worker is treated with the fairness and dignity he or she deserves. At a time when unemployment, home forclosures, and lack of access to health care have made the American Dream seem out of reach for so many, standing up for working Americans is more important than ever.
September 3, 2010
Today we received the news that our private sector added 67,000 jobs last month—the eighth straight month of private sector growth. That private sector companies feel confident enough to continue adding employees to their payrolls is a sign that Democratic recovery policies are showing results. Nevertheless, total employment declined in August, as a result of the end of temporary government Census jobs. The overall decline in employment, along with the fact that millions of Americans remain out of work, shows that much remains to be done.
August 31, 2010
This evening, President Obama delivered an address to mark the end of America's combat mission in Iraq. The Obama Administration and the Democratic Congress pledged to end the war in Iraq, and this month's completion of the responsible redeployment of American combat troops demonstrates that that pledge is being kept. After seven years, the war in Iraq has seen awe-inspiring displays of sacrifice from American and coalition forces; and tonight, above all, we call to memory the more than 4,400 American troops who died in Iraq, along with the more than 30,000 who suffered injuries. We vow to honor their memories, and to honor the compact with all Americans who served, particularly when it comes to providing returning veterans the health care they need and the educational opportunities they deserve.
August 27, 2010
Five years ago this week, Hurricane Katrina made landfall in the Gulf Coast, leaving a path of destruction in its wake. On this solemn occasion, we pause to remember those who lost their lives and those whose livelihoods were forever changed by this tragedy. Today, the region continues to recover and rebuild, thanks to the indomitable spirit of the people of the Gulf Coast.
August 27, 2010
Today, we honor the life and legacy of President Lyndon Johnson, a man who worked tirelessly to put an end to poverty and racial injustice, helping to forever shape the destiny of our country. President Johnson's courageous leadership and bold vision of a Great Society were instrumental in creating Medicare and Medicaid, the landmark Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts, and many other achievements that still help millions of Americans claim their right to equal opportunity.
August 19, 2010
Today's projections from the CBO reinforces the need for continued work to bring down the deficit and further strengthen the economy, while also showing that Democrats' actions have had a positive impact. The deficit for Fiscal Year 2010, while lower than previously projected, is still far too high. Democrats have taken real steps to restore fiscal responsibility, including returning to the pay-as-you-go law that led to surpluses in the 1990's, creating a fiscal commission to put forward solutions to balance the budget, and passing a budget that cut spending.
August 19, 2010
More than seven years after the beginning of the war in Iraq, the last American combat brigade heads home today. I join all Americans in thanking our brave men and women in uniform for the courage and the sacrifice they have shown, year after year. Together we also mourn the loss of all those who lost their lives in the service of their country.
August 18, 2010
"Ninety years ago today, women were granted the most fundamental expression of equality in democracy—the right to vote. As we pause to honor this landmark day in our nation's history, we must commemorate the efforts of a fearless group of women, who worked tirelessly to ensure that all women would have the same fundamental rights as men.
August 13, 2010
"For 75 years, Social Security has stood as an unbroken promise to America's seniors: that after a lifetime of hard work, they have the assurance that they can retire with real security. Where many seniors were once faced with a life of poverty, for the last 75 years they have instead been able to lead a life of dignity.
August 11, 2010
I'm pleased the President signed another piece of Democrats' Make it in America agenda into law today. Manufacturing is a critical sector of our economy, vital to both our economic recovery and to our national security. No other sector can replace manufacturing, and Democrats are committed to restoring a vibrant and strong manufacturing base in the U.S. The bill signed into law today, the U.S. Manufacturing Enhancement Act, will make it cheaper for manufacturers to get the materials they need to make their products right here in America, spurring more manufacturing and supporting an estimated 90,000 manufacturing jobs across the country.
August 10, 2010
Let's consider what would happen if Republicans had their way and this bill failed.
August 9, 2010
"I am pleased to announce the promotion of two valued members of my staff, Katie Grant and Maureen Beach, as well as welcome Dan Reilly to the Majority Leader's Office. All three are tireless workers whose experience and skills will be an asset to my office, House Democrats, and the media."
August 9, 2010
Democrats have been focused throughout this Congress on reducing the deficit and restoring fiscal responsibility.
August 6, 2010
House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) led a bipartisan Congressional Delegation to Haiti today, Friday, August 6th. Joining him were Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD), Congressman David Price (D-NC), Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-MD), and Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL).
August 6, 2010
"Forty-five years ago, Congress voted to ensure that all Americans, no matter their race or color, had the right to go to the polls and cast their vote. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 gave made the promise of equal suffrage guaranteed by the 15th Amendment a reality, and dramatically strengthened our democracy as a result."
August 6, 2010
It's encouraging that the private sector added 71,000 jobs last month—the seventh month in a row in which private sector employment grew.
August 6, 2010
As Democrats continue to work to move our nation forward, we remain focused on continued job creation and economic recovery. As part of that effort, Democrats recently launched our "Make it in America" agenda, which seeks to increase domestic manufacturing and create good, middle-class jobs here at home.
August 5, 2010
Today, the Senate passed important legislation to save 290,000 jobs and help states continue providing a range of essential services, from school programs to health care, without adding to the deficit.