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July 13, 2017
Today, the House took a stand against discrimination by defeating the Hartzler Amendment, which would have denied critical health care services to transgender Americans serving in our Armed Forces.
July 13, 2017
I was deeply saddened to learn today of the passing of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr. Liu Xiaobo. 
July 13, 2017
The amendment to the defense authorization bill offered by Rep. Hartzler and made in order today by the Rules Committee not only tells transgender Americans that they are not welcome in our military but also disparages all who serve and wish to serve under our flag.
July 12, 2017
I support the extension of the review period for easing sanctions on the Sudanese government, which has yet to demonstrate fully that humanitarian aid can reach the parts of the country that need it most and that those delivering the aid can do so safely. 
July 1, 2017
It is outrageous that the Trump Administration would issue a delay in allowing transgender Americans to serve openly in our military without providing any evidence to support such a decision.
June 26, 2017
I am disappointed that the Supreme Court will allow some parts of the President’s dangerous Muslim ban to be enforced while the justices hear arguments against it.  
June 23, 2017
Today, as we mark the forty-fifth anniversary of Title IX, we look back on the enormous strides made to achieve equity in education for women and girls.
June 21, 2017
I want to thank Majority Leader McCarthy for working with me and a bipartisan group of Members to introduce a resolution reaffirming America’s commitment to Article 5’s collective defense provision of the North Atlantic Treaty.
June 20, 2017
On World Refugee Day, we keep in our thoughts and prayers the millions who have been displaced by war, violence, poverty, or natural disasters, including the many Syrians who have had to flee civil war in their country. 
June 19, 2017
I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Otto Warmbier today, and my thoughts and prayers are with his family, who have had to endure a painful ordeal these past seventeen months.
June 19, 2017
I join today in observing Juneteenth, when Americans commemorate the end of the brutal and inhuman system of slavery in this country. 
June 19, 2017
Today, the people of London experienced another terror attack, this time targeting innocent Muslim worshippers as they left Ramadan prayers.
June 15, 2017
It is appalling that the Commerce Department is changing the language of its equal opportunity policy statement to exclude LGBT Americans. 
June 15, 2017
Five years ago today, President Obama took action to protect DREAMers, using his executive authority to launch the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. 
June 12, 2017
Once again, an American court has determined what we already know: that President Trump’s attempt to ban Muslims from entering this country is not only immoral but unconstitutional.
June 12, 2017
The voters who participated in Puerto Rico's status referendum expressed an unambiguous desire to continue seeking a future in common with the United States as an equal member of our union.  
June 9, 2017
Puerto Ricans will have an opportunity this weekend to choose the future status of their island. 
June 4, 2017
The British people have now endured multiple terror attacks in a short period, but they continue to face adversity with strength, with perseverance, and with unity.
June 1, 2017
I join in marking the start of Immigrant Heritage Month, in which we celebrate the immigrant foundations of our country. 
June 1, 2017
I am proud to join in celebrating LGBT Pride Month this June as we honor the contributions and the courage of LGBT Americans and recommit ourselves to ensuring that all Americans are treated with dignity and respect.
May 30, 2017
I am deeply alarmed by today's report regarding the Trump Administration's efforts to eliminate or undermine offices and programs that protect civil rights.
May 26, 2017
As Muslims in America and around the world begin the observance of Ramadan today, I join in wishing all who participate a 'Ramadan Mubarak.' 
May 24, 2017
We are introducing this bipartisan resolution today to make it clear that last week’s unprovoked attack on peaceful protesters by Turkish security forces on American soil must not go unanswered and that those responsible must face justice.
May 21, 2017
The $110 billion arms transfer to Saudi Arabia announced by the White House - possibly as much as $350 billion overall - raises questions that need to be answered.
May 18, 2017
I was appalled at visiting Turkish security personnel’s use of violence against peaceful protesters here in Washington earlier this week.