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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. 
May 17, 2017
I was honored to meet today with Ambassador Gutiérrez of Mexico to discuss issues important to the U.S.-Mexico relationship and the millions of Mexican-Americans living in our country. 
May 15, 2017
Today, House Democrats launched a bold new initiative to strengthen higher education access and affordability for the twenty-first century.
May 15, 2017
Today’s decision by the Supreme Court not to revisit last year’s case against North Carolina’s 2013 voting changes ought to send a signal to Republican-led states that adopting tough voter-ID requirement and limitations on early voting and same-day registration will be seen for what they are: discriminatory measures intended to limit minorities’ access to the ballot box.  
May 11, 2017
If the White House intends to create a commission to investigate voter suppression in this country, I hope its focus will be on the actual suppression of the voting rights of minorities, seniors, and students in states where Republican lawmakers have imposed barriers to ballot access since the terrible Shelby v. Holder Supreme Court ruling in 2013.
May 5, 2017
I am pleased that Mark Green has withdrawn his name from consideration to be the top civilian overseeing the United States Army. 
May 4, 2017
This executive order is little more than an effort to put employers in charge of the health care decisions of their female employees, for religious organizations to redistribute donations from the faithful to political candidates, and for doctors to discriminate against LGBT patients and their families.
May 3, 2017
The decision today by Puerto Rico’s governor to seek a judicial reorganization of the island’s debts and put its finances on solid footing is the responsible thing to do.  
May 2, 2017
The bill House Republicans just passed would end overtime pay as American workers know it.
May 2, 2017
Today, I’m proud to join Rep. David Cicilline and the LGBT Equality Caucus to cosponsor the Equality Act in the 115th Congress. 
May 1, 2017
A nation of immigrants. We say that, and we say it with pride. 
May 1, 2017
This evening, Israelis will gather to begin marking the sixty-ninth anniversary of their independence, joined by many in America and around the world who look to Israel as a beacon of hope and the triumph of Jewish self-determination after generations of exile and persecution. 
May 1, 2017
I join in celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, when Americans of all backgrounds pay tribute to the extraordinary contributions of our country’s Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities.
April 26, 2017
“This was a very important meeting,” said Whip Hoyer.  
April 25, 2017
I was proud to join my colleagues in cosponsoring this resolution.
April 24, 2017
On this day in 1915, the arrest of Armenian social, political, and intellectual leaders launched a four-year campaign of genocide that took the lives of 1.5 million men, women, and children.
April 23, 2017
Tonight begins the annual observance of Yom Ha'Shoah, a day to mourn the six million Jews murdered during history's most brutal genocide as well as to pay tribute to heroic acts of rescue and resistance. 
April 16, 2017
I am appalled by reports that the governing authorities in the Russian republic of Chechnya have been detaining LGBT individuals and subjecting them to torture and possibly mass-murder. 
April 11, 2017
Sean Spicer's comments today are indicative of the extraordinary lack of knowledge, perspective, and sensitivity that the Trump Administration has brought to Washington.