Press Releases

February 2, 2011
The vote in the Senate today on the Affordable Care Act is a distraction from what the American people want us to focus on – jobs. This vote shows that Republicans are not only ignoring Americans’ priorities, but are trying to put insurance companies back in charge of American families’ health care. The American people do not support repealing critical patient protections in the new law, such as ending discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions, making prescription drugs more affordable for America’s seniors, and allowing young Americans to stay on their parents’ plans until the age of 26
February 1, 2011
Each February, America observes Black History Month to honor the legacy of the generations of African-Americans who made indelible contributions to every sphere of our national life, from culture and business to politics and science. Our nation was founded on an ideal of equality, an ideal that has the power to bind us together as Americans, no matter our race or walk of life. But for centuries, America was also marked by a failure to live up to that founding promise; as a result, African-Americans were marginalized from our national life and largely excluded from the retelling of our history. We mark Black History Month as an effort to tell an American story that is more truthful—one that recognizes the more than 400 years of African-Americans whose lives helped to make our country what it is today.
January 31, 2011
Today’s court ruling is one of many different district court rulings on this matter and represents one individual step in an ongoing judicial process. I am confident that when the legal process has been concluded, the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act will be upheld.
January 31, 2011
I strongly support the new ‘Startup America’ initiative, which goes hand-in-hand with House Democrats’ Make It In America agenda to strengthen our manufacturing sector and ensure middle-class families can succeed. I look forward to working with President Obama as we move to unleash the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship that is so unique to the American economy. It is that spirit that will keep driving job creation and keep the U.S. as the world leader in the 21st century global economy.  
January 26, 2011
Today’s deficit report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office shows our deficit is at an unsustainable level, clearly demonstrating the need for bipartisan action to put our country’s fiscal house in order. It is encouraging that the CBO’s forecast for economic growth has improved since its last report in August. Our economy is expected to continue growing--a positive outlook due, in part, to the Democratic policies that have helped put Americans back to work.
January 25, 2011
President Obama delivered a compelling vision of how we can work together to address America’s challenges. While our economy is on the road back to health, we know we still have a long way to go—and tonight, the president discussed a strategy for getting us there.
January 21, 2011
A year ago, with its ruling in the Citizens United case, the Supreme Court struck a severe blow against the integrity of American elections. Overturning longstanding precedent, the Court's ruling allowed special interests to spend unlimited amounts of money to directly influence elections, while keeping their identities hidden from the voters. The Citizens United ruling took power out of the hands of ordinary voters and placed it in the hands of wealthy and well-connected interests.  
January 20, 2011
Yesterday, House Republicans voted to undo Americans’ hard-won freedom to control their own health care. Today, they passed a largely empty resolution, which demonstrates Republicans’ lack of seriousness when it comes to bringing down premiums, ensuring that all Americans have health coverage, and reducing the deficit. Rather than debate a real health care plan—which they have had ample time to develop—Republicans passed a resolution declaring their support for 12 vague health care ‘goals.’ But they took no steps to ensure that those goals would ever result in real health care legislation and set no deadlines for such legislation to be passed. Rather than a fresh start, today’s resolution is just another example of how Republicans have failed to make the tough choices necessary to reform our health care system.
January 18, 2011
I’m deeply saddened by the loss of Sargent Shriver, a public servant who lived a full life dedicated to promoting justice and opportunity in America and throughout the world. As the first director of the Peace Corps, Mr. Shriver skillfully launched an organization that has strengthened respect for America across the world and has, for 50 years, exposed generations of Americans to the world beyond their borders. Mr. Shriver also made his mark as the director of important anti-poverty programs and as the leader of the Special Olympics movement. He brought to all of that work a singular commitment to service—and his good work will long outlive him.
January 17, 2011
Today we honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the ordinary Americans who took up his call for justice and changed their country. The great historian Taylor Branch called them ‘the modern founders of democracy.’ They sought to complete the work of America’s founding—and it falls to us, in turn, to complete their work. At the heart of that work there are not speeches and spectacles, but daily acts of service.
January 13, 2011
Last night, President Obama issued an inspiring call for all Americans to conduct our public debates with more civility and respect for one another, even when we strongly differ on the best course for our nation. I agree, and I believe Congress has a responsibility to set an example of less ugly, less divisive debate. Coming together to hear an address on the state of our union in a few weeks is an especially important moment to recommit ourselves to approaching our public life with the respect and honesty that our serious, shared problems demand.
January 12, 2011
A year ago today, our neighbor Haiti was struck by a devastating earthquake that killed hundreds of thousands and left many more homeless. As we mark this sad anniversary, our thoughts are with the victims and all those still struggling to recover and rebuild. Today is a day to take stock of those recovery efforts, which are still far from finished.
January 10, 2011
I am deeply saddened by the tragic death of Ashley Turton, former Chief of Staff to Rep. Rosa DeLauro and wife of Dan Turton, White House Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs for the House of Representatives. The Capitol Hill community knew Ashley for her professionalism and commitment to public service, and many called her a friend. She was taken from her family and her community far too soon, and I know that she will be greatly missed. My thoughts are with her family, especially her husband and their three young children, in this difficult time.
January 9, 2011
Monday morning at 11:00 a.m. eastern standard time, I call on Americans to observe a moment of silence to honor the innocent victims of the senseless tragedy in Tucson, Arizona, including those still fighting for their lives. It will be a time for us to come together as a nation in prayer or reflection, keeping the victims and their families closely at heart.
January 9, 2011
We do not anticipate any recorded votes in the House this week. We all continue to keep Congresswoman Giffords, her family, her staff, and the families of the other victims in our prayers.
January 9, 2011
This is not simply an attack on Ms. Giffords. This is an attack on democracy itself, on the ability, as she said in that reading of the first amendment, to peaceably assemble, to come together to talk to one another. That's what democracy is all about—representatives listening to their constituents and trying to reflect their views.
January 8, 2011
The Republican leadership has announced, in consultation with Democratic leadership, that there will be no legislative action in the House next week that does not relate to today's tragic event in Arizona. Consideration of Health Care Repeal legislation has been postponed to a later time. We are all keeping the victims and their families in our prayers.
January 8, 2011
My prayers are with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, her family, her staff, and all the victims of today’s shooting in Tucson, Arizona. Congresswoman Giffords is a devoted and insightful public servant, and a passionate advocate for her constituents—but more than that, she is my dear friend.
January 7, 2011
Today’s employment report had some encouraging news for our economic recovery. Our economy added 103,000 jobs, and America’s private-sector, which added 113,000 jobs, grew for the 12th straight month by 113,000. Also encouraging was a sharp drop in the unemployment rate—the largest single-month decline since 1998.
January 7, 2011
Republicans had a clear opportunity to live up to their promises of a fair and open process in the 112th Congress with the consideration of their Patient’s Rights Repeal Bill. By all accounts the broke that promise, refusing to allow any Democratic amendments and bringing it straight to the Floor without committee consideration. With virtually no discussion of the consequences, Republicans are bringing to a vote a bill that takes away the new freedoms that Americans have in their health care and takes us back to the days where insurance companies can deny care if you have a pre-existing condition, cancel coverage when you get sick and arbitrarily limit the amount of care you receive.
January 6, 2011
It is absolutely unacceptable to deny nearly 5 million Americans a voice in Congress,” said Democratic Whip Hoyer. “Republicans continually declare they are focused on listening to the American people. With this rules change, they are ignoring the voices of 5 million American citizens. We can listen to our people by continuing the constitutionally-sound policy of the last two Congresses, which gave Delegates and the Resident Commissioner a vote in the Committee of the Whole House. I hope Republicans work with us to reinstate this fair and common sense policy, rather than disenfranchising millions of citizens.
January 6, 2011
Today, President Obama announced former Commerce Secretary Bill Daley as the next White House Chief of Staff. Mr. Daley is an accomplished and skilled public servant with a deep knowledge of policy. He brought those qualities to his effective work in the Clinton Administration, and I have no doubt that he will be an equally effective member of the Obama Administration. I’m honored to count him as a friend, and I look forward to continuing to work closely together as we pursue a constructive agenda for the 112th Congress—an agenda focused on creating jobs, strengthening our middle class, and putting our fiscal house in order. I also want to thank Pete Rouse for his dedicated service as Interim Chief of Staff.
January 5, 2011
Today, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, my colleague from the State of Maryland, becomes the longest-serving woman Senator in American history. It’s a fitting milestone for a public servant who has been a trailblazer for her entire career. From her beginnings as a social worker and community activist, Sen. Mikulski’s career has always been motivated by a deep commitment to open doors of opportunity, to serve the people of Maryland, and to carry their voices to Washington.
December 22, 2010
Today the House voted for final passage of the Ike Skelton Defense Authorization Bill. This legislation makes crucial investments in our national security, nuclear counterproliferation and counterterrorism efforts, and the well being of our troops. I have been consistently committed to making sure that this critical national security legislation be completed by the Congress, as has been done for 48 years running. I am pleased to see its passage, and particularly so in the name of our outgoing Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Ike Skelton.
December 22, 2010
I am very pleased that the House has passed The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act and it will now head to the President’s desk. This important legislation will provide care and compensation to the first responders and community residents exposed to toxins related to the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks.