May 8, 2012

Over two decades ago the first President Bush signed into law the bipartisan and historic Americans with Disabilities Act. I was proud to sponsor that legislation and have worked over the last 20 years to make sure that it was effective and strengthened.

May 7, 2012

Ms. Dumire was more than a teacher: she was a mentor and a friend.  Her creative teaching style fostered innovative thinking both inside and outside the classroom.  Ms. Dumire was the kind of teacher you never forget, even after fifty years.The good news is that America has so many teachers like her, and I join in thanking all of them for their hard work and the gift they provide us greater than any other: a strong future for this nation.

April 27, 2012

I thank the gentleman for yielding. Following up on my friend from Texas, I served on the Labor and Health Committee for 23 years. Bill Natcher from Kentucky used to say this: if you take care of the health of your people and invest in the education of your young people, you'll continue to be the strongest and best nation on the face of the Earth.

April 26, 2012

Sixty four years ago, the State of Israel was born out from the hope of the generations and on the heels of history’s darkest human tragedy.  Notwithstanding the many grave challenges it has faced since that day and still in our time, Israel has achieved a thriving economy, a strong national defense, and an important role as a member of the family of nations.  Israel’s existence itself is a powerful symbol of the Jewish people’s resolve never again to permit its sons and daughters to face the threat of persecution or genocide.

April 26, 2012

People want to see Congress work. They have seen gridlock. They have seen the fact that the Republicans are deeply divided party within themselves.

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