March 1, 2012

I thank John Lewis for his service to our country, to its principles, to its values, to its people. I thank John Lewis for being my friend, and I thank John Lewis for allowing me for the ninth time to walk with him across that bridge, and as I do I will be holding the hand of John Lewis and holding in my other hand the hand of my 10-year-old granddaughter, Alexa.

February 23, 2012

I’m up in New York right now talking about jobs, and literally hundreds of Democratic members around this country are talking about jobs. We just passed a bill last week that the Republicans opposed for a long period of time, ultimately supported which is designed to spur the economy, to give average working Americans continuation of their tax debts so they'll have $1,000 extra in their pockets, make sure the unemployed don't get left behind and make sure docs are available to serve seniors.

February 17, 2012

I know that everybody on my side would have supported the agreement that Mr. Van Hollen and I put forward.

February 1, 2012

We ought to have a bill, we ought to pass Mr. Van Hollen's bill, we ought to take this out of the politics and then I tell my friends what we ought to do is pass the big deal. We ought to pass a $4 trillion to $6 trillion big deal to get the fiscal house in order of the United States of America. And it ought to include all things on the table, including federal employee pay and benefits, including the military pay and benefits and expenditures, and domestic expenditures as well as entitlements. I've said that. We ought not to do it piecemeal as this bill reflects.

January 25, 2012

"Our beloved colleague, Gabrielle Giffords, was injured on the field in the exercise of that democracy and in being injured; she has become an example for us, for all Americans, indeed all the world of courage, of clarity, of purpose, of grace, of responsibility, of a sense of duty which she exercises this day."

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