Speeches

July 30, 2014 Speech
“And so today, we have on the floor of the House legislation that is a serious matter about suing the President of the United States instead of doing the people's business, which is what Ms. Slaughter and others have advocated for – whether it's bringing good paying jobs home, creating jobs by building the infrastructure of America, reducing the cost of higher education for families, investing in our children, raising the minimum wage, passing legislation to have equal pay for equal work – everything that would increase the financial stability of America's families."
July 24, 2014 Speech
“We have to deal with it, honoring our values in the most humanitarian way. We have to deal with it, honoring the due process of the children. We have to deal with it in a way that protects our border and again has consideration for how – if these children are returned, that it is done, again, in the best interest of the children – the determination of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.”
July 11, 2014 Speech
"This is really important in making sure we have a workforce for the 21st century – skilled and trained to meet the needs of the private sector and the entrepreneurial spirit of America."
June 26, 2014 Speech
" One year ago, as you mentioned, one year ago this week the Senate passed a strong, bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform piece of legislation. For one year, we have been waiting, urging, cooperating with the Republicans in the House to bring a bill to the floor. They didn’t want to bring the Senate bill to the floor. We suggested a compromise bill – H.R. 15. Many of the cosponsors are here now. They rejected that. We said: Just do it any way you want, but bring a bill to the floor. Give us a vote."
June 26, 2014 Speech
“Shimon Peres planted the seeds of the Jewish state of Israel and helped that garden grow – whether literally in the blooming of the desert, or more significantly in the blossoming of a society and a people. A soldier who became a peacemaker; an immigrant who became an institution; a public servant who became a statesman, a champion of non-violence, a messenger of hope; an idealist who understood pragmatism; a founder of his nation who became, and remains, a visionary for his and all people: Shimon Peres' story is the story of modern Israel – a saga of daring, dynamism, and wisdom."
June 25, 2014 Speech
“These are issues – I said yesterday, in the Rotunda as we were observing and celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act – that for some of you here, which clearly is the case as it was there – you weren’t born yet. But for Steny and me it was our youth. When this happened – and it was quite a remarkable thing – it changed America. It made us more American. It was long overdue, and that for us to be celebrating that 50th anniversary – you remember when it all happened, Wade, right? And Nancy Zirkin, you’re younger so maybe not. And when it happened, it was remarkable. It made a big difference."
June 25, 2014 Speech
“Today, we are gathered here to talk about Chen Kegui, and his father is here with us as well as his uncle, Chen Guangcheng. The government of China continues to detain him. They treat him abusively. These are not the actions of a confident government. To abuse and intimidate the families of human rights activists, and to do so with impunity, is wrong, and that’s why we are speaking out. But it’s not, again, the act of a confident power. These are the acts of a government afraid of its people and afraid of the simple act of standing up to those who lobby for justice, accountability, and for democracy."
June 24, 2014 Speech
“That is the promise of America. And in making that promise come true – that was the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. A century after the Gettysburg Address – a century later – Dr. King stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and called our nation to act on those words – to reassert the vision of our founding fathers. A year later, Dr. King stood as an honored guest as President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law."
June 10, 2014 Speech
“There are so many things that I want to tell you. But I just thought I would tell you this one story to show you just how far things have come. When I was a brand new Member of Congress, my whole issue was HIV/AIDS. When I came to the Congress – since you’re historians, I thought you might like to know this story: so, lo and behold, we have the quilt that wants to come to Washington, D.C. So I go to the Park Service and say: ‘The quilt is coming to Washington, D.C., and we want permission to be able to display it on the Mall.’ And they said: ‘Absolutely out of the question. It’s just not going to happen.’ And I said: ‘You don’t understand. ‘No’ is not a possibility for us.’"
May 28, 2014 Speech
“As we do this, we do so looking forward to a day when the world’s most populous country can be called a country where people can speak out and be respected. And when the Chinese government respects its own people, it will command much more respect. So again, I thank you, Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen, so much, for taking the lead to bring this forward; Congressman Castro, for your important remarks. To my pals, Mr. Wolf and Mr. Smith: you've done so much; you've made such a difference. It's an honor to serve with you and to work on this important project together. With that, Mr. Speaker, I yield back the balance of my time.”

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