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“As we remember the words of the visionaries in Seneca Falls, we remember these other words. Getting the right to vote was the main part of their agenda, and it took decades to do so – like 70 years. And when women won the right to vote, it was interesting that the communications of the day said: ‘Women given the right to vote.’ Given? What are we talking about here? We know that these women were not given anything. They fought for and won the right to vote. They fought for, starved, were starved, spoke inside the home, spoke outside the home – oh my gosh, how remarkable. And then it finally happened. And then it took another several decades to get where we are now."
June 26, 2014
“People protested, demonstrated, marched. A military was turned against the people it was supposed to protect. The People's Liberation Army turned on the people of China. And a young man, again, stood alone in the street, bringing a line of tanks to a grinding halt."
May 28, 2014
“Time: it’s about time. It’s about time for us to wake up, Congress. It’s about the time that we have lost because of the opportunities that have been missed in the past several years – because there have been those in the Congress of the United States who did not respect science."
May 21, 2014
“I rise this evening, Mr. Speaker, in support of the resolution introduced by Congresswoman Frederica Wilson and to stand in solidarity with the young Nigerian girls who are still being held in captivity by Boko Haram. Their kidnapping is an act outside the circle of human behavior. It is a despicable and abhorrent crime that cries out for justice."
May 20, 2014
“And instead of having a budget that lifts us up to create jobs, to create growth, to invest in science and education, to keep America number one – they call their budget a path to prosperity. It is a road to recession."
April 10, 2014
"Let's just get this done. But let us not give up on the prospect of – even before this expires – of having a long-term, permanent fix to SGR. It makes all the sense in the world. It has no partisanship about it. It is sensible. And it will cost less to do more for our seniors. A challenge is there. The solution is clear. The Republicans have rejected that, so we are at their mercy."
March 27, 2014
“The aim of smart public policy in our country is to advocate for opportunity and freedom and justice – the opportunity to lead healthy lives and the freedom of Americans to make their own choices. Planned Parenthood has stood firm in pursuit of those principles from day one. And no matter what the critics have said, no matter how many times opponents have tried to defund Planned Parenthood, you have not left the battlefield."
March 27, 2014
“Failing to extend unemployment benefits will cost us 200,000 jobs other the next year. We can't do that. A recent report shows that extending UI instead would produce 300,000 jobs. So again, this money is spent immediately, injects demand into the economy, creates jobs, grows the economy, as well as honoring our social compact that we have with the American people."
December 12, 2013
“And perhaps part of his legacy is the sacrifice that he made for our country – the inspiration that was intensified by that sacrifice. And may we always remember it, and may we always remember what he said: ‘The light from that fire shall truly light the world. The glow from that fire can truly light the world.’ May God bless the memory of President John F. Kennedy and his family. May we draw strength from his legacy and vision. May God always bless the country he loved and led, the United States of America, and all who serve it."
November 21, 2013
“Thank you for taking a chance, for coming to Washington to serve Tip at the invitation of Joe Moakley – what legends – and for serving us all with grace, good humor, and dedication throughout your tenure in the House of Representatives. Though you’re leaving us on a day-to-day basis, I hope you will be no stranger to us and hope that you return on many occasions. Thank you, Barry Sullivan."
November 20, 2013