Congress Quotes by Mac Thornberry, Jack Abramoff, David Letterman, James K. Polk, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Sibel Edmonds and many others.
Any president has to work with Congress.
Congress doesn’t hate Congress.
Today was opening day for the new Congress in Washington. And Vice President Joe Biden swore in the new batch of White House fence jumpers.
There is more selfishness and less principle among members of Congress than I had any conception of, before I became President of the U.S.
I’ll be introducing a resolution to expel Rep. Maxine Waters from Congress for her continual incitement of violence.
We have to remind the people: Congress has the constitutional obligation and public responsibility to oversee these issues and the Department of Justice’s operations.
I really think the Patriot Act violates our Constitution. It was, it is, an illegal act. The Congress, the Senate and the president cannot change the Constitution.
My belief is that guns are too easy to get in America. My belief is that the NRA has bought much of our congress, to the point that guns are actually the only unregulated consumer product in America. Think about that. It’s stunning.
When President Obama in 2011 used military power against the Qaddafi regime in Libya, he did not even notify Congress. A few in Congress mumbled, but did nothing.
Media companies, under the guise of piracy, are asking congress to give them more control over fair use. Hollywood wants to control innovation.
Now back in those days, to become a rural mail carrier you had to be approved by congress.
I wrote one terrible manuscript after another for a decade and I guess they gradually got a little less terrible. But there were many, many unpublished short stories, abandoned screenplays and novels… a Library of Congress worth of awful literature.
My Worst Political Move of the 2015 Year. John Boehner inviting Benjamin Netanyahu to address the joint session of Congress.
If the House Republicans want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, they should make their case to the American people and elect a president and a majority in both Houses of Congress prepared to do that.
In 2001, Congress passed much needed tax relief to allow Americans to keep more of their hard earned money and spend it as they see fit – rather than how the federal government sees fit.
Wall Street, the banks, and corporate America, has been able to call the shots here. They control our members of Congress and they get what they want.
In your country club, your church, and business, about fifteen percent of the people are screwballs, lightweights, and boobs, and you would not want those people unrepresented in Congress.
Upon my return from the army to Baltimore in the winter of 1777, I sat next to John Adams in Congress, and upon my whispering to him and asking him if he thought we should succeed in our struggle with Great Britain, he answered me, “Yes-if we fear God and repent of our sins.”
My mother was a Northern woman, daughter of Hon. John Sergeant, a distinguished lawyer, and for many years representative in Congress from Philadelphia.
Librarian of Congress: It’s a librarian’s dream.
If we are wondering why only 19 percent of the American people feel that the Congress is in tune with their priorities, the cuts in Amtrak is one blatant reason why.
The budgets we work on in Congress are more than just fiscal documents; they are a reflection of our moral values as well. In choosing where to spend money, members of Congress choose what priorities they value.
An approach that phases in congressional term limits reconciles the self-interest of members of Congress with the public’s desire to see these changes enacted and gives us the best chance to make term limits a reality.
All the flower children were as alike as a congress of accountants and about as interesting.
It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native criminal class except Congress.
When Congress talks of tax reform, grab your wallet and run for cover.
A new poll shows only 3 percent strongly approve of the job Congress is doing, with a margin of error of 4 percent, so it’s possible that “less than no one” thinks they’re doing a good job.
I think Washington watchers keep their eye on what’s coming out of Congress legislatively, and they don’t see anything. They see Trump meeting and talking and doing things, and they don’t see any legislation. To them, everything’s legislation. I don’t think they’re aware of how Trump does things.
[Barack] Obama was reaching a point [with Syria bombing] where he might not have been able to carry it off.He was losing support internally, and was compelled to send the vote to Congress, and it looked as if he was going to be defeated, which would have been a very serious blow to his presidency, to his authority.
I think that Congress’ ability to reason is fully equal to that of the judiciary.
There is no debate in the scientific community…We need [Congress] to change things, not to deny what’s happening.
In the wake of this disaster, the people of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida should know that the United States Congress stands ready to help them in their time of need,.
Congress must not do something just for the sake of doing something. We must carefully and thoughtfully consider the implications of any action and whether that action will help or hinder our ultimate mission of protecting U.S. citizens from terror.
According to Kim Jong-Il’s biography, they say he has been constantly accused of dishonesty, drunkenness and sexual excess. So if he lived here, he could be in Congress.
Hardworking families can no longer afford to wait for a Congress that gridlocks on ideology. I look forward to working with my colleagues from both parties to get things done.
The one thing I’ve said to [Donald Trump] directly, and I would advise my Republican friends in Congress and supporters around the country, is just make sure that, as we go forward certain norms, certain institutional traditions don’t get eroded, because there’s a reason they’re in place.
We talk about our military being degraded over time, and yet we’ve had folks who’ve been a part of Congress who have participated in sequester; who participated in the degrading of this military over time.
Ever since I came to Congress in 1992, there are those who have been trying to silence my voice. I’ve been told to ‘sit down and shut up’ over and over again. Well, I won’t sit down and I won’t shut up until the full and unvarnished truth is placed before the American people.
For many members of Congress, the time for choosing is near – do what the party leadership demands, or do what the people have asked you to do. If my colleagues don’t mind some advice from a newcomer, I’d suggest going with the will of the people.
Congress: America’s only true criminal class.
Congress is, after all, not a body of laymen unfamiliar with the commonplaces of our law. This legislation was the formulation of the two Judiciary Committees, all of whom are lawyers, and the Congress is predominately a lawyers’ body.
We, as conservative intellectuals, should not be in the business of making excuses for bad parliamentary decisions by Republican leaders in Congress.
Does he [the president] possess the power of making war? That power is exclusively vested in Congress. . . . It is the exclusive province of Congress to change a state of peace into a state of war.
Members of Congress should be compelled to wear uniforms like NASCAR drivers, so we could identify their corporate sponsors.
My dad was a loyal congressman until his death. The Congress didn’t respect him after his death and filed cases against me.
Hillary Clinton has said numerous times in this campaign, “If Congress doesn’t act to end the plague of gun violence in America,” that she will do so by executive action. Now, what is she going to do?
After 20 years in Congress, I still believe that smaller government and lower taxes are the most effective economic policies.
The reality is is that Congress is a very male-gendered oriented institution. Out of the, you know, more than 10,000 people who’ve ever been elected to Congress, you know, only about 250 of them have ever been women.
It is time this Congress listened to the American people and minimum-wage workers, and it is time that we act.
What are the moral implications? What do these people do when they have tremendous amounts of money? They use that money to perpetuate their own wealth and their own power. Every day, Congress works on behalf of big-money interests.
I think there’s even a chance that [R&D and innovation budgets] might be increased [during Donald Trump Administration] and we should go and make that case to the executive branch, to the Congress.
What I feel most strongly here being in Congress is kind of the burden – the good burden – of representing all of our military.
Yet the whole preamble of the second authorization act for the Marshall Plan showed the direction Congress was ready to take about breaking down barriers within Europe.
During earlier occasions, I was fighting big parties – the BJP, Congress and BSP – and had also to face factional fight within the SP. I had to take on Sonia Gandhi, Mayawati and Azam Khan. I did have the support of Mulayam Singh Yadav though.
Low oil prices played a part in a major move by Congress voting to end the 40-year-old ban on exporting American crude oil.
Congress no longer declares war or makes budgets. So that’s the end of the constitution as a working machine.
I support efforts to limit the terms of members of Congress, especially members of the House and members of the Senate.
What practical conclusions may we now draw for our propaganda work among women? The task of this Party Congress must not be to issue detailed practical suggestions, but to draw up general directions for the proletarian women’s movement.
We have been at war almost constantly since the last century. And it has not helped our institutions. Congress no longer represents the people. The courts do not practice justice any more. The armies never stop playing at being the policemen of the world and of oil.
You can lead a man to Congress, but you can’t make him think.
You want to balance the budget in this country? We change the salary structure for Congress and the President. Every year they don’t balance the budget, we don’t pay them.
Saddam Hussein has invited members from the U.S. Congress to visit Iraq. Man how stupid is Hussein? If you think Bush had incentive to bomb Iraq before, imagine if Congress was over there.
The security intended to the general liberty consists in the frequent election and in the rotation of the members of Congress.
Here is your government at work. A congressman from Colorado said he wants to draft a rule that would make it unethical to have a sexual relationship with an intern. Only Congress would need a rule to tell them cheating on their wives is not ethical. Don’t we have that rule? I believe it’s called the Sixth Commandment.
The Senate has sent President Obama a spending bill that gives the government enough money to keep going for two weeks. Our Congress has the financial planning skills of a college sophomore.
[Donald Trump] is going to be tainted by scandal. Congress hangs by just three Republican votes. If he loses three Republicans, you’re going to see investigations, subpoenas.
Congress has always had a soft spot for “experts” who tell members what they want to hear, whether it’s supply-side economists declaring that tax cuts increase revenue or climate-change skeptics insisting that global warming is a myth.
We know of no more crucial civil rights issue facing Congress today than the need to increase the federal minimum wage and extend its coverage.
Every member of Congress and every Senator kind of runs their own race with their own message because they don’t want to necessarily have dictated from the White House what that message should be.
The numbers matter: underreporting of Lyme disease obscures the true burden of the illnesses, on individuals as well as on health-care systems. It also makes it harder to convince Congress to fund research.
During last night’s Republican debate, Mike Huckabee got a big laugh when he said that Congress has been spending money like John Edwards at a beauty salon. Then Huckabee got an even bigger laugh when he said he’s running for president
It is irresponsible for this Congress to not investigate the President’s lack of an exit strategy, and the fraud, waste, and abuse of U.S. tax dollars.
The administration still wants to govern from the far-left and that’s going to produce kind a partisan result here in the Congress.
The new laws passed by Congress in the name of fighting terrorism pose a greater danger to the civil liberties of American citizens than to the operations of terrorists. Powers once assumed are never relinquished, just as bureaucracies, once created, never die.
It is not the role of Congress to decide legal cases between private parties. That is why we have courts.
When congress is in session no American is safe.
Immigration reforms are always controversial. Our Congress was created to muster political will to answer such challenges. Today we didn’t, but tomorrow we will. I yield the floor.
There were two unpleasant surprises [about Washington]. One was the inertia of Congress, the length of time it takes to get a complicated piece of legislation through … and the other was the irresponsibility of the press.
In reality, everybody in Congress is a stand-in for some kind of lobbyist. In many cases it’s difficult to tell whether it’s the companies that are lobbying the legislators or whether it’s the other way around.
I think the dignity of Congress and the dignity of the country demands something more than merely censure here.
President Obama said he is going to use the Gulf disaster to push a new energy bill through Congress. How about using the Gulf disaster to fix the Gulf disaster?
The same people in the Congress who are busy kicking holes in the social safety net are also those who would sell off the nation’s forests for a song, give away its national parks, and trash its wilderness preserves; there is a connection between the two impulses.
The truth is that at the White House and in Congress, you are as likely to find sympathy for animal issues among Republicans as among Democrats.
I told the Congress, ‘Thanks, but no thanks,’ on that Bridge to Nowhere.
As Members of Congress and people of conscience, we must work to overcome the indifference and distortions of history, and ensure that future generations know what happened.
Congress is the third branch of government… which makes every one of the 535 members of Congress 1/535th of that important one-third, which works out to, hmmm, well, someone else can do the math. You wouldn’t think such little wheels could make so much noise.
There are 249 millionaires in Congress. Remember a couple of years ago when this new Congress told us they had the solution to the recession? Apparently, they didn’t share it with the rest of us.
When we look at how, constitutionally, only Congress can declare war, and that is routinely ignored. Not NATO or the UN, but Congress has to authorize these endless wars, and it isn’t.
The arts are an even better barometer of what is happening in our world than the stock market or the debates in congress.
We have, or have had women presidents or prime ministers in Liberia, Chile, Germany, Great Britain…and yet the US of A still hasn’t had a women president. It’s just beyond my thinking. Look at Congress.
I could say, as a member of Congress, we usually get an alert if something is going to happen at the Capitol.
Corruption is no stranger to Washington; it is a famous resident.
If the present Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise in a body to which the people send one hundred and fifty lawyers, whose trade it is to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour?
In foreign affairs, the president can do what he wants unless Congress says no. In domestic policy, the president can’t do anything unless Congress says yes.
I’m tired of Republicans who lay down and allow this country to be ravaged, allow Democrats to abuse their power in their positions, and I believe it’s time for Republicans to stand up for the American people and do a good job in Congress.
… scientists have made no clear effort to become an important, independently active force of mankind. Whole congresses at a time, they back away from the suffering of others; it is more comfortable to stay within the bounds of science.
There was this moment in 2003 when I was asked to do a fundraiser for someone who was speaking out against the Iraq war when nobody was. I said, “I will do a fundraiser for that guy.” And then my friend John Hall, from the band Orleans…He ran for Congress in my district and won. I did a bunch of fundraisers for him.
Congress has lost its way if we don’t hold this President accountable for his actions.
America cannot become just a service and financial services economy, and to prevent that, there is no substitute for having people with successful, real-world manufacturing experience in Congress.
The Tea Party movement went off on a more extreme agenda that I did not support at all, and was very frustrated by it, to the point that not only did I change parties, I decided to do something about it and run for Congress.
Everyone cares for disabled people, right? What they don’t care for are genuine civil rights for disabled people. MARY JOHNSON tells the tortuous, enraging story of how Congress enacted a law that instead of protecting against discrimination has turned ‘the disabled’ into a political punching bag.
Clean air is a basic right. The responsibility to ensure that falls to Congress and the president.
But women do not say ‘We’, except at some congress of feminists or similar formal demonstration; men say ‘women’, and women use the same word in referring to themselves.
People have tremendous power, more than the average person understands, and certainly more than even I understood before I came to Congress. When any of my constituents writes me a letter, I promise you, we’re listening.
Congress knew Coolidge would veto the farm bill. There was more politics than relief in that bill.
As I was running for Congress in 2018, people across my district voiced a clear concern that Washington wasn’t working for them, and was instead serving corporate and special interests.
I’m old enough to remember Richard Nixon. They called it the imperial presidency when he was refusing to spend money that Congress had appropriated.
Look, I think by the time my case was over and other ones, everybody on both sides of the aisle in Congress said we can’t run a government by this kind of process and they repealed the law and that’s good.
You might think otherwise, but it doesn’t naturally follow that because a law has been passed by Congress and signed by the president, said law actually has to be implemented.
It’s time to replace career politicians with citizen’s politicians. It’s time to elect people who are going to stand up to the Washington elite and stand up to a White House and Congress hell-bent on ramming socialism down our throat.
You have to be local. You have to focus on your local members of Congress.
Congress should be forward thinking in the policies we set, instead of waiting until catastrophe looms.
It (Congress) is a funny party. It is the largest political organization in the world but perhaps does not have a single rule or regulation. We create new rules every two minutes and then dump them. Nobody knows the rules in the party
When I started my campaign for Congress, I was one who people said, ‘Tulsi, you have a bright future, but there’s no way you can win.
The president has undermined trust. No longer will the members of Congress be entitled to accept his veracity. Caveat emptor has become the word. Every member of Congress is on his or her own to determine the truth.
All Congresses and Parliaments have a kindly feeling for idiots, and a compassion for them, on account of personal experience and heredity.
Congress is attempting to eviscerate women’s health care. Like many women across America, I am outraged.
Pentagon dollars are essentially seen as a different kind of funding that doesn’t have to stand for itself and make an argument for itself in the house of Congress.
Well, you know, you’re not going to have 86 percent of Congress voted out of office.
One thing I want to do is create something called Ring Around Congress. It would be a state deal and also a national thing, where the kids, as a field trip, will go and join hands around Congress and give the politicians report cards on how they’re voting on hunger issues.
Can we please rename The Sandy Relief Bill to the Supplemental Iraq War Funding Bill so the GOP Congress can vote for it?
Maybe you’re not going to be able to pass sweeping health care reform in your first year in Congress. But you can help someone with a social security settlement that’s going to change their life… That’s pretty cool.
We are owned by propagandists against the Arabs. There’s no question about that. Congress, the White House, and Hollywood, Wall Street, are owned by the Zionists. No question in my opinion. They put their money where their mouth is…We’re being pushed into a wrong direction in every way.
So with the end of the Cold War, it became increasingly obvious that there was no basis upon which any decision was being made, not in the White House, and certainly because of that, not in the Congress.
Well, my wife, Cathy Gillespie, worked for Joe Barton, who was running for Congress in 1984.
The President’s call for more math and science students is not being heeded by his party’s leaders in Congress. They are cutting over $10 billion from student aide while refusing to fully fund No Child Left Behind. Something doesn’t add up.
Not a single time have we gotten a right from Congress or from the President. We get them from God.
I don’t know how you make a record on liberal and conservative these days. We’ve had a conservative Republican Congress, so to speak, and a conservative president, and we’ve run up one of the most astounding deficits in the history of our nation.
The most humble research scientist in the Department of Agriculture is at this time contributing more to this country than the most useful member of Congress.
Serving in Congress is like having a second shot at high school.
Martha Stewart was convicted of four counts of lying and obstruction of justice and could serve up to 20 years in Congress.
At the end of the day, there’s not an office complex anywhere on these grounds that I wouldn’t be honored to have as a sitting member of Congress.
Every new generation of LGBT Americans needs to be inspired by leaders who come out – whether in Congress, the nonprofit sector, the NFL, or corner offices of Fortune 100 companies.
It is true that the poet does not directly address his neighbors; but he does address a great congress of persons who dwell at the back of his mind, a congress of all those who have taught him and whom he has admired; they constitute his ideal audience and his better self.
Congress has no power to make any religious establishments.
[An] act of the Congress of the United States… which assumes powers… not delegated by the Constitution, is not law, but is altogether void and of no force.
The Congress, the executive branch, and our fellow citizens have done an enormous amount to support our troopers and their loved ones. And all of us are grateful for that.
[Mark] Twain called Congress “the only distinctly native criminal class in America. We’ve lately sent a United States Senator to the penitentiary.” That was a fact.
I never can think of Judas Iscariot without losing my temper. To my mind Judas Iscariot was nothing but a low, mean, premature, Congressman.
Do unto others as you would have them do to you, said the rapist.
Congress acknowledged that society’s accumulated myths and fears about disability and disease are as handicapping as are the physical limitations that flow from actual impairment.
We’ve learned something about President-elect [Donald] Trump’s choice for secretary of defense. Lawmakers in Congress intend to proper debate over whether retired General James Mattis meets a requirement for civilian control of the military.
it is a longstanding principle that sitting national security advisers do not testify before the Congress.
My appetite for public policy and changing it, and not only being a part of the conversation, but affecting it in a positive way, never diminished after 10 years in Congress.
I think TARP was the most defining vote since I’ve been in Congress. It was wrong. You don’t nationalize private – it was wrong. It desensitized people to what $700 billion was, which opened the door for a $900 million stimulus, for Obamacare, for all these things. It was wrong. It broke my heart.
Whenever Canada moves to protect its own industries and people, it is subjected to violent attacks in the U.S. Congress and to threats of economic retaliation.
When I came to Congress, I came to bring what I thought was a real-world business perspective to government because, in the business world, I spent over 20 years in the high-tech industry, but it certainly was not unique.
I ran for Congress because I want to make sure others have the same chance at the dream that I had for generations to come.
The fact that there is a robust debate in Congress is good. The fact that the debate sometimes seems unanchored to facts is not so good.
Intelligence is playing a more important role in policymaker decisions than I think I’ve ever seen in my time in Congress or before.
While the Congress came out with Federal Investigation Agency Bill after Mumbai attacks, the BJP had come out with POTA. However, the important aspect is how to prevent such terror activities from taking place and there is no thinking on this by either of the two parties
They all agree, they are all unanimous in Congress, in the States, on the rostrum, in the sanctuary – everywhere they declare that slavery shall not go into the Territories.
Too many members of Congress believe they can solve all economic problems, cure all social ills, and bring about worldwide peace and prosperity simply by creating new federal programs.
I not going to focus on what I have done in the past what I stand for, what I articulate to the American people. The American people will judge me on what I am saying and what I have done in the last 12 years in the Congress.
When I testified in front of Congress, I know that I was testifying under oath and I told the truth.
I would encourage the next commander in chief to be more cooperative and communicative with Congress, particularly when entering a conflict.
A lot about Congress is about forming good working relationships with people, and humor can really help you do that.
In 2003, Congress should have resisted the rush to a war of choice with Iraq. I will do everything in my power to prevent us from repeating the mistakes of my predecessors.
Congress will always couple one bad idea with another, the better to ‘offset’ them.
In Maine, we are fortunate to have a Clean Elections system that allows legislators to turn down corporate special interest money. At the national level, Congress should follow Maine’s example by empowering the voices of small donors.
The power given by the Constitution to the Executive to interpose his veto is a high conservative power; but in my opinion it should never be exercised except in cases of clear violation of the Constitution, or manifest haste and want of due consideration by Congress.
The best thing about the Congress is that it is the last place where you can have face-to-face interviews and interaction with the newsmakers themselves.
During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet. I took the initiative in moving forward a whole range of initiatives that have proven to be important to our country’s economic growth and environmental protection, improvements in our educational system.
But people ought to be proud to be Democrats right now. You know, we’re a happy warrior party. And this Congress has every reason to be very, very proud of the heavy lifting that they have done.
About one-half of the members of Congress are seekers for office at the nomination of the President. Of the remainder, at least one-half have some appointment or favor to ask for their relatives.
With the parties at virtual parity and the ideological gulf between them never greater, the stakes of majority control of Congress are extremely high.
The men and women of America’s homeland security apparatus do important work to protect us, and Republicans and Democrats in Congress should not be playing politics with that.
You see, in Washington they have these bodies, Senate and the House of Representatives. That is for the convenience of the visitors. If there is nothing funny happening in one, there is sure to be in the other, and in case one body passes a good bill, why, the other can see it in time and kill it.
A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to them unjust and oppressive.
In a body [like Congress] where there are more than one hundred talking lawyers, you can make no calculation upon the termination of any debate.
The theory is that election to Congress is tantamount to being dispatched to Washington on a looting raid for the enrichment of your state or district, and no other ethic need inhibit the feeding frenzy.
Nixon was the most dishonest individual I have ever met in my life. He lied to his wife, his family, his friends, his colleagues in the Congress, lifetime members of his own political party, the American people and the world.
I was sent there by the Free Congress Committee, headed by Paul Weyrich. Fred Smith and I were sent down as observers, with reporters’ credentials, so we could witness the events.
Divide and rule is the way Congress does their politics while we say let’s unite and do development.
In addition to demanding answers and accountability from the Veterans Administration, Congress had to act to ensure veterans do not suffer because of the actions of a federal agency.
I’m always keeping an eye on the court. Also, when the members of Congress came to his office during the budget debacle of a year and a half back and said, “We want to de-fund Planned Parenthood,” he said, “Not going to happen.” Those apparently were more or less his exact words.
Don’t divide the world into ‘them’ and ‘us.’ Avoid infatuation with or resentment of the press, the Congress, rivals, or opponents. Accept them as facts. They have their jobs and you have yours.
And I am saying, how about the other two branches? And putting the pressure on our representatives in the Senate and the Congress, and the court system. They should be counter-acting this corruption, but they are sitting there silent.
Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell said recently that Hollywood needs to re-evaluate what they’re doing because movies these days are all filled with gay sex and extramarital affairs. And I thought, ‘Have fun in Congress then.
Perhaps our Congress will be Exalted on a high Gallows.
I sincerely hope that the incoming Congress will be alive, as it should be, to the importance of our foreign trade and of encouraging it in every way feasible. The possibility of increasing this trade in the Orient, in the Philippines, and in South America is known to everyone who has given the matter attention.
This body, the United States Congress, was united, Republicans and Democrats alike, in taking that action, toppling the Taliban government, and working to try and root out al Qaeda and find Osama bin Laden.
The intoxication of power rapidly sobers off in the knowledge of its restrictions and under the prompt reminder of an ever-present and not always considerate press, as well as the kindly suggestions that not infrequently come from Congress.
I have a reputation for being the hardest working person in Congress.
Oh, if only I could be President and Congress, too, just for ten minutes.
It is safe to say that the U.S. Congress is now run by paid staffers, not by people elected to do the job.
Thanks to farm subsidies, the fine collaboration between agribusiness and Congress, soy, corn and cattle became king. And chicken soon joined them on the throne. It was during this period that the cycle of dietary and planetary destruction began, the thing we’re only realizing just now.
Congress had the opportunity to extend tax relief to working families without increasing the deficit. Instead, we were handed a bill that favors the wealthy and eliminates deductions that benefit the middle class.
Congress seems to believe that ‘Children are our future’ is a phrase coined by tobacco advertisers.
I have run two small businesses in Kansas, and I have seen how government can crush entrepreneurism. That’s why I ran for Congress. It just so happens that there are a lot of people in south central Kansas who agree with me on that.
I don’t want Congress setting monetary policy.
The Republicans in Congress, they believe in Ronald Reagan’s Republican Party, not Donald Trump Republican Party or Steve Bannon’s Republican Party.
Congress is so beholden to the money that any solution in the general interest will be frustrated and subverted by the corporate interests who feel they will be damaged by progress, fair play and justice.
Political gerrymandering makes the incentive for most members of Congress to play to the extremes of their base rather than to the center.
I received orders from Congress to proceed to Charleston in South Carolina, for the purpose of Co’operating with General Lincoln in the defense of that Capitol.
Congress should definitely consider decriminalizing possession of marijuana. We should concentrate on prosecuting the rapists and burglars who are a menace to society.
We don’t need a “New Covenant.” We need a new Congress.
Serving in Congress has been more than an honor; it has been one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life… It has been a wonderful ride. It has been a wonderful journey.
We need to be calling out the flaws and misguided decisions of the Democrats in Congress and the Obama administration.
From campaign contributions to expensive perks paid for by special interests, wealthy donors and corporate special interests have increasingly been able to purchase influence and promote their agendas in Congress.
Once lead this people into war, and they’ll forget there ever was such a thing as tolerance. To fight, you must be brutal and ruthless, and the spirit of ruthless brutality will enter into the very fiber of our national life, infecting Congress, the courts, the policeman on the beat, the man in the street.
I believe that the power to declare war is most important in limiting the powers of the national government in regard to the rights of its citizens, but that it does not require Congress to give its approval before the president uses force abroad.
Each year thousands of embryos, no bigger than the head of a pin, are created in the process of in vitro fertilization, with the support of Congress, by the way.
I believe we [americans] are strongest as a nation, when the president and Congress work together.
Many of us in Congress have been calling on the Administration to articulate a bold mission for NASA. It seems that the President is answering that call. I wholeheartedly support his vision for going back to the moon, and from there to worlds beyond.
Republicans lost control of Congress because they strayed from the core conservative values that put them into the majority in 1994. If they return to the basic values that a majority of Americans share, they will regain power. If not, they won’t.
Between the Community Redevelopment Act, requiring banks to make what I would call very weak loans, and specific quotas that the Congress imposed on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, that created the market demand that really led to the subprime phenomenon.
No man in America ever strove more, and more successfully first to bring about a Congress in 1765, and then to support it ever afterwards than myself.
I discharge every person under punishment or prosecution under the Sedition Law, because I considered, and now consider, that law to be a nullity as absolute and palpable as if Congress had ordered us to fall down and worship a golden image.
It is doubtful that congress would pass the Bill of Rights if it were introduced today.
When I worked in a medical practice, our practice provided the insurance. When I retired the next day to run for public office to run for Congress, I had to pay first dollar.
It is inexcusable for the White House and Congress to not even make the effort to find at least some offsets to this new spending, … No one in America believes the federal government is operating at peak efficiency and can’t tighten its belt.
I think Chairman Davis has said he would always prefer that baseball strengthens its own policies and not leave it to Congress to legislate. In the absence of any action, he believes Congress is ready to move forward.
I obtained a job at the Library of Congress. I loved books, so I felt at home. I was going to end up, I thought, majoring in English and teach at the college level.
It is the utmost necessity that this congress be a congress of unity.
As Members of Congress, we should not be using public office for private gain.
If you tell Congress everything about the world situation, they get hysterical. If you tell them nothing, they go fishing.
Look, Congress has allocated more money to finance the upcoming Iraqi elections than it has for the American elections. There’s something wrong with that.
If someone had told me in 1963 that one day I would be in Congress, I would have said, ‘You’re crazy. You don’t know what you’re talking about.’
Promoting job creation and economic growth in the Hudson Valley is one of my top priorities in Congress.
The president doesn’t get a line-item veto, so all the budgetary approps stuff is with Congress.
The Emoluments section shares with the Constitution. That`s not a law that Congress could change or the president could ignore.
Glossed over the disastrous war and its multibillion-dollar price tag and implied again that our presence in Iraq is somehow improving the situation in that chaotic and turbulent country. The Congress must stand up against Bush’s plan to escalate the war.
The case may very well be that Congress is willing to restrict campaign contributions because it has these privileges. It is true that incumbents normally get larger contributions than their challengers. The opponents at least get some money, but they do not have access to the perquisites of the incumbent.
I think all members of Congress are very concerned about the fact that, while we want to see our law enforcement agencies have every means they can possibly have to combat terrorism, we’ve got to remember that we’ve had a Constitution in place for 225 years, and it has served us well.
The real problem is Barack Obama has had six years to advocate a position to fix this and he’s done nothing. The congress has funded these programs of building more fencing and doing all this and he hasn’t done it.
Congress should stop treating veterans like they’re asking for a hand out when it comes to the benefits they were promised, and they should realize that, were it not for these veterans, there would be nothing to hand out.
That’s one of the major lessons: no president should ever take this nation to war without full public debate in the Congress and/or in the public.
Congress should just do its job and pass a transportation-infrastructure bill – a regular bill that doesnt borrow money and mortgage my future.
The government of Puerto Rico has every right to hold a plebiscite, to consult the people of Puerto Rico regarding their wishes. But the truth is that for a change in the status of Puerto Rico to happen, you need both Congress and Puerto Rico agreeing to it.
In order to do vigorous oversight, the leadership of the intelligence community has got to be straight with the American people and straight with the Congress. For there to be vigorous oversight, the intelligence community’s got to be straight with the American people and the Congress and that has not been the case.
In the very next election, the American people elected 63 new Republicans to the House of Representatives – the largest sweep of Congress for any party since 1948. Even liberal Massachusetts elected a Republican senator solely because of his vow to vote against Obamacare.
Today I am announcing that I will not seek a tenth term in the United States Congress this November.
So our focus has to be on the things that we can control, which is to take the necessary measures working with Congress to ensure that our economy grows, that we create jobs.
Without question, the true goal of some in Congress is to create a system of socialized medicine. It’s politically expedient to slap a “patientsвЂ™ rights” label on legislation that simply leads us closer to a complete government takeover of medicine.
The budget is like a mythical bean bag. Congress votes mythical beans into it, then reaches in and tries to pull real ones out.
We cuss Congress, and we joke about ’em, but they are all good fellows at heart, and if they wasn’t in Congress, why, they would be doing something else against us that might be even worse.
I served with General Washington in die Legislature of Virginia…and…with Doctor Franklin in Congress. I never heard neither of them speak ten minutes at a time, nor to any but the main point.
Roosevelt’s strength was that he understood he would never get anything through the Republican old guard, his party, unless the public pressured Congress.
May the arm of the first member of Congress, who proposes a national religion, drop powerless from his shoulder; his tongue cleave to the roof of his mouth and all the people say amen.
The president has the right to select who he wants for the Supreme Court. He doesn’t have to get it cleared from Congress, Senate or anybody… No president before this has come under this kind of scrutiny … before the committee hearings even begin.
9/11 references are like Lay’s potato chips…no Congress can make just one.
Charity requires sacrifice, and members of Congress could set a good example of charity by giving up their pay increase.
Yes, [I am accusing the CIA of] misleading the Congress of the United States, misleading the Congress of the United States. I am.
In Congress, while the HouseвЂ™s proposed defense budget calls for significant increases, it also cuts 11 billion dollars from veterans spending – including healthcare and disability pay. Be clear: we canвЂ™t equate spending on veterans with spending on defense.
Obama needs Facebook to help him get reelected. Facebook needs Obama to keep them out of trouble with Congress and countless government agencies.
When I was in Congress, I worked with Joe Kennedy to rename the Justice Department for Bobby, and when I retired, Teddy Kennedy sent me this Roy Lichtenstein print of his brother, inscribed: ‘Bobby would have been proud of you.’
We put together a one-sentence petition asking Congress to censure President Clinton and move on to other pressing issues. We sent it to under 100 friends and family, and within a week we had 100,000 people sign the petition.
Everyone in America seems to be joining an organization of some kind, and in Congress one hears from them all.
If a hurricane strikes, we can blame the president for not being there; we can blame Congress and FEMA; we can blame the state governments; but in the end, it’s the mayors and the local city governments that have to be prepared for emergencies and be prepared to act.
If there’s anything I have learned since returning to Congress, it’s that talk is still cheap, progress is still slow, and our liberties continue to erode every day.
The Democrats – Democrats on board, the Congress said tax policy.But their tax policy was pretty bad, that added $800 billion to the deficit.
To gain support in U.S. Congress and from other nations requires clarity, an acceptable mission and an explicit outcome.
Hillary Clinton’s such a classic Democratic political figure and believes so much in institutions and in gradualism in the old way of reaching compromises with the opposition in the back rooms. That’s what she did in Congress. It’s what I imagine she’ll try to do in the White House.
If George W. Bush is given a second term, and retains a Republican Congress and a compliant federal judiciary, he and his allies are likely to embark on a campaign of political retribution the likes of which we haven’t seen since Richard Nixon.
The Congress has historically played covert communal politics in order to create what in India we call vote banks where you pit one community against another and so on in order to secure votes.
All the public business in Congress now connects itself with intrigues, and there is great danger that the whole government will degenerate into a struggle of cabals.
I believe Congress has a duty to do so as well; not simply as a body of legislators, but more importantly as a community of friends, neighbors, parents and Americans.
The Constitution says Congress has complete control over who is and who is not a US citizen.
No one in America fully understands the constantly changing Internal Revenue Code. Agents of the IRS do not, judges do not, congressmen do not, and most assuredly taxpayers do not.
In Congress, I have defended solar energy to safeguard the economic and environmental future of Nevada, and I will continue to do so.
I would rather enlighten the electorate so that when it’s time for them to put somebody in Congress, it will be self-evident that they will embrace the message and tools and discovery of science in a way that can transform our culture and even our civilization.
President Bush will go down in history as the torture president. He has now defied a majority of Congress to allow the use of interrogation techniques that any reasonable observer would call torture.
What I said to the members [of Congress] who hoped they would be chairmen: let’s don’t have that problem. Be thinking now about legislation that you have, preferably that enjoys some Democratic support because we certainly didn’t think we were going to have 60 and we don’t.
…all members of Congress should be required wear NASCAR uniforms. You know, the kind with the patches? That way we’d know who is sponsoring each of them. I think he was kidding; they’d never be able to do it but it’s a great idea and would wake people up in this country.
And so whether it’s failing to move forward on the Dream Act, failing to move forward on putting teachers back to work, failing to do all the things we could do right now to help the economy and middle class, this Congress is just saying no.
Liberals in Congress have spent the past three decades pandering to environmental extremists. The policies they have put in place are in large part responsible for the energy crunch we are seeing today. We have not built a refinery in this country for 30 years.
The laws of Congress are restricted to a certain sphere, and when they depart from this sphere, they are no longer supreme or binding.
A Bush Administration will, I believe, enjoy a better relationship with the new Congress, although President-elect Bush will be faced with real challenges in getting along with the Congress.
A new study published by The British Medical Journal found that inactivity can kill you. I mean, these are the kind of findings that just scare the hell out of Congress.
Like an armed warrior, like a plumed knight, James G. Blaine marched down the halls of the American Congress and threw his shining lance full and fair against the brazen foreheads of the defamers of his country, and the maligners of his honor.
My top three priorities for my first term in Congress are growing our economy; providing for quality, affordable health care; and keeping our nation and communities safe.
It was an attempt to stick the Congress’s finger in King Hussein’s eye.
We have the right as individuals to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right to appropriate a dollar of the public money.
I could be an idiot, or I can serve in Congress, but I repeat myself.
When I was in Cambridge reading mathematics, I went to Amsterdam for the International Mathematics Congress. There I saw M.C. Escher’s fascinating work. That inspired me to try my hand at drawing such impossibilities.
Congress has an opportunity to take advantage of the opening created by Justice Kennedy later this year when it reauthorizes the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
I believe Watergate shows that the system did work. Particularly the Judiciary and the Congress, and ultimately an independent prosecutor working in the Executive Branch.
At a time when special interest money is being showered on legislators in Washington, grassroots donors offer members of Congress a refreshing independence. The $25 and $50 donor is not looking for special favors. He or she is simply expecting their Congressman to go do the right thing.
The bigger issue is that we’re communicating directly with voters [during the president campaign]. For those members of congress that endorse us, terrific, for those that don’t, we’re still winning voters in their state.
The average 20-year-old serving us in Iraq knows more about their country’s national security than the average 20-year political veteran serving in the Congress today.
Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history. We, of this Congress and this administration, will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance, or insignificance, can spare one or another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass will light us down in honor or dishonor, to the latest generation.
If Congress can move President’s Day, Columbus Day and, alas, Martin Luther King’s Birthday celebration for the convenience of shoppers, shouldn’t they at least consider moving Election Day for the convenience of voters?
I’m also politically independent so I’m not a fan of either the Democrats in Congress or the Republicans in Congress.
The polarization of Congress; the decline of civility; and the rise of attack politics in the 1980s, the 1990s, and the early years of the new century are a blot on our political system and a disservice to the American people.
Next time a man tells you talk is cheap, ask him if he knows how much a session of Congress costs.
Opening up the Capitol dome and giving the public a look at the inner workings of Congress – however messy they may be – certainly won’t be pretty. But trust isn’t earned by showing off only your Sunday best. The dirty laundry has to be aired, too.
President Obama signed a bill preventing members of Congress from profiting from insider trading. Didn’t you think that was already illegal?
Fundamental relationships are being called into question, as is the very basis of marriage and the family. I can only reiterate the importance and, above all, the richness and the beauty of family life.
Dozens of members of Congress will be retiring next month, and some should be missed. But there is only one Tom Coburn, the Oklahoma senator the Christian Science Monitor has dubbed ‘a rabble-rousing statesman.’
In trying to get votes for the Superconducting Super Collider, I was very much involved in lobbying members of Congress, testifying to them, bothering them, and I never heard any of them talk about postmodernism or social constructivism. You have to be very learned to be that wrong.
I will tell you, when 20 6-year-olds are gunned down and Congress literally does nothing, yeah that’s the closest I came to feeling disgusted.
The aspect of congresses and such meetings generally to which I attach the greatest importance is the discussion. That is why people assemble: to hear different opinions, rather than to pass resolutions.
Congress must make it clear that common animal waste will not expose farmers to liability under Superfund, while ensuring continued action to clean up legitimate hazardous waste sites around the nation.
Appellant constituted a legitimate class of one, and this provides a basis for Congress’s decision to proceed with dispatch with respect to his materials.
So I will stand more steadfastly for the things I stand up for, like people who work for a living. I’d like to be able to stand that way when I go to Congress.
In Congress, there are some who are unashamed to aspire to eloquence, even to scholarship, but the only state legislator I ever knew who would not join in the mispronounceciation of a word for the sake of camaraderie with her fellows was former State Senator and Congresswoman Barbara Jordan.
My career in Congress is a story of before Sandy Hook and after Sandy Hook.
The establishment of the chaplainship to Congress is a palpable violation of … constitutional principles.
We ought to have more people who believe in constitutionally limited government. We have to have more people come to Congress with that mindset. I think we can make this a better place, if, when elections happen, we support candidates who share that philosophy.
It is not secret here in Congress we have not had the discipline in many instances to keep our hands out of the cookie jar of Social Security. Now to stop this I propose that in the future that Congress cannot get its hands on the money in the first place.
Congress has changed the Social Security system over time, and over 20 times in the past Congress has raised taxes on Social Security in payroll taxes into the system.
I think that there’s been a lot of people in Congress that didn’t know all the ins and outs of the Constitution. I think we have a whole roomful of people that have record legislation in terms of quantity of pages that didn’t read it.
They say women talk too much. If you have worked in Congress you know that the filibuster was invented by men.
I don’t care if the Koch brothers or Soros spend their money to promote one candidate or another. I care about members of Congress spending 30%-70% of their time raising money from .05% of us. Change the way we fund elections and you change the corruption.
I do not yet know if I will find a Romney presidency more acceptable on foreign policy. But I do know that I must oppose the most recent statements made by Mitt Romney in which he says he, as president, could take us to war unilaterally with Iran, without any approval from Congress.
When women go off together we call it separatism. When men go off together we call it Congress.
It was President [Bill] Clinton and the United States congress in 1998 which said that the regime has to be changed because the regime would not give up its weapons of mass destruction. We came into office in 2001 and kept that policy because Saddam Hussein had not changed.
I’m just going to let my record in Congress speak for itself.
The powers of congress must be defined, but their means must be adequate to the purposes of their constitution. It is possible there may be abuses and misapplications; still, it is better to hazard something than to hazard at all.
President Obama projects a strong offense, but he faces a rebellious Congress focused on state’s rights.
During the darkest days of the Revolutionary War, the Continental Congress and George Washington – I call him the first George W. – (laughter and applause) – urged citizens to pray and to give thanks and to ask for God’s protection.
Congress is going to start tinkering with the Ten Commandments just as soon as they find someone in Washington who has read them.
It is time for Congress to provide relief for tobacco farmers. Since the 1930’s tobacco production has been regulated by a quota system, which required farmers to purchase quota in order to grow tobacco.
President Obama wants Congress to increase the minimum wage. Believe me, when it comes to doing the minimum for their wage, Congress knows what it’s talking about.
Now that judges embrace forcibly starving someone to death, Congress should use its appropriation power to starve the judicial budget.
I’ve been told that some members of Congress disagree with my tax cut proposal. Well, you know it’s been said that taxation is the art of plucking feathers without killing the bird. It’s time they realized the bird just doesn’t have any feathers left.
I said what I said before Congress because I meant every word of it.
The question of perpetual copyright is, in my judgement, entitled to the full and favorable consideration of the Congress of an enlightened republic. There would seem to be every reason for the equitable protection, without limit as to time, of the unquestioned property rights of its citizens.
Campaign boot camp started as an opportunity to work in a grassroots way with people who were running for Congress. Colleagues on the Democratic National Committee were batting around different possibilities. I said, ‘We should have boot camps.’
The administration of George W. Bush, emboldened by the Sept. 11 attacks and the backing of a Republican Congress, has sought to further extend presidential power over national security. Most of the expansion has taken place in secret, making Congressional or judicial supervision particularly difficult.
Give a member of Congress a junket and a mimeograph machine and he thinks he is secretary of state.
One poll showed that Americans have a higher opinion of witches, the IRS and hemorrhoids than Congress
The problem is, is that President Bush and the Republican leadership in the Congress have resisted attempts to increase dramatically our fuel economy standards over the last five years.
Last year, Congress passed a law that directs the Federal Reserve to set limits on debit card swipe fees that are reasonable and proportional to the cost of processing those transactions. Like most Americans, I had no idea that swipe fees charged to American businesses are the highest in the world.
You can’t help some increase from this point. I don’t want any viewer to go away think a magic wand exists in Congress. So they’re going to see some more bad news. But if we do this, we’re doing the right thing.
June 1st is a date that is looming in everybody’s mind with the final enforcement of the UIGEA. I actually think it may, finally, once and for all prove that it’s an ineffective law. Congress created that law and now Congress has to do something to correct it.
Throughout my campaign for Congress, I promised the people of Northwest Georgia that I would be the strongest defender of gun rights on Capitol Hill.
The BJP is trying to spread fire and violence across the country, and there is only one force that can stop it – the workers of the Congress and its leaders.
Dont count on Congress. Laws come into being because people on the ground demand it.
On behalf of every Republican and every Democrat in Congress, on behalf of the whole House, I want our friends in the Jewish community to know that we stand with them.
I enjoyed the administrative work because it involved working with Congress, city council, and the mayor. I had never been a politician so it was fun – learning political maneuvering.
I think that the responsibility that the Democrats had may rest more in resisting any efforts by Republicans in the Congress, or by me when I was President, to put some standards and tighten up a little on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
I think we need to get the measurements that Congress has mandated from the White House on how we’re going to determine progress in Afghanistan.
The authority of the Supreme Court must not be permitted to control the Congress or the Executive when acting in their legislative capacities, but to have only such influence as the force of their reasoning may deserve.
Congress can raise taxes because it can persuade a sizable fraction of the populace that somebody else will pay
I’m going from the state House to the opportunity to serve in Congress and serve the people in the Fifth, which is a great honor and a great opportunity… It is something that is exciting to a few people, but, you know, often times it is important for us to own the moment, celebrate it, and then move on.
The choreographed standing and clapping of one side of the room – while the other side sits – is unbecoming of a serious institution and the message that it sends is that even on a night when the president is addressing the entire nation, we in Congress cannot sit as one, but must be divided as two.
I am under no illusion that amending the Voting Rights Act in Congress will be easy, but with bipartisan calls for legislation to address it, I’m confident we are moving in the right direction.
Reasons why members of Congress deserve a pay raise: Many big corporations are cutting back on bribes; nearly half the members have never been indicted.
Impeach the President and the Vice President, they are traitors to America, and so are all of their supporters. Impeach! Anyone in congress who refuses to save our union from these traitors by doing nothing needs to be recalled.
Community-based policing has now come to mean everything. It’s a slogan. It has come to mean so many different things that people who endorse it, such as the Congress of the United States, do not know what they are talking about.
The court follows elite opinion, not public opinion. And Democratic leaders in Congress and Republican leaders in Congress follow elite opinion as well. It’s what I’ve called “the Washington cartel.” It’s career politicians in both parties. It is lobbyists and giant corporations.
The Federal Reserve and Congress have systematically taught the American people to trust the government and that caution in spending is harmful to the economy.
I was in the Minnesota state Senate from 2000 until 2006. In 2006, I was urged to run for Congress, I did. And I’ve been here ever since.
The timing was terrible, and having one disaster after another didn’t help. I think the pictures on television of the way in which the disaster was handled also helped to turn off the public and Congress.
However, as our brave men and women continue to return from the battlefields of the War on Terror, Congress must respond by enacting policies that meet the evolving needs of the veterans community.
No clause in the Constitution could by any rule of construction be conceived to give to congress a power to disarm the people.
For most governors, we find the United States Senate or the United States Congress very frustrating at the slow pace in which they act. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of discipline and organization to what they do.
It’s my job as President and CongressвЂ™s job to maker sure that thereвЂ™s some rules of the road that people are going to abide by and that weвЂ™ve got transparency and accountability that this stuff is being posted and one of the things that we are going to do is put together an independent board on the recovery packageвЂ¦
Why do I keep performing at my age? What else am I going to do? Play golf? I tried that years ago and all I did was cuss. I can do that without the walk, cuss at Congress and let [Mark]Twain do it. “Imagine that you were an idiot. And then imagine that you were a member of Congress. Wait – I’ve repeated myself.”
I hear people who are worried about climate change tell me, oh, Congress that’s gridlock, that’s not where the action is.
We’re committed to working with Congress to doing what the president said he was always going to do, which is cut the deficit in half over the – over his first term.
Congress should fund research on the effects that violent video games have on young minds… We don’t benefit from ignorance. We don’t benefit from not knowing the science.
In 2010, I proposed that Congress take its first pay cut in 77 years, and my effort had bipartisan support. And as part of leading by example, I returned 5 percent of my paycheck every month to pay down the debt.
[W]ar is a question, under our constitution, not of Executive, but of Legislative cognizance. It belongs to Congress to say whether the Nation shall of choice dismiss the olive branch and unfurl the banners of War.
Anytime a member of Congress wants to travel abroad – which we do from time to time as part of our official duties – we are required to check with the House Committee on Ethics as to whether the trip follows the ethics rules by which federally elected officials are bound. Not so with Supreme Court justices.
It has been a top priority of Congress to reduce the drug costs of all seniors.
They say that women talk too much. If you have worked in Congress you know that the filibuster was invented by men.
I think people are beating each other up in the halls of Congress, as they did in the late 1850s.
Congress would give the people what they wanted if the people knew what they wanted, and if Congress could give it to them.
As a member of Congress, I believe it is the responsibility of those elected to represent the people at every level of government to ensure that our government works to ensure that every person who wants gainful employment has it.
I doubt that Congress would pass on the opportunity to make sure that our children were safe from terrorists.
Like you, I’m fed up with business as usual in Washington. Send me to Congress, and I won’t tweak our broken system. I’ll shut it down.
Congress has funded numerous programs to provide care and compensation to 9/11 victims, spending several billion dollars on extraordinary and unprecedented efforts.
Congress has broad powers to regulate and control commerce. Congress also cannot force a state to ‘un-decriminalize’ something; states’ rights are routinely upheld by the Court.
Congressional mistakes have dramatically increased immigration through a series of what I believe were ill-advised actions going back to 1965 when the basic notions of our immigration laws were revised. In 1990, Congress opened the floodgates by passing a 35-percent increase in legal immigration.
What did Napolean do for relaxation? He read a book. What did Lincoln do for relaxation? He read a book. What does Congress do for relaxation? They book a red.
Maryland needs someone in Congress who will fight to create jobs, stop out-of-control government spending and defend small businesses.
There are only two economists in Congress and hundreds of lawyers. Does that explain why the government is in such a mess?
The BJP does not intend to use Parliament to project Congress’s corruption.
I happened to have the privilege of serving in Congress. It will be 16 years at the end of this term. And I think I made a difference here on important issues.
Now that we have the line-item veto there is no excuse for Congress to put pork in and no reason for the president not to line-item veto it out.
What is required from members of Congress and the public alike is a new spirit of devotion to the national welfare beyond party or self-interest.
Congress is headed in the wrong direction with this bill which removes any and all incentives from the food industry to improve their products for children.
When will the men do something besides extend congratulations? I would rather have President Roosevelt say one word to Congress infavor of amending the Constitution to give women the suffrage than to praise me endlessly!
Under Donald Trump, you know, we’ve seen the foundation of the Republican Party move into the Democratic Party, so Donald Trump, I think, will have a lot of trouble moving things through Congress.
Whether wisely or not, one of the first priorities of the incoming Obama administration was to present a package of healthcare benefits, which, to no one’s surprise, produced an uproar in Congress and an assortment of polls declaring that the majority of Americans were opposed to it.
Congress seems drugged and inert most of the time… its idea of meeting a problem is to hold hearings or, in extreme cases, to appoint a commission.
The Constitution grants only Congress – not the president – the power ‘to borrow money on the credit of the United States.’
I agree with just about everyone in the reform debate when they say “If you like what you have, you should be able to keep it.” But the truth is that none of the health reform bills making their way through Congress actually delivers on that promise.
Congress must go further to protect the right to privacy, to end the NSA’s dragnet surveillance of ordinary Americans, to make the intelligence community more transparent and accountable.
A foreigner coming here and reading the Congressional Record would say that the President of the United States was elected solely for the purpose of giving Senators somebody to call a horse thief.
There’s no conscious plan here; my whole life in politics as a state legislator and in Congress has been about strengthening the middle class.
It was declared by Congress that marijuana makes people insane. But . . . lawyers, defense lawyers, got the idea, OK, I can use this for an insanity defense.
If you think about it, 534 members of the U.S. Congress cannot all be religious. That’s just statistical nonsense. Many of them are quite well-educated.
Senator Badger did not call. During the whole of the last session of Congress, he did not call on me. He is a bitter partisan and is no doubt sensible that during the presidential canvass of 1844, he did me gross injustice.
I understand that many young men and women are coming forward to join Youth Congress. I am not surprised. It is only natural. The vast majority of our youth is sober and idealistic. It looks forward to an era of disciplined, planned, constructive activity.
The Prescription Drug Benefit we passed in Congress is already working to make prescription drugs available and affordable for all seniors who depend on them, through the drug card that became available last year.
The American Constitution is a written instrument full and complete in itself. No Court in America, no Congress, no President, can add a single word thereto, or take a single word threreto. It is a great national enactment done by the people, and can only be altered, amended, or added to by the people.
Prayer and dependence on God has been our history. How unfortunate it is now that an unaccountable and unelected and misguided judge from Wisconsin, Judge Barbara Crabb, has declared National Days of Prayer – established by the Congress – to be unconstitutional.
It is hard to sell Congress and the American people on foreign aid. Is it harder to do that than it is to sell billionaires on the idea that they should give all their money away.
For the first time in history, Congress has 100 women in it. Congratulations. Welcome to modern times, America. It’s great having 100 women in Congress. Unless you’re in line for the congressional bathroom.
It’s August, which means Congress is on recess and Mitch McConnell has shimmied back into the ocean to seek a mate.
Congress should ban advertising that preys upon children, it should stop subsidizing dead-end jobs, it should pass tougher food safety laws, it should protect American workers from serious harm, it should fight against dangerous concentrations of economic power.
Virginia and Maryland attorneys argued this is a national problem and needs a national solution. I’m hoping that with a federal court agreeing this is inequitable, Congress will now act and do the right thing for the District.
Every citizen of this country should be guaranteed that their vote matters, that their vote is counted, and that in the voting booth, their vote has a much weight as that of any CEO, any member of Congress, or any President.
Republican leadership in Congress let the energy companies write the energy bill that sent prices soaring, and has turned a blind eye to the struggles of working families trying to make ends meet.
The argument has been made in Congress that it is slippery slope if you allow therapeutic, what people people are calling therapeutic cloning, then you will get reproductive cloning.
All we’re getting from the Democratic majority in Congress and from this White House is more bailouts, more spending, more planned stimulus, more deficits and debt, and the American people have had it.
It’s counterintuitive, but the most divisive arrangement is when the same party controls both Congress and the presidency, a situation encountered in eight of the past 10 years. With government unified under a single party, the minority has the least possible incentive to cooperate with the majority.
The American people need hope; they need to know there are Republicans in Congress that are willing to stand up and fight for them, regardless of being in a minority, regardless of having all odds against us, against me, or against anyone in Congress.
Politics is the entertainment branch of industry.
If there’s a major foreign policy event, the President gets on TV, the Congress doesn’t.
We’re all concerned about the budget. We’re all concerned about what’s happening financially in our country. There’s no question about it. Congress is working day and night. In fact, every time I go home the lights are on at the top of the Capitol.
Gabby Giffords was a mentor of mine in the state Legislature and also in Congress.
My son, Emilio Huerta, is running for congress. He was a young man who was marching and picketing.
We can never imagine anyone else other than Rahul Gandhi in the post of the president of the Congress.
My challenge to members on both sides of the aisle is to stand up and have the integrity to say that we have a dead U.S. agent; we have a Department of Justice that lied to Congress.
For Members of Congress, we are saying here on the Democratic side of the aisle we are not going to vote for another pay increase for Members of Congress until the American people get an increase.
I hope to continue to be serving South Dakota in Congress.
I repeat that in this sense the most splendid court in Christendom is provincial, having authority to consult about Transalpine interests only, and not the affairs of Rome. A prГ¦tor or proconsul would suffice to settle the questions which absorb the attention of the English Parliament and the American Congress.
Congress meets tomorrow morning. Let us all pray: Oh Lord, give us strength to bear that which is about to be inflicted upon us. Be merciful with them, oh Lord, for they know not what they’re doing. Amen.
Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man gainst his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an Americans.
We are for abiding by the Constitution and recognize that Article I, Section 8, Clause 4 enumerates the power of establishing ‘an uniform process of naturalization’ to the Congress.
To those who say it would be too difficult to repeal and replace Obamacare, I say it’s a two step process. We repeal the Pelosi Congress in 2010 and replace the Obama Administration in 2012.
For better or worse, when Sen. Inhofe speaks, the Republican Party follows. And when the Republican Party follows, it is impossible to get real work done in the Congress.
I’m absolutely against privatizing the V.A. And I am going do everything I can to build on the reforms that Senator Sanders and others in Congress have passed to try to fix what’s wrong with the V.A.
I do not believe the President requires any additional authorization from the Congress before committing US forces to achieve our objectives in the Gulf.
As the grandson of Italian immigrants, maybe I am biased, but I think Christopher Columbus, the man who is rightfully credited with bringing European civilization to the Western Hemisphere, deserves the national holiday enacted by Congress in 1934.
[Congress] and their cronies secure more than one hundred billion dollars in corporate welfare
BJP is doing “gathbandhan”. Congress is doing “brashtbandhan” and the criminals are doing “lathbandhan”. Our politics is about coalitions. Every coalition where the BJP is part of as leaders, has been successful.
The 1935 Social Security Act established 65 as the age of eligibility for payouts. But welfare state politics quickly becomes a bidding war, enriching the menu of benefits, so in 1956 Congress entitled women to collect benefits at 62, extending the entitlement to men in 1961.
Rather than rewriting the law under the pretense of interpreting it, the Court should have left it to Congress to decide what to do about the Act’s limitation of tax credits to state Exchanges.
Only we, the public, can force our representatives to reverse their abdication of the war powers that the Constitution gives exclusively to the Congress.
They’re saying President Obama doesn’t have any friends. The problem is that he can’t get Congress to approve one.
If we want to preserve our liberty, it is up to us to know what is going on, to know the Constitution, to know these limitation on the power of Congress and to insist that our leaders obey.
I believe in the absolute separation of church and state and in the strict enforcement of the Constitution that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.
I think that Goldman Sachs and the Pentagon determine more of America’s outcome then any president or any congress, that sounds a bit cynical, but I think I am right.
Congress seems to want to cure every ill known to man except unconstitutional government and high taxes.
Today more people lose their seats in the Politburo in Havana than in the Congress of America, … We need to have competitive races for the Legislature. … We have to have a clash of ideas.
Long before, and fully independent of, anything Congress did, President Obama made clear that he was going to preserve the indefinite detention system at Guantanamo even once he closed the camp. President Obama fully embraced indefinite detention – the defining injustice of Guantanamo – as his own policy.
The younger generation has become very nationalistic, self-confident. Increasingly, they do not see the Congress as their party.
The First Amendment was not intended to withdraw the Christian religion as a whole from the protection of Congress.
The idea of creating a national bank I do not concur in, because it seems now decided that Congress has not that power (although I sincerely wish they had it exclusively), and because I think there is already a vast redundancy rather than a scarcity of paper medium.
Congress cannot be allowed to impose burdens on the American people while relieving its own members of those burdens.
I’ve often thought that the process of aging could be slowed down if it had to go through Congress.
I am sorry to say that sometimes matters of very small importance waste a good deal of precious time, by the long and repeated speeches and chicanery of gentlemen who will not wholly throw off the lawyer even in Congress.
Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of production and trade.
A school prayer amendment would confer upon public school boards a power the First Amendment now denies to Congress and the states, that is, the power to establish religion.
Now more than ever the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption.
No law can give Congress a backbone if it refuses to stand off as the coequal branch the Constitution made it.
The regulation of these various and interfering interests forms the principal task of modern legislation and involves the spirit of party and faction in the necessary and ordinary operations of government.
Every member of Congress is sent to Washington to represent all of their constituents, regardless of their age, race, social standing, or sexual orientation, and I believe that America should be a place where everybody can dream, and nobody is left out.
I parted ways with the Congress, a party that I served for so many years, because its leadership constantly humiliated me by ignoring my talent both as a leader and an administrator.
We are scheduled to meet this year fewer days than any Congress since at least 1948. And that is even before I was born. So far, we are in the 123rd day of this year, and yet we have only had 26 voting days in this body. That is a shame.
America’s veterans and troops serving abroad today fought hard to preserve our red, white and blue, from the Revolutionary War to today’s Global War Against Terrorism, and Congress’ action today is appropriate for one of our most sacred symbols.
My wife and I were present at this congress. Sabina told me, “Richard, stand up and wash away this shame from the face of Christ! They are spitting in His face.” I said to her, “If I do so, you lose your husband.” She replied, “I don’t wish to have a coward as a husband.
Republican Congressman Pete Hoekstra has charged the Bush administration with keeping programs secret from Congress. Somehow no one from Congress reads the New York Times, I guess.
One of the primary reasons I first ran for Congress was to be a voice for our troops, veterans and military families.
Many of the opposition [to the new Federal Constitution] wish to take from Congress the power of internal taxation. Calculation has convinced me that this would be very mischievous.
Congress Yuvraj Rahul Gandhi’s visit to houses of poor sharing food with them or night stays will not alleviate poverty. Nor can poverty be tackled by implementation of rural employment scheme.
One thing I will not compromise over is whether or not Congress should pay the tab for a bill they’ve already racked up. If Congress refuses to give the United States the ability to pay its bills on time, the consequences for the entire global economy could be catastrophic.
When people say – ‘Well, do you miss being a judge since you’re in Congress,’ I go – ‘Only when I want people to sit down and shut up.’
With the death of bin Laden, it’s finally time for Congress to bring back the pre-9-11 legal norm, before we decided it was okay to toss out our civil liberties if the ‘bad guys’ were scary enough.
The Constitution does not vest in Congress the authority to protect society from every bad act that might befall it….[I]f followed to its logical extreme, [this approach] would result in an unwarranted expansion of federal power.
I believe it is incumbent upon Congress to act aggressively to ameliorate fear and help our country take the essential steps that will make our communities and lives safer.
The country wants the president and the Congress focused on jobs and the economy. Any regulation that the president promulgates that isn’t focused on, I think, is a risk for him, and the same is true for Congress.
Congress, the White House, and Hollywood, Wall Street, are owned by the Zionists.
Euphemisms, vague terminology or calls for discussions with Turkey to get at the truth are just some of the dodges Congress and the administration have used to avoid Turkish discomfort with its Ottoman past.
We may not imagine how our lives could be more frustrating and complex – but Congress can.
I tend to avoid the shows that focus on politics, just to get a break from it all, i tried watching the first couple episodes of ‘House of Cards,’ but I thought it was way over the top. Members of Congress aren’t anything like Frank Underwood. Most of us are far less interesting.
The instant the Government was organized, at the very first Congress, the Northern States evinced a general desire and purpose to use it for their own benefit, and to pervert its powers for sectional advantage, and they have steadily pursued that policy to this day.
This In Friendship – out of it came certain connections with the liberal labor establishment. Among the personalities that were involved were Bayard Rustin and a person from the American Jewish Congress, Stanley Levinson.
I’m not so optimistic as to think that you would ever be able to garner a majority of an American Congress that would make those kinds of investments above and beyond the kinds of investments that could be made in a progressive program for lifting up all people.
Being elected to Congress is regarded as being sent on a looting raid for one’s friends.
I can tell you that too much money is corrupting American politics. Don’t blame the American public. The U.S. Supreme Court has a lot to answer for, because it has made it impossible for Congress to reduce the corrupting influence of money on American political life.
Keith Ellison is an organizer’s organizer.He’s one of the only Muslims in Congress, so you have a big statement there.
Congress has not raised the minimum wage since 1997. The minimum wage is now at its lowest level in 50 years adjusted for inflation.
It is precisely those members of Congress who have had the most to do with creating the risks that led to the current economic crisis who are making the most noise against others, and summoning people before their committee to be browbeaten and humiliated on nationwide television.
Women leading means that Congress is working to create jobs, make quality child care more affordable and strengthen the middle class because we understand that America grows the economy and opportunity from the middle out, not the top down.
The idea that even the brightest person or group of bright people, much less the U.S. Congress, can wisely manage an economy has to be the height of arrogance and conceit.
Term limits would make Congress bolder, more independent, and less risk-averse.
Nothing in our culture, not even home computers, is more overrated than the epidermal felicity of two featherless bipeds in desperate congress.
What five members of the Supreme Court say the law is may be something vastly different from what Congress intended the law to be.
We are more united than ever before. I think this was exemplified in a very moving way when the members of our Congress stood shoulder to shoulder the other day and sang God Bless America.
Aren’t we supposed to believe that if you are an elected official, if you serve in Congress, you are representing all the people of your district not just the people who voted for you, not [just] the people who you agree with?
I expect to maintain this contest until successful, or till I die, or am conquered, or my term expires, or Congress or the country forsakes me.
An old theory holds that air conditioning ruined Congress. Members no longer had to flee the Washington heat to spend the summer back home. The long vacation forced them to bond with their constituents.
You spend a couple million dollars running for Congress, people get tired of seeing your face.
As Negro voting increased, Congress got an improved sense of hearing.
The president’s [Donald Trump] approval rating is much higher than the media’s approval rating and Congress’ approval rating, for that matter.
Well, dissent is the tradition in America, and I’ve been on the side of dissent a good bit of my career, particularly in the last many years of the Republican Congress.
One ironic legacy of the Clinton administration is the rearming of the American citizenry. Each time Clinton and his friends in Congress threaten another round of anti-gun regulations, the American people respond by stocking up.
[The Library of Congress] is a multimedia encyclopedia. These are the tentacles of a nation.
We’ve got a dictatorial president and a Justice Department that does not want Congress involved. Your guy’s acting like he’s king. His dad was at a 90 percent approval rating and he lost! And the same thing can happen to him!
The blame for [the national debt]
lies with the Congress and the President,
with Democrats and Republicans alike,
most all of whom have been unwilling
to make the hard choices or
to explain to the American people that
there is no such thing as a free lunch.
lies with the Congress and the President,
with Democrats and Republicans alike,
most all of whom have been unwilling
to make the hard choices or
to explain to the American people that
there is no such thing as a free lunch.
NASA appreciates the efforts of Congress to resolve restrictions placed on our partnership with Russia. Congress’ action helps to ensure the continuous presence of U.S. astronauts on the International Space Station.
Congress’ dynastic politics has shattered the hopes & aspirations of people. Congress hides behind the veil of secularism whenever its governance falters and its misconduct is exposed. This will no longer go unchallenged. The younger generation will not accept these actions of Congress!
You begin to realize that hypocrisy is not a terrible thing when you see what overt fascism is compared to sort of covert, you know, communal politics which the Congress has never been shy of indulging in.
The extremely low respect Congress enjoys among the population indicates that the citizens understand broadly what’s going on. But the lack of a realistic political reform path leads to apathy and the kind of mindless frustration that manifests itself in the Tea Party-style hatred of any and all government.
In the United States, large corporations control some members of Congress. All this does is delay the corporation’s funeral at our expense.
Congress allows lemonade to the members and has it charged under the head of stationery-I move also that whiskey be allowed under the item of fuel.
Members of Congress have more in common with the people they hobnob in Washington, D.C., than they do with the people they’re supposed to represent.
Congress must also enact pro-growth policies that encourage the economy to expand: like making tax relief permanent and repealing the death tax.
Elect us, hold us accountable, and make a judgment and then go from there. But I do tell you that if the Democrats win, and have substantial majorities, the Congress of the United States will be more bipartisan.
You know they say the most dangerous person of the world is a member of the United States Congress just home from a three-day fact-finding trip.
I do strive to think well of my fellow man, but no amount of striving can give me confidence in the wisdom of a congressional vote.
In order to achieve optimal economic growth, Congress must adhere to sane spending guidelines while promoting smart policies devoted to growing businesses and creating jobs.
If U.S. national sovereignty continues, it is only as a state that Puerto Rico will have permanent 10th Amendment powers over its non-federal affairs, as well as voting power in Congress.
Having plead guilty, I do not believe that I am any different than the vast majority of the members of Congress.
One would hope that you would have a CBO director who does not let ideology get in the way of making good estimates. [Congress] values having a credible institution that they can rely on to give them the best estimates possible.
I would love to do an unauthorized biography about Congress… It’s like a secret society up there.
I want people to feel like they have access to Congress, that they have access to government.
All human life at every stage of its development is worthy of protection.
Essentially, how do you go after [Donald] Trump to have a real shot of taking back control of Congress in 2018? Democrats will need to energize not only their base, but also pick up actual swing voters who could be turned off from President Trump.
At a time when our country is waging two wars, approval ratings for Congress are at historic lows, unemployment is at a 70-year high and financial institutions have collapsed around us, I can’t imagine anyone seriously opposing a National Day of Prayer.
Women oftentimes are the ones making those economic decisions, sitting around the kitchen table and trying to figure out how to pay for rising gas prices or food prices or the health insurance costs. And I think that they see where they expect their leaders in Congress to also make those tough decisions.
The U.S. is re-establishing relations with Cuba. But before President Obama can lift the embargo, it will need approval from the Republican-controlled Congress – or as Republicans who called Obama said, ‘Close, but no cigar.’
We’re half the people; we should be half the Congress.
Hurray! Congress is to adjourn! Only four more days of Congressional burglary on the Treasury!
There are no ideas in the Republican Party right now in the Congress. They’re the party of no. They desperately need some intellectual leadership. And whatever you think of Newt Gingrich, he can supply intellectual leadership. So I hope he does run.
Many hard comments have been made on my efforts in India from the side of the Congress party, yet I feel content in the deep conviction that the offer I traveled 22,000 miles to discuss with Indian leaders was a real contribution to a solution of our differences.
I like shitty strip clubs. They look like what they are. I know what to expect. Unlike Congress, at least we know everybody is for sale.
If you chose to serve in Congress or on a congressional staff, you should be barred for life from working for any company, organization, or association which lobbies the federal government.
This is like the gun you shoot at the beginning of the race or the bell that you ring at the beginning of a classroom discussion, .. This is the president saying, ‘OK, we’re going to get serious about this now. Congress is going to work on it. I’m going to put my political capital behind it.’ .
The Senate is a body of old men charged with high duties and misdemeanors.
I wish I could set deadlines for the Congress, but that’s just not the way the Constitution is written.
That is why I strongly believe we should working in Congress to make America a better place to run a business by reducing the costly burdens of bureaucracy and red tape.
The Israelis have a lot of influence with Congress, and in some cases they are able to buy influence.
We forced Richard Nixon and the Congress who established, and thanks to your leadership, we supported you and we got the Environmental Protection Act and Agency.
In the United States we have, in effect, two governments … We have the duly constituted Government … Then we have an independent, uncontrolled and uncoordinated government in the Federal Reserve System, operating the money powers which are reserved to Congress by the Constitution.
Congress has scarcely any thing to employ them, and complain that the place [Washington, D.C.] is remarkably dull.
A President and his wise men can only propose; but Congress disposes. It is when President and Congress agree that American history marches forward.
I have served in the Congress during two wars and I have seen the impacts on our military, on their families and on our national deficit.
With respect to the northeastern boundary of the United States, no official correspondence between this Government and that of Great Britain has passed since that communicated to Congress toward the close of their last session.
As to my Title, I know not yet whether it will be honourable or dishonourable, the issue of the War must Settle it. Perhaps our Congress will be Exalted on a high Gallows.
And the annual meetings of the League’s Assembly are in effect official peace congresses binding on the participating states to an extent that most statesmen a quarter of a century ago would have regarded as utopian.
I just thought it was unconscionable for the Congress to insert itself into this debate. We are particularly unqualified to make that decision and to intrude ourselves into the lives of this family.
My feeling is, if you’re going to be called a celebrity, you might as well use it for some good. It’s better to testify for school lunches in front of Congress than get drunk in a bar somewhere and misbehave.
Most of what we report from Congress they don’t care about unless it affects them directly.
I have to thank the people, Congress and Government of the United States, for my liberation from captivity.
The presidents against Congress, the Senate is against the House, people are against politicians, and I’m against cats in the house.
After the 1984 Summer Olympics, Reagan wanted to add the U.S. volleyball team to his Cabinet. He figured if they can’t shove his programs down Congress’ throat, nobody can.
We want to determine whether he understands the inherent limits that make an unelected Judiciary inferior to Congress or the President in making policy judgments. That, for example, a judge will never be in the best position to know what is in the national security interests of our country.
Tonight, with a new Iraqi government in place, and following consultations with allies abroad and Congress at home, I can announce that America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat.
I have an ability to work collegially across a wide range of interests in the caucus and in the Congress, and an ability to work on a bipartisan basis. Appropriators pride themselves on that.
Well, I don’t think so, because the president and members of Congress and governors have the same constituents. It’s the American people who are hurting.
As a regent, I hope to bring that important perspective of a typical family visitor in combination with my background as a Member of Congress and a proponent of the Smithsonian’s efforts to reach all Americans.
I think we’re at a place wherea woman’s health is danger because of whether this family planning or contraception or any issues that relate to women’s health, there’s an assault on that in the Congress.
If Congress can employ money indefinitely to the general welfare… they may appoint teachers in every state… The powers of Congress would subvert the very foundation, the very nature of the limited government established by the people of America.
There are distinct duties of a poet laureate. I plan a reading series at the Library of Congress and advise the librarian. The rest is how I want to promote poetry
[Donald] Trump`s hunt for a cheap enemy right now comes as journalists and members of Congress are looking at potentially serious conflicts of interest at Trump`s sprawling multinational business empire.
Storytellers are a threat. They threaten all champions of control, they frighten usurpers of the right-to-freedom of the human spirit — in state, in church or mosque, in party congress, in the university or wherever.
Well, what I tried to do is simply to get out on the land. And when I came to Washington, I think one of the mistakes we made early on was kind of having an ideological dispute up in the Congress.
Congressman is the trivialist distinction for a full grown man.
When I first ran for Congress in 1998, people counted me out.
Do you remember the good ol’ days when Congress was only unsafe if you were an intern.
I have observed in my 30 years in Washington that when a President initiates a major policy speech on a controversial issue while Congress is in recess, it usually is because what he is advocating is indefensible and that he is seeking to minimize criticism.
Congress is best viewed from a distance – the farther the better – because up close, it is truly ugly.
Law Number XX: In any given year, Congress will appropriate the amount of funding approved the prior year plus three-fourths of whatever change the administration requests, minus 4-percent tax.
Most of what Congress does fits the description of forcing one American to serve the purposes of another American. That description differs only in degree, but not in kind, from slavery.
It’s really important for me to do the fundamentals of this job really, really well. And to let people know that I think the core responsibilities of a member of Congress aren’t seeking the national headlines or being the spokesperson on this issue or that issue when you just get there.
Every piece of progressive social legislation passed by Congress in the 20th century bears a union label.
Too frequently, in Congress or in nationwide politics at large, we are reactive. We look for easy, short-term solutions, and we try to put a Band-Aid on these massive, structural problems.
Imagine if, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Gulf Coast residents had to wait on Democrats and Republicans to agree on cuts before receiving clean water or loans to rebuild. Congress’ negotiations often come slow or not at all.
When you’re elected to Congress, you take a vow to uphold the Constitution and its system of checks and balances. That vow doesn’t say, ‘Unless it’s politically uncomfortable.’
The president is entitled to try to persuade Congress and the American people to pursue whatever policies he thinks are needed. But he is not entitled to shut down the government when he fails to persuade us.
The First Amendment…begins with the five loveliest words in the English language: ‘Congress shall make no law’.
Our Congress is the finest body of men money can buy.
You know, I think many people have the mistaken impression that Congress regulates Wall Street. In truth that’s not the case. The real truth is that Wall Street regulates the Congress.
We’re sad about some of the losses of members of great seniority and distinction in the Congress, and some very new members, who will no longer be serving with us.
Things were very different back in 1992. There was unrest in the Middle East, we had a gridlocked Congress, and everybody was talking about Bill Cosby.
Freedom is always wise.
Congress has turned its back on America’s working families. There are Teamster families in every congressional district in America, and those families vote. Those who would oppose these families have done so at their own political peril.
There is a reason why these people [from Wall Street] are putting huge amounts of money into our political system. And in my view, it is undermining American democracy and it is allowing Congress to represent wealthy campaign contributors and not the working families of this country.
The new Republican Congress should move full speed ahead to repeal and replace Obamacare. It would be unwise to wait for the Supreme Court to perform this service for the American people.
The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.
I don’t care what the American people think, I own the congress!
It’s time for compassionate Americans to send a wake-up call to their members of Congress and demand passage of legislation to end the wholesale slaughter of America’s horses once and for all.
Congress needs to toughen the laws protecting elections and make clear that anyone interfering with democracy will pay a stiff price.
Earth Day gathered up those strands, and dozens more, and knitted them together in the public consciousness as “environmental” issues. The nation was pretty startled when 20 million people hit the streets. Congress, which had adjourned for the day to go back to its districts, was blown away.
Congress came to see NASA primarily as a jobs program, not an exploratory agency.
In 2003, Congress authorized the construction of a visitor center for the Vietnam Memorial to help provide information and educate the public about the memorial and the Vietnam War.
The failure of the White House and Congress to seriously address the nation’s fiscal situation is certain to broaden the belief among many voters that the U.S. political system is broken.
The reason given by the President in asking Congress to declare war against Germany is that the German government has declared certain war zones, within which, by the use of submarines, she sinks, without notice, American ships and destroys American lives.
Congress remains in total denial as our liberties are rapidly fading before our eyes. The process is propelled by unwarranted fear and ignorance as to the true meaning of liberty. It is driven by economic myths, fallacies and irrational good intentions.
I learned by transcribing songs out of the Library of Congress collection in Washington where I was working. I got a job when I just turned twenty in 1939 and Alan [Lomax] needed some help. I listened to hundreds of records every week.
Well it’s unusual for us to do an endorsement, you know, and the special occasions where you need appointments, but we thought that Senator [Hillary] Clinton had occupied such a neat and unique role, certainly a worldwide advocate for women, and also there’s also only 16 women without her in Congress.
There is one criticism which cannot be leveled at interparliamentary conferences but which is applicable to a great extent to peace congresses: the meetings waste time.
Lobbyists have more offices in Washington than the President. You see, the President only tells Congress what they should do. Lobbyists tell’em what they will do.
It is easy to talk about tax simplification, and we all know it is very difficult to accomplish; but for the last three Congresses, I have offered a tax simplification bill that would include a paid-for repeal of alternative minimum tax.
We’ll review President Obama’s plan [on closing Guantanamo], but since it includes bringing dangerous terrorists to facilities in U.S. communities, he should know that the bipartisan will of Congress has already been expressed against that proposal.
One of the first members of Congress I met when I was first elected in 2008 was Barney Frank.
Bill Clinton wanted to survive. And Bill Clinton wanted to thrive, not just for himself, although that’s primarily what drives Bill Clinton. He’s a classic narcissist. So of course he wanted to thrive and succeed. But he also wanted America to thrive and succeed, which is why he worked with a Republican Congress.
Labor Day, I suppose set by an Act of Congress. Everything we do nowadays is either by, or against, Acts of Congress. How Congress knew anything about Labor is beyond us.
I don’t think they (the Chinese) have better friends in Africa than us. But when we compare to how much money we get, if we succeed, if the MCA is funded by the US Congress for Tanzania, it’s going to be $700 Million. It’s going to be huge, it may be a total of all the Chinese have been giving us all these years.
Joe Biden, acting as a pseudo-dictator, has ignored the Supreme Court and issued his own eviction moratorium. He is shredding the Constitution and usurping the balance of power by issuing an edict the Supreme Court declared was a power of Congress.
Our goal has been to more effectively promote the value of publicly-supported research at our universities, both to the Congress and to the general public.
Millions of Americans are struggling to pay their mortgages. They have a right to know whether members of Congress receive sweetheart deals in order to pay for theirs.
Congress consists of one-third, more or less, scoundrels; two-thirds, more or less, idiots; and three-thirds, more or less, poltroons.
I was as secretive – indeed, as furtive – as any conspirator. Discovery, we knew, simply must not happen, or else all our time and effort would be wasted. If it were to be exposed that our particular group had got together and written a banking bill, that bill would have no chance whatever of passage by Congress.
One of the litmus tests for judicial conservatism is the idea of judicial restraint – that courts should give substantial deference to the decisions of the political process. When Congress and the president enact a law, conservatives generally say, judges should avoid ‘legislating from the bench.’
The Republican Party is bringing out here onto the floor of Congress an all-out assault on the protection of the rights of people who work in the fields of our country, in the factories of our country, in the offices of our country.
The warmongers in the United States Congress are not aware of, or they’re blind to the fact that what they are doing will bring about the type of war that will end America completely as a power in the world.
Our founding fathers never intended that Congress be a career.
I have been up to see the Congress and they do not seem to be able to do anything except to eat peanuts and chew tobacco, while my army is starving.
When we look at the settling of America we see a Bible in hand and God. Every Thanksgiving has God and the peacefulness of gratitude. It was important when the Twin Towers were hit and the sorrow with them that the first thing Congress did was sing “God Bless America.”
The Constitution is very clear: Congress has sole discretion over defining who is and who isn’t a citizen and how you become one. It’s not the 14th Amendment.
I have as much experience in the Congress as Jack Kennedy did when he sought the presidency.
All one has to do to get one’s stuff in the Congressional Record is to find a stenographer that can stay awake long enough to take it down. Then you mark in the ‘Applause’ and ‘Laughter’ parts yourself.
All too often in tough economic times, it is the environment that gets left on the cutting room floors of Congress as everyone scraps for limited federal dollars.
I think the whole dynamic is different. Whereas in [Barack] Obama’s case, even though there was no incumbent, he was able to run against eight years of Bush-Cheney and a Republican Congress, and everyone was tired of everything. He was able to benefit from that.
There are loopholes big enough to drive trucks through. And Congress needs to take a look at those laws and make sure that they’re much more rigorous.
Never be easy for any president to deal with any Congress. But republicans got to work together. We got to get things done.
We know that from the GI Bill after the Second World War, where Congress found that for every dollar we put in as taxpayers into free higher education for returning GIs, we got back $7 for every dollar invested. An enormous return on our money in public benefits and improved revenue.
It’s the job of the president to negotiate, but it’s the job of Congress to approve.
There are 435 members of Congress. There’s one ‘Morning Joe’ show. Hopefully, we can keep hammering the argument that you can disagree with other people and have debates but remain civil.
To help inform my work in Congress, I consistently need to gather information about the healthcare challenges facing Central Virginia patients, providers, and local officials on the ground.
One of the things that I’ve urged the president-elect to do is to develop a strong working relationship with the intelligence community and I think it’s important that Congress, on a bipartisan basis.
We need a Skilled India but Congress has created a Scam India in the last 10 years.
We had so many different presidents, including Jefferson, Jackson, Lincoln – there were other founders like Hamilton, Adams – who made it very clear that the courts can’t make a law. The Constitution is expressly clear that that’s a power reserved to Congress.
Unfortunately a Constitutional amendment that would have empowered Congress to make desecration of the United States flag illegal failed to pass by one vote.
What I want the Congress of the United States to do, and frankly what I would like to see the President of the United States of America do, is speak a word of support to the people of Iran.
The government needs to help those in need, but members of Congress shouldn’t take advantage of the situation and use a national tragedy as an opportunity to spend taxpayer dollars on their pet projects.
Regardless of the administration or who’s in Congress, when you look at the outcomes of what what’s been happening, there are opportunities for us to invest in infrastructure, to create more equity, to invest in new technologies, to create future – jobs focused on the future not industries from the past.
‘Gandhi’ was a well-made film but surely not my best. It had flaws, which I understand two-and-a-half decades after I directed it. I will never call it a propaganda film for the Indian Congress, but it could have been made better had I concentrated on certain minute details.
Having seen my mom in community volunteer work my whole life and in Congress for 25 years, it is true as she often says that she sees her service as an extension of her role as a mother and a grandmother.
Upon further reflection, I think that the things Alex Jones has said and done are so hurtful to so many people that a member of Congress should not grace that platform and legitimize it, and I would not go back.
We need to make Net Neutrality the law. We need to elect a Congress that will make it a priority to keep this important principal intact – and insure equal and open access to the Internet for all.
I am Congress; I’m president.
Congress has a responsibility to make sure our taxpayer dollars are being spent responsibly and effectively, and at the same time, that our men and women in uniform have everything they need to carry out the War on Terror.
While I’ve been asked to run for Congress, I really believe we need to defend freedom locally. And by doing that, by just standing at the local level we can make a massive difference.
Few things infuse a member of Congress with more courage than self-imposed term limits or an imminent retirement. The issues they choose to focus on in their final months say a great deal about what are really the most important issues in the country.
A republican stands up in congress and says ‘I GOT A REALLY BAD IDEA!!’ and the democrat stands up after him and says ‘AND I CAN MAKE IT SHITTIER!!
I’m not being asked to conform to some prior expectation of what a Congress member is, but I’m just getting to be me.
Imagine if, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Gulf Coast residents had to wait on Democrats and Republicans to agree on cuts before receiving clean water or loans to rebuild. CongressвЂ™ negotiations often come slow or not at all.
Crooked Hillary Clinton bleached and deleted 33,000 emails, lied to Congress under oath, made 13 iPhones disappear, some with a hammer, then told the FBI she couldn’t remember 39 times. Bad memory.
Since the enactment of the War Powers Act in 1973, which I supported then and support now, Congress has been reluctant to assert its authority when presidents decide to send American soldiers into harm’s way.
Barbara Comstock is a solid and reliable conservative. I’ve known her for many years. She’d make a great member of Congress. I am happy to join other conservatives and proudly endorse her candidacy.
Fleas can be taught nearly anything a congressman can.
In the first 50 years of the filibuster, it was used only 35 times. But the last Congress alone had 112 cloture motions filed, plus threats of more. This is the tyranny of the minority.
That’s what separates out American democracy from dictators and horrible governments across the world and the reason why that works is that we have a president that can consult with congress before making big decisions. That doesn’t just make a unilateral decision to go in for military conflict.
Everything African-Americans – every freedom they have obtained – came from Republicans, not Democrats. All the way back to the Emancipation Proclamation, to the Civil Rights movement. Civil Rights legislation was passed by a Republican Congress.
I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress.
The president [Barack Obama] did introduce a jobs bill that could not clear Congress. The Republicans simply would not work with him.
My friends in the Congress, I have known Coretta King since I went south during the civil rights movement as a lawyer. She was a vibrant, consistent, totally dedicated partner with her husband.
If you give Congress a chance to vote on both sides of an issue, it will always do it.
Congress shall have Power . . . to promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Time to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.
We cannot make the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the United States someone who has risked America’s secrets and lied about this to Congress and the American people about it day after day after day.
Having been in Congress, you know that’s part of our responsibility the constituent has a problem, We’re supposed to write back and say, ‘Well I can’t do anything’ That’s not what they elect you for.
The problem isn’t a Congress that won’t cut spending or a president who won’t raise taxes. The problem is an American public with a bottomless sense of entitlement to federal money.
Write to your newspaper. Call your Member of Congress. Email President Obama. Speak out for a cleaner, more stable future for all of us.
A more important antidote to American democracy is American gerontocracy. The positions of eminence and authority in Congress are allotted in accordance with length of service, regardless of quality.
Rather than waiting for future trials to determine rules that will impact every citizen, Congress should step in and write a law that takes every American’s rights into consideration.
Pigs are smarter than dogs, and both are smarter than Congress.
The American people need to tell their member of Congress that we need a strong defense to protect us and to prevent wars. We can’t get away with simply leading from behind and gutting our defenses.
Congress and the American people have good reason to fear that we are heading toward another permanent garrison of Americans in a Balkan country where our mission is confused, and our exit strategy a complete mystery.
Usually the president is kind of the initiator of the idea, then Congress makes it work.
If we took Congress seriously, we would be worrying all the time.
Unfortunately, Congress is protecting the profits of those opposed to protecting the planet.
We in Congress stand by Israel. In Congress, we speak with one voice on the subject of Israel.