This Memorial Day, we pause to honor the lives and legacy of those who have fallen defending our nation. We owe our freedom to them and all the members of our armed services who fight and work tirelessly everyday on behalf of our nation.
WASHINGTON – House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson (CT) released the following statement on the partisan passage of the House Republican Violence Against Women Act, which would put the safety and security of American women at risk:
WASHINGTON – House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson (CT) and Vice Chairman Xavier Becerra (CA) were joined by Gene Guilford, the President of the Independent Connecticut Petroleum Association, and Professor Michael Greenberger, the former head the Department of Trading and Markets at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) for a press avail after the Democratic Caucus meeting this morning on the importance of reigning in oil speculators and enforcing the Wall Street Reform Law. You can watch the avail and read the transcript below:
WASHINGTON – House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson (CT) released the following statement today condemning Senate Republicans for refusing to even debate a bill that would have prevented interest rates on student loans from doubling in July from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent:
“Today, the Republican leaders proved once again that they would rather play politics than get to work fixing the problems facing American families.
WASHINGTON – House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson (CT) held a press avail before the Democratic Caucus meeting this morning on the effects of the Republican budget and the need to act now to prevent student loan interest rates from doubling on over seven million Americans. You can watch the avail and read the transcript below:
"With action from this Congress, there’s no reason a better America can't begin today.”
WASHINGTON – House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson (CT) released the following statement today after the Department of Labor announced that the economy added 115,000 jobs in April and the unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent:
One year ago Democrats put in place strict new rules to protect young Americans from the dangers of tobacco – the leading cause of preventable death – and give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the power to regulate the tobacco industry. Today, many of those rules take effect.
While Members of the House were being briefed by Admiral Thad Allen on our recovery efforts in the Gulf Coast, some Republicans were cozying up to the Big Oil executives that caused the worst environmental disaster in our nation’s history. Instead of standing up for the people, businesses and environment of the Gulf Coast, House Republicans have once again sided with Big Oil.
House Democrats believe that America can and should lead the world in innovation. We’ve been at the forefront of every major technological achievement of the last century and we can continue to lead the way if we make the right investments and decisions now.
Today, House Democrats passed reforms that will rebuild the American dream of homeownership and reduce federal spending by $2.5 billion. The bill contains protects Americans from mortgage fraud and holds the FHA accountable by improving its internal reporting systems and providing greater transparency to the public and Congress.
The FHA has helped 37 million Americans buy homes since 1934 and fills a vital role in the U.S. economy by providing crucial mortgage insurance at a time when the private sector has pulled back from the mortgage market.
President Obama and Democrats in Congress are talking to seniors this week to tell them about the benefits they'll receive from health care reform. After months of lies and misinformation meant to scare and confuse older Americans, we're setting the record straight.
Here's what health care reform will do for America's seniors:
Democrats wants to see 'Made in America' make a comeback. Our number one priority is keeping jobs in this country and putting Americans back to work. We want American factories to start humming again and American workers to see the rewards of a hard day's work. While Republicans are sitting back trying to wait out this recession, Democrats know we need to work our way out. The American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act will help keep American jobs here in America and hold big business accountable.
WASHINGTON – House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson (CT) joined Martin Bashir on MSNBC today to discuss the House Republican Budget and their plan to cut $34 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (otherwise known as food stamps) while giving huge tax cuts to the wealthiest in the nation.
You can watch the interview and read the transcript below:
WASHINGTON –House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson (CT) applauds President Obama’s call for increased oversight to protect American consumers from illegal speculation and market manipulation that leads to higher prices at the pump:
“President Obama is exactly right. We can’t afford to allow some speculators to reap millions, while millions of American families get the short end of the stick. And that’s exactly what’s happening today.
WASHINGTON –House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson (CT) released the following statement on Equal Pay Day today, which marks how far into the year a woman must work, on average, to earn as much as a man earned the previous year:
“If our country is to emerge from the Great Recession stronger than how we entered it, we need an economy that rewards hard work fairly regardless of gender. With middle class families still reeling from the recession, it is unacceptable that so many of our mothers, daughters, and sisters are paid less than their male counterparts.
WASHINGTON – House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson (CT) and Vice Chairman Xavier Becerra (CA) held a press avail after the Democratic Caucus meeting today to warn of the dangers presented by the Republican majority’s tax and budget plans. You can watch the avail and read the transcript below:
WASHINGTON – Yesterday, the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee held a hearing on gas prices and excessive oil speculation. The hearing was necessary because House Republicans have refused to address the issue that is costing American families billions every month.
WASHINGTON – House Democratic Caucus Chairman John B. Larson (CT) today named Irma Esparza Diggs as the new Executive Director of the House Democratic Caucus.
“I’m very happy to name Irma Esparza Diggs to succeed Shelley Rubino as the Executive Director of the Democratic Caucus,” Larson said. “With nearly twenty years of experience in the public, private, and non-profit communities and her track record of building partnerships and bringing people together, I know Irma will make a great addition to the team and be a real resource for the Members of the Caucus.”
WASHINGTON –House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson (CT) released the following statement on the House Republican Budget that would end the Medicare guarantee and slash over four million jobs while rewarding those making over $1 million a year with over $300,000 in additional tax breaks: