Quotes and Sayings about Congress



"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."
- Gary Ackerman
(Related: Family, Thought, Decision, Congress, Debate)

"We have some Jewish members of Congress, not a lot but there's a bunch of us."
- Gary Ackerman
(Related: Congress)

"From early on, everything I did was calculated to being elected to Congress."
- Carl Albert
(Related: Being, Congress)

"I think that Congress' ability to reason is fully equal to that of the judiciary."
- Samuel Alito
(Related: Ability, Congress, Reason)

"I have long been a supporter of the Head Start program because each and every year I witness the dramatic positive impact that early intervention services have on children's lives in my congressional district."
- Lucille Roybal Allard
(Related: Positive, Children)

"It's so worth-while being a judge, because, if I make good, I can help prove that a woman's place is as much on the bench, in City Council, or in Congress, as in the home."
- Florence E. Allen
(Related: Home, Being, Congress, Help, Woman, Worth)

"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."
- Richard V. Allen
(Related: Congress, President, Will)

"'Favoritism' is always a factor, and pressure always build for the appointment of friends of influential supporters of the President, or for the nominees of powerful Member of Congress from the incoming President's party."
- Richard V. Allen
(Related: Congress, Friends, Party, President, Pressure)

"I do not believe that Congress or the Administration should prohibit the medical community from pursuing a promising avenue of research that may improve the lives of millions of Americans."
- Tom Allen
(Related: Medical, Americans, Community, Congress, May, Research)

"Most of what we report from Congress they don't care about unless it affects them directly."
- Roone Arledge
(Related: Care, Congress)

"I came to the conclusion months ago, and I said it to members of Congress, that the only way people are going to fully appreciate what this reform is if we pass it and implement it and it becomes not a caricature but a reality, and I still believe that. So I think it will be easier to sell it moving forward than it was to this point."
- David Axelrod
(Related: People, Congress, Months, Reality, Reform, Will)

"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."
- Bruce Babbitt
(Related: Government, Time, Congress, Law)

"Well, it's not a pleasant experience. And it's a terribly political process, because that thing was initiated by the Congress and by, you know, our adversaries in the Congress."
- Bruce Babbitt
(Related: Experience, Congress)

"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."
- Bruce Babbitt
(Related: Congress, Land, Mistakes, Washington)

"It is crucial that members of Congress cast votes that are supportive of the values upon which our nation was founded: equality, freedom, and opportunity for all people."
- Joe Baca
(Related: Equality, People, Opportunity, Values, Congress, Freedom, Nation)

"To help U.S. workers, farmers and businesses, and America's long-term economic security, Congress should take decisive action to bring about fair trade with China, instead of squandering this opportunity on a weak Republican bill."
- Joe Baca
(Related: Opportunity, Action, America, Congress, Help, Republican, Security, Trade, Workers)

"Can any of you seriously say the Bill of Rights could get through Congress today? It wouldn't even get out of committee."
- F. Lee Bailey
(Related: Committee, Congress, Rights, Today)

"Peace congresses often start by dealing with some of the less important questions in excessive detail, so at the end there is no time to discuss the most important problems."
- Fredrik Bajer
(Related: Peace, Time, Detail, End, Problems, Questions)

"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."
- Fredrik Bajer
(Related: Peace, Time, Criticism, Meetings, Waste)

"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."
- Fredrik Bajer
(Related: People, Importance, Meetings, Opinions)

"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."
- David Baltimore
(Related: People, Argument, Congress, Will)

"Most Americans are more concerned about the economy and job creation. And they can't understand why the Obama administration or the Democrat majority in Congress wants to pass a bill like the cap-and-trade tax that will cost us jobs, that will hurt our economy, that will drive up costs for families, as well as for small businesses."
- Haley Barbour
(Related: Americans, Congress, Creation, Economy, Tax, Hurt, Job, Jobs, Majority, Will)

"I'm a lobbyist and had a career lobbying. The guy who gets elected or the lady who gets elected president of the United States will immediately be lobbying. They would be advocating to the Congress, they'll be lobbying our allies and our adversaries overseas. They'll be asking the business community and labor unions."
- Haley Barbour
(Related: Business, Career, Community, Congress, Lady, Labor, President, states, United, Will)

"The Obama administration and the Democratic Congress have taken the biggest lurch to the left in policy in American history. There've been no - no Congress, no administration that has run this far to the left in such a small period of time. And there is a reaction to that."
- Haley Barbour
(Related: History, Time, Policy, American, Congress)

"We've got activists all across the country like the members of the Million Mom March organization, some of their leaders are here tonight. We're phone banking congressional offices and pursuing editorial boards."
- Michael D. Barnes
(Related: Mom, Country, Leaders, March)

"What right does Congress have to go around making laws just because they deem it necessary?"
- Marion Barry
(Related: Congress, Laws, Right)

"I had the good fortune to be able to right an injustice that I thought was being heaped on young people by lowering the voting age, where you had young people that were old enough to die in Vietnam but not old enough to vote for their members of Congress that sent them there."
- Birch Bayh
(Related: Age, Thought, People, Being, Congress, Fortune, Injustice, Old, Right, Vietnam, Vote, Voting)

"If I could create one job in the private sector by helping to grow a business, that would be one more than Congress has created in the last six months."
- Evan Bayh
(Related: Business, Congress, Job, Months)

"The American people expect more from Congress. They expect fiscal responsibility and common sense. They expect us to return to the pay-as-you-go budget rules that we had enacted in the past that helped us establish a surplus, however briefly."
- Melissa Bean
(Related: People, American, Common sense, Congress, Past, Responsibility, Rules)

"But in this Congress, accountability is just a catch phrase, usually directed elsewhere. Demands to personal responsibility or corporate accountability abound, but rarely congressional accountability or fiscal responsibility."
- Melissa Bean
(Related: Congress, Corporate, Responsibility)

"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."
- Melissa Bean
(Related: Business, Government, Thought, Congress, Perspective, World, Years)

"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."
- Xavier Becerra
(Related: Family, Hope, Americans, Congress, Perspective)

"Not a single time have we gotten a right from Congress or from the President. We get them from God."
- Glenn Beck
(Related: Time, God, Congress, President, Right)

"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."
- Paul Begala
(Related: Congress, Nixon, Republican)

"I filed the ethics complaint against Tom DeLay not because I'm a Democrat and he's a Republican or even because he drew me out of my congressional seat but because he engaged in corruption to further his plans to disenfranchise voters in Texas."
- Chris Bell
(Related: Complaint, Corruption, Delay, Ethics, Republican)

"You can lead a man to Congress, but you can't make him think."
- Milton Berle
(Related: Congress, Man)

"The atmosphere is different in Congress after September 11. Terrorism is no longer an abstract issue, but a real, tangible threat."
- Howard Berman
(Related: Congress, Terrorism)

"Our mission, as set forth by the Congress is a critical one: to preserve price stability, to foster maximum sustainable growth in output and employment, and to promote a stable and efficient financial system that serves all Americans well and fairly."
- Ben Bernanke
(Related: Financial, Growth, Americans, Congress, Mission, Stability)

"The founders were very worried that if parties developed in America, you might have something like the modern Italian system, where you have 20 different parties that divide Congress and the country and can't govern."
- Michael Beschloss
(Related: America, Congress, Country)

"As parties began to develop around the turn of the 19th century, you had party nominees for President nominated in caucuses made up of party members in Congress."
- Michael Beschloss
(Related: Congress, Party, President)

"No Congress ever has seen fit to amend the Constitution to address any issue related to marriage. No Constitutional Amendment was needed to ban polygamy or bigamy, nor was a Constitutional Amendment needed to set a uniform age of majority to ban child marriages."
- Judy Biggert
(Related: Age, Marriage, Congress, Constitution, Majority)

"Our congressional district is the fastest growing in the state. Nowhere is there a greater need for new and improved roads and transit systems that will spare us the hours we spend each day in traffic."
- Judy Biggert
(Related: Day, State, Will)

"Since coming to Congress, I have been advocating for increased resources for research in the physical sciences and for the Department of Energy Office of Science in particular."
- Judy Biggert
(Related: Science, Congress, Energy, Office, Research)

"This administration and the leadership in Congress appear to be intent on valuing wealth over work, thereby placing working families at a distinct disadvantage."
- Tim Bishop
(Related: Leadership, Work, Wealth, Congress)

"As a personal beneficiary of the service that Amtrak provides and as someone who represents a congressional district that counts on safe, reliable rail service, I am a strong supporter of providing this vital industry the funding necessary to continue operations."
- Tim Bishop
(Related: Service)

"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."
- Mark Bittman
(Related: Collaboration, Congress, Destruction, Now)

"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."
- Marsha Blackburn
(Related: Environmental, Congress, Country, Energy, Liberals, Past, Today, Years)

"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."
- Joan Blades
(Related: Family, People, Censure, Congress, Friends, President)

"The President and the Democrats on Congress have exploited the financial crisis to advance their socialist big government tax, spend and borrow agenda."
- Bradley A. Blakeman
(Related: Government, Financial, Congress, Crisis, Democrats, Tax, President)

"We know well enough that if we repeal this law and give nothing for it, the people of this country will regard it as a total demonetization of silver, which it will be, so far as this Congress is concerned, without any question."
- Richard Parks Bland
(Related: People, Congress, Country, Law, Nothing, Question, Will)

"I make a prediction here and now, and, my friends, I want you to watch the proceedings of Congress in these coming weeks of this extra session, or of the next regular session, to see whether I am right or not."
- Richard Parks Bland
(Related: Congress, Friends, Now, Right, Want)

"Everybody on this floor wants to send the same loud and clear message: that Congress is united in its opposition to terror and we are all deeply concerned about the future and security of our close friend and ally, Israel."
- Earl Blumenauer
(Related: Friend, Congress, Future, Israel, Opposition, Security, Terror, United)

"So we in Congress have a very clear choice. We can take largely symbolic action and sit back and fiddle while Americans burn more gasoline. Or we can pass concrete, effective legislation that will save consumers money while significantly reducing U.S. oil consumption."
- Sherwood Boehlert
(Related: Money, Action, Americans, Choice, Congress, Legislation, Oil, Will)

"Well, as a former small businessperson - I understand what's going on, I think in the business community. And businesspeople around the country are looking at all the spending and all the debt. They're looking at all the policies coming out of this Congress and this administration the last two years, and they - it's created all this uncertainty."
- John Boehner
(Related: Business, Community, Congress, Country, Debt, Uncertainty, Years)

"It's pretty clear that over the last three months the economy has paused. And it's also pretty clear the American people are still demanding and asking the question, 'Where are the jobs?' And the reason we don't have new jobs is because of the job-killing agenda pursued by President Obama and his allies in the Congress."
- John Boehner
(Related: People, American, Congress, Economy, Job, Jobs, Months, President, Pretty, Question, Reason)

"Earmarks have become a symbol of a Congress that has broken faith with the people. This earmark ban shows the American people we are listening and we are dead serious about ending business as usual in Washington."
- John Boehner
(Related: Business, Faith, People, American, Congress, Ending, Listening, Symbol, Washington)

"It has been a privilege beyond belief for me to have represented the State of Louisiana in Congress and to have been given the blessed assignment of U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See."
- Lindy Boggs
(Related: Belief, Congress, Privilege, State)

"I want to step up our voter-registration activities. Not every branch does it, and not all the time. I want them to go back and get out the vote because I want us to have a big impact on the Congressional elections this year."
- Julian Bond
(Related: Time, Elections, Vote, Want)

"I feel kind of like the black sheep in Congress, but here I am."
- Sonny Bono
(Related: Congress, Sheep)

"The notion that Congress can change the meaning given a constitutional provision by the Court is subversive of the function of judicial review; and it is not the less so because the Court promises to allow it only when the Constitution is moved to the left."
- Robert Bork
(Related: Change, Congress, Constitution, Court, Meaning, Promises)

"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."
- Leonard Boswell
(Related: Government, People, Congress, Responsibility)

"Since 1980, we've used reconciliation 22 times, and out of those times, Republicans used it 16 times. So, earth to my Republican friends, you can have your option but you cannot change these facts. They're in the Congressional Record."
- Barbara Boxer
(Related: Change, Earth, Facts, Friends, Republican, Republicans)

"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."
- Barbara Boxer
(Related: Congress, Country, President, Vote, Voting, Weight)

"Though no one wants war, Congress needed to give the President the authority he needs to protect America while encouraging the use of diplomacy and negotiations to try and arrive at a peaceful solution to this problem."
- Allen Boyd
(Related: War, Encouraging, America, Authority, Congress, Diplomacy, Needs, President, Solution)

"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."
- Allen Boyd
(Related: Time, Congress, Order, Production)

"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."
- Hjalmar Branting
(Related: Peace, Effect, Meetings, states)

"So I think that if we want to have a Congress, if we want to have government that looks like America, if we want to have government that is truly a representative Democracy, then we need to clearly address how we get our campaign laws out of the way of Democracy."
- Carol Moseley Braun
(Related: Government, America, Congress, Democracy, Laws, Want)

"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."
- Donna Brazile
(Related: Finance, Money, American, Congress, Elections, Wrong)

"I put myself and all the members of Congress in the same boat of things that could have been done better."
- John Breaux
(Related: Congress)

"Iraq has become, for better or for worse, the front on the war on terrorism, and so we've got to do this, and I can understand why congressmen and senators would take their responsibility seriously, but I think in the end we'll get the money."
- Paul Bremer
(Related: Money, War, End, Iraq, Responsibility, Senators, Terrorism)

"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."
- William J. Brennan, Jr.
(Related: Society, Congress, Disability, Disease, Limitations, Myths)

"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."
- William J. Brennan, Jr.
(Related: Decision, Class, Congress, Respect)

"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."
- Corrine Brown
(Related: People, American, Congress, Priorities, Reason)

"Nearly one in ten Americans are still out of work. And still, the President and Congress are focused on ramming through their health-care bill, whatever it takes, whatever the cost."
- Scott Brown
(Related: Health, Work, Americans, Congress, President)

"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."
- Scott Brown
(Related: Leadership, Time, People, Advice, Congress, Mind, Party, Will)

"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."
- Sherrod Brown
(Related: Leadership, Blind, Congress, Energy, Eye, Republican, Trying)

"This drug coverage program was clearly designed by Republicans in Congress to serve the interests of the drug and insurance industries. America's seniors were an afterthought."
- Sherrod Brown
(Related: America, Congress, Republicans)

"Year after year, President Bush has broken his campaign promises on college aid. And year after year, the Republican leadership in Congress has let him do it."
- Sherrod Brown
(Related: Leadership, College, Congress, President, Promises, Republican)

"Under the circumstances, may I suggest another means of encouraging probity in elective office. I refer to term limitations, which can serve ends beyond that of saving congressional souls."
- James L. Buckley
(Related: Encouraging, Circumstances, Limitations, May, Office)

"Given the difficulty of resisting such temptations over the longer run, a proper concern for the welfare of congressional souls may well be the ultimate argument in favor of term limitations."
- James L. Buckley
(Related: Argument, Concern, Difficulty, Limitations, May, Temptations, Welfare)

"Once it becomes impossible for members of Congress to make a career of legislative service, the temptation to bend a vote for whatever reason may yield to the better angels of their nature."
- James L. Buckley
(Related: Nature, Angels, Career, Congress, May, Reason, Service, Temptation, Vote, Yield)

"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."
- Martin Van Buren
(Related: Government, Congress, Respect, states, United)

"Every proper exertion has been made and will be continued to carry out the wishes of Congress in relation to the tobacco trade, as indicated in the several resolutions of the House of Representatives and the legislation of the two branches."
- Martin Van Buren
(Related: Congress, Legislation, Trade, Will, Wishes)

"We're novices. We have friends now who are part of the freshman class who in some cases have run for Congress two and three times before they won their seat."
- Max Burns
(Related: Class, Congress, Friends, Now)

"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."
- Richard Burr
(Related: Action, Congress, Help, Mission, Terror, Will)

"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!"
- Dan Burton
(Related: Dad, Acting, Approval, Congress, Justice, President, Want)

"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."
- Francine Busby
(Related: Business, Congress, Washington)

"Congress is not an ATM."
- Robert Byrd
(Related: Congress)

"I have been in Congress for more than a half century. I have lived through times of fear and times of hope. Of despair and of achievement. I have seen our government at its best, but today I fear that we see our government at its worst."
- Robert Byrd
(Related: Government, Fear, Achievement, Hope, Congress, Despair, Today)

"Is it any wonder, why the approval ratings of the Congress go up every time we go into recess?"
- Robert Byrd
(Related: Time, Approval, Congress, Wonder)

"It was the separation of powers upon which the framers placed their hopes for the preservation of the people's liberties. Despite this heritage, the congress has been in too many cases more than willing to walk away from its constitutional powers."
- Robert Byrd
(Related: People, Congress, Separation)

"I'm not a professional politician. I'm a professional problem solver, and I believe we should cut the salaries of senators and congressmen 10 percent until they balance the budget. I call that conservative common sense."
- Herman Cain
(Related: Balance, Common sense, Conservative, Senators)

"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."
- Peter Camejo
(Related: Change, Act, Congress, Constitution, President, Senate)

"I mean, look, Nancy Pelosi said in the very beginning this is going to be the most open, honest and ethical Congress in history. And what we're seeing is she's breaking that promise every day."
- Eric Cantor
(Related: History, Beginning, Congress, Day, Open, Promise)

"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."
- Lois Capps
(Related: Congress, Support)

"The truth is the Republican leadership has created a credit card Congress that is recklessly selling out the future of America, our children and our grandchildren, and President Bush is the most fiscally irresponsible President in the history of America."
- Dennis Cardoza
(Related: History, Leadership, Truth, Selling, America, Children, Congress, Credit, Future, President, Republican)

"The longer we go without strong leadership from the Administration and until we see significant progress in the day-to-day lives of the Iraqi people, the more difficult it will become to sustain the support of the American people and Congress for the current course."
- Dennis Cardoza
(Related: Leadership, People, Progress, American, Congress, Day, Support, Will)

"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."
- Dennis Cardoza
(Related: War, Congress, Help, Information, Public, Vietnam)

"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."
- Russ Carnahan
(Related: Strategy, Abuse, Congress, Fraud, Tax, President, Waste)

"It is time this Congress listened to the American people and minimum-wage workers, and it is time that we act."
- Russ Carnahan
(Related: Time, People, Act, American, Congress, Workers)

"Congress has not raised the minimum wage since 1997. The minimum wage is now at its lowest level in 50 years adjusted for inflation."
- Russ Carnahan
(Related: Congress, Inflation, Now, Wage, Years)

"Clean air is a basic right. The responsibility to ensure that falls to Congress and the president."
- Thomas Carper
(Related: Congress, President, Responsibility, Right)

"I had taken on the color of the climate around me and had driven back all the emotion that rose from the Brooklyn streets so that I could belong to the exclusive club of Congress."
- Emanuel Celler
(Related: Climate, Congress, Emotion)

"Well, I mean, Congress did originally set the formula for the state grants, and they guaranteed every state a minimum formula. So that was a congressional decision."
- Michael Chertoff
(Related: Decision, Congress, Formula, State)

"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."
- Shirley Chisholm
(Related: Time, Idea, Congress, Extreme, Meeting)

"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."
- Chris Chocola
(Related: Time, Congress, Past, Security, Taxes)

"Having said that, I believe we must not compound the natural disaster of Katrina by creating a fiscal disaster in Congress - it is our duty to ensure that we reign in other government spending in any event, and especially in this time of national emergency."
- Chris Chocola
(Related: Government, Time, Congress, Disaster, Duty)

"Anytime a large, emergency spending bill makes its way through Congress, the potential for mischief is great."
- Chris Chocola
(Related: Congress, Potential)

"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."
- Chris Chocola
(Related: Government, Pet, Opportunity, Congress, Help, Needs, Projects, Tragedy)

"Madam Speaker, before being elected to Congress, I ran a manufacturing business that did a significant percentage of our sales outside the United States."
- Chris Chocola
(Related: Business, Being, Congress, Manufacturing, Sales, states, United)

"I don't want to talk about intelligence matters. I will say, however, that intelligence-community estimates should not become public in the way of this city and in the way of Congress."
- Warren Christopher
(Related: Intelligence, Congress, Public, Talk, Want, Will)

"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."
- Abraham Clark
(Related: War, Congress, Will)

"I have the Pleasure to assure you Congress pay particular Attention to the Defence of New Jersey, and hitherto have denied us nothing which we have Asked for that Purpose."
- Abraham Clark
(Related: Purpose, Attention, Congress, Nothing, Pleasure)

"It is statesmanlike for the administration and Congress to look to our nation's welfare beyond their terms in office."
- Nick Clooney
(Related: Congress, Nation, Office, Welfare)

"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."
- Jim Clyburn
(Related: Science, Being, Congress, Leaders, Party, President, Students)

"The president and Republicans in Congress have repeatedly promised to revisit Social Security privatization after November. But Americans have already said, loud and clear, that they don't want Social Security to be privatized or dismantled."
- Jim Clyburn
(Related: Americans, Congress, President, Republicans, Security, Want)

"When I came back to Washington to be The Times' chief congressional correspondent in 1991, I was looking for a book subject, and Ted Kennedy stood out for two reasons."
- Adam Clymer
(Related: Washington)

"After 20 years in Congress, I still believe that smaller government and lower taxes are the most effective economic policies."
- Howard Coble
(Related: Government, Congress, Taxes, Years)

"As I have been saying for more than a year now, turning this vital mission over to the Iraqi people as soon as possible should remain a topic of debate for Congress while relying on our military commanders to set up the timetable."
- Howard Coble
(Related: People, Commanders, Congress, Debate, Military, Mission, Now, Saying)

"Well, I think the president is going to do well in terms of his influence for positive change here in the Congress, making sure that we don't overspend, making sure that we spend for only those programs that are justified."
- Thad Cochran
(Related: Change, Positive, Congress, Influence, President)

"Congress is functioning the way the Founding Fathers intended-not very well. They understood that if you move too quickly, our democracy will be less responsible to the majority."
- Barber B. Conable, Jr.
(Related: Congress, Democracy, Fathers, Founding, Majority, Will)

"I don't think it's the function of Congress to function well. It should drag its heels on the way to decision."
- Barber B. Conable, Jr.
(Related: Decision, Congress)

"I hope to see the bringing together of all the best educated people of the earth into a worldwide Congress of Scientists."
- Marquis de Condorcet
(Related: People, Hope, Congress, Earth, Scientists)

"The time is now for Congress to address health care in America."
- John Conyers
(Related: Health, Time, America, Care, Congress, Now)

"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."
- John Conyers
(Related: HusbCivil rights, Congress, Friends)

"This Congress is simply not doing its job under Republican leadership."
- Jim Cooper
(Related: Leadership, Congress, Job, Republican)

"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."
- Jim Cooper
(Related: Body, Congress, Day, Shame, Voting)

"I supported Bob Schaffer's three races for Congress. But we all had concerns about whether he could win statewide. Then my wife suggested that I get it."
- Pete Coors
(Related: Wife, Congress)

"It has now been over 7 years since Congress last raised the minimum wage to its current level of $5.15 per hour. Since that last increase, Congress's failure to adjust the wage for inflation has reduced the purchasing power of the minimum wage to record low levels."
- Jon Corzine
(Related: Power, Failure, Congress, Inflation, Now, Wage, Years)

"In coming to the Congress as a new Member and becoming a fellow Blue Dog, we have had an opportunity to share and really spend a great deal of time in examining the challenges that our Nation finds itself in in getting its fiscal house in order."
- Jim Costa
(Related: Time, Opportunity, Congress, Nation, Order)

"As a matter of fact, if you do not take into account, as Congressman Ross just stated, the Social Security surplus, our fiscal deficit, ladies and gentlemen, is over $700 billion today."
- Jim Costa
(Related: Fact, Ladies, Gentlemen, Security, Today)

"Despite the previous efforts of Congresses, our addiction to foreign oil, as the President stated, is greater today than ever before. That dependency is a threat to our national security, and we must address that threat."
- Jim Costa
(Related: Addiction, National security, Oil, President, Today)

"Since September 11, 2001, many in this nation and this Congress have a deeper appreciation for the importance of the sacrifices made by our law enforcement officers."
- Jerry Costello
(Related: Appreciation, Congress, Importance, Law, Nation)

"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."
- Jerry Costello
(Related: Work, History, People, Congress, Conscience, Future, Generations, Indifference)

"Amtrak is extremely important to the economy of Southern Illinois and I will continue to work with state and local leaders and my colleagues in Congress to secure the necessary funding to maintain full service."
- Jerry Costello
(Related: Work, Congress, Economy, Leaders, Service, State, Will)

"The power of the sword, say the minority... is in the hands of Congress."
- Tench Coxe
(Related: Power, Congress, Minority)

"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."
- Larry Craig
(Related: Men, War, Women, Time, Being, Congress, Responsibility, Terror)

"Laws protecting the United States flag do not cut away at the freedom of speech guaranteed in the First Amendment... Congress made this position clear upon passage of the Flag Protection Act of 1989, which prohibited desecration of the flag."
- Larry Craig
(Related: Act, Congress, First, Freedom, Laws, Protection, Speech, states, United)

"We simply must look beyond partisan goals and find common ground as Americans. It is imperative that the Members of Congress recognize that partisanship will not serve the American people."
- Michael Crapo
(Related: People, Goals, American, Americans, Congress, Will)

"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."
- Stafford Cripps
(Related: Congress, Content, Conviction, Deep, Leaders, Party, Solution)

"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."
- Davy Crockett
(Related: Money, Charity, Congress, Public, Right)

"It's not written in the Constitution or anything else.... Congress, just out of the clear blue sky, said the airwaves belong to the people, which means, in essence, that it belongs to Congress."
- Adrian Cronauer
(Related: People, Congress, Constitution, Sky)

"The right of petition, I have said, was not conferred on the People by the Constitution, but was a pre-existing right, reserved by the People out of the grants of power made to Congress."
- Caleb Cushing
(Related: Power, People, Congress, Constitution, Right)

"It's amazing to me that people have any interest in such a low-level sex scandal. If I were sleeping with a congressman, maybe, but I'm a nobody and the people I'm writing about are nobodies."
- Jessica Cutler
(Related: Sex, People, Interest, Scandal, Writing)

"I've reached out to other mayors throughout the United States to form an Olympic Task Force of Mayors, and to community leaders, Congress, and businesspeople. As thousands of people around the country join the movement, it gets more and more exciting."
- Richard M. Daley
(Related: People, Community, Congress, Country, Force, Leaders, states, United)

"Sometimes running for Congress is a four-year strategy in terms of getting out there and building a network."
- Artur Davis
(Related: Strategy, Building, Congress, Network, Running)

"You know that I am living proof that the American Dream is real. Growing up, our congressman cut through government bureaucratic red tape to help my mom buy our first house. That's the kind of congressman I'll be."
- Geoff Davis
(Related: Government, Mom, Dream, American, First, Growing up, Help, Living, Proof)

"As we enter into the 110th Congress, it is imperative that we address ethics reforms needed to make this institution run correctly."
- Jo Ann Davis
(Related: Congress, Ethics)

"First of all, let it be remembered that I speak as an ex-Communist and one who has not testified before Congressional Committees, nor written works on the Communist conspiracy."
- Dorothy Day
(Related: First)

"With scientific advances, Congress must now make changes to reflect new therapeutic options."
- Nathan Deal
(Related: Congress, Now, Options)

"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."
- Howard Dean
(Related: Leadership, Ideas, Hope, Congress, Now, Party, Republican, Right)

"There is a lot of lip service paid in this Congress and downtown at the White House about family values and small business. Who better represents family values and small business than the fishermen and women on the Oregon and California coast."
- Peter DeFazio
(Related: Business, Family, Women, Values, Congress, Fishermen, Service)

"The Bush administration and Congressional Republicans have failed to bring up comprehensive energy reform or any piece of legislation for that matter that would lower gas prices, opting instead to give massive subsidies to the oil and gas industry."
- Rosa DeLauro
(Related: Energy, Legislation, Oil, Reform, Republicans)

"The moral issue here is whether the United States Congress is going to stand in the way of science and preclude scientists from doing lifesaving research."
- Rosa DeLauro
(Related: Science, Congress, Research, Scientists, states, United)

"In short, it is the position of the people of the United States, as expressed by their representatives in Congress, that Israel's fight is our fight. And so shall it be until the last terrorist on earth is in a cell or a cemetery."
- Tom DeLay
(Related: People, Congress, Earth, Fight, Israel, states, United)

"Sure the people are stupid: the human race is stupid. Sure Congress is an inefficient instrument of government. But the people are not stupid enough to abandon representative government for any other kind, including government by the guy who knows."
- Bernard Devoto
(Related: Government, People, Congress, Race)

"One of my top priorities in Congress is to reduce U.S. dependence on fossil fuels."
- Lincoln Diaz-Balart
(Related: Congress, Dependence, Priorities)

"Last year, Congress gave the Department of Defense the authority to design a new civilian personnel system for its employees as part of the defense authorization bill."
- Norm Dicks
(Related: Design, Authority, Congress, Defense, Employees)

"If the president is failing to disclose material facts with regard to legislation being presented to the Congress on a question as important as war and peace, I think it does impair the level of trust that the House and the Senate have for this administration."
- John Dingell
(Related: Trust, War, Peace, Being, Congress, Facts, Legislation, President, Question, Senate)

"The Congress has now become a fairly evenly divided entity."
- John Dingell
(Related: Congress, Now)

"I have said, with respect to authorization bills, that I do not want the Congress or the country to commit fiscal suicide on the installment plan."
- Everett Dirksen
(Related: Congress, Country, Respect, Suicide, Want)

"Obviously, overall infrastructure needs on the Southwest and Northern borders are mounting. We need a major push in Congress to remedy this."
- Pete Domenici
(Related: Congress, Needs)

"This resolution is further proof that Congress stands firmly behind our troops and remains resolved to pursue those responsible for the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, until they are discovered, detained, and punished."
- John Doolittle
(Related: Congress, Proof, Resolution, Troops)

"The Bush Administration and the Congress have to stop ignoring this crisis in international trade. The longer we ignore it, the more American jobs will move overseas. It's just that simple."
- Byron Dorgan
(Related: American, Congress, Crisis, Jobs, Trade, Will)

"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."
- Rita Dove
(Related: Poetry, Congress, Reading, Rest, Want)

"Every day President Bush and Congress refuse to fulfill their obligation to special ed is another day Wisconsin property taxpayers are stuck with the bill. It's unfair, irresponsible and must stop."
- Jim Doyle
(Related: Congress, Day, Obligation, President, Property)

"I would not have a woman go to Congress merely because she is a woman."
- Crystal Eastman
(Related: Congress, Woman)

"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."
- Sibel Edmonds
(Related: Congress, Justice, Obligation, Public, Responsibility)

"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."
- Sibel Edmonds
(Related: Congress, Corruption, Court, Pressure, Saying, Senate)

"Serving in Congress has been the honor of a lifetime."
- Bob Ehrlich
(Related: Congress, Honor)

"Only we, the public, can force our representatives to reverse their abdication of the war powers that the Constitution gives exclusively to the Congress."
- Daniel Ellsberg
(Related: War, Congress, Constitution, Force, Public)

"We stand with the people of Taiwan and their democratic ways, and I am proud to be a part of reaffirming the unwavering commitment to the Taiwan Relations Act by the United States Congress."
- Eliot Engel
(Related: People, Act, Commitment, Congress, states, United)

"I think it's a lovely idea, but it will not pass the Congress. I live in a world of realities. The policy of our country is that we can drill our way to independence. I think that's a march to folly."
- Anna Eshoo
(Related: Policy, Idea, Congress, Country, Folly, Independence, March, Will, World)

"There were speeches made in Congress in the very last session before the outbreak of the Rebellion, so ferocious as to show that their authors were under the influence of a real frenzy."
- Edward Everett
(Related: Congress, Influence, Rebellion)

"What five members of the Supreme Court say the law is may be something vastly different from what Congress intended the law to be."
- Benjamin F. Fairless
(Related: Congress, Court, Law, May)

"The Republican Party is in charge. They've been charge of the Congress and spending for 10 years."
- Chaka Fattah
(Related: Congress, Party, Republican, Years)

"There's not an appropriations bill in the last 10 years that the-that Democrats passed in the Congress. We haven't spent any money of your taxes in the last decade."
- Chaka Fattah
(Related: Money, Congress, Democrats, Taxes, Years)

"If a trip is worth taking, members of Congress should be prepared to justify paying for it out of their office accounts."
- Russ Feingold
(Related: Congress, Office, Worth)

"Health care for all Americans is the most pressing domestic issue today. It's far past time for the President and Congress to deliver health care to everyone."
- Russ Feingold
(Related: Health, Time, Americans, Care, Congress, Past, President, Today)

"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."
- Peter Fenn
(Related: Congress, First, Minority, Tyranny, Years)

"But I made one mistake which I would never repeat as a member of Congress when I was in Washington, and that was when I was elected I didn't go on trips because I was so afraid of having someone accuse me of taking junkets."
- Geraldine Ferraro
(Related: Mistake, Congress, Washington)

"I was a trial lawyer when I was elected to Congress."
- Geraldine Ferraro
(Related: Congress)

"Many critics of the Palestinians, especially those in Congress, think the current calm is merely the eye of the storm. That's why the House of Representatives approved a foreign aid package last week that forbade the direct financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority ."
- Suzanne Fields
(Related: Financial, Authority, Congress, Eye)

"We have seen that, in another unfunded mandate, the so-called No Child Left Behind Act, which created tougher standards, and we all support that, but Congress did not provide the money to attract and hire the best teachers."
- Bob Filner
(Related: Money, Act, Congress, Support, Teachers)

"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."
- Bob Filner
(Related: Food, Children, Congress, Direction, Wrong)

"As Congress continues to debate ways to address illegal immigration, we must remember the many hard-working legal immigrants that contribute so much to our nation's economy and culture."
- Bob Filner
(Related: Legal, Congress, Culture, Debate, Economy, Nation)

"We as a Congress have a moral obligation to bring justice to the families of these victims. Furthermore, as a society based on laws, we have a responsibility to ensure that criminals don't go unpunished."
- Bob Filner
(Related: Society, Congress, Justice, Laws, Obligation, Responsibility, Victims)

"A Congressional Budget Office study estimated that gulf energy infrastructure repair costs will be between $18 billion and $31 billion, just from the damages the hurricane created."
- Mark Foley
(Related: Energy, Office, Study, Will)

"The fact that they're a congressionally chartered group should no more incline people to give to that group than the fact that it's National Pickle Month should make them eat more pickles."
- Barney Frank
(Related: People, Fact)

"Congress should be forward thinking in the policies we set, instead of waiting until catastrophe looms."
- Bill Frist
(Related: Congress, Thinking, Waiting)

"I submit to you, Mr. President of Congress, my formal resignation as president of the republic."
- Alberto Fujimori
(Related: Congress, President, Resignation)

"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."
- Christopher Gadsden
(Related: America, Congress, First, Man, Support)

"Congress has greatly tightened the loopholes terrorists can use to harm Americans. We need to do more. We need controls immediately on what forms of ID are adequate to board planes and enter secure sites."
- Elton Gallegly
(Related: Americans, Congress, Harm)

"When one may pay out over two million dollars to presidential and Congressional campaigns, the U.S. government is virtually up for sale."
- John W. Gardner
(Related: Government, May)

"I'm confident in our resolve to make the decisions necessary to keep our country and our people safe and prosperous and I look forward to representing the citizens of Pennsylvania's 6th Congressional District for the next two years."
- Jim Gerlach
(Related: People, Country, Decisions, Years)

"Well, my wife, Cathy Gillespie, worked for Joe Barton, who was running for Congress in 1984."
- Ed Gillespie
(Related: Wife, Congress, Running)

"The lack of health care coverage has remained very important to me during my time in Congress and as a member of the House Subcommittee on Health, I am working hard with my colleagues to correct these inequalities."
- Paul Gillmor
(Related: Health, Time, Care, Congress)

"It has been a top priority of Congress to reduce the drug costs of all seniors."
- Paul Gillmor
(Related: Congress)

"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."
- Paul Gillmor
(Related: Fear, Act, Congress, Country, Help, Will)

"The idea that a congressman would be tainted by accepting money from private industry or private sources is essentially a socialist argument."
- Newt Gingrich
(Related: Money, Idea, Argument)

"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."
- Tom Glazer
(Related: Home, Thought, Books, College, Congress, End, English, Job)

"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."
- Barry Goldwater
(Related: Family, Life, Wife, People, American, Congress, Friends, Nixon, Party, World)

"But the Congress has made the determination that certain kinds of information can be protected even though the American people may want to have access to information."
- Alberto Gonzales
(Related: People, Determination, American, Congress, Information, May, Want)

"The salary of a member of Congress ends the day that he of she leaves office."
- Virgil Goode
(Related: Congress, Day, Office)

"The retirement system that is in place for members of Congress and other federal workers features what is known as the Federal Employment Retirement Plan."
- Virgil Goode
(Related: Congress, Retirement, Workers)

"During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet."
- Al Gore
(Related: Congress, Internet, Service, states, United)

"Just this week, my husband proposed a plan for schools and libraries to develop their own plans to keep children from finding indecent material on the Internet as an alternative to a Congressional proposal that would require a federally mandated solution."
- Tipper Gore
(Related: HusbChildren, Internet, Libraries, Schools, Solution)

"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."
- Bob Graham
(Related: Trust, Truth, Congress, President, Will, Word)

"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."
- Harold H. Greene
(Related: Work, Congress, Fun, Learning)

"We in this Congress have a choice. The American people have a right to exercise a choice on this issue, as to whether our men and women will continue to fight and die in a war based on deception and fantasy, or to start bringing the troops home."
- Raul Grijalva
(Related: Home, Men, War, Women, People, American, Choice, Congress, Deception, Exercise, Fantasy, Fight, Right, Troops, Will)

"How many times will this Congress waste time on an issue that a majority of Americans do not want?"
- Raul Grijalva
(Related: Time, Americans, Congress, Majority, Want, Waste, Will)

"I believe certain members of the U.S. Congress have aided in the oppression and diversion of critical information that could have revealed a fullness of truth long ago."
- Bo Gritz
(Related: Truth, Congress, Information, Oppression)

"Congress will pass a law restricting public comment on the Internet to individuals who have spent a minimum of one hour actually accomplishing a specific task while on line."
- Andy Grove
(Related: Congress, Internet, Law, Public, Will)

"Mr. Speaker, Americans want, need, and rightfully expect Congress to protect them from the prying eyes of identity thieves and give them back control of their Social Security numbers and personal health information."
- Luis Gutierrez
(Related: Health, Control, Americans, Congress, Eyes, Identity, Information, Numbers, Security, Want)

"So, you know, I think that Democrats are being more successful in Congress and I'm really going to be proud of the role I will play tomorrow as ranking Democrat on the Intelligence Committee when this bill passes."
- Jane Harman
(Related: Intelligence, Successful, Being, Committee, Congress, Democrats, Play, Tomorrow, Will)

"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."
- W. Averell Harriman
(Related: Act, Congress, Direction, Europe)

"The federal government seeks to control and regulate the Internet, but the last thing this Congress should be doing is trying to stifle public debate online."
- Dennis Hastert
(Related: Government, Control, Congress, Debate, Internet, Public, Trying)

"If Americans want to see results instead of rhetoric, if taxpayers would like solutions instead of sound bites, and hard work instead of horse trading, I suggest you take a short look, and it won't take much longer, at the accomplishments of this Congress."
- Alcee Hastings
(Related: Work, Accomplishments, Americans, Congress, Hard work, Results, Rhetoric, Sound, Want)

"The Middle East is literally going up in flames, as is California, and Katrina's problems haven't been solved, and Congress' response is to criticize Federal judges."
- Alcee Hastings
(Related: Congress, Judges, Problems)

"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."
- Doc Hastings
(Related: Act, Actions, Answers, Congress, Veterans)

"Since September 11th Congress has created the Department of Homeland Security, more than doubled the homeland security budget and implemented a bipartisan overhaul of our intelligence systems."
- Doc Hastings
(Related: Intelligence, Congress, Security)

"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."
- Doc Hastings
(Related: Government, Money, Americans, Congress, Tax)

"Now Congress learns that the Veterans Administration failed to provide complete, accurate information on the money it needs for both this year and next year."
- Doc Hastings
(Related: Money, Congress, Information, Needs, Now, Veterans)

"I am not liked as a President by the politicians in office, in the press, or in Congress. But I am content to abide the judgment the sober second thought of the people."
- Rutherford B. Hayes
(Related: Thought, People, Congress, Content, Judgment, Office, Politicians, President, Press)

"There was no Congressional Club for my first campaign. There was no organized state group of Young Republicans, but there was a dedicated core of young people who volunteered to do anything my campaign needed."
- Jesse Helms
(Related: People, First, Republicans, State)

"While Congress can't overturn the Supreme Court, we can provide carrots and sticks to prevent local governments from unfairly taking property from landowners."
- Stephanie Herseth
(Related: Congress, Court, Property)

"We may not imagine how our lives could be more frustrating and complex - but Congress can."
- Cullen Hightower
(Related: Congress, May)

"Talk is cheap - except when Congress does it."
- Cullen Hightower
(Related: Congress, Talk)

"The mistakes made by Congress wouldn't be so bad if the next Congress didn't keep trying to correct them."
- Cullen Hightower
(Related: Congress, Mistakes, Trying)

"In the final analysis this congressional race is always going to be a close race, whether there's a presidential race or governor's race or not. But is this a better year? Yes, this would probably be a better year."
- Baron Hill
(Related: Race)

"Now back in those days, to become a rural mail carrier you had to be approved by congress."
- Betty Hill
(Related: Congress, Mail, Now)

"Whether we like it or not, men have more of the offices, more of the higher jobs, more of the seats in Congress. Men need to re-examine what their power is. We need to understand how to use it."
- James Hillman
(Related: Men, Power, Congress, Jobs)

"There has been a growing consensus across the country - from statehouses to the White House and the halls of Congress - that we need to take dramatic steps to improve our secondary schools."
- Ruben Hinojosa
(Related: Congress, Country, Schools)

"If we do not get No Child Left Behind right for Limited English Proficient students, the law will be a failure for most schools in the 15th Congressional District, and for many across the nation."
- Ruben Hinojosa
(Related: Failure, English, Law, Nation, Right, Schools, Students, Will)

"Penn State University is also nationally recognized for the exceptional research and patient care provided at the College of Medicine, located in my Congressional District in Hershey, PA."
- Tim Holden
(Related: Care, College, Medicine, Research, State, University)

"I am not a proponent of the death penalty, but I will enforce the law as this Congress gives it to us."
- Eric Holder
(Related: Death, Congress, Law, Will)

"As we get closer to the end of this Congress, we should be addressing the urgent needs of the American people - the war in Iraq, affordable health care, a sensible energy policy, quality education for our children, retirement security, and a sound and fair fiscal policy."
- Chris Van Hollen
(Related: Education, Health, War, Quality, People, Policy, American, Care, Children, Congress, End, Energy, Iraq, Needs, Retirement, Secur)

"I have been privileged to have the opportunity to work with many of African American fraternal and social organizations that are active in my congressional district. They all do important work that makes a tangible difference to the quality of life in our community."
- Chris Van Hollen
(Related: Life, Work, Quality, Opportunity, African, American, Community, Difference)

"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."
- Chris Van Hollen
(Related: Government, Action, Body, Congress, Democrats, Osama bin laden, Republicans, states, United)

"It is plain that, when it comes to inferior officers, Congress itself can pass a law sending these nominees to the President with him having the authority to put them on the bench without the advice and consent of the Senate."
- John Jay Hooker
(Related: Advice, Authority, Congress, Law, President, Senate)

"If we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday at a time of presidential inaugurals, this is thanks to Ronald Reagan who created the holiday, and not to the Democratic Congress of the Carter years, which rejected it."
- David Horowitz
(Related: Birthday, Time, Congress, Holiday, Martin, Years)

"I don't mind what Congress does, as long as they don't do it in the streets and frighten the horses."
- Victor Hugo
(Related: Congress, Horses, Mind)

"I have seen in the Halls of Congress more idealism, more humanness, more compassion, more profiles of courage than in any other institution that I have ever known."
- Hubert H. Humphrey
(Related: Courage, Compassion, Congress, Idealism)

"There are so many women on the floor of Congress, it looks like a mall."
- Henry Hyde
(Related: Women, Congress)

"We in Congress need to support the American forces in every conceivable way, giving them the tools to continue to convert, capture or kill terrorists and the time to equip the Iraqi security forces."
- Bob Inglis
(Related: Time, American, Congress, Giving, Security, Support, Tools)

"Well I think that what we're seeing now is that the people feel like they, the people in Congress don't have their consent to govern them. They keep doing things that are incredibly unpopular. And so when that happens, folks get angry."
- Laura Ingraham
(Related: People, Congress, Now)

"The 1st Congressional District contains almost half of the biotech and biomedical companies in Washington, and my job often allows me to meet the people responsible for this exciting research."
- Jay Inslee
(Related: People, Job, Research, Washington)

"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."
- Johnny Isakson
(Related: Home, Congress, Fact, states, United, World)

"You know, this is - one can imagine how life would be different if one body of Congress was controlled by the other party, there would be subpoena power and there would be all - mechanisms to get to the bottom of all sorts of issues of controversy."
- Michael Isikoff
(Related: Life, Power, Body, Congress, Controversy, Party)

"Every one of our congressional offices, every day, is under attack."
- Darrell Issa
(Related: Day)

"I don't believe in lobbying only progressives and liberal members of Congress. I don't believe in doing interviews only with those who share my views. I want to reach a wider audience."
- Bianca Jagger
(Related: Congress, Liberal, Want)

"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?"
- Thomas Jefferson
(Related: People, Body, Congress, Lawyers, Nothing, Present, Question, Talk, Talking, Trade, Yield)

"Police officials routinely execute search warrants on private homes and offices, and Congressional offices should not be treated any differently. There cannot be one set of rules for elected officials and another set of rules for everyone else."
- Bobby Jindal
(Related: Police, Rules)

"Members of Congress must live according to the same laws as everyone else."
- Bobby Jindal
(Related: Congress, Laws)

"When I ran for Congress I promised to help make health care affordable again."
- Bobby Jindal
(Related: Health, Care, Congress, Help)

"Congress did a good thing back in 1995 in passing the Deep Water Royalty Relief Act. That act did a simple thing. It provided automatic royalty relief for new leases for 5 years in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico."
- Bobby Jindal
(Related: Act, Congress, Deep, Royalty, Water, Years)

"There is but one way for a president to deal with Congress, and that is continuously, incessantly, and without interruption. If it is really going to work, the relationship has got to be almost incestuous."
- Lyndon B. Johnson
(Related: Work, Congress, President)

"If they're willing to stand at polls for countless hours in the rain, as many did, then I should surely stand up for them here in the halls of Congress."
- Stephanie Tubbs Jones
(Related: Congress, Rain)

"From 1918 on, trade unionists were to express from the platforms of their congresses the workers' desire for peace through a rational organization of the world."
- Leon Jouhaux
(Related: Peace, Desire, Trade, Workers, World)

"In fact, corporate and union moneys go overwhelmingly to incumbents, so limiting that money, as Congress did in the campaign finance law, may be the single most self-denying thing that Congress has ever done."
- Elena Kagan
(Related: Finance, Money, Congress, Corporate, Fact, Law, May, Self)

"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."
- Tim Kaine
(Related: People, Congress, Democrats, Now, Party, Reason, Right)

"Illegal immigration presents a huge problem. That is why I decided to spend a week along the southern border to see firsthand how bad the problem is and, more importantly, what Congress can do to fix it."
- Ric Keller
(Related: Congress)

"Finally, we need more Border Patrol agents. Although Congress has already tripled the number of Border Patrol agents since the late 1980s, more are still needed."
- Ric Keller
(Related: Congress)

"Last year, I co-sponsored the Highlands Conservation Act and in a bipartisan effort we passed the bill through Congress."
- Sue Kelly
(Related: Act, Congress, Conservation, Effort)

"Promoting job creation and economic growth in the Hudson Valley is one of my top priorities in Congress."
- Sue Kelly
(Related: Growth, Congress, Creation, Job, Priorities)

"My efforts in Congress are guided by the belief that environmental preservation and restoration are a critical part of the legacy we leave to future generations."
- Sue Kelly
(Related: Environmental, Belief, Congress, Future, Generations)

"I've had a tough time learning how to act like a congressman. Today I accidentally spent some of my own money."
- Joseph P. Kennedy
(Related: Money, Time, Act, Learning, Today)

"As a Member of Congress, I've continued my family's tradition of focusing on education."
- Mark Kennedy
(Related: Education, Family, Congress, Tradition)

"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."
- Mark Kennedy
(Related: Congress, Drugs)

"Moreover, as the leadership of the House confirmed last year, the Administration remains opposed to a congressional resolution on the Armenian Genocide due to Turkish objections. This approach sends absolutely the wrong signal to Turkey and to the rest of the world."
- Patrick J. Kennedy
(Related: Leadership, Genocide, Resolution, Rest, Turkey, World, Wrong)

"I believe that successfully addressing our national security needs while protecting our basic freedoms and civil liberties requires continual Congressional oversight, and I will continue to work to assert the role of this body in carrying out this grave responsibility."
- Patrick J. Kennedy
(Related: Work, Body, Civil liberties, Grave, National security, Needs, Responsibility, Will)

"As fighting in Iraq intensifies, President Bush delivered his supplemental war budget to Congress. The money will cover 30 days of fighting, then we'll be sent one war every other month until we cancel our subscription."
- Craig Kilborn
(Related: Money, War, Congress, Fighting, Iraq, President, Will)

"Again, in Wag the Dog, war has to be declared by an act of congress. But if you go to war, you don't have to declare war. You're just at war and we did that, which is not legal."
- Val Kilmer
(Related: Legal, War, Act, Congress)

"One of the first things I did as a new Member of Congress was help form a bipartisan Mississippi River Caucus so we could work together from both the North and the South in order to draw attention to the resources that are needed along the Mississippi River."
- Ron Kind
(Related: Work, Attention, Congress, First, Help, Order)

"As founder and co-chair of the upper Mississippi River Congressional task force, I have long sought to preserve the river's health and historical multiple uses, including as a natural waterway and a home to wildlife, for the benefit of future generations of Americans."
- Ron Kind
(Related: Health, Home, Americans, Force, Future, Generations, Wildlife)

"The decision to go to war is the most important decision that I can make as a representative in Congress. As a veteran, I see any potential military action first through the eyes of the young men and women who volunteered to wear the uniform and would carry out such a mission."
- Mark Kirk
(Related: Men, War, Women, Action, Decision, Congress, Eyes, First, Military, Mission, Potential)

"The powers of Congress are totally inadequate to preserve the balance between the respective States, and oblige them to do those things which are essential for their own welfare or for the general good."
- Henry Knox
(Related: Balance, Congress, states, Welfare)

"I would rather be known as 'Jim Kolbe, the trade expert in Congress who happens to be gay,' rather than 'Jim Kolbe, gay congressman from Arizona.'"
- Jim Kolbe
(Related: Congress, Gay, Trade)

"I have to thank the People, the Congress, and the Government of the United States for my liberation."
- Lajos Kossuth
(Related: Government, People, Congress, states, United)

"Media companies, under the guise of piracy, are asking congress to give them more control over fair use. Hollywood wants to control innovation."
- Joe Krauss
(Related: Control, Congress, Hollywood, Innovation, Media)

"The photos were taken by African Union soldiers. People in Congress saw them. I thought if people could see them, there would be public outcry. No one would be able to say, We just didn't know what was going on there."
- Nicholas D. Kristof
(Related: Thought, People, African, Congress, Public, Soldiers)

"There isn't a political price to be paid yet for doing nothing. People need to get upset with President Bush. People need to get upset with their Congressmen."
- Nicholas D. Kristof
(Related: People, Nothing, President)

"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."
- Nick Lampson
(Related: Benefits, Congress, Nothing, Veterans)

"The local communities, through their leaders, were able to build a communications network that allowed my work here to reflect the needs and interests of the people within the 9th Congressional District. It's been an honor to do that and we did so successfully."
- Nick Lampson
(Related: Work, People, Honor, Leaders, Needs, Network)

"We are telling veterans they must sacrifice to pay for the pet projects and contracts to campaign donors of powerful members of Congress."
- Nick Lampson
(Related: Pet, Sacrifice, Congress, Projects, Veterans)

"What standards are upheld by the scientific community affect the community internally, and also affect its relations with society at large, including Congress."
- Serge Lang
(Related: Society, Community, Congress)

"They cannot count on the press and they cannot count on Congressional committees to bring the problems of the scientific community to their own attention, or to police the scientific community."
- Serge Lang
(Related: Attention, Community, Police, Press, Problems)

"The Chinese leadership hoped that the world would soon forget the Tiananmen Square massacre. Our job in Congress is to ensure that we never forget those who lost their lives in Tiananmen Square that day or the pro-democracy cause for which they fought."
- Tom Lantos
(Related: Leadership, Cause, Congress, Day, Forget, Job, World)

"Sometimes Congress likes to milk an issue."
- Steve Largent
(Related: Congress)

"I can finally go home and tell the constituents, law enforcement, and leaders in Washington state that Congress is treating the meth problem with the same urgency and commitment that local communities have been treating it with for years."
- Rick Larsen
(Related: Home, Commitment, Congress, Law, Leaders, State, Washington, Years)

"Congress must take responsibility for a new positive direction - an innovative agenda that will lead to a more secure America. Secure communities, secure economies, and a secure quality of life."
- Rick Larsen
(Related: Life, Quality, Positive, America, Congress, Direction, Responsibility, Will)

"As the first Member of Congress from western Washington to serve on the House Agriculture Committee in over 50 years, I am proud to represent the needs of our agriculture community."
- Rick Larsen
(Related: Agriculture, Committee, Community, Congress, First, Needs, Washington, Years)

"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."
- Rick Larsen
(Related: Opportunity, Class, Congress, Favors, Tax, Middle class)

"Washington state's 2nd Congressional District is a major producer of small fruit crops such as raspberries and strawberries. This research center is doing important work to help farmers enhance the quality, yield and marketability of their small fruit crops."
- Rick Larsen
(Related: Work, Quality, Help, Research, State, Washington, Yield)

"I had hoped to hear the President tonight tell the Congress and the American people exactly how he plans to tackle some of the important issues facing this country, unfortunately I did not."
- Frank Lautenberg
(Related: People, American, Congress, Country, President)

"I wish the press were paying more attention to the erosion of the Constitution and the slippery slope that we're getting into, by giving up the right of the Congress to talk about when and how and where we go to war."
- Barbara Lee
(Related: War, Attention, Congress, Constitution, Giving, Press, Right, Talk)

"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."
- Robert E. Lee
(Related: Army, Congress)

"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."
- Sheila Jackson Lee
(Related: Vision, Congress, Mission, Moon, President, Support)

"Marching with over a million women in support of our reproductive rights was one of the most empowering things I have done, both as a woman and as a Member of Congress."
- Sheila Jackson Lee
(Related: Women, Congress, Rights, Support, Woman)

"When I was introduced to Johnson he was a freshman Congressman."
- Erich Leinsdorf
"The Congressman ascertained that the consulate in Havana had numbers to feed the pigs."
- Erich Leinsdorf
(Related: Numbers)

"I was sent down to Cuba. Everything had been prepared with the help of Congressman Johnson and his staff."
- Erich Leinsdorf
(Related: Help)

"I was introduced to Congressman Lyndon B. Johnson. The young Congressman was very friendly."
- Erich Leinsdorf
"More coming out about Saddam Hussein. We now know he takes Viagra and he has as many as six mistresses. No wonder Congress is reluctant to take action against this guy - he's one of their own."
- Jay Leno
(Related: Action, Congress, Now, Wonder)

"Copyrights have not expired, and will not expire, so long as Congress is free to be bought to extend them again."
- Lawrence Lessig
(Related: Congress, Will)

"Though Congress continues to explore possible solutions to ensure social security solvency, everyone must take personal responsibility to prepare their own retirement savings accordingly."
- Ron Lewis
(Related: Congress, Responsibility, Retirement, Security)

"Freedom of religion is a principle that is central to our Nation's Declaration of Independence. Congress has taken this positive step to protect our freedom to express allegiance to America's flag and the ideals it represents."
- Ron Lewis
(Related: Religion, Positive, America, Congress, Freedom, Independence, Ideals, Nation)

"We must continue our fight to ensure that Federal, State, and local authorities have the resources and support necessary to combat this growing epidemic. This is a top priority for me and many of my colleagues here in Congress."
- Ron Lewis
(Related: Congress, Fight, State, Support)

"If I can go from burglar for the government to talk show host, you can go from entertainer to congressman."
- G. Gordon Liddy
(Related: Government, Talk)

"Obama's health care plan will be written by a committee whose head, John Conyers, says he doesn't understand it. It'll be passed by Congress that has not read it, signed by a president who smokes, funded by a Treasury chief who didn't pay his taxes, overseen by a Surgeon General who is obese, and financed by a country that's nearly broke. What could possibly go wrong?"
- Rush Limbaugh
(Related: Health, Care, Committee, Congress, Country, President, Taxes, Will, Wrong)

"We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution."
- Abraham Lincoln
(Related: Men, People, Congress, Constitution)

"I have seen the times when the grassroots has moved the Congress. We listen way more often to our constituents than the lobbyists. And the grassroots are going to have to do it."
- John Linder
(Related: Congress)

"The voters in my district, and around the country, have demanded that Congress get a hold on the influx of illegal immigrants and tighten the security around our borders."
- John Linder
(Related: Congress, Country, Security)

"I am committed to working with Speaker Hastert and the other members of the Illinois congressional delegation to do all that I can to ensure that Illinois' funding needs are adequately met."
- Bill Lipinski
(Related: Needs)

"More than 70 percent of seniors are asking for more time. It is long overdue for Congress to listen and make sure that seniors have a prescription drug plan that works for them."
- Dan Lipinski
(Related: Time, Congress)

"The arts are an even better barometer of what is happening in our world than the stock market or the debates in congress."
- Hendrik Willem Van Loon
(Related: Congress, World)

"They say women talk too much. If you have worked in Congress you know that the filibuster was invented by men."
- Clare Boothe Luce
(Related: Men, Women, Congress, Talk)

"They say that women talk too much. If you have worked in Congress you know that the filibuster was invented by men."
- Clare Boothe Luce
(Related: Men, Women, Congress, Talk)

"The one thing that I have been struck with, after coming here to Congress is, how many people in Washington, D.C. talk about job loss like they are talking about the weather, or a natural disaster like an earthquake."
- Stephen F. Lynch
(Related: People, Congress, Disaster, Job, Loss, Talk, Talking, Washington, Weather)

"Giving jazz the Congressional seal of approval is a little like making Huck Finn an honorary Boy Scout."
- Melvin Maddocks
(Related: Approval, Giving, Jazz)

"What Democratic congressmen do to their women staffers, Republican congressmen do to the country."
- Bill Maher
(Related: Women, Country, Republican)

"The increase in straight-ticket party voting in recent years means that competitive congressional races can tip one way or the other depending on the showing of the candidates at the top of the ticket."
- Thomas E. Mann
(Related: Party, Voting, Years)

"With the parties at virtual parity and the ideological gulf between them never greater, the stakes of majority control of Congress are extremely high."
- Thomas E. Mann
(Related: Control, Congress, Majority)

"Congress requires states to draw single-member districts."
- Thomas E. Mann
(Related: Congress, states)

"Unfortunately a Constitutional amendment that would have empowered Congress to make desecration of the United States flag illegal failed to pass by one vote."
- Kenny Marchant
(Related: Congress, states, United, Vote)

"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."
- Ed Markey
(Related: Leadership, Congress, Economy, President, Republican, Years)

"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."
- Ed Markey
(Related: Work, People, Congress, Country, Rights, Party, Protection, Republican)

"It is more profitable for your congressman to support the tobacco industry than your life."
- Jackie Mason
(Related: Life, Support)

"The problem... is that most members of Congress don't pay attention to what's going on."
- John McCain
(Related: Attention, Congress)

"Over the past year, several cases of human rights abuses, specifically sexual exploitation and abuse, by individuals involved in U.N. peacekeeping operations have raised the suspicions of many Members of Congress and members of the International Relations Committee."
- Michael McCaul
(Related: Abuse, Committee, Congress, Exploitation, Rights, Human rights, Past)

"Texas' and America's farmers are suffering. As the Member of Congress representing the 10th Congressional District of Texas, I have traveled throughout our area and have seen first-hand how the drought has affected our agricultural communities."
- Michael McCaul
(Related: America, Congress, First, Suffering)

"The whole process of getting licenses to broadcast, which took place decades ago, was done behind closed doors by powerful lobbies, and wealthy commercial interests got all the licenses with no public input, no congressional input for that matter."
- Robert McChesney
(Related: Public)

"The cost of congressional and presidential campaigns has been leaping every two or four years. I think this year it will be 60 percent more than 1996; well over twice as much as in 1992 in the presidential and congressional races."
- Robert McChesney
(Related: Will, Years)

"The result was, when Congress convened in January 1971, everyone was now an environmentalist. They had seen a new force, college students, who favored the environment."
- Pete McCloskey
(Related: College, Congress, Environment, Force, Now, Result, Students)

"It's time Congress got its priorities straight."
- Mitch McConnell
(Related: Time, Congress, Priorities)

"The administration still wants to govern from the far-left and that's going to produce kind a partisan result here in the Congress."
- Mitch McConnell
(Related: Congress, Result)

"Reducing health costs and increasing access to health care are worthy goals that every Member of Congress should support."
- Jim McCrery
(Related: Health, Goals, Care, Congress, Support)

"As one of the voices of rural New Yorkers in Congress, I am committed to supporting efforts such as these that will make a real impact in people's lives."
- John M. McHugh
(Related: People, Congress, Will)

"It now becomes clear why the Bush Administration has been vigorously opposing congressional hearings. The Bush Administration has been engaged in a conspiracy of silence."
- Cynthia McKinney
(Related: Now, Silence)

"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."
- Cynthia McKinney
(Related: Truth, People, American, Congress, Silence, Trying, Voice)

"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."
- Cathy McMorris
(Related: Health, Quality, Care, Congress, Economy, First, Nation, Priorities)

"There have been high crimes and misdemeanors, but they have been committed by the special prosecutor and the Congress, not the president."
- Donella Meadows
(Related: Congress, President)

"The worst excesses of the Congress of the 1980s pale in comparison with what is going on in Washington today."
- Marty Meehan
(Related: Congress, Today, Washington)

"Parts of the Voting Rights Act are due to expire next year if Congress doesn't extend them, including the section that guarantees that voting rights will be protected by the federal government."
- Marty Meehan
(Related: Government, Act, Congress, Rights, Voting, Will)

"Just about every year, Congress passes another crime bill - spending billions of dollars to build more prisons, to place more band-aids on society's scars."
- Carrie P. Meek
(Related: Society, Congress, Crime)

"In all, dozens upon dozens of groups and organizations have prioritized stopping the killing in Darfur before there is no one left to be killed. It is high time that we, the U.S. Congress, join our name to that list."
- Kendrick Meek
(Related: Time, Congress, Killing, Name)

"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."
- Kendrick Meek
(Related: People, American, Congress, Saying, Vote)

"Why shouldn't future generations and young Americans have the choice to earn a higher rate of return? Why shouldn't they be able to own their own Social Security so that Congress can't spend it on other things?"
- Ken Mehlman
(Related: Americans, Choice, Congress, Future, Generations, Security)

"The Democrats' plan for 2006? Take the House and Senate and impeach the president. With our nation at war, is this the kind of Congress you want?"
- Ken Mehlman
(Related: War, Congress, Democrats, Nation, President, Senate, Want)

"Yes, I do agree we need health care reform; however, this bill badly misses the mark. Congress can and must do better for the American people."
- John Mica
(Related: Health, People, American, Care, Congress, Reform)

"Police in Washington D.C. are now using cameras to catch drivers who go through red lights. Many congressmen this week opposed the use of the red light cameras incorrectly assuming they were being used for surveillance at local brothels."
- Dennis Miller
(Related: Being, Light, Now, Police, Washington)

"It is no secret that our tax code is drastically outdated and burdensome to all Americans. Fortunately, more and more people are aware daily of the inequities that arise from things such as the estate tax, and it has come to the forefront of Congress' agenda."
- Jeff Miller
(Related: People, Americans, Congress, Tax)

"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."
- Jeff Miller
(Related: Money, Discipline, Congress, First, Future, Now, Security)

"It is the utmost necessity that this congress be a congress of unity."
- Slobodan Milosevic
(Related: Congress, Necessity, Unity)

"I continued to serve in Congress until 2001."
- David Minge
(Related: Congress)

"The public conviction that a railroad linking the West and the East was an absolute necessity became so pronounced after the gold discoveries of '49 that Congress passed an act in 1853 providing for a survey of several lines from the Mississippi to the Pacific."
- John Moody
(Related: Act, Congress, Conviction, Gold, Necessity, Public)

"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."
- Daniel Keys Moran
(Related: Change, Balance, Congress, Country, President, Want)

"The mayor has got to work closely with a wide variety of people, his city council, state legislature, governor, business community, labor community, president and the congress in order to be able to do this."
- Marc Morial
(Related: Business, Work, People, Community, Congress, Labor, Order, President, State, Variety)

"As Bob Dole found out, you can't keep a positive image while being your party's mouthpiece in Congress. That's why no legislative leader since James Madison has ever been elected president."
- Dick Morris
(Related: Leader, Positive, Being, Congress, Party, President)

"All the flower children were as alike as a congress of accountants and about as interesting."
- John Mortimer
(Related: Children, Congress)

"We cannot go up on a wire. We cannot do a search without a judge on the FISA Court approving it and determining that we have met the standard that has been set forth by Congress in order to utilize these techniques."
- Robert Mueller
(Related: Congress, Court, Order)

"The pro-growth policies of Congress have helped created new jobs in the region and across the country."
- Tim Murphy
(Related: Congress, Country, Jobs)

"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."
- John Murray
(Related: Work, People, Congress, Living, Will)

"All elections revolve around and are often resolved by who raises the most money. That's unfair. I'd like to see that process changed, but it seems once you win and get to Congress, that doesn't happen."
- John Murray
(Related: Money, Congress, Elections)

"If the Republicans get control back of the United States Senate, we will no longer have a check and balance on the White House, on the Republican Congress."
- Patty Murray
(Related: Control, Balance, Congress, Republican, Republicans, Senate, states, United, Will)

"Caring for our veterans is the duty of a grateful nation. Unfortunately, the Bush administration and congressional Republicans have not lived up to this duty."
- Patty Murray
(Related: Caring, Duty, Nation, Republicans, Veterans)

"There is a need for Social Security reform to ensure its stability, and Congress must act."
- Grace Napolitano
(Related: Act, Congress, Reform, Security, Stability)

"If Congress doesn't raise taxes, you cannot get a private investment account without forgoing a portion, possibly all, of your guaranteed benefit check."
- Grace Napolitano
(Related: Congress, Investment, Taxes)

"A Congressional Budget Office report released as recent as June 2004 says the system will be able to pay full benefits until 2052, and 80 percent after that."
- Grace Napolitano
(Related: Benefits, June, Office, Will)

"The tax relief that this Congress has given now in terms of four tax cuts has overwhelmingly gone to the people at the very top of the income scale in America."
- Richard Neal
(Related: People, America, Congress, Tax, Income, Now, Tax cuts)

"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."
- Richard Neal
(Related: Tax, Talk)

"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."
- Randy Neugebauer
(Related: Men, War, Women, Community, Congress, Needs, Terror, Veterans)

"Border security is a complex issue and will remain a top priority during the 2007 legislative year. As Congress works to fix this problem, I will continue to push for strong measures that beef up security at our borders."
- Randy Neugebauer
(Related: Congress, Security, Will)

"After two years of hard work and debate, Congress has passed a highway bill that will help fuel our economy by creating roughly 500,000 new jobs, as well as address many critical transportation needs in Ohio and the 18th Congressional District."
- Bob Ney
(Related: Work, Congress, Debate, Economy, Hard work, Help, Jobs, Needs, Will, Years)

"My last comment was, though, that Congress has cooked the books."
- Don Nickles
(Related: Books, Congress)

"Very few men are fortunate enough to gain distinction during their first term in Congress."
- John George Nicolay
(Related: Men, Congress, First, Gain)

"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."
- George William Norris
(Related: Government, War, American, Congress, Germany, President, Reason, Ships)

"It is tragic that, under a pro-choice administration and a Democratic majority in Congress, harmful anti-choice policy will be the price American women will pay for health care reform."
- Nancy Northrup
(Related: Health, Women, Policy, American, Care, Congress, Majority, Reform, Will)

"I'm no lady; I'm a member of Congress, and I'll proceed on that basis."
- Mary Teresa Norton
(Related: Congress, Lady)

"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."
- Charlie Norwood
(Related: Power, People, Congress, Listening, Promise)

"It's important right now to continue to have your patients contact their senators and their congresspeople to say we have a problem. We want you to help solve it, we want you to be involved."
- Charlie Norwood
(Related: Help, Now, Right, Senators, Want)

"We represent people, and any good congressperson wants to know how their people at home feel about issues. I can tell you for sure in our office that is taken into account, and that is true for any congresspersons I know."
- Charlie Norwood
(Related: Home, People, Office)

"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."
- Christine O'Donnell
(Related: Time, People, Career, Congress, Hell, Politicians, Socialism, Washington)

"This Congress has promised all manner of border security and port security to the tune of billions of dollars... yet we have - to date - funded our promises for port security at only $900 million. That's quite a distance between what we say and what we actually do."
- Solomon Ortiz
(Related: Congress, Promises, Security)

"Over the last five years, the Administration and the majority in Congress have appropriated less than $900 million for port security grants - despite the Coast Guard's determination that $5.4 billion is needed over 10 years."
- Solomon Ortiz
(Related: Determination, Congress, Majority, Security, Years)

"Congress and the White House are working out their scheme for pushing through a healthcare 'reform' bill that has more pages than the U.S. Constitution has words. I guarantee you that not a single member of the House or Senate has a complete understanding of that legislation any more than they understood all the implications of the USA PATRIOT Act back in 2001."
- Butch Otter
(Related: Act, Congress, Constitution, Healthcare, Legislation, Senate, Understanding, Words)

"The airheads of Congress will keep their own plush healthcare plan - it's the rest of us guinea pigs who will be thrown to the wolves."
- Camille Paglia
(Related: Congress, Healthcare, Rest, Will)

"I think President Obama is trying to deceive the public in pretending that he was not a part of Congress that has made some decisions in the past that got us to where we are today."
- Sarah Palin
(Related: Congress, Decisions, Past, President, Public, Today, Trying)

"When I testified in front of Congress, I know that I was testifying under oath and I told the truth."
- Rafael Palmeiro
(Related: Truth, Congress)

"I said what I said before Congress because I meant every word of it."
- Rafael Palmeiro
(Related: Congress, Word)

"Having federal officials, whether judges, bureaucrats, or congressmen, impose a new definition of marriage on the people is an act of social engineering profoundly hostile to liberty."
- Ron Paul
(Related: Marriage, People, Act, Engineering, Judges, Liberty)

"We need to be calling out the flaws and misguided decisions of the Democrats in Congress and the Obama administration."
- Timothy Pawlenty
(Related: Congress, Decisions, Democrats, Flaws)

"As for the promotion of peace congresses we have had our meetings and assemblies, but the promotion through them of the determined and effective will to peace displaying itself in action and policy remains to be achieved."
- Lester B. Pearson
(Related: Peace, Policy, Action, Meetings, Promotion, Will)

"We should go forward in courts and Congress with investigations into post-9/11 interrogations and the decisions leading to them."
- Christine Pelosi
(Related: Congress, Decisions, Leading, Post)

"We in Congress stand by Israel. In Congress, we speak with one voice on the subject of Israel."
- Nancy Pelosi
(Related: Congress, Israel, Voice)

"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."
- Nancy Pelosi
(Related: Congress, Will)

"You bet every member of Congress who votes for this bill ought to read it, read it thoroughly, and understand that what we're looking at here amounts to nothing more than a government takeover of our health care economy, paid for with nearly a trillion dollars in new taxes on individuals and small businesses. And it must be opposed."
- Mike Pence
(Related: Government, Health, Care, Congress, Economy, Nothing, Taxes)

"We are here simply to decide whether Congress should take the taxpayer dollars of millions of pro-life Americans and use them to fund the destruction of human embryos for research."
- Mike Pence
(Related: Americans, Congress, Destruction, Research)

"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."
- Mike Pence
(Related: People, American, Congress, Debt, Majority)

"For more than forty years, the United States Congress has shamelessly used payroll taxes intended for Social Security to fund big government spending."
- Mike Pence
(Related: Government, Congress, Security, states, Taxes, United, Years)

"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."
- Mike Pence
(Related: People, America, Congress, President, states, Support, United, Want, Word)

"To hear some men talk of the government, you would suppose that Congress was the law of gravitation, and kept the planets in their places."
- Wendell Phillips
(Related: Men, Government, Congress, Law, Talk)

"Let me make the newspapers, and I care not what is preached in the pulpit or what is enacted in Congress."
- Wendell Phillips
(Related: Care, Congress, Newspapers)

"I think if you look at yesterday's New York Times poll, particularly when you judge Democrats in Congress versus the Republicans in Congress, people put a little more faith, or even a little more than a little more faith in the Democrats in Congress."
- John Podesta
(Related: Faith, People, Congress, Democrats, Republicans, Yesterday)

"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."
- James K. Polk
(Related: Congress, President, Selfishness)

"The passion for office among members of Congress is very great, if not absolutely disreputable, and greatly embarrasses the operations of the Government. They create offices by their own votes and then seek to fill them themselves."
- James K. Polk
(Related: Government, Congress, Office, Passion)

"The big journals and Nobel laureates are the equivalent of Congressional leaders in science journalism."
- Michael Pollan
(Related: Science, Journalism, Leaders)

"The Congressional leaders set the agenda for journalism; it's not the other way around."
- Michael Pollan
(Related: Journalism, Leaders)

"Newt Gingrich's job to capture the Congress was to give Republican candidates an edge and a distinction from their Democratic opponent. That required a very high profile, some very strong language."
- Pete du Pont
(Related: Congress, Job, Language, Republican)

"As a Member of Congress from one of the fastest growing States in the country, we hire close to 2,500 new teachers a year, close to 5,000 support staff and faculty."
- Jon Porter
(Related: Congress, Country, states, Support, Teachers)

"Although I agree that wild horses are a symbol of the American West, I also believe that it is the responsibility of Congress to ensure that these animals are managed, protected, and controlled in an effective manner."
- Jon Porter
(Related: American, Animals, Congress, Horses, Responsibility, Symbol)

"As a member of Congress, and a parent, I understand the importance of ensuring that families are able to provide a meaningful and proper burial for their loved ones."
- Jon Porter
(Related: Congress, Importance)

"I have also come to understand Congress' need for a bipartisan as well as a partisan capacity."
- David E. Price
(Related: Congress)

"Congress needs strong parties, but it also needs the capacity to deal with budget and entitlement challenges that are likely beyond the reach of pure partisan exertion."
- David E. Price
(Related: Congress, Needs)

"I would like to see this group in this Congress be starting the process to get ourselves on long term fiscal strong footing."
- Ben Quayle
(Related: Congress)

"A majority of Americans oppose partial-birth abortion, and Judge Hamilton's decision flies in the face of Congress passing and President Bush signing legislation banning such horrible acts of violence."
- Marc Racicot
(Related: Decision, Abortion, Americans, Congress, Flies, Legislation, Majority, President, Violence)

"As we celebrate Recovery Month, it is time for Congress to knock down the barriers to treatment and recovery for 26 million Americans suffering the ravages of alcohol and drug addiction."
- Jim Ramstad
(Related: Time, Addiction, Alcohol, Americans, Congress, Suffering, Treatment)

"It is time to end the discrimination against people who need treatment for chemical addiction. It is time for Congress to deal with our Nation's number one public health problem."
- Jim Ramstad
(Related: Health, Time, People, Addiction, Congress, Discrimination, End, Public, Treatment)

"We're half the people; we should be half the Congress."
- Jeanette Rankin
(Related: People, Congress)

"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."
- Dixie Lee Ray
(Related: Committee, Congress, Events)

"Too many critics mistake the deliberations of the Congress for its decisions."
- Sam Rayburn
(Related: Mistake, Congress, Decisions)

"I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress."
- Ronald Reagan
(Related: Congress)

"Congress seems to want to cure every ill known to man except unconstitutional government and high taxes."
- Charley Reese
(Related: Government, Congress, Cure, Man, Taxes, Want)

"I am a very lucky guy. I can testify before Congress. I can raise funds. I can raise awareness."
- Christopher Reeve
(Related: Awareness, Congress)

"I read all these stories that I don't know anything about politics. But I must know something. I've had some good victories in Congress, and I've survived this town for four years."
- Donald T. Regan
(Related: Politics, Congress, Years)

"In my 31 years in Congress, I have seen a lot of changes. We made some substantial policy changes that have improved our parks system and our public lands."
- Ralph Regula
(Related: Policy, Congress, Public, Years)

"I came to Congress to help reduce spending."
- Dave Reichert
(Related: Congress, Help)

"Congress has an obligation to protect our country's natural beauty, embodied in our nation's parks, rivers, and breathtaking landscapes."
- Dave Reichert
(Related: Beauty, Congress, Country, Nation, Obligation, Rivers)

"Increased and better screening for explosives is necessary - and Congress should fund it and TSA should implement it as quickly as possible - however that screening doesn't reduce the risk posed by a trained terrorist with an unconventional weapon."
- Dave Reichert
(Related: Congress, Risk)

"We must shift the energy policy debate in America with an increased focus on alternative and renewable fuels and Congress must pass meaningful alternative fuels and incentive programs to help move the U.S. away from dependence on foreign oil."
- Rick Renzi
(Related: Policy, America, Congress, Debate, Dependence, Energy, Focus, Help, Oil)

"It is important that Congress works to promote home ownership in Indian Country. These federal housing funds and programs will help young Native American families to stay on tribal lands in order to live, work and raise a family."
- Rick Renzi
(Related: Family, Home, Work, American, Congress, Country, Help, Order, Ownership, Will)

"I represent more Native Americans than anyone else in Congress."
- Rick Renzi
(Related: Americans, Congress, Native Americans)

"Congress seems to believe that 'Children are our future' is a phrase coined by tobacco advertisers."
- Jef I. Richards
(Related: Congress, Future)

"Back in the mid-1980s, congressional hearings were held after we brought this litigation, and held up the first experiment. At that time, I went in front of Congress, along with the major agencies involved with this."
- Jeremy Rifkin
(Related: Time, Congress, First)

"It is the Democratic Congress, the liberal-biased media and the homosexuals who want to destroy all Christians."
- Pat Robertson
(Related: Congress, Liberal, Media, Want)

"Alabama seniors all across the Third Congressional District continue facing high drug costs."
- Mike Rogers
"If I studied all my life, I couldn't think up half the number of funny things passed in one session of congress."
- Will Rogers
(Related: Funny, Life, Congress)

"The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets."
- Will Rogers
(Related: Death, Time, Congress, Difference, Taxes)

"This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer."
- Will Rogers
(Related: Baby, Congress, Country)

"If you look at the studies coming out of the Congressional Budget Office, the number one thing that's going to blow a hole in the deficit as we go forward 20, 30 years is government spending on healthcare."
- Christina Romer
(Related: Government, Healthcare, Office, Years)

"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."
- Christina Romer
(Related: Congress, First, President)

"It is the duty of the President to propose and it is the privilege of the Congress to dispose."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
(Related: Congress, Duty, President, Privilege)

"Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
(Related: Government, Power, Country, Democracy, Forget, President, Senators)

"Even the Congressional Budget Office and the Social Security trustees appointed by the president say that Social Security is financially sound, without any changes for the next 40 to 50 years."
- James Roosevelt
(Related: Office, President, Security, Sound, Years)

"I took the Canal Zone and let Congress debate; and while the debate goes on, the canal does also."
- Theodore Roosevelt
(Related: Congress, Debate, canal, Zone)

"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."
- Arundhati Roy
(Related: Politics, Congress, Fascism, Hypocrisy)

"I think many people were surprised by the victory of the Congress, because it was really hard to see beyond the sort of haze of hatred that the Hindu nationalists had been spreading."
- Arundhati Roy
(Related: People, Victory, Hindu, Congress, Hatred)

"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."
- Arundhati Roy
(Related: Politics, Banks, Community, Congress, Order, Vote)

"Well, it's taken a long time to get the Department of Homeland Security established. It's taken a long time for the Congress to decide how much it wanted to fund."
- Warren Rudman
(Related: Time, Congress, Security)

"Washington, D.C., has a much greater risk than Manchester, N.H. They both need some level of funding, but they ought not to be done per capita. Congress is to blame for some of this."
- Warren Rudman
(Related: Blame, Congress, Risk, Washington)

"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."
- Donald Rumsfeld
(Related: Congress, Facts, Infatuation, Jobs, Opponents, Press, Resentment, World)

"Congress, the press, and the bureaucracy too often focus on how much money or effort is spent, rather than whether the money or effort actually achieves the announced goal."
- Donald Rumsfeld
(Related: Money, Goal, Bureaucracy, Congress, Effort, Focus, Press)

"Give a member of Congress a junket and a mimeograph machine and he thinks he is secretary of state."
- David Dean Rusk
(Related: Congress, Machine, State)

"Yesterday I, along with a bipartisan Congressional Delegation of lawmakers, inspected the detention facilities at Guantanamo used to house individuals detained in the War on Terrorism."
- Jim Ryun
(Related: War, Terrorism, Yesterday)

"I'm more concerned about members of Congress being drug-free than I am about members of the Yankees or Giants."
- Pat Sajak
(Related: Being, Congress, Giants)

"One congressman asked 'I just want to know if you've accepted Jesus Christ as your personal savior. The minister looked stunned, and he said 'no.' The whole table almost fell on the floor. The congressman was quite serious. That was his litmus test."
- Jim Sasser
(Related: Christ, Want)

"Because the Bush Administration will set no timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, both chambers of Congress acted to make sure our troops will not be left in Iraq indefinitely."
- Jan Schakowsky
(Related: Congress, Iraq, Troops, Will)

"What kind of government is this? This is a human being. This is not right, and I'm telling everybody you better call your congressman, because they're going to run your life."
- Michael Schiavo
(Related: Government, Life, Being, Right)

"Our runaway judiciary is badly in need of restraint by Congress."
- Phyllis Schlafly
(Related: Congress, Restraint)

"Now that judges embrace forcibly starving someone to death, Congress should use its appropriation power to starve the judicial budget."
- Phyllis Schlafly
(Related: Power, Death, Congress, Judges, Now)

"Congress should pass legislation to remove from the federal courts their jurisdiction to hear these outrageous challenges to the Ten Commandments and the Pledge of Allegiance."
- Phyllis Schlafly
(Related: Congress, Legislation)

"Nobody ever says to men, how can you be a Congressman and a father."
- Pat Schroeder
(Related: Men, Father)

"It is with great disappointment that I call on Representative Anthony Weiner to resign. The behavior he has exhibited is indefensible and Representative Weiner's continued service in Congress is untenable."
- Debbie Wasserman Schultz
(Related: Behavior, Congress, Disappointment, Service)

"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."
- Debbie Wasserman Schultz
(Related: Congress, Environment)

"In Congress, I am a strong supporter of the New Apollo Energy Act. This plan would help to establish our energy independence, create jobs, and provide cleaner, reliable, and more affordable energy."
- Allyson Schwartz
(Related: Act, Congress, Energy, Independence, Help, Jobs)

"As I have traveled throughout my Congressional district, the one thing I heard loud and clear was simply please stop spending money you do not have, rein in spending, live within a budget."
- Tim Scott
(Related: Money)

"They're calling their Washington sources at the NRC or in Congress and they're not hesitating to give their opinion, but their opinion, frankly, in those early days was not very well informed."
- William Scranton
(Related: Congress, Opinion, Washington)

"Congress first took action against steroids by passing The Anabolic Steroids Control Act of 1990."
- Jim Sensenbrenner
(Related: Action, Control, Congress, First)

"As the 109th Congress continues to debate legislation that will affect the lives of immigrants, it is important for us to remember that we are a nation of immigrants."
- Jose Serrano
(Related: Congress, Debate, Legislation, Nation, Will)

"I mean to say that Congress can hereafter decide whether any states, slave or free, can be framed out of Texas. If they should never be framed out of Texas, they never could be admitted."
- William H. Seward
(Related: Congress, states)

"All of us want to see the details of any legislative plan if there's going to be a legislative response, but Congress, I believe, is in the mood to do whatever it takes to win this war against terrorism."
- Richard Shelby
(Related: War, Congress, Terrorism, Want)

"It was an attempt to stick the Congress's finger in King Hussein's eye."
- George P. Shultz
(Related: Congress, Eye)

"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."
- Bill Shuster
(Related: War, Action, America, Congress, Terrorism, Today, Troops, Veterans)

"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."
- Michael K. Simpson
(Related: Business, America, Bureaucracy, Congress)

"Finally, the House is working to require a comprehensive federal review of IRS regulations with a follow-up report to Congress on possible actions to reduce the tax paperwork burden imposed on small businesses."
- Michael K. Simpson
(Related: Actions, Burden, Congress, Tax)

"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."
- Ike Skelton
(Related: Action, Congress, Nation, Waste, Will)

"Congress: Bingo with billions."
- Red Skelton
"And whether it is equal pay, health care, Social Security, or family leave, this Congress has refused to address issues critical to hard-working American women."
- Louise Slaughter
(Related: Family, Health, Women, American, Care, Congress, Security)

"Well, I think the best thing we can do for the short term is move good energy legislation through to the Congress; I'm encouraged that there's some prospect for that now."
- John W. Snow
(Related: Congress, Energy, Legislation, Now)

"When Congress passed the Help America Vote Act in 2002, I was thrilled to learn that the federal government would offer resources to all states to assist them in enhancing the voting process in America."
- DeForest Soaries
(Related: Government, Act, America, Congress, Help, states, Vote, Voting)

"It's an embarrassment that we don't have a broad enough consensus among political leaders that true reform should take place. I could count the members of Congress on one hand that took these issues seriously."
- DeForest Soaries
(Related: Congress, Embarrassment, Leaders, Political leaders, Reform)

"I found that there is very little interest in Washington for true election reform. That neither the White House nor either house of the Congress seems to be as committed to guaranteeing democratic participation in this country as we seem to be in other countries."
- DeForest Soaries
(Related: Congress, Countries, Country, Interest, Participation, Reform, Washington)

"My dog can bark like a congressman, fetch like an aide, beg like a press secretary and play dead like a receptionist when the phone rings."
- Gerald B. H. Solomon
(Related: Play, Press)

"There are congressmen in our congregation, judges, federal reserve governors. And there are also people who are homeless and some who are mentally ill. To be able to talk to each of those people is something that I've had to learn how to do over the years."
- James Green Somerville
(Related: People, Judges, Talk, Years)

"I wouldn't approach the issue of judging in the way the president does. Judges can't rely on what's in their heart. They don't determine the law. Congress makes the law. The job of a judge is to apply the law."
- Sonia Sotomayor
(Related: Heart, Congress, Job, Judges, Law, President)

"We want to obviously foster a relationship that we're a partner with states; that we all share the same goals of closing the achievement gap, just as the Congress does; and that we're practical and sophisticated enough to understand what they're talking about."
- Margaret Spellings
(Related: Achievement, Goals, Congress, states, Talking, Want)

"In early January I introduced my legislation, which, besides prohibiting Federal funding of human cloning, also expresses the sense of Congress that foreign nations should establish total prohibition on human cloning as well."
- Cliff Stearns
(Related: Congress, Legislation, Nations, Prohibition, Sense)

"Democrats' definition of "rich" - always seems to be set just above whatever the salary happens to be for a member of Congress. Perhaps that says it all."
- Steve Steckler
(Related: Congress, Democrats)

"Congress must also enact pro-growth policies that encourage the economy to expand: like making tax relief permanent and repealing the death tax."
- Michael Steele
(Related: Death, Congress, Economy, Tax)

"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."
- Michael Steele
(Related: Growth, Congress, Jobs, Order)

"I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is called a disgrace, that two are called a law firm, and that three or more become a congress."
- Peter Stone
(Related: Congress, Disgrace, Law, Man)

"When I came to Congress, like our first panel, small business people, 64 percent of the people had health insurance. We'd buy it. Now, we're down to about 34 percent. That's why we have to do something on health care in this country because the cost is killing us."
- Bart Stupak
(Related: Business, Health, People, Care, Congress, Country, First, Killing, Now)

"I met a congressman who claimed that he could introduce me to two people who saw Amelia Earhart."
- Jim Sullivan
(Related: People)

"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."
- Billy Tauzin
(Related: Congress, Disaster, Help, Public, Television)

"I ran for Congress, just once."
- Shirley Temple
(Related: Congress)

"The difference between the more traditional sports clubs and Congress is that Congress doesn't really compete against another team."
- Cal Thomas
(Related: Sports, Congress, Difference)

"American boys should not be seen dying on the nightly news. Wars should be over in three days or less, or before Congress invokes the War Powers Resolution."
- Evan Thomas
(Related: War, American, Boys, Congress, Dying, News, Resolution)

"Medicare debates in Congress should result in better Medicare benefits for all our nation's seniors. We're not asking for special treatment for rural America, just a fair deal."
- Bennie Thompson
(Related: America, Benefits, Congress, Nation, Result, Treatment)

"Let's not overlook, though, what we do know about the campaign finance scandal, and the fact the Chinese were involved in our presidential campaign and our congressional campaigns."
- Fred Thompson
(Related: Finance, Fact, Scandal)

"Unauthorized access to computer systems is already a serious crime in a few states and is currently being addressed in many more state legislatures as well as Congress."
- Ken Thompson
(Related: Being, Computer, Congress, Crime, State, states)

"When it comes to helping make the country strong, we in Congress have an important role to play."
- Mac Thornberry
(Related: Congress, Country, Play)

"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."
- Dick Thornburgh
(Related: Power, Congress, State, Voting, Will)

"If Congress does its job in this regard, the residents of Puerto Rico will be empowered to act in their own self-interest and express their future political status aspirations accordingly."
- Dick Thornburgh
(Related: Act, Aspirations, Congress, Future, Job, Self, Will)

"Apparently tired of waiting for clear direction from Congress, the people of Puerto Rico have used the tools provided by their own local constitution to schedule a vote for Dec. 13 on the status of the island."
- Dick Thornburgh
(Related: People, Congress, Constitution, Direction, Tools, Vote, Waiting)

"The need for a permanent status resolution approved by Congress is made even more clear to me because of my experience as a former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations."
- Dick Thornburgh
(Related: Experience, Congress, Nations, Resolution, United)

"The political status legislation which emerged in Congress in 1990 and 1991 did not receive the support needed for enactment into law during my tenure as Attorney General."
- Dick Thornburgh
(Related: Congress, Law, Legislation, Support)

"Internal self-government under a local constitution was authorized by Congress and approved by the residents in 1952, but federal law is supreme in Puerto Rico and residents do not have voting representation in the Congress."
- Dick Thornburgh
(Related: Congress, Constitution, Law, Self, Voting)

"As Members of Congress, we swear an oath to uphold the United States Constitution. It means something to be an American because we believe in our country, we believe in our people, and we believe in our constitution."
- Todd Tiahrt
(Related: People, American, Congress, Constitution, Country, states, United)

"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money."
- Alexis de Tocqueville
(Related: Money, American, Congress, Day, Public, Will)

"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."
- Robert Toombs
(Related: Congress, Slavery, states)

"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."
- Robert Toombs
(Related: Government, Policy, Purpose, Congress, Day, Desire, First, states)

"While Congress saw some need to loosen the standard in the initial days of a war, it wanted the president to comply with FISA in carrying out surveillance in the United States."
- Jonathan Turley
(Related: War, Congress, President, states, United)

"There is no distinctly American criminal class - except Congress."
- Mark Twain
(Related: American, Class, Congress)

"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself."
- Mark Twain
(Related: Congress)

"Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself."
- Mark Twain
(Related: Congress)

"It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native criminal class except Congress."
- Mark Twain
(Related: Class, Congress, Facts)

"The new Congress needs to move quickly to strengthen the Army and Marines - not to send more troops to Iraq - but to rebuild our capacity to meet national security threats globally."
- Mark Udall
(Related: Army, Congress, Iraq, Marines, National security, Needs, Troops)

"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."
- Charles Vest
(Related: Goal, Congress, Public, Research, Value)

"I believe that our office has clearly been the leader in building coalitions, in getting other universities across the contrary to interact more effectively with the government and particularly the Congress."
- Charles Vest
(Related: Government, Leader, Building, Congress, Office)

"For much of this decade, both Congressional and administration budget projections showed a decline in science and technology accounts of between 20 and 30 percent in real dollars. The real impact to date has been far less severe."
- Charles Vest
(Related: Science, Technology)

"It was a terrible day for baseball, it was a worse day for Congress."
- Fay Vincent
(Related: Baseball, Congress, Day)

"While Kuwait is not a democracy, giving only half the population a voice in their government is not a policy this Congress should support and one that I am glad that Kuwait's leaders are changing."
- Ginny B. Waite
(Related: Government, Policy, Congress, Democracy, Giving, Leaders, Population, Support, Voice)

"No issue is more important to this Congress than securing our borders and protecting our homeland, and I guarantee it is very important to our constituents."
- Ginny B. Waite
(Related: Congress)

"Since President Bush took office in 2001, this Congress has supported an agenda of democracy, freedom and expansion of rights for all peoples throughout the world."
- Ginny B. Waite
(Related: Congress, Democracy, Freedom, Rights, Office, President, World)

"I have the highest number of Social Security recipients of any Member of Congress, and it is always good to hear about how women in their districts are affected by any changes, by the need for changes in Social Security."
- Ginny B. Waite
(Related: Women, Congress, Security)

"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."
- Malcolm Wallop
(Related: War, Decision, Being, Congress, End, Obvious)

"I don't think the only place to fight for freedom is in the halls of Congress."
- Malcolm Wallop
(Related: Congress, Fight, Freedom)

"Any Congressional agreement of an arbitrary time table to bring our troops home before we have accomplished our mission is unacceptable and could potentially increase the risk to our soldiers."
- James T. Walsh
(Related: Home, Time, Agreement, Mission, Risk, Soldiers, Troops)

"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."
- Jim Walsh
(Related: Americans, Body, Community, Congress, Duty, Friends, Legislators, Neighbors, Parents)

"Today the people from my State of Tennessee would listen to this debate, or even talk about a reference to God on our money or in the Halls of Congress or in our Pledge and say, please, let common sense and logic win the day and prevail versus legal mumbo jumbo."
- Zach Wamp
(Related: Legal, Money, God, People, Common sense, Congress, Day, Debate, Logic, State, Talk, Today)

"Republicans in Congress boosted the economy by cutting taxes and ending programs that don't work."
- Zach Wamp
(Related: Work, Congress, Economy, Ending, Republicans, Taxes)

"The old Court you and I served so long will not be worthy of its traditions if Nixon can twist, turn and fashion If Nixon gets away with that, then Nixon makes the law as he goes along - not the Congress nor the courts."
- Earl Warren
(Related: Congress, Court, Fashion, Law, Nixon, Old, Traditions, Will)

"The constitution vests the power of declaring war in Congress; therefore no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they shall have deliberated upon the subject and authorized such a measure."
- George Washington
(Related: Power, War, Congress, Constitution, Importance, Measure)

"That's what mayors do. They lobby Congress to provide resources for their city."
- Maxine Waters
(Related: Congress)

"I am announcing my resignation from Congress so my colleagues can get back to work, my neighbors can choose a new representative and most importantly that my wife and I can continue to heal from the damage I have caused."
- Anthony Weiner
(Related: Work, Wife, Congress, Neighbors, Resignation)

"All alone in a committee room of the Senate Office Building in Washington, I was reading the dry typewritten pages in an unpublished report of an almost forgotten congressional committee hearing."
- Robert Welch
(Related: Building, Committee, Hearing, Office, Reading, Senate, Washington)

"The Pentagon today will not allow any of these people who work for the Pentagon, to talk to the media. They have gagged them from talking to members of Congress."
- Curt Weldon
(Related: Work, People, Congress, Media, Talk, Talking, Today, Will)

"Tax reform and expanded trade are going to be so important to the economy of Illinois, particularly the 11th Congressional District, which is a major manufacturing and a major agricultural district."
- Jerry Weller
(Related: Economy, Tax, Manufacturing, Reform, Trade)

"You had 42 blacks that ran on the Republican ticket this Cycle, 14 made of them made it to the general election and two of us made it to the House of Representatives. So I think that there is a new movement that needs to have a voice in the Congressional Black Caucus."
- Allen West
(Related: Needs, Republican, Voice)

"How it is that within 60 days of a general election issue, groups can no longer tell voters that a Member of Congress votes pro-abortion, against guns, against the environment or whatever else is beyond me."
- Paul Weyrich
(Related: Congress, Environment)

"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."
- Abraham Whipple
(Related: Purpose, Congress, Defense)

"I wonder much that a court of Law should be in doubt whether a Resolution of Congress can superceed the Law of a Sovereign State."
- William Whipple
(Related: Congress, Court, Doubt, Law, Resolution, State, Wonder)

"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."
- William Whipple
(Related: Time, Congress, Gentlemen, Importance, Waste, Will)

"To put that into some perspective, when Bill Clinton and Al Gore had first taken the idea of the Kyoto Protocol up to the Congress, the United States Senate voted it down 95 to nothing."
- Christine Todd Whitman
(Related: Idea, Congress, First, Nothing, Perspective, Senate, states, United)

"One of the first items of Congressional business in 2006 will be an effort to renew the USA Patriot Act."
- Roger Wicker
(Related: Business, Act, Effort, First, Will)

"To this congress the poet speaks not of peculiar and personal things, but of what in himself is most common, most anonymous, most fundamental, most true of all men."
- Richard Wilbur
(Related: Men, Congress)

"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."
- Richard Wilbur
(Related: Congress, Mind, Neighbors, Self)

"Being elected to Congress is regarded as being sent on a looting raid for one's friends."
- George Will
(Related: Being, Congress, Friends)

"I have noticed, with much distress, the excessive wartime activity of the investigating bureaus of Congress and the administration, with their impertinent and indecent searching out of the private lives and the past political beliefs of individuals."
- Wendell Willkie
(Related: Beliefs, Congress, Past)

"Congress would exclude slavery from any territory that in the future might be acquired from Mexico."
- David Wilmot
(Related: Congress, Future, Slavery)

"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."
- James Q. Wilson
(Related: People, Community, Congress, Now, states, Talking, United)

"My mother was a Northern woman, daughter of Hon. John Sergeant, a distinguished lawyer, and for many years representative in Congress from Philadelphia."
- John Sergeant Wise
(Related: Mother, Daughter, Congress, Woman, Years)

"I don't think people want to see someone buy a congressional race."
- Frank R. Wolf
(Related: People, Race, Want)

"If Congress refuse to listen to and grant what women ask, there is but one course left then to pursue. What is there left for women to do but to become the mothers of the future government?"
- Victoria Woodhull
(Related: Government, Women, Congress, Future, Mothers)

"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."
- Bob Woodward
(Related: Work, Congress)

"Congress's definition of torture in those laws - the infliction of severe mental or physical pain - leaves room for interrogation methods that go beyond polite conversation."
- John Yoo
(Related: Congress, Conversation, Laws, Pain)

"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."
- Clara Zetkin
(Related: Work, Women, Congress, May, Now, Party, Propaganda)