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Floor Statements

Jun 24, 2008 Floor Statement

Thank you, Madam Speaker. 

Today I rise to help raise awareness of Tourette Syndrome.  This is a misunderstood disorder that affects an unknown number of Americans.  The experts think that maybe 200,000 of us suffers from this neurological disorder, although no one really knows because it often goes undiagnosed. 

Jun 4, 2008 Floor Statement

Madam Speaker,

The record price of gasoline is pinching the wallets of every American.  It seems every day the price hits another record.  Since day one, this Democratic House has been committed to lowering prices at the pump and adopting a smarter energy future.

May 21, 2008 Floor Statement

Madam Speaker,

I am honored to rise today to congratulate a teacher in my district who has been recognized for her excellence in teaching.  Bess Mitsakos, from the Wallace School in Hoboken, New Jersey, received the International Technology Educators Association Program Excellence Award for elementary schools in New Jersey on February 22, 2008.

Apr 15, 2008 Floor Statement

Madam Speaker,
As millions of Americans mailed out their tax returns this week, many were concerned that their hard earned tax dollars will be sent straight to Iraq.  We have already spent $44 billion rebuilding Iraq, and the war costs our nation $10.3 billion a month.

Apr 14, 2008 Floor Statement

Madam Speaker,

On Tax Day, Americans have the right to ask why the Bush Administration continues to spend taxpayer dollars on an Iraq war that has no end in sight and no plan for success.