Freedom of speech and the right to openly disagree were enshrined in our Constitution by the founders of this nation because criticism and debate play a powerful and important role in a democratic society. During the colonial period, English law specifically prohibited something called “seditious libel,” defined as speaking critically of the government or its officials. Before 1700 in this co
Rep. John Lewis made this statement today in protest against the House Republican changes to the rules:
Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my friend, not just my colleague, but my classmate. We came to this Congress together in 1987. I want to thank you for your leadership, for never giving up, or giving in, but for keeping the faith.
As the cost of war skyrockets and its contribution to the federal deficit continues to increase, it is important that Americans fully understand where their tax dollars are spent and how they are spent. This accounting is especially important as cuts are proposed to important safety net programs like Medicare and Social Security, as well as to services for the unemployed, elderly, women,
WASHINGTON-- On Saturday December 10th in its final session of the 114th Congress, the Senate passed the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act of 2016 (S.2854/H.R.5067). In the Senate the bill was led by Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO).
WASHINGTON – Following a series of recent high-profile bus crashes, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and Sen.
This nation has lost one of its premier journalists. Gwen Ifill exemplified the highest standards of professional reporting . As the seasoned host of the PBS Newshour and Washington Week, she understood the complexities of politics and built a national reputation for leading a substantive, balanced and fair newscast. She believed in the necessity and power of news to educa
Our freedom is not free. It comes at a price. No one understands that like the men and women in uniform who serve this nation so well. As Americans gather to celebrate Veterans Day, we honor the thousands of brave men and women who defend this nation on the frontlines of war and peaceful engagement on American shores and around the world. We honor those who have laid down their lives for u
Reps. John Lewis (D-GA), a senior member of the House Ways & Means Committee; David Scott (D-GA), a senior member of the Financial Services Committee; John Conyers, Jr.