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April 3, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON--Today the U.S. Supreme Court made a critical decision that will dramatically affect the quality of the electoral process in the United States.  The decision extends the damage the Citizens United v. FEC decision made to the integrity of U.S. elections by removing the cap placed on the number of campaigns to which one individual can contribute.

March 6, 2014 Press Release

Tomorrow, on the 49th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, Rep. John Lewis will lead a congressional delegation to civil rights sites in Mississippi and Selma, Alabama.  The tour through Mississippi commemorates the Mississippi Freedom Summer project developed by the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) 50 years ago.  Then Chairman of SNCC, Rep.

February 28, 2014 Press Release

Yesterday Rep. John Lewis attended a ceremony at the White House where President Barack Obama introduced his new initiative, My Brother's Keeper, a White House program serving young African American men and boys.  Rep. Lewis made these comments:

February 28, 2014 Press Release

This week Rep. John Lewis joined his Democratic colleagues to sign a Discharge Petition to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.  If 218 members of the U.S. House of Representatives sign the petition, it would bring a minimum wage bill to the floor for a vote.  Speaker John Boehner has previously said he will not allow a vote on raising the minimum wage.

February 5, 2014 Press Release

Today in Washington, the Atlanta Beltline Eastside Trail and Historic Fourth Ward Park received the Environmental Protection Agency's highest award, the National Award for Smart Growth Achievement for Overall Excellence.  The award recognizes projects around the country for their creative, sustainable initiatives that better protect the health and the environment while strengthening local econo

February 5, 2014 Press Release

Good morning.  Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for holding this hearing.  I am pleased to welcome the new Internal Revenue Service Commissioner, John Koskinen, to the Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee. 

January 30, 2014 Press Release

"I have been keeping track of the weather and traffic problems in Georgia since yesterday.  It was at the top of my mind after the State of the Union address.  I heard about how people were stranded, sleeping in their cars, shops and in schools to get out of the weather.

January 30, 2014 Press Release

Today the House passed what is known as the "Farm Bill", H.R. 2642,  the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013.  The bill required the House and Senate to confer to come up with a compromise that could pass both Houses. The compromise included cuts to SNAP benefits at a time when poverty and hunger are on the rise in America.  Rep.

January 29, 2014 Press Release

                "President Obama gave an extraordinary speech tonight. It was full of hope and described a very optimistic vision of America.  The President emerged as a headlight and not a taillight.  He demonstrated that he is not affected by the challenges of his work, but he showed the American people his continuing willingness to lead.

January 28, 2014 Press Release

Folk singer Pete Seeger died Monday night in New York at the age of 94-years-old.  The news media once called him "the pied piper of musical dissent," as he became a fixture in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.  He led a resurgence in the popularity of folk music during the last half of the 20th century.  Rep. Lewis made these comments upon hearing about his death.