"The State of the Union is not good. There is an unbelievable, unacceptable gap between the wealthy and the poor in our society. Despite the progress of our economy as a whole, which the President pointed to as his administration's one success, there are still millions of Americans struggling to make ends meet.
Today several men and women in active-duty military troops made this public appeal for troop withdrawal in Iraq. They issued the following statement:
Rep. John Lewis made this statement today in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Congressman Lewis made this statement on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives today on H.R. 2 on the Fair Minimum Wage Act 2007.
"Mr. Speaker, I want to thank Chairman Miller for yielding, and I want to thank him for bringing this piece of legislation before us.
"Tonight President Bush spoke to the American people to explain his new strategic plan to manage the war in Iraq. Regardless of the changes, the President suggests the heart of this new plan is the deployment of 20,000 additional troops to Iraq.
Rep. John Lewis will participate in an extremely rare ceremony on Friday October 13th at 7 PM at First Iconium Baptist Church located at 542 Moreland Avenue, SE in Atlanta. He will participate in the Court of Honor of Troop 542 to induct three of its members into the brotherhood of Eagle Scouts.
Late last night after a series of votes were taken on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. John Lewis led a special order debate on the proposed hostile takeover of Delta Airlines by U.S. Airways. Reps. David Scott (D-GA), Sanford Bishop (D-GA), and Rob Bishop (R-UT) contributed to the discussion.
"Today we must renew our commitment to join together as a world community to combat HIV/AIDS. There are over 40 million people living with HIV/AIDS today. 4 million of those people only recently discovered they are infected with this threatening disease that might have been prevented through education and treatment.
Congressman John Lewis spoke in a program this morning celebrating the groundbreaking at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC. The memorial will be the first honoring an African American placed on the Mall and recognizes Dr. King's patriotic service to our democracy. Following is the text of the Congressman's speech:
I am very saddened to learn about the passing of Ed Bradley. We have lost one of the most distinguished journalists of our time. I knew Ed Bradley. It was just wonderful to be in his presence. He was so gifted, so talented, so smart, so wise. He could be very serious on one hand, but incredibly funny on the other.