“It would be very important for the Democrats to retain control of the Senate. Civilization as we know it today would be in jeopardy if Republicans win the Senate.”
“Fear is a motivator, and we are not fear-mongers. The Democrats are messengers of hope, and that’s what we will continue to be.”
“In Congress, there can be no more fitting memorial to the lives lost in Aurora, in Newtown, and across the country than a concerted effort to enact commonsense gun safety legislation.
We must uphold our oath to ‘protect and defend’ the constitution and all Americans by expanding background checks and keeping dangerous firearms out of the wrong hands.”
“Every year for the past few years on Mother’s Day I’ve taken a delegation to Afghanistan – or Iraq – to say thank you to our moms – and by the way, our grandmothers – who are serving there – to also thank all of our troops for what they do to protect America’s families. I won’t be going this particular weekend because we don’t have – you know, under sequestration – we don’t have CoDels [Congressional Delegations].”
“I don’t think we should [cut Congressional pay]; I think we should respect the work we do. I think it’s necessary for us to have the dignity of the job that we have rewarded.”
“It’s part of what they’re doing. Suffocate the airwaves with endless, unidentified special interest money, suck the air out of the airwaves. Suppress the vote with these regulations and laws that they have passed, and the other way they suppress the vote is to help people — it’s no use even going, you’re not going to be able to vote, it’s a turnoff.
What else is a turnoff is their poisonous campaign. If you suffocate the airwaves, suppress the vote, poison the debate, people throw up their hands and say, I just don’t even know if I want to participate in this. And when they walk away, right, thinking people walk away, the special interests achieve a victory.”
“On the very first day… We would pass a DISCLOSE Act. ‘I’m Nancy Pelosi, I approve this message’ – but Mr. Big Bucks who put hundreds of millions of dollars into campaigns to get tax breaks for their industry or their heirs, they don’t have to disclose their names. So DISCLOSE: Amend the Constitution to overturn ‘Citizens United.'”
“[Bush] was saying something to the effect of we’re so glad to welcome you here, congratulations and I know you’ll probably have some different things to say about what is going on–which is correct. But, as he was saying this, he was fading and this other thing was happening to me.
My chair was getting crowded in. I swear this happened, never happened before, it never happened since.
My chair was getting crowded in and I couldn’t figure out what it was, it was like this. And then I realized Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Alice Paul, Sojourner Truth, you name it, they were all in that chair, they were. More than I named and I could hear them say: ‘At last we have a seat at the table.’ And then they were gone.”