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" America wins when the voiceless have a seat at the table, when the vulnerable are protected, and when working families have the same political clout as the wealthy. "
" As a public official, when I take a position, I stand up to explain and defend it. I file annual financial disclosures, campaign finance reports, and have to face the scrutiny of public opinion. "
" Flint is to the lead issue what Three Mile Island was to nuclear power. People are stepping back and thinking, 'There still is lead in my home?' "
" It is unacceptable that disabled veterans in Illinois rank at the bottom of the list when it comes to disability pay. We owe our disabled veterans more than speeches, parades and monuments. "
" Any reports of animal cruelty should be thoroughly investigated and those operators held accountable. "
" We happen to believe that emissions going into the atmosphere are not good for us as humans or Mother Earth. "
" We all make mistakes. But I'm lucky. Being from Illinois and from the Midwest, we believe in pretty basic fairness. Once you've made a mistake, get up, dust yourself off, and go to work. "
" Where would Monsanto be without the U.S. farm program and world-class research labs? "
" Our soldiers deserve better. They need a plan for success. They need an administration that is honest about the costs of war, human and otherwise, and they need full accountability and oversight on Capitol Hill. "
" We've had enough with the gun shows where you can buy from private sellers with no FBI background check. "
" More people working and paying taxes reduces government expenditures and helps us move a little closer to balance. "
" I enjoy my job, and I will help my state all I can. "
" Everyone, regardless of the mode of expression, has a constitutionally protected right to free speech. But when it comes to freedom of the press, I believe we must define a journalist and the constitutional and statutory protections those journalists should receive. "
" Let me tell you the first president to recognize the state of Israel was Harry Truman, a Democrat and every president since, Democrat and Republican, has stood closely with Israel. "
" Our party is a diverse one, as is my home state of Illinois. "
" It simply isn't fair for senators to cut to the front of the line when seniors around the country have been forced to wait for hours to get a flu shot. "
" Sunlight is better than secrecy when it comes to making laws. "
" Millions of Americans take vitamins safely every day, including me. Vitamins and mineral supplements taken in recommended doses are safe. It's the designer supplements that are worrisome. "
" We all join the President in applauding the sacrifices made by our brave men and women in uniform. But we must continue to provide them the tools they need to accomplish the difficult tasks they face. "
" There is no question that tobacco is addictive and that tobacco kills. "
" We've had enough with loopholes in our gun laws that allow dangerous people to get their hands on guns. "
" Every day seems to bring news about another for-profit college scam. Hundreds of thousands of students have been deceived, misled, and harassed into enrolling at these schools where they end up with a mountain of debt and a worthless degree. "
" Before I was elected to Congress, I worked in a courtroom. For years, I defended doctors and hospitals, and for years, I sued them on behalf of people who were victims of medical malpractice. "
" The swipe fee reform law that Congress enacted in 2010 was a huge step forward in bringing transparency, competition, and choice to a debit card system that had been rigged by Visa, MasterCard, and the banks. "
" You'll never get progress in Washington until you have a majority, bipartisan majority, that really wants to solve problems. "