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" As a cosigner of the Veterans' Bill of Rights, I'm committed to making sure that veterans' issues remain a top priority in Congress. "
Bill Of Rights
" Imagine a country where the vast majority of seniors live in poverty, a country where for many there are no golden years, but a time of struggle and dependence. That was the United States before the creation of Social Security, which has proven to be one of the most effective and important government programs in our history. "
" The big legislative updates that we need to compete in the 21st century and to raise living standards have been blocked by a reluctance to seek common ground. "
" Congressional dysfunction is the logical result of closed primaries, too many gerrymandered one-party seats, and low-turnout elections. "
" Two decades of experience as an entrepreneur and CEO has informed my view that our priorities must stress improving educational outcomes, rebuilding America's infrastructure, lowering health care costs, addressing climate change, reforming immigration, and ushering in an advanced energy economy. "
" In 1935, the year Social Security was created, the poverty rate for seniors was over 70%. "
" Economic policy is like business - it's all about compromise. "
" With Washington already broken, the last thing we need is a left-wing version of the Tea Party. "
" A family's love is often the best medicine, and in difficult times, I believe that our military families deserve the option of staying together. "
" The United States has the world's largest and most innovative economy, an unmatched rule of law, and a free market that is the envy of the international community. For investors, we are the reserve currency. "
" Veterans come from all walks of life, and they live in small towns and big cities, in red states and blue states. "
" Climate change is the environmental challenge of this generation, and it is imperative that we act before it's too late. "
" During their service, men and women in our Armed Forces live by a common creed, promising never to leave a soldier behind. We should live by the same principle. When our veterans are asked to travel hundreds of miles for care that's offered right next door, we simply aren't living up to that standard, and something has to change. "
" When active duty ends, we have an obligation to uphold our own pledge: a pledge to ensure that every veteran receives the care and benefits they deserve. "
" Washington is paralyzed by extreme political rhetoric that creates powerful sound bites but poor policy. "
" Federal research dollars invested at the National Institutes of Health seem expensive until we factor in the economic growth and jobs created by our world-leading life sciences industry. "
" Representative democracy is in crisis in the United States. "
" No military or veteran family should have to choose between paying their bills and being together while one of our nation's heroes is in the hospital. "
" We have to start grounding our policies in facts and recognize that a strong economy is critical for funding progressive priorities. "
" Despite all the dysfunction in Washington, I believe that when it comes to helping veterans and keeping our fundamental promises as a country, we can come together and do the right thing. "
Do The Right Thing
" People ask, 'How do you work with the other side?' Well, I start by not saying bad things about them. "
" We have a sacred obligation to support our men and women in uniform. "
" We should, as a country, be very concerned about our borrowing cost. "
" Many of the patients in military and veterans hospitals require long stays, which can place a large financial hardship on families who don't live near the hospital, which is very common. "
" I don't say bad things about my Republican colleagues, ever. "