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" How do you defend inaction in the face of crisis? How is that defensible for anybody? "
" If you want to come fight the good fight to make a difference for people and to try to get the government back on track, where we govern from the middle and not from the extremes, then understand that it's a lonely road, and you're going to have a hard time. "
" PACs don't vote in the district; people do. "
" A robust democracy requires active participation. "
" Because fossil fuels are not only a finite resource but hazardous to the environment, it is imperative that we diversify the resources used in generating electricity. "
" The luxury for me is that I've spent already several millions of dollars across the district getting people to know who I am... So, my name ID is really, really high. "
" Frankly, no issue is worth shutting down the government and denying pay to those committed to public service. "
" I saw how hard my parents worked, and I didn't want to be a freeloader. "
" HB 2 leaves 90% of the children behind. The disconnect between this bill and the basic needs of Texas schoolchildren is appalling. "
" In Mexico, they don't have birth certificates... They don't have registration cards for voters. They have one national ID. We don't have a national ID. "
" Our challenge is to stop people from driving drunk. Punishing them afterwards doesn't bring back the victim or make the family feel better. The idea is to stop the DWI before it happens. "
" Every decision I make in Congress will be centered on the needs of the district. "
" My family never took vacations; we never traveled together. We never did anything. My spring breaks were going home to help my dad at the restaurant. "
" If immigration reform doesn't happen, that doesn't say good things about our democracy, that everybody wants it, but Congress couldn't pass it. "
" As the polarization in D.C. spreads, the people willing to come to the middle find less and less acceptance. "
" The irony is that kids are treated equally when it comes to tests and standards and expectations but not treated equally when providing funds to meet those standards and expectations. "
" Our voting records are not necessarily the same, but, you know, we're all Texans, and at the end of the day, we try to help each other out. "
End Of The Day
" In the old way of doing business, it was fine to disagree and then go to dinner. Now it's personal and more partisan, and a disagreement on one issue leads to a disagreement on another issue. "
" The fact that I am Latino is not a secret. There's not much I can do about that. It is what it is. I think people know that my last name ends in a vowel. What can I tell you? "
" I learned long ago you run unopposed, or you run scared. "
" It's important we understand our system seeks justice and not revenge. "
" I didn't come to Washington to be part of the problem. "
" I'm confident in my strengths. I'm prepared to jump any hurdle. "
" It was in the best interests of Zavala and other counties that we move forward with a farm bill and provide certainty to ranchers, farmers, food banks, and other providers. "
" There's no such thing as anybody who can't be beat; everybody can be beat. It's a question of how hard you're willing to work. It's a question of the environment, the surroundings. Frankly, there's a lot of issues with timing. "