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" I don't care how popular I am. I'm not putting myself out there to run for higher office. "
" I was pampered in the fact that I had five older brothers, which I highly recommend to anyone. "
" When I first ran for Congress, I went to my daughter Alexandra, who was going to be a senior in high school, and said: 'I have a chance to run. I may not win, but I'd be gone three nights a week. So, if you want me to stay, I'll be happy to.' And do you know what she said to me? 'Mother, get a life!' "
" What the Republicans have said is rather than touch one hair on the heads of the wealthiest people in our country, people who make over $1 million a year, they're saying, 'Seniors should pay $6,000 more dollars a year. But please don't let us ask the wealthiest to do their fair share.' "
" I would say that one of the things that encouraged me so much when I became elected to the leadership was the letters I received from fathers of daughters, saying that, 'My daughter can now do many more things because of what you did.' "
" The House of Representatives has never sued a sitting president in all of U.S. history. "
" The war on terror is the war in Afghanistan. "
" Bipartisanship is nice, but it cannot be a substitute for action, not having it cannot prevent us from going forward. "
" The country needs more than one-party dominance, as much as I believe the Democratic Party is the party for the middle class... We need to have a marketplace of ideas. "
" If people don't have a job, they're not too interested in how you intend for them to have a job. They want to see results. "
" I say to my colleagues never confine your best work, your hopes, your dreams, the aspiration of the American people to what will be signed by George W. Bush because that is too limiting a factor. "
" As I view the Republicans in Congress, I don't see them as a real reflection of many Republicans in our country. "
" I read that my lifelong dream is to serve as speaker with Hillary Clinton as president. So what? "
" I never dread going back to Congress. "
" My vision for the future always centers around our children - it always centers around our children. So anytime anybody asks me what are the three most important issues facing the Congress, I always say the same thing: 'Our children, our children, our children.' "
" Jobs mean freedom for workers to support their families. "
" When taxpayers are subsidizing low wages, people should be aware of that. We're subsidizing an economy. We're not subsidizing people. They are doing a hard day's work. When we're not rewarding work actively, there's something wrong with the system. "
" Tom Foley was a statesman, and it was a privilege to serve under him when he was the Speaker of the House. He loved our country. He was a gentleman. I had the privilege of seeing him a couple days before he passed away. "
" The president led us into the Iraq war on the basis of unproven assertions without evidence; he embraced a radical doctrine of pre-emptive war unprecedented in our history; and he failed to build a true international coalition. "
" We haven't really gotten the credit for what we have done. "
" I must have good genes from my parents because I feel no slowdown of energy, enthusiasm or even memory. "
" I will not be making appointments to a committee that is not bipartisan. "
" Jobs are central to the American dream - and President Obama has focused on jobs from day one. "
" My father died the year I was elected to Congress: 1987. "
" I went to Catholic school throughout my whole academic life. In fact, my children - my husband and I and our children in my own family now have over 100 years of Catholic education among us. "
" Politicians are trying to attract people to issues. "
" My husband and I, when we had our five children and they were grown, we thought we were entitled to grandchildren. And so we were just expecting this to happen; of course, nothing was happening. And then we kept begging, bribing, cajoling, anything - threatening to adopt our own grandchildren - and finally, we got some grandchildren. "
" If you make - not have - $1 million a year, should you not participate in the sense of community of our country? I'm willing to put that on the table. "
" They're anti-government ideologues who dominate the Republican Party. "
" The American dream is about freedom. "
" I have a few uniforms - depending on whether I'm going to a college campus or meeting a head of state. But clean and easy works best for me. "