Rep. Slaughter Unveils "Honest Leadership, Open Government" Reform Package to Protect Public Trust

Wednesday January 18, 2006

My name is Louise Slaughter—I represent upstate New York, and I’m the ranking member on the Rules Committee.

But I am certainly honored to be standing here with these wonderful Democrats as we say today that we’re taking our stand to end the Republican culture of corruption here in Washington.


National Radio Address on Republican Ethics Crisis

Sunday January 8, 2006

Good morning. I’m Congresswoman Louise Slaughter of New York, Ranking Member on the House Rules Committee.

As Americans, we have a right to expect that our government will be defined by the integrity of its office holders.

And yet today, we are suffering the consequences of what may be the worst corruption in the history of our Congress.


Remarks at Joint Congressional Rove/Plame Hearing

Saturday July 23, 2005

George W. Bush campaigned on ‘restoring dignity’ to the White House. During his first inaugural address, he affirmed a commitment “to live out our nation’s promise through civility, courage, compassion and character.” (more...)

Remarks on Veterans Health Care

Thursday June 30, 2005

Mr. Speaker, as the gentleman from Florida has explained, this rule would do two things. It would allow the House to consider legislation under suspension of the rules, and it would waive a provision in the Congressional Budget Act that prohibits the House from adjourning for more than 3 days unless it has completed consideration on reconciliation. (more...)

Testimony for BRAC Commission Regional Hearing

Monday June 27, 2005

Thank you General Newton and thank you to Chairman Principi, General Turner, and my friend, Commissioner Jim Bilbray, for being here today. I want to convey my gratitude and thanks for your service on the BRAC Commission. (more...)

Remarks on Funding for Public Broadcasting

Thursday June 23, 2005

Mr. Speaker, let me start with a quote from Lyndon Johnson: “Today we rededicate a part of the airwaves which belong to all the people,” a thing we should always remember, “and we dedicate them for the enlightenment of all the people.” (more...)

Remarks on Cuts to Important Programs

Tuesday June 14, 2005

Mr. Speaker, last night, the Committee on Rules considered H.R. 2862, the Science, State, Justice, Commerce and Related Agencies’ appropriations bill for FY 2006. And while I am pleased that the committee reported an open rule, as is customary with appropriations bills, we all know the amendment process for these bills is very restrictive. This makes it easy for the majority to allow an open rule and still maintain tight control over what is debated and deliberated on the floor through the waiver process. (more...)

Remarks on Over the Counter Emergency Contraceptive

Wednesday June 8, 2005

Mr. Speaker, as we debate the agriculture appropriations bill today, we will consider funding for the Food and Drug Administration. I am very disappointed that the Hinchey FDA reform amendment will not be allowed under this rule. The amendment would give the Food and Drug Administration two new authorities that are badly needed to improve the FDA’s drug safety operations and ensure that FDA has the tools to take timely action to protect Americans from unsafe drugs. (more...)

Remarks on Women in Combat

Wednesday May 25, 2005

Madam Speaker, we find ourselves here today debating the rule for next year’s Defense authorization bill. But while we should be discussing ways to better support our hardworking men and women in uniform, we find ourselves revisiting a debate I had assumed we settled years ago. (more...)

Remarks on Homeland Security

Wednesday May 18, 2005

Mr. Speaker, famed writer and political commentator George Orwell once wrote that “people sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” That statement should have a special resonance for Americans in today’s world. (more...)

Remarks on Truman Commission & Real I.D.

Thursday May 5, 2005

Mr. Speaker, I think we can all agree that supporting our young men and women in uniform is a priority for each and every Member of this House. Whether we are Democrats or Republicans, whether we have agreed with the Bush administration’s reasons for going to war in Iraq or opposed them, we all want the United States to be successful in the Middle East. (more...)

Remarks on Budget Resolution

Thursday April 28, 2005

Mr. Speaker, every Congress has its winners and its losers, and no where is that more apparent than in the budget. Looking at this budget, we could clearly see that those losing far outnumber those winning. The winners are millionaires and billionaires who will benefit from repeal of the estate tax, the credit card companies who make billions off of bankruptcy legislation, and oil and gas companies given subsidies by the energy bill while oil is at $55 a barrel. (more...)

Remarks on Martial Law Rule for Budget

Thursday April 28, 2005

Mr. Speaker, well, here we are doing another martial law rule and we wait and wait for the conference committee to finish its work, the conference committee that, I might add, did not include a single Democrat, which is unusual. Let me say that again. This conference committee we are waiting for did not include a single Democrat. (more...)

Remarks on GOP Retreat on Ethics Rules Change

Wednesday April 27, 2005

This bill represents a true victory for the American people and provides some hope for the integrity of this body, which has been so badly tarnished by the actions of this majority that can one day be restored. (more...)

Remarks on Judiciary Committee Abuse of Power

Tuesday April 26, 2005

I want to talk for a minute about another abuse which has occurred in this chamber, a personal affront to three of our colleagues I have never witnessed in my near twenty years serving in this House. (more...)

Remarks on Bankruptcy Bill

Thursday April 14, 2005

The rule we are debating, that we have made today is a closed rule which means that the Members of Congress who brought 35 amendments to the Committee on Rules will not have a chance to bring them up. (more...)

One Minute Speech on House Ethics

Wednesday April 13, 2005

A dark cloud and a suspicion of corruption hangs over this House of Representatives. It is the talk of the Nation. With no Committee on Standards of Official Conduct or reasonable ethical standards to speak of, there is no hope that the dark cloud will recede and that daylight will be let in. (more...)

Remarks on Budget Resolution

Tuesday March 15, 2005

Every day from this floor we hear our Members talk about values and morals that guide our Nation, but nothing reveals our true values as legislators more than how we choose to spend the American taxpayers’ money. Each decision to fund a program or not to fund another is a conscious choice that we make. (more...)

Remarks on Supplemental Funding for Iraq

Tuesday March 15, 2005

This is the third major supplemental appropriations bill Congress has considered for Iraq and Afghanistan. A war and reconstruction that the administration told us could be completely financed by Iraqi oil revenues has cost the American taxpayer a staggering $275 billion, and the end is nowhere in sight. As the price of this war continues to climb, we can no longer afford to ignore the equally expansive “accountability” gap that has developed in the White House. (more...)

Remarks at Fairness & Accountability in Broadcasting Panel

Thursday January 27, 2005

We are here to discuss, in a very short space of time, what is upsetting Americans every single day and night as they tune into their local broadcast stations. (more...)

Remarks on Opening Day Ethics Rules Change

Tuesday January 4, 2005

All over Washington and in the country, people are talking today about the majority’s last-minute decision to abandon rules changes that would have eviscerated longstanding ethical guidelines in this House, and, with that, the integrity of the institution. And while in the end the majority was right to withdraw these provisions, they hardly deserve our congratulations. (more...)

Remarks at the 2004 Democratic National Convention

Thursday July 29, 2004

I’m Louise Slaughter, chair of – and speaking for – the Democratic Congressional Women’s Caucus. We stand before you 42 women strong and with your help, ready to add to our ranks in November! (more...)


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