The House is usually a stoic chamber, but I had my colleagues cheering on their feet with my demand to protect Social Security and Medicare. The fact is these are NOT entitlements – they’re earned benefits that people start paying for the first day and the first hour they ever go to work.
Following his remarks, Nolan submitted an article into the record entitled “House honors the late Rep. Jim Oberstar as Congress fumbles his greatest passion” by Colby Itkowitz of the Washington Post. The article is available here: http://wapo.st/1K7UnpO
In February 2014, I called on the Congress to give America's workers a raise in the minimum wage.