Top 665 Congress Quotes

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“Nearly 75,000 Demand Progress members have urged Congress to fix the Patriot Act.”

― Aaron Swartz

“We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”

― Abraham Lincoln

“The legal right of the Southern people to reclaim their fugitives I have constantly admitted. The legal right of Congress to interfere with their institution in the states, I have constantly denied.”

― Abraham Lincoln

“I received orders from Congress to proceed to Charleston in South Carolina, for the purpose of Co’operating with General Lincoln in the defense of that Capitol.”

― Abraham Whipple

“I am proud to be a member of the Congress of the United States.”

― Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.

“It was not until the civil rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s that Congress got serious about the assignment laid out in the post-Civil War amendments.”

― Adam Cohen

“Congress needs to toughen the laws protecting elections and make clear that anyone interfering with democracy will pay a stiff price.”

― Adam Cohen

“The Congress is virtually incapable of passing any reforms unless they first get permission from the powerful special interests who are most affected by the proposal.”

― Al Gore

“During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet.”

― Al Gore

“I submit to you, Mr. President of Congress, my formal resignation as president of the republic.”

― Alberto Fujimori

“The Middle East is literally going up in flames, as is California, and Katrina’s problems haven’t been solved, and Congress’ response is to criticize Federal judges.”

― Alcee Hastings

“The goal isn’t, and shouldn’t be, to block Hillary Clinton. The goal is to make sure a potential President Clinton is beholden to a better Congress and a better Democratic Party.”

― Alex Pareene

“Congress is too old. They don’t have a stake in the game.”

― Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

“I don’t think most of Congress understands how economics works.”

― Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

“We have to have a diversity of age represented in Congress, too.”

― Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

“It is time for Congress to provide relief for tobacco farmers. Since the 1930’s tobacco production has been regulated by a quota system, which required farmers to purchase quota in order to grow tobacco.”

― Allen Boyd

“I have no doubt that the Congress is active in manipulative politics.”

― Amit Shah

“Can a Congress worker ever think of becoming a Prime Minister? No. Because that seat is reserved by birth in that party.”

― Amit Shah

“Comprehensive immigration reform should be debated and passed by Congress.”

― Amy Klobuchar

“In 2010, we have to focus on electing a new Congress and in 2012 we have to focus on electing a new president.”

― Andrew P. Harris

“Congress passed the deeply flawed Patriot Act and authorized the invasion of Iraq. It even gave its retroactive approval to warrantless wiretapping.”

― Andrew Rosenthal

“Gabby Giffords was a mentor of mine in the state Legislature and also in Congress.”

― Ann Kirkpatrick

“In Congress, I was a relentless advocate for fiscal responsibility.”

― Ann Kirkpatrick

“In 2010, I proposed that Congress take its first pay cut in 77 years, and my effort had bipartisan support. And as part of leading by example, I returned 5 percent of my paycheck every month to pay down the debt.”

― Ann Kirkpatrick

“Congress has shortchanged not only foreign aid but foreign policy. A mistaken notion that diplomats are unimportant and hence undeserving of support grips conservative legislators, especially.”

― Anthony Lewis

“Republicans believe an obstructionist, do-nothing Congress will deny Obama momentum and keep their base energized.”

― Ari Melber

“Sometimes running for Congress is a four-year strategy in terms of getting out there and building a network.”

― Artur Davis

“Historically, there is a presumption that the legitimate police powers of the states are not to be pre-empted by federal law unless Congress has made that purpose clear.”

― Asa Hutchinson

“Although BJP and Congress are two sides of same coin, BJP is far more communal. Since BJP came to power, there is an atmosphere of hatred, and there is a takeover of the democratic institutions.”

― Atishi

“Unlike the Congress, the AAP stands for democratic rights of states, stands against the infringement of democratic rights by the Centre.”

― Atishi

“The Supreme Court, in 2005, emphasized and contrasted the great power of Congress under the Commerce Clause to regulate interstate commerce versus much more limited federal power under the discarded Articles of Confederation.”

― Barbara Ann Radnofsky

“Congress mandated that health care providers in emergency departments and ambulances provide emergency care to anyone in need, including the uninsured and underinsured.”

― Barbara Ann Radnofsky

“Every citizen of this country should be guaranteed that their vote matters, that their vote is counted, and that in the voting booth, their vote has a much weight as that of any CEO, any member of Congress, or any President.”

― Barbara Boxer

“I don’t think it’s the function of Congress to function well. It should drag its heels on the way to decision.”

― Barber Conable

“It wasn’t until after I was reelected in 1982 that I thought of myself as a long-term member of Congress.”

― Barney Frank

“When I first ran for Congress in 1992, I campaigned on a pledge to make affordable, quality healthcare a right, not a privilege, for all Americans.”

― Bart Stupak

“Our mission, as set forth by the Congress is a critical one: to preserve price stability, to foster maximum sustainable growth in output and employment, and to promote a stable and efficient financial system that serves all Americans well and fairly.”

― Ben Bernanke

“Members of Congress have more in common with the people they hobnob in Washington, D.C., than they do with the people they’re supposed to represent.”

― Ben Shapiro

“What five members of the Supreme Court say the law is may be something vastly different from what Congress intended the law to be.”

― Benjamin Franklin Fairless

“At the insistence of the Bush administration, Congress in 2006 passed legislation that required the Postal Service to prefund, over a 10-year period, 75 years of future retiree health benefits.”

― Bernie Sanders

“It is time for Congress to save the Postal Service, not dismantle it.”

― Bernie Sanders

“I have introduced a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and make it clear that the Congress and state legislatures do have the ability and the power to regulate and get corporate funding out of political campaigns.”

― Bernie Sanders

“Now back in those days, to become a rural mail carrier you had to be approved by congress.”

― Betty Hill

“The martyrdom of Lalaji has shaken the Congressmen. Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru is planning something solid to be presented for adoption in the coming session of the Congress, but I am not sure if he would be able to do something.”

― Bhagat Singh

“Whenever Congress undertakes large-scale reform, there are times when disaster appears certain – only to be averted at the last minute by the good sense of its sometimes unfairly maligned members.”

― Bill Bradley

“Unlike the United States Congress, which mostly forbids outside employment, state legislatures are generally composed of people with other careers.”

― Bill Dedman

“The ability of Texas Republicans to be effective in Congress is based on having at least 218 Republicans in the House.”

― Bill Flores

“I understand clearly as a freshman in Congress, you don’t get to steer the bus.”

― Bill Foster

“The decline of particle physics in the U.S. is really a symptom of the erratic and sometimes anti-scientific attitudes in Washington and the incompetence of Congress in managing science.”

― Bill Foster

“I used to say I represented 33% of the strategic reserve of physicists in Congress.”

― Bill Foster

“Congress should be forward thinking in the policies we set, instead of waiting until catastrophe looms.”

― Bill Frist

“If we had decided on January 5, in the new House of Representatives, to make no new spending bills, the debt ceiling would’ve still been hit, because, those are bills that are coming in as a result of purchases and commitments made by the administration and the previous Congress.”

― Bill Johnson

“Every member of Congress has highways in their district.”

― Blake Farenthold

“We’ve got the power of the purse in the Congress.”

― Blake Farenthold

“Congress votes for things the military doesn’t want, and planes and other weaponry that cost a lot but don’t work.”

― Bob Beckel

“Republicans will own Congress.”

― Bob Corker

“Serving in Congress has been the honor of a lifetime.”

― Bob Ehrlich

“Congress is dysfunctional.”

― Bob Filner

“The best thing about the Congress is that it is the last place where you can have face-to-face interviews and interaction with the newsmakers themselves.”

― Bob Schieffer

“When I ran for Congress I promised to help make health care affordable again.”

― Bobby Jindal

“Members of Congress must live according to the same laws as everyone else.”

― Bobby Jindal

“While I’ve been in Congress, I’ve never experienced a whiff of anti-Semitism. In my life, I have experienced very little.”

― Brad Schneider

“One of my top priorities in Congress is creating jobs and promoting a growing economy that raises the standard of living for all Americans.”

― Brad Schneider

“I am the first podiatrist to serve in the U.S. Congress.”

― Brad Wenstrup

“The President and the Democrats on Congress have exploited the financial crisis to advance their socialist big government tax, spend and borrow agenda.”

― Bradley A. Blakeman

“Congress should clarify that a sitting president is not subject to criminal indictment while in office.”

― Brett Kavanaugh

“As members of Congress, we have to pursue the Congressional Review Act legislation as soon as possible.”

― Brian Schatz

“Well, what I tried to do is simply to get out on the land. And when I came to Washington, I think one of the mistakes we made early on was kind of having an ideological dispute up in the Congress.”

― Bruce Babbitt

“Being a farmer is a great qualification to have to serve in the United States Congress.”

― Bruce Braley

“The Congress is a dysfunctional institution; it’s broken. One of our three branches of government is broken.”

― Carl Bernstein

“When it imposes expensive regulatory mandates on the private sector, Congress often acts on the basis of interest-group pressures, anecdotes, and the emotions of the moment. The executive branch is hardly perfect, but it is far less likely to do that.”

― Cass Sunstein

“Imagine if, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Gulf Coast residents had to wait on Democrats and Republicans to agree on cuts before receiving clean water or loans to rebuild. Congress’ negotiations often come slow or not at all.”

― Cedric Richmond

“There’s not an appropriations bill in the last 10 years that the-that Democrats passed in the Congress. We haven’t spent any money of your taxes in the last decade.”

― Chaka Fattah

“The Republican Party is in charge. They’ve been charge of the Congress and spending for 10 years.”

― Chaka Fattah

“Certainly, the president is expected to safeguard the Constitution by vetoing unconstitutional acts of Congress. This is especially true because many laws can only be brought before the courts in a collateral way, if at all.”

― Charles A. Beard

“As a member of Congress, I believe Congress must provide oversight of actions by the Executive Branch as our system of checks and balances requires.”

― Charles B. Rangel

“It is an honor to join my former colleague in Congress, Jim McCrery, and the very talented team at Capitol Counsel.”

― Charles Boustany

“During the 1970s and 1980s, Congress distributed more than $60 billion to cities to make sure that what goes into toilets, industrial drains and street grates would not endanger human health.”

― Charles Duhigg

“Under our constitutional system, the executive executes the laws that Congress has passed. It should not be executing laws that Congress has rejected.”

― Charles Krauthammer

“Our goal has been to more effectively promote the value of publicly-supported research at our universities, both to the Congress and to the general public.”

― Charles Vest

“One of the first members of Congress I met when I was first elected in 2008 was Barney Frank.”

― Chellie Pingree

“As president of Common Cause, I joined a coalition of groups ranging from the Christian Coalition to Consumers Union, and we went to Congress with over a million signatures asking that Net Neutrality be made law.”

― Chellie Pingree

“One had sown the seeds of corruption, and the other watered and nurtured it. Both the TDP and Congress have played their bit in patronising Satyam.”

― Chiranjeevi

“Anytime a large, emergency spending bill makes its way through Congress, the potential for mischief is great.”

― Chris Chocola

“Madam Speaker, before being elected to Congress, I ran a manufacturing business that did a significant percentage of our sales outside the United States.”

― Chris Chocola

“Congress has changed the Social Security system over time, and over 20 times in the past Congress has raised taxes on Social Security in payroll taxes into the system.”

― Chris Chocola

“I don’t disagree with ending Congress’ retirement program. I’m a governor; I don’t have a retirement program in my state, and I don’t disagree with that.”

― Chris Christie

“When they write my epitaph, it’s going to say, ‘Innate Immunotherapeutics, saving millions of lives.’ It’s not going to be ‘member of Congress.’”

― Chris Collins

“I hope the EPA will listen to the many votes over the years in Congress opposing cap-and-trade and rescind that proposed rule.”

― Chris Gibson

“As I stated shortly after retiring from the U.S. Army and first pursuing a seat in Congress in 2010, I planned to self-impose term limits.”

― Chris Gibson

“Congress should pass legislation that mandates increased information sharing for any country that wants to participate in the Visa Waiver Program.”

― Chris Murphy

“One of my chief criticisms of U.S. international policy is that Congress has largely abdicated its foreign policy-making responsibilities to the executive branch.”

― Chris Murphy

“I’ve never met a Democrat in Congress who wants open borders or who doesn’t believe in enforcing immigration laws.”

― Chris Murphy

“I ran in 2006 as an opponent of the Iraq War, and I came to Congress to change overreliance on U.S. military power.”

― Chris Murphy

“We should go forward in courts and Congress with investigations into post-9/11 interrogations and the decisions leading to them.”

― Christine Pelosi

“Joe Scarborough was one of 74 Republicans elected to the Congress in 1994 in response to the missteps of the early Clinton era. He was the first Republican elected to Congress from his northern Florida district since the 1870s and handily won re-election three times.”

― Christopher Buckley

“It’s incumbent upon all members of Congress to support legislation that keeps us safe at home and abroad.”

― Chuck Fleischmann

“The final line in the Second Amendment says, ‘The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.’ That means not by the president, not by Congress.”

― Chuck Norris

“What practical conclusions may we now draw for our propaganda work among women? The task of this Party Congress must not be to issue detailed practical suggestions, but to draw up general directions for the proletarian women’s movement.”

― Clara Zetkin

“In early January I introduced my legislation, which, besides prohibiting Federal funding of human cloning, also expresses the sense of Congress that foreign nations should establish total prohibition on human cloning as well.”

― Cliff Stearns

“Until lawmakers can disentangle property taxes from public education, inequalities – perpetuated by the Supreme Court and Congress – will persist.”

― Clint Smith

“It was the Congress that imposed ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ it was certainly my position, my recommendation to get us out of an even worse outcome that could have occurred.”

― Colin Powell

“I urge Congress to quickly take up and pass trade promotion authority so we can conclude a TPP agreement. Our position in the world depends on it.”

― Cory Gardner

“I would not have a woman go to Congress merely because she is a woman.”

― Crystal Eastman

“Talk is cheap – except when Congress does it.”

― Cullen Hightower

“We may not imagine how our lives could be more frustrating and complex – but Congress can.”

― Cullen Hightower

“It is in our national interest for Congress to act on immigration reform in a comprehensive manner.”

― Dan Lipinski

“As a member of Congress, I participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program under the same rules as millions of other federal employees.”

― Dan Lipinski

“As a Democratic member of Congress, I have a vote at the Democratic National Convention as a superdelegate.”

― Dan Lipinski

“I was never supposed to make it to Congress. I was a staff person.”

― Dan Maffei

“I have one desire: That is to have a principle-based, member-driven Congress. Period. That’s what I want.”

― Dan Webster

“Every member in Congress has a seat, and they deserve a seat at the table.”

― Dan Webster

“We have a lot of talented people in this Congress, and we can avoid a lot of unintended consequences if we just included them.”

― Dan Webster

“All I want to do is get back to a principle-based Congress.”

― Dan Webster

“The most dangerous thing a member of Congress could do is to ignore the citizenry who have taken up the mantle of reporting since they weren’t getting the truth from the co-opted mainstream outlets.”

― Dana Loesch

“When you’re the president of the United States, you have no money unless the Congress says, ‘Here’s what you can spend it on.’”

― Dana Perino

“Only we, the public, can force our representatives to reverse their abdication of the war powers that the Constitution gives exclusively to the Congress.”

― Daniel Ellsberg

“My congressional record speaks for itself, and my ability to build coalitions locally, nationally and across the aisles in Congress is transparent.”

― Danny K. Davis

“Sickle cell does not have the priority in this country that it had in the 1960s, when I started working on it. Congress has been cutting everything that wasn’t nailed down.”

― Danny K. Davis

“Increased and better screening for explosives is necessary – and Congress should fund it and TSA should implement it as quickly as possible – however that screening doesn’t reduce the risk posed by a trained terrorist with an unconventional weapon.”

― Dave Reichert

“I came to Congress to help reduce spending.”

― Dave Reichert

“In theory, it is illegal to make the basement into a bureaucratic purgatory. In 1994, for instance, Congress prohibited agencies from making significant changes in a whistleblower’s ‘working conditions’ as punishment for speaking out.”

― David Fahrenthold

“I want to be at least part of the change in Congress.”

― David Hogg

“Congress needs to get over their political bias with each other and work toward saving children’s lives.”

― David Hogg

“When Congress legislates in haste, it often causes more problems than it solves. But Congress rarely reconsiders its mistakes.”

― David Malpass

“I continued to serve in Congress until 2001.”

― David Minge

“This is a basic function of Congress to keep the government running. And so, what we ought not to do is play politics with those who have been affected by disasters.”

― David Plouffe

“I have also come to understand Congress’ need for a bipartisan as well as a partisan capacity.”

― David Price

“Congress has the power to legislate with regard to activity that, in the aggregate, has a substantial effect on interstate commerce.”

― David Souter

“When Congress exercises the powers delegated to it by the Constitution, it may impose affirmative obligations on executive and judicial officers of state and local governments as well as ordinary citizens.”

― David Souter

“The Brady Act was passed in response to what Congress described as an ‘epidemic of gun violence.’”

― David Souter

“If Congress is unable to do its job and pass a federal budget, then I do not believe we should receive a salary.”

― David Valadao

“We have the right as individuals to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right to appropriate a dollar of the public money.”

― Davy Crockett

“Give a member of Congress a junket and a mimeograph machine and he thinks he is secretary of state.”

― Dean Rusk

“To stabilize the nation’s public-employee pension systems and to prevent federal taxpayers from being billed for failed pension funds, I have introduced the Public Employee Pension Transparency Act in Congress.”

― Devin Nunes

“Before I was elected to Congress, I worked in a courtroom. For years, I defended doctors and hospitals, and for years, I sued them on behalf of people who were victims of medical malpractice.”

― Dick Durbin

“Until we make campaigns affordable, then we’re going to have too many members of Congress out rattling the cup with special interest groups.”

― Dick Durbin

“I have always been critical and skeptical of fast-tracking. It is a take-it-or-leave-it approach to trade agreements which really deals members of Congress and their concerns out of the picture.”

― Dick Durbin

“The political status legislation which emerged in Congress in 1990 and 1991 did not receive the support needed for enactment into law during my tenure as Attorney General.”

― Dick Thornburgh

“Internal self-government under a local constitution was authorized by Congress and approved by the residents in 1952, but federal law is supreme in Puerto Rico and residents do not have voting representation in the Congress.”

― Dick Thornburgh

“I was sent there by the Free Congress Committee, headed by Paul Weyrich. Fred Smith and I were sent down as observers, with reporters’ credentials, so we could witness the events.”

― Dixie Lee Ray

“Now Congress learns that the Veterans Administration failed to provide complete, accurate information on the money it needs for both this year and next year.”

― Doc Hastings

“In addition to demanding answers and accountability from the Veterans Administration, Congress had to act to ensure veterans do not suffer because of the actions of a federal agency.”

― Doc Hastings

“My son Emilio is running for Congress to continue the fight for social justice.”

― Dolores Huerta

“My last comment was, though, that Congress has cooked the books.”

― Don Nickles

“Congress, the press, and the bureaucracy too often focus on how much money or effort is spent, rather than whether the money or effort actually achieves the announced goal.”

― Donald Rumsfeld

“There have been high crimes and misdemeanors, but they have been committed by the special prosecutor and the Congress, not the president.”

― Donella Meadows

“I was eleventh-grade class president. That was the first elective office I held until I came into Congress.”

― Donna Edwards

“Everybody on this floor wants to send the same loud and clear message: that Congress is united in its opposition to terror and we are all deeply concerned about the future and security of our close friend and ally, Israel.”

― Earl Blumenauer

“Well, my wife, Cathy Gillespie, worked for Joe Barton, who was running for Congress in 1984.”

― Ed Gillespie

“The problem is, is that President Bush and the Republican leadership in the Congress have resisted attempts to increase dramatically our fuel economy standards over the last five years.”

― Ed Markey

“Ever since I’ve been in Congress, various groups on the business side, those entities that are creating jobs out there, have felt that the Clean Air Act is really – that there are all sorts of presumptions in favor of the environmentalists.”

― Ed Whitfield

“In 1787, many Americans were convinced that the ‘perpetual union’ they had created in winning independence was collapsing. Six years earlier, in the Articles of Confederation, the thirteen state governments had surrendered extensive powers to a congress of delegates from each state legislature.”

― Edmund Morgan

“The job of every president is to ride herd over Congress.”

― Edward Conard

“There were speeches made in Congress in the very last session before the outbreak of the Rebellion, so ferocious as to show that their authors were under the influence of a real frenzy.”

― Edward Everett

“When Peace Corps was first proposed, some in Congress assumed that only men would be volunteers.”

― Elaine Chao

“Pigs are smarter than dogs, and both are smarter than Congress.”

― Elayne Boosler

“The Republican argument that raising the debt ceiling encourages additional future spending is logically irresponsible. The debt ceiling has to be raised to authorize spending already approved by Congress. Despite that fallacy, the GOP has been able to score political points with its argument.”

― Eliot Spitzer

“I first decided to run for Congress when I was 29 – and became a Representative at the age of 30.”

― Elise Stefanik

“In Congress, I’ve advocated for an all-of-the-above energy policy that identifies and promotes alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, biomass and hydropower.”

― Elise Stefanik

“Our most important job in Congress is to provide for our national defense, and therefore, every year, Congress allocates funds and determines defense priorities in a bill known as the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA.”

― Elise Stefanik

“In Congress, I have worked with my colleagues to pass the 21st Century Cures Act.”

― Elise Stefanik

“Congress should live by the same laws it passes on to the rest of the nation.”

― Elise Stefanik

“When I was elected to Congress, I made a commitment to my constituents that my office would set the standard to be open and transparent.”

― Elise Stefanik

“In addition to advocating for smart policies that best serve our heroes, it is also my role as a Member of Congress to advocate for our veterans when working with federal agencies.”

― Elise Stefanik

“It is imperative that Congress provides adequately funded and stable budgets which allow us to support Afghan personnel and ensure that Afghanistan does not become a breeding ground for terrorists again.”

― Elise Stefanik

“As a millennial in Congress, I believe it’s very important that we’re educating our colleagues.”

― Elise Stefanik

“Most of what I’ve proposed in Congress grew out of issues raised with me back here in Connecticut.”

― Elizabeth Esty

“From fully funding nutrition programs to protecting children from liquid nicotine poisoning, I have focused many of my efforts in Congress on advocating for polices that invest in our most valuable resource – our children.”

― Elizabeth Esty

“I have voted against only one of President Obama’s nominees: Michael Froman, a Citigroup alumnus who is currently storming the halls of Congress as U.S. Trade Representative pushing trade deals that threaten to undermine financial regulation, workers’ rights, and environmental protections.”

― Elizabeth Warren

“Persecution of Christians is growing around the world, and Congress needs to pay more attention to it.”

― Elliott Abrams

“Thousands of members of Congress have come and gone over the years, their individual achievements hidden in committee reports, private compromises, amendments pushed through or blocked, and innumerable, unnoticed meetings.”

― Elliott Abrams

“Congress has greatly tightened the loopholes terrorists can use to harm Americans. We need to do more. We need controls immediately on what forms of ID are adequate to board planes and enter secure sites.”

― Elton Gallegly

“Coming into Congress, I didn’t really have much of a worldly experience.”

― Eric Swalwell

“I love working for the people of Indiana. I love helping our citizens make the most of their lives, but I do not love Congress.”

― Evan Bayh

“I’ve had a growing conviction that Congress is not operating as it should. There is much too much partisanship and not enough progress.”

― Evan Bayh

“One of my big beliefs about Washington is that we highly overstate the power of individuals and highly underrate seeing Washington as a system, in general, but, in particular, we highly underrate the power of Congress.”

― Ezra Klein

“It was a terrible day for baseball, it was a worse day for Congress.”

― Fay Vincent

“My dream was to have a Library of Congress catalogue number, that’s all.”

― Frank McCourt

“It is the duty of the President to propose and it is the privilege of the Congress to dispose.”

― Franklin D. Roosevelt

“I was elected six times to represent southern Arizona, in the State Legislature and then in Congress.”

― Gabrielle Giffords

“We have some Jewish members of Congress, not a lot but there’s a bunch of us.”

― Gary Ackerman

“Congress seems to be very good at doing nothing.”

― Gary Herbert

“Imagine a libertarian president challenging Congress to repeal the PATRIOT Act.”

― Gary Johnson

“Imagine a libertarian president challenging Congress for meaningful immigration reform.”

― Gary Johnson

“If the EPA cannot or will not act to halt the toxic e-waste trade to developing nations, then Congress should take action.”

― Gene Green

“Congress should let HRSA release its guidance and analyze its impact before making changes to the 340B program that would harm safety-net hospitals and our vulnerable patients.”

― Gene Green

“Ayman Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s deputy, as well as Abu Musab Zarqawi, have made it quite clear in their internal propaganda that they cannot win unless they can drive the Americans out. And they know that they can’t do that there, so they’ve brought the battlefield to the halls of Congress.”

― Geoff Davis

“It was an attempt to stick the Congress’s finger in King Hussein’s eye.”

― George P. Shultz

“Being elected to Congress is regarded as being sent on a looting raid for one’s friends.”

― George Will

“I was a trial lawyer when I was elected to Congress.”

― Geraldine Ferraro

“No issue is more important to this Congress than securing our borders and protecting our homeland, and I guarantee it is very important to our constituents.”

― Ginny Brown-Waite

“Not a single time have we gotten a right from Congress or from the President. We get them from God.”

― Glenn Beck

“I have chosen to seek election to the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors and not reelection to Congress.”

― Gloria Negrete McLeod

“You can see the absence of women in governing bodies from Congress to state legislators, on corporate boards, in tenured positions in academia, and as forepeople in factories.”

― Gloria Steinem

“There’s a big gap between public opinion polls and the vote in Washington, in Congress.”

― Gloria Steinem

“On September 5, 1774, forty-five of the weightiest colonial men formed the First Continental Congress at Philadelphia.”

― Gore Vidal

“My mother once used to be a Congress leader.”

― Govinda

“The jam is moving toward the Capitol where Congress sits in judgment on all the administrative agencies of Government.”

― Grace Abbott

“I’m just going to let my record in Congress speak for itself.”

― Grace Meng

“There is a need for Social Security reform to ensure its stability, and Congress must act.”

― Grace Napolitano

“It wasn’t until 1973 that Congress and journalists began to investigate ‘Operation Menu,’ around the same moment that the Watergate scandal was unfolding.”

― Greg Grandin

“Congress came to see NASA primarily as a jobs program, not an exploratory agency.”

― Gregory Benford

“Congress must control their MLAs.”

― H. D. Kumaraswamy

“According to me, all Congress leaders are supporting me. MLAs and leaders are happy with me.”

― H. D. Kumaraswamy

“We will not join hands with the Congress in any circumstance, because they are corrupt.”

― H. D. Kumaraswamy

“Unlike the Congress and BJP, which seek vote on communal lines, I seek votes on issues.”

― H. D. Kumaraswamy

“The president was not the most important political player in the 19th century. Besides Jefferson at the beginning, Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln, the center of politics was Congress.”

― H. W. Brands

“The American political system is based on the president taking the initiative and Congress responding. With President Trump, it’s been the opposite.”

― H. W. Brands

“Presidents are evaluated not by what they did by the stroke of their own pen; it’s what they persuade Congress to do.”

― H. W. Brands

“Members of Congress are somewhat reluctant to tangle with a president who seems to have the backing of the American people.”

― H. W. Brands

“Love it or hate it, Obamacare is the law of the land. It was passed by Congress, signed into law by President Obama, declared constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court and ratified by a majority of Americans, who reelected the president for a second term.”

― Hank Johnson

“Congress, the White House, and Hollywood, Wall Street, are owned by the Zionists.”

― Helen Thomas

“There are so many women on the floor of Congress, it looks like a mall.”

― Henry Hyde

“I respect the Congress’s oversight responsibility.”

― Hillary Clinton

“The atmosphere is different in Congress after September 11. Terrorism is no longer an abstract issue, but a real, tangible threat.”

― Howard Berman

“After 20 years in Congress, I still believe that smaller government and lower taxes are the most effective economic policies.”

― Howard Coble

“I was in federal prison in West Virginia for three months for contempt of Congress for a refusing to comply with a request of a Congressional committee of Congress, the House Un-American Activities Committee.”

― Howard Fast

“I’m disenchanted with Communism and most other things. I’m cynical but not a cynic. I’m cynical about TV, Congress, and commercial peanut butter.”

― Howard Fast

“I have seen in the Halls of Congress more idealism, more humanness, more compassion, more profiles of courage than in any other institution that I have ever known.”

― Hubert H. Humphrey

“If we are to change America, we must change the United States Congress.”

― Jack Kemp

“If immigration reform was easy, Congress would have dealt with it 15 years ago.”

― Jack Kingston

“Congress should get the job done.”

― Jack Lew

“Unlike the Japanese internment, water-boarding was ordered and served up in secret. But it, too, was America’s policy, not just Dick Cheney’s. Congress was informed about what was happening and raised no objection. The public knew, too.”

― Jacob Weisberg

“If Congress grants permission, I would put armed forces in the streets.”

― Jair Bolsonaro

“Well, I don’t think so, because the president and members of Congress and governors have the same constituents. It’s the American people who are hurting.”

― James Douglas

“There is more selfishness and less principle among members of Congress than I had any conception of, before I became President of the U.S.”

― James K. Polk

“The most energetic and prompt measures and the immediate appearance in arms of a large and overpowering force are recommended to Congress as the most certain and efficient means of bringing the existing collision with Mexico to a speedy and successful termination.”

― James K. Polk

“Senator Badger did not call. During the whole of the last session of Congress, he did not call on me. He is a bitter partisan and is no doubt sensible that during the presidential canvass of 1844, he did me gross injustice.”

― James K. Polk

“No one was elected to Congress because he or she promised to cut Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid.”

― James P. Hoffa

“Our immigration system is not broken. We don’t need, and Congress shouldn’t enact, amnesty.”

― Jan C. Ting

“Because the Bush Administration will set no timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, both chambers of Congress acted to make sure our troops will not be left in Iraq indefinitely.”

― Jan Schakowsky

“It’s time for compassionate Americans to send a wake-up call to their members of Congress and demand passage of legislation to end the wholesale slaughter of America’s horses once and for all.”

― Jane Velez-Mitchell

“The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) is committed to policies that promote maximum employment and price stability, consistent with our mandate from Congress.”

― Janet Yellen

“We’re charged by Congress with regulating financial institutions. We take that mission seriously. We are tough supervisors and regulators.”

― Janet Yellen

“My parents both were doing the Civil Rights Movement, were very involved with the civil rights to Congress. And my friends’ parents were as well.”

― Janis Ian

“Before running for Congress, I was an innovator and entrepreneur who founded several high-tech businesses that created hundreds of jobs and schools that found ways to serve those children that traditional schools couldn’t.”

― Jared Polis

“I have taken my outside-the-box, innovative, and sometimes unorthodox approach to Congress.”

― Jared Polis

“Only Congress can treat the gaping wound that is our broken immigration system.”

― Jared Polis

“I support offering the public option to members of Congress, and as soon as I’m given the chance, I intend to go on it.”

― Jared Polis

“If becoming a member of Congress is like going to college, then crafting legislation is our homework.”

― Jared Polis

“Negotiating deals among members of Congress is an exercise in wearing masks, scaring up votes, and, oftentimes, bluffing.”

― Jared Polis

“Obstruction of Congress in our work is a crime.”

― Jason Chaffetz

“For far too long, Congress has been focused on the CEOs, the millionaires, the billionaires.”

― Jason Kander

“We need Congress to do more than just engage in partisan games.”

― Jason Kander

“Congress passes bills that appropriate money. Congress says, ‘We’re building this bridge or funding that defense project, and they cost this much.’”

― Jay Carney

“We’re half the people; we should be half the Congress.”

― Jeannette Rankin

“Millions of Americans are struggling to pay their mortgages. They have a right to know whether members of Congress receive sweetheart deals in order to pay for theirs.”

― Jeb Hensarling

“Congress seems to believe that ‘Children are our future’ is a phrase coined by tobacco advertisers.”

― Jef I. Richards

“If the president wanted to fix our broken immigration system, he could start by securing the border and enforcing the laws already passed by Congress.”

― Jeff Duncan

“Conservatives of Western North Carolina should send Mark Meadows to Congress. We need his help.”

― Jeff Duncan

“Members of Congress and their staffs should be the first to feel the negative consequences of poorly written legislation, not the last.”

― Jeff Duncan

“Congress must demonstrate fiscal responsibility.”

― Jeff Fortenberry

“If it comes out of Congress, I think it has traction in America.”

― Jeff Fortenberry

“F.D.R. had to deal with Southern segregationists – and outright racists – who held power in Congress, so he had to yield to that power in order to get his New Deal legislation passed.”

― Jeff Greenfield

“Congress has the responsibility to ensure that any international trade agreement entered into by the United States must serve the national interest, not merely the interests of those crafting the proposal in secret.”

― Jeff Sessions

“Congress has taken an action now that makes it absolutely improper and illegal to use waterboarding… or any other form of torture by our military and by our other departments and agencies.”

― Jeff Sessions

“In Congress, while the House’s proposed defense budget calls for significant increases, it also cuts 11 billion dollars from veterans spending – including healthcare and disability pay. Be clear: we can’t equate spending on veterans with spending on defense.”

― Jennifer Granholm

“Back in the mid-1980s, congressional hearings were held after we brought this litigation, and held up the first experiment. At that time, I went in front of Congress, along with the major agencies involved with this.”

― Jeremy Rifkin

“An increase in the debt ceiling should be accompanied by fundamental policy reforms, substantial budget savings, and a strong enforcement mechanism to tie the hands of any future Congress.”

― Jerome Powell

“Congress created Fannie Mae in 1938 and Freddie Mac in 1970. For many years, these institutions prudently pursued their core mission of enhancing the availability of credit for housing.”

― Jerome Powell

“The Congress has tasked the Federal Reserve with achieving stable prices and maximum employment – the dual mandate.”

― Jerome Powell

“It is not the role of Congress to decide legal cases between private parties. That is why we have courts.”

― Jerrold Nadler

“In 2004, I ran for Congress and lost. In 2006, I ran again and won – defeating Richard Pombo, a seven-term Republican incumbent.”

― Jerry McNerney

“I fundamentally believe in term limits, for Congress, presidents, and board members.”

― Jim Breyer

“If Congress wanted to intervene with the Federal Reserve, well, we created the Federal Reserve. We could uncreate it. But would you want Congress regulating the money supply? We’d have drowned in inflation, or gone bankrupt, decades ago.”

― Jim Cooper

“Congress as a whole is less popular than it’s been since polling was invented.”

― Jim Cooper

“This Congress is simply not doing its job under Republican leadership.”

― Jim Cooper

“In Congress, it’s all pork, all the time.”

― Jim Cooper

“Our nation suffers when Congress fails to pay America’s bills on time.”

― Jim Cooper

“In the depth of the near depression, that he faced when he came in, Barack Obama and Democratic leaders in Congress provided ‘recovery funds’ that literally kept our classrooms open. Two years ago, these funds saved nearly 20,000 teacher and education jobs – just here in North Carolina.”

― Jim Hunt

“I would rather be known as ‘Jim Kolbe, the trade expert in Congress who happens to be gay,’ rather than ‘Jim Kolbe, gay congressman from Arizona.’”

― Jim Kolbe

“In 2005, I was the first member of Congress to introduce legislation calling for an immediate withdrawal of our troops from Iraq.”

― Jim McGovern

“I ran for Congress in 1996 to help Ted Kennedy pass a comprehensive health insurance reform bill.”

― Jim McGovern

“There aren’t a whole lot of people out of 300 million who could elected to the Congress.”

― Jim Moran

“Congress first took action against steroids by passing The Anabolic Steroids Control Act of 1990.”

― Jim Sensenbrenner

“The president of the United States, on Inauguration Day, takes an oath to faithfully execute the laws. Those are the laws that are passed by Congress.”

― Jim Sensenbrenner

“I was counsel on the full veterans committee, the first Vietnam veteran to serve as a full-committee counsel in Congress. It stunned me that there was a 600,000-case backlog of claims. During my time in the Senate, it became 900,000.”

― Jim Webb

“As we enter into the 110th Congress, it is imperative that we address ethics reforms needed to make this institution run correctly.”

― Jo Ann Davis

“Every two years for Congress, four years for President, illegal immigration comes out as a political issue.”

― Joe Arpaio

“People don’t want Congress dictating what light fixtures they can use.”

― Joe Barton

“I’m very proud to be a member of the Congress. And I’m proud to serve with people like Mike Doyle.”

― Joe Barton

“I’m have one of the most, if not the most, moderate voting records in Congress in the Florida delegation.”

― Joe Garcia

“There is nothing that I didn’t get to do while I was serving in Congress – except be in the majority.”

― Joe Garcia

“I probably hold more town halls than any member of Congress.”

― Joe J. Walsh

“The Constitution is very clear on the – on the declaration of war or reacting to international crimes – crimes against nations. It is the role of Congress to debate and authorize this before the President acts precipitously.”

― Joe Pitts

“The failed stimulus, along with Obamacare’s long list of failures, show what happens when Congress passes laws in a rush.”

― John Barrasso

“It will be up to Congress to check the president’s ambition of committing the U.S. to an international green scheme that will produce little or no return.”

― John Barrasso

“A difference must be made between a decision against the constitutionality of a law of Congress and of a State. The former acts as a restriction on the powers of this government, but the latter as an enlargement.”

― John C. Calhoun

“The framers of our constitution had the sagacity to vest in Congress all implied powers: that is, powers necessary and proper to carry into effect all the delegated powers wherever vested.”

― John C. Calhoun

“The Constitution of the United States… specifically states the Congress shall write legislation for immigration policy in the United States.”

― John Carter

“As a cosigner of the Veterans’ Bill of Rights, I’m committed to making sure that veterans’ issues remain a top priority in Congress.”

― John Delaney

“We already spend too few days in Congress working on meaningful legislation; we simply can’t afford to waste more time on legislation that doesn’t move the needle to improve the lives of everyday Americans.”

― John Delaney

“The Congress has now become a fairly evenly divided entity.”

― John Dingell

“This resolution is further proof that Congress stands firmly behind our troops and remains resolved to pursue those responsible for the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, until they are discovered, detained, and punished.”

― John Doolittle

“Very few men are fortunate enough to gain distinction during their first term in Congress.”

― John George Nicolay

“I have seen the times when the grassroots has moved the Congress. We listen way more often to our constituents than the lobbyists. And the grassroots are going to have to do it.”

― John Linder

“The voters in my district, and around the country, have demanded that Congress get a hold on the influx of illegal immigrants and tighten the security around our borders.”

― John Linder

“Everyone knows that a federal job is a lifetime job, and for many in Congress, it seems they have a lifetime job, too.”

― John McAfee

“The problem… is that most members of Congress don’t pay attention to what’s going on.”

― John McCain

“The public conviction that a railroad linking the West and the East was an absolute necessity became so pronounced after the gold discoveries of ’49 that Congress passed an act in 1853 providing for a survey of several lines from the Mississippi to the Pacific.”

― John Moody

“All the flower children were as alike as a congress of accountants and about as interesting.”

― John Mortimer

“Congress never loses its capacity to disappoint you.”

― John Oliver

“It has now been over 7 years since Congress last raised the minimum wage to its current level of $5.15 per hour. Since that last increase, Congress’s failure to adjust the wage for inflation has reduced the purchasing power of the minimum wage to record low levels.”

― Jon Corzine

“Everybody hates Congress; even Congress hates Congress.”

― Jon Lovett

“I’ve got five years of experience as a national security staffer in the U.S. Congress.”

― Jon Ossoff

“As a member of Congress, and a parent, I understand the importance of ensuring that families are able to provide a meaningful and proper burial for their loved ones.”

― Jon Porter

“I really was going to run for Congress.”

― Jon Taffer

“While Congress saw some need to loosen the standard in the initial days of a war, it wanted the president to comply with FISA in carrying out surveillance in the United States.”

― Jonathan Turley

“Obama is as likely to be impeached as he is to be installed as the next pontiff. And I say that as someone who has testified in Congress that this president has violated federal laws, unconstitutionally appointed various executive-branch officers and improperly transferred money.”

― Jonathan Turley

“Congress is unpopular. Incumbents are unpopular.”

― Joshua Micah Marshall

“The goal for me is to be as expansive as possible, and the Library of Congress offers so many resources.”

― Juan Felipe Herrera

“I know I’m representing the Library of Congress, all the people of the United States and, of course, the Latinos and Latinas as well.”

― Juan Felipe Herrera

“The 112th Congress passed only 220 laws, the lowest number enacted by any Congress. In 1948, when President Truman called the 80th Congress a ‘Do-Nothing’ Congress, it had passed more than 900 laws.”

― Juan Williams

“Our platform is self-service, so we enable people to host events themselves. The biggest events tend to be the free ones. We had 100,000 at a salsa congress in Mexico.”

― Julia Hartz

“Those of us who are pro-life should demand more from Congress.”

― Justin Amash

“I’m also politically independent so I’m not a fan of either the Democrats in Congress or the Republicans in Congress.”

― Kal Penn

“Corruption is everywhere. It’s not just in the Congress. Corruption is not just your prerogative or mine.”

― Kapil Sibal

“From 1965 to 1967, my dad, Jack Gilligan, served in Congress and helped pass landmark laws like the Voting Rights Act.”

― Kathleen Sebelius

“The mission of Border Patrol agents to protect the United States from harm is being impeded by a crisis Congress has the ability to fix, but as usual, chooses not to.”

― Katie Pavlich

“Congress can’t take the year off, election or no election.”

― Kay Bailey Hutchison

“Serving my neighbors in Congress and fighting for them has been the best job I’ve ever had.”

― Keith Ellison

“In all, dozens upon dozens of groups and organizations have prioritized stopping the killing in Darfur before there is no one left to be killed. It is high time that we, the U.S. Congress, join our name to that list.”

― Kendrick Meek

“Unfortunately a Constitutional amendment that would have empowered Congress to make desecration of the United States flag illegal failed to pass by one vote.”

― Kenny Marchant

“In 2012, I helped lead the successful effort in Congress to allow states to conduct drug testing of people receiving unemployment benefits.”

― Kevin Brady

“Congress must build on the success of the Budget Control Act.”

― Kevin Brady

“I like to compare ‘Instagram’ to the Library of Congress.”

― Kevin Systrom

“As Congress focuses on comprehensive health care reform, one thing needs to be clear: We cannot fix health care if we do not address America’s nursing shortage.”

― Kirsten Gillibrand

“One of the primary reasons I first ran for Congress was to be a voice for our troops, veterans and military families.”

― Kirsten Gillibrand

“Congress makes immigration law. It’s that simple. That is how our system works.”

― Kirstjen Nielsen

“Congress has been productive when focusing on bites of policy that don’t inflame the divisions within the party and quietly do the work of governing.”

― Kristen Soltis Anderson

“There’s no question that a Democratic Congress plus a Trump presidency would equal gridlock. Nothing moves, nothing changes, nothing gets accomplished, nothing gets reformed. Voters know this.”

― Kristen Soltis Anderson

“I firmly believe that if members of Congress fail to perform their most basic duty in passing a budget, then they do not deserve to be paid.”

― Kurt Schrader

“My family was actually homeless for several years when I was a kid. It’s a bit unusual for a member of Congress.”

― Kyrsten Sinema

“I have to thank the People, the Congress, and the Government of the United States for my liberation.”

― Lajos Kossuth

“If the administration asks for $5 and Congress appropriates $4, that’s what they get. If the government creates a subterfuge by going outside the government to raise money through a private entity, that’s a violation of the law.”

― Lamar Alexander

“President Bush and I had asked Congress to appropriate a half-billion dollars to school vouchers. We didn’t get it, and we were disappointed. But we did not go out and form a corporation to pay for it. That would have been a problem.”

― Lamar Alexander

“I was a heart surgeon before I came to Congress, and I’ve worked many holidays on behalf of my patients.”

― Larry Bucshon

“I started knitting in the Congress, and it was a scandal – like, big scandal.”

― Laura Esquivel

“Copyrights have not expired, and will not expire, so long as Congress is free to be bought to extend them again.”

― Lawrence Lessig

“One of my top priorities in Congress is to reduce U.S. dependence on fossil fuels.”

― Lincoln Diaz-Balart

“Dan Donovan was the district attorney at one point who could not indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo, who choked Eric Garner on video, for the whole country to watch, for the whole world to watch. And he actually, immediately after that, won a seat in Congress. He beat a Democrat to get into Congress.”

― Linda Sarsour

“To most Alaskans, Clinton is remembered as being the one individual who has shut Alaska down by vetoing ANWR when we successfully moved it through the Congress.”

― Lisa Murkowski

“I can say this very clearly: I have come into this Congress with an antiwar bias.”

― Lois Frankel

“I am not one of those who thinks that Congress needs to be in session 24 hours a day interfering in peoples’ lives.”

― Lois Frankel

“I was the first Latino member of Congress to support Senator Obama’s candidacy. For quite a while, I was the only one.”

― Luis Gutierrez

“Obama the President needs to stand up for what Obama the candidate and what Obama the Senator and what Obama the Chicago community organizer stood for and lead the Congress towards reform.”

― Luis Gutierrez

“The thing is that we live in a presidential system with a parliamentary constitution. Congress has a lot of weight in Brazil, and the president cannot always do when he wants; he does what he can.”

― Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

“Tom McMillen was a three-term congressman from Maryland. He is the tallest member of Congress. Period. He’s 6’11”.”

― Luther Strange

“The Obama administration demonstrated time and again a disturbing willingness to bypass the separation of powers and disregard Congress as a Constitutional watchdog.”

― Luther Strange

“Any president has to work with Congress.”

― Mac Thornberry

“The Congress may have made mistakes, but their ideology is not wrong.”

― Mahesh Bhatt

“I can be unhappy with the Congress, but I cannot give up on its ideology.”

― Mahesh Bhatt

“Modi talks about Congress Mukt Bharat. I feel this is a fascist ideology.”

― Mahesh Bhatt

“Campaigning for Congress is an issue of conviction, and there is no element of any personal gain in it.”

― Mahesh Bhatt

“It would be false if I claim that the Congress has in the past not let down its ideology, especially pertaining to Muslim community.”

― Mahesh Bhatt

“Inviting a foreign head of state to address the Congress is a clear breach of protocol and practice, and undermines the U.S. presidency.”

― Marcia Fudge

“As members of Congress, we may disagree with the administration’s position on foreign policy matters, but the fact remains: the Executive Branch is tasked with handling diplomatic matters.”

― Marcia Fudge

“All presidents get frustrated with Congress.”

― Marco Rubio

“I have an ability to work collegially across a wide range of interests in the caucus and in the Congress, and an ability to work on a bipartisan basis. Appropriators pride themselves on that.”

― Marcy Kaptur

“We have to get rid of the constant fundraising that happens inside the Congress. Before, political parties used to raise money; now, individual members are raising money through the DCCC and the RCCC. It is absolutely corrupt.”

― Marcy Kaptur

“What right does Congress have to go around making laws just because they deem it necessary?”

― Marion Barry

“As a Member of Congress, I’ve continued my family’s tradition of focusing on education.”

― Mark Kennedy

“The Prescription Drug Benefit we passed in Congress is already working to make prescription drugs available and affordable for all seniors who depend on them, through the drug card that became available last year.”

― Mark Kennedy

“A competition of the best ideas – that should be what Congress is about.”

― Mark McKinnon

“When I first ran for Congress in the 1990s, my background as an openly gay Asian was one of the focal points of the campaign, and, in fact, my opponent attacked me for it.”

― Mark Takano

“There is no distinctly American criminal class – except Congress.”

― Mark Twain

“There is no getting around it; Congress is failing the American people.”

― Mark Udall

“Apparently it’s acceptable for members of Congress to own stock in companies we regulate in Congress, but somehow, our plumbing company crosses some line.”

― Markwayne Mullin

“I’m paying more taxes inside my company and personally than I’ll ever receive from Congress.”

― Markwayne Mullin

“The Budget Act of 1974 established a timetable for the annual budget process. Under Title III of the Act, Congress is to complete action on the concurrent resolution on the budget by April 15.”

― Marsha Blackburn

“While the budget resolution is a nonbinding blueprint, it is, nevertheless, an important guideline for Congress. Once the President’s proposed budget is received by Congress on the first Monday of February, Congress generally goes to work on appropriating the funds required.”

― Marsha Blackburn

“I’m probably one of the only people who has voted for the speaker of the House but didn’t serve in Congress.”

― Martha McSally

“Every proper exertion has been made and will be continued to carry out the wishes of Congress in relation to the tobacco trade, as indicated in the several resolutions of the House of Representatives and the legislation of the two branches.”

― Martin Van Buren

“With respect to the northeastern boundary of the United States, no official correspondence between this Government and that of Great Britain has passed since that communicated to Congress toward the close of their last session.”

― Martin Van Buren

“The worst excesses of the Congress of the 1980s pale in comparison with what is going on in Washington today.”

― Marty Meehan

“Congress created a safe harbor for defamation in 1996 and for copyright in 1998. Both safe harbors were designed to ensure that the Internet would remain a participatory medium of speech.”

― Marvin Ammori

“I did one cable news hit during my first 10 months in Congress.”

― Matt Gaetz

“Congress has broad powers to regulate and control commerce. Congress also cannot force a state to ‘un-decriminalize’ something; states’ rights are routinely upheld by the Court.”

― Matt Gaetz

“Typically, members of Congress don’t just hear a story about a program and indicate whether they support it or not.”

― Matt Gaetz

“We need the speaker to be an institutionalist for the Congress, not to be a defender of the deep state.”

― Matt Gaetz

“I do believe that it’s very frequent that officials from foreign governments will meet with members of Congress. They will meet with folks associated with campaigns. That’s not aberrational here in Washington.”

― Matt Gaetz

“Amendments occupy a great deal of most legislators’ time, particularly those lawmakers in the minority. Members of Congress do author major bills, but more commonly they make minor adjustments to the bigger bill.”

― Matt Taibbi

“Congress is a place that lacks any debate of ideas.”

― Mauricio Macri

“If Congress can strip the federal courts of jurisdiction over school prayer cases, there is no provision in the Constitution immune from congressional tampering.”

― Max Baucus

“That’s what mayors do. They lobby Congress to provide resources for their city.”

― Maxine Waters

“It is worth noting that Steve King of Iowa is far from the only Republican member of Congress to offer cover to white nationalists.”

― Mehdi Hasan

“Franklin Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, and Ronald Reagan each suffered through his second four years. FDR was checkmated by Congress and the Supreme Court. Ike was dogged by Sputnik and reckless charges that the United States suffered from a Missile Gap. Reagan had to wend his way through Iran-Contra.”

― Michael Beschloss

“As parties began to develop around the turn of the 19th century, you had party nominees for President nominated in caucuses made up of party members in Congress.”

― Michael Beschloss

“Well, I mean, Congress did originally set the formula for the state grants, and they guaranteed every state a minimum formula. So that was a congressional decision.”

― Michael Chertoff

“Congress has funded numerous programs to provide care and compensation to 9/11 victims, spending several billion dollars on extraordinary and unprecedented efforts.”

― Michael Enzi

“My literal responsibility as director of the CIA with regard to covert action was to inform the Congress – not to seek their approval; to inform.”

― Michael Hayden

“Over the past year, several cases of human rights abuses, specifically sexual exploitation and abuse, by individuals involved in U.N. peacekeeping operations have raised the suspicions of many Members of Congress and members of the International Relations Committee.”

― Michael McCaul

“Texas’ and America’s farmers are suffering. As the Member of Congress representing the 10th Congressional District of Texas, I have traveled throughout our area and have seen first-hand how the drought has affected our agricultural communities.”

― Michael McCaul

“My number one objective continues to be to defund or delay the implementation of Obamacare. But as long as any piece of this law is standing, it needs to apply to all Americans equally, and that includes members of Congress and our staff.”

― Michael McCaul

“Congress must also enact pro-growth policies that encourage the economy to expand: like making tax relief permanent and repealing the death tax.”

― Michael Steele

“We don’t need to allow any more Nancy Pelosies to wind up in Congress.”

― Michael Steele

“I was in the Minnesota state Senate from 2000 until 2006. In 2006, I was urged to run for Congress, I did. And I’ve been here ever since.”

― Michele Bachmann

“During my first term in Congress, I signed a pledge that I will take no more earmarks and I’ve been faithful to that pledge.”

― Michele Bachmann

“For more than forty years, the United States Congress has shamelessly used payroll taxes intended for Social Security to fund big government spending.”

― Mike Pence

“We are here simply to decide whether Congress should take the taxpayer dollars of millions of pro-life Americans and use them to fund the destruction of human embryos for research.”

― Mike Pence

“As a member of Congress, I am part of a large group of elected officials who remain clear-eyed about the threat emanating from Tehran.”

― Mike Pompeo

“Secretary Clinton should be denied access to classified information. Congress must also hold the State Department accountable for fixing the culture of lax handling of classified information.”

― Mike Pompeo

“In Congress, I represent South Central Kansas, home to McConnell Air Force Base.”

― Mike Pompeo

“Before being elected to Congress, I oversaw the Cook County Hospital System as a Cook County Commissioner for 10 years.”

― Mike Quigley

“My outspoken positions haven’t always been popular in the halls of Congress, but they have been rooted in what I believed was right and necessary.”

― Mike Quigley

“I was the last person to announce I was running for Congress in a big district, and I still won.”

― Mike Quigley

“It is the duty of Congress to ensure our lead regulations are up to date and consistent with modern detection methods so that we can better protect children from the harmful consequences of exposure.”

― Mike Quigley

“I’m thinking of trying to talk Jonathan Toews into running for Congress. We could use him.”

― Mike Quigley

“Redistricting and a broken, polarized Congress have made it tough to be a moderate in Congress.”

― Mike Ross

“When President Obama asked Congress to raise the debt ceiling $2 trillion and offered sequestration as an offset, I opposed it. I did not believe we should put the country $2 trillion deeper in debt and impose irresponsible massive cuts to our national security.”

― Mike Turner

“You can lead a man to Congress, but you can’t make him think.”

― Milton Berle

“Congress does investigations better than they do anything else.”

― Mitch Landrieu

“As I’ve said repeatedly over the last few years, the war on coal was not a result of anything Congress passed; there was no legislation.”

― Mitch McConnell

“The administration still wants to govern from the far-left and that’s going to produce kind a partisan result here in the Congress.”

― Mitch McConnell

“It’s time Congress got its priorities straight.”

― Mitch McConnell

“In the last 100 years, three presidents suffered big defeats in Congress in their first term and then won reelection: Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, and the most recent example, Bill Clinton.”

― Mitch McConnell

“In Congress, there are some who are unashamed to aspire to eloquence, even to scholarship, but the only state legislator I ever knew who would not join in the mispronounceciation of a word for the sake of camaraderie with her fellows was former State Senator and Congresswoman Barbara Jordan.”

― Molly Ivins

“The cost of living is not solved in Congress and Munich – the cost of living is solved here: in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Netanya and Haifa.”

― Moshe Kahlon

“Originally, Congress provided in 1793 that all foreign coins circulating in the United States be legal tender. Indeed, foreign coins have been estimated to form 80 percent of American domestic specie circulation in 1800.”

― Murray Rothbard

“Compared to Congress, BJP is spending huge money in the elections. BJP keeps claiming that it is not corrupt. Then where is it getting such huge monies from?”

― N. Chandrababu Naidu

“We are fighting the communal BJP on the one hand and the corrupt Congress on the other.”

― N. Chandrababu Naidu

“What kind of signal is Prime Minister Narendra Modi giving by closeting himself with tainted politicians and financial fraud-accused of YSR Congress undergoing trial?”

― N. Chandrababu Naidu

“The Congress and regional parties may fight against each other in certain states, but they will get united at the national level against BJP for forming the coalition government.”

― N. Chandrababu Naidu

“Our democracy has survived for so many years in India. We should at least give credit to the Congress for that.”

― Nana Patekar

“My father died the year I was elected to Congress: 1987.”

― Nancy Pelosi

“I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the ratings of Congress. I really don’t.”

― Nancy Pelosi

“We in Congress stand by Israel. In Congress, we speak with one voice on the subject of Israel.”

― Nancy Pelosi

“I never dread going back to Congress.”

― Nancy Pelosi

“Washington and Congress are steeped in history and tradition, and that’s been very male-oriented.”

― Nancy Pelosi

“After over 200 years, not even a fifth of Congress is women.”

― Nancy Pelosi

“Congress is my ideological home; I come from a Nehruvian family.”

― Nandan Nilekani

“In the United States, large corporations control some members of Congress. All this does is delay the corporation’s funeral at our expense.”

― Nassim Nicholas Taleb

“Well, you know, you’re not going to have 86 percent of Congress voted out of office.”

― Nate Silver

“Remember, the Congress doesn’t get as many opportunities to make an impression with the public.”

― Nate Silver

“If there’s a major foreign policy event, the President gets on TV, the Congress doesn’t.”

― Nate Silver

“With scientific advances, Congress must now make changes to reflect new therapeutic options.”

― Nathan Deal

“There is no question of any alliance with the Congress party. The Congress have always neglected the people of Odisha.”

― Naveen Patnaik

“Barr has thrown himself in with Trump in ways unbecoming to the nation’s highest legal official. His conduct in trying to clear Trump is of a piece with his baseless attacks on ‘spying’ by the FBI and his defiance of Congress’s subpoenas.”

― Neal Katyal

“No responsible scholar who thinks a sitting president cannot be indicted also thinks an attorney general can try to truncate a process of oversight – by Congress, for example – by ‘pre-clearing’ the president in advance.”

― Neal Katyal

“I’ve been in two different administrations, and I would say, particularly, President Obama was really careful to make sure that he wouldn’t invoke executive privilege unless absolutely necessary. He only invoked it once in eight years, even though many years he had Congress opposed to him in terms of being from the opposite party.”

― Neal Katyal

“Every time a president invokes executive privilege, there are three relevant audiences he has to think about: the courts, Congress, and the public.”

― Neal Katyal

“Congress was designed by the Founding Fathers to move slowly, precisely to avoid the sudden panic of a one-week solution that becomes a 20-year mess.”

― Newt Gingrich

“I helped lead the effort to defeat communism in the Congress.”

― Newt Gingrich

“We are telling veterans they must sacrifice to pay for the pet projects and contracts to campaign donors of powerful members of Congress.”

― Nick Lampson

“The White House tapes, recording Nixon’s nefarious doings from Watergate to the bombing of Vietnam, made frightening reading once made public on the orders of Congress.”

― Nigel Hamilton

“The BJP does not intend to use Parliament to project Congress’s corruption.”

― Nirmala Sitharaman

“The Rafale deal narrative that the Congress is setting is a propaganda that has international ramifications.”

― Nirmala Sitharaman

“I belong to the Congress. My party has always supported prohibition, though it may not have been successful in implementing prohibition in many states.”

― P. Chidambaram

“As far as the Congress is concerned, we condemn any attempts to oppress the Dalits in strongest terms. If there are parties trying to fan the OBC-Dalit divide in Tamil Nadu, we need to collectively condemn them.”

― P. Chidambaram

“The First Amendment only says ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.’ It can disrespect all it wants.”

― P. J. O’Rourke

“It is the Democratic Congress, the liberal-biased media and the homosexuals who want to destroy all Christians.”

― Pat Robertson

“I’m more concerned about members of Congress being drug-free than I am about members of the Yankees or Giants.”

― Pat Sajak

“You can see how dysfunctional this Congress is.”

― Pat Toomey

“If George W. Bush is given a second term, and retains a Republican Congress and a compliant federal judiciary, he and his allies are likely to embark on a campaign of political retribution the likes of which we haven’t seen since Richard Nixon.”

― Paul Begala

“Ignorance of the law is not a valid excuse for accused criminals, and it cannot be an excuse for members of Congress.”

― Paul Broun

“As one of the most conservative members of Congress and a staunch supporter of the 2nd Amendment, I am constantly under attack for my values and beliefs.”

― Paul Broun

“I have lectured at Town Hall N.Y., The Library of Congress, Harvard, Yale, Amherst, Wellesley, Columbia, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Louisiana State University, Colorado, Stanford, and scores of other places.”

― Paul Engle

“It has been a top priority of Congress to reduce the drug costs of all seniors.”

― Paul Gillmor

“Congress has consistently rejected policies that aim to allow illegal aliens to serve in the military.”

― Paul Gosar

“I will continue to ask the president and his subordinates to work with Congress rather than against it.”

― Paul Gosar

“Mr. Trump has said that he wants a vice president who knows Washington, is able to deal with the Congress, and could be viewed as somebody who could be president.”

― Paul Manafort

“Plain and simple, Congress must act to meet the needs of our constituents. We can do that by strengthening families, increasing the minimum wage, and ensuring equal pay for equal work.”

― Paul Tonko

“A territory cannot become a state or a nation unless Congress approves legislation and the president signs it.”

― Pedro Pierluisi

“A lot of these so-called left positions are actually centrist by the standards of the American people, just not by members of the American Congress.”

― Pete Buttigieg

“I supported Bob Schaffer’s three races for Congress. But we all had concerns about whether he could win statewide. Then my wife suggested that I get it.”

― Pete Coors

“Obviously, overall infrastructure needs on the Southwest and Northern borders are mounting. We need a major push in Congress to remedy this.”

― Pete Domenici

“Every decision I make in Congress will be centered on the needs of the district.”

― Pete Gallego

“I told the president ‘no’ to special treatment for Congress when he tried to exempt them from Obamacare.”

― Pete Gallego

“Complying with requests from Congress is not optional. It is mandatory.”

― Pete Hoekstra

“Ensuring that the intelligence community adheres to its responsibilities to report on its activities to Congress is absolutely essential.”

― Pete Hoekstra

“When Congress passed the Authorization for the Use of Military Force immediately after the 9/11 attacks, no one could have imagined this authorization would continue to be the basis for American wars that persist a decade and a half later.”

― Peter Bergen

“I really think the Patriot Act violates our Constitution. It was, it is, an illegal act. The Congress, the Senate and the president cannot change the Constitution.”

― Peter Camejo

“In the first 50 years of the filibuster, it was used only 35 times. But the last Congress alone had 112 cloture motions filed, plus threats of more. This is the tyranny of the minority.”

― Peter Fenn

“Historically, the minority party in Congress votes against raising the debt limit, forcing the majority party to whip its members into casting politically painful votes in favor.”

― Peter Welch

“Nobody is more conservative in the Congress and the House than Phil Gingrey.”

― Phil Gingrey

“Congress should pass legislation to remove from the federal courts their jurisdiction to hear these outrageous challenges to the Ten Commandments and the Pledge of Allegiance.”

― Phyllis Schlafly

“Now that judges embrace forcibly starving someone to death, Congress should use its appropriation power to starve the judicial budget.”

― Phyllis Schlafly

“Our runaway judiciary is badly in need of restraint by Congress.”

― Phyllis Schlafly

“Anyone leaving the Congress’ camp and joining – or even indirectly praising – the BJP-led NDA coalition immediately stands the risk of losing this Congress-issued certificate of secularism. It is a travesty!”

― Piyush Goyal

“In most riots in India, Congress has had a direct or indirect involvement. History bears this out.”

― Piyush Goyal

“Reaping political dividends out of tragedies is deeply engrained in the Congress’ DNA.”

― Piyush Goyal

“Modi Model of Development is more a hype than reality, and the Congress has always stood for inclusive development.”

― Preneet Kaur

“As Congress battles over spending and cost cutting, it is imperative that funding for math education programs does not fall victim.”

― Priyamvada Natarajan

“Pentagon dollars are essentially seen as a different kind of funding that doesn’t have to stand for itself and make an argument for itself in the house of Congress.”

― Rachel Maddow

“When I testified in front of Congress, I know that I was testifying under oath and I told the truth.”

― Rafael Palmeiro

“I said what I said before Congress because I meant every word of it.”

― Rafael Palmeiro

“If I am elected to Congress, I plan to introduce legislation tying Congressional pay to performance.”

― Raja Krishnamoorthi

“If I am elected to Congress, I will put the interests of our community first, and I will actively seek input and respond to it.”

― Raja Krishnamoorthi

“Our political system has been bankrupted by the failures of Congress to act in ways that give meaning to the struggles our constituents endure.”

― Raja Krishnamoorthi

“Whenever the Congress represents the increasing diversity of the United States, that’s a good thing.”

― Raja Krishnamoorthi

“I decided to run for Congress to get and keep people in the middle class.”

― Raja Krishnamoorthi

“Congress increasingly represents the diversity of America.”

― Raja Krishnamoorthi

“Making Congress into a less crisis-driven institution starts with electing members of Congress who can take the long view.”

― Raja Krishnamoorthi

“Prices always soar when there is a Congress government.”

― Rajnath Singh

“In my 31 years in Congress, I have seen a lot of changes. We made some substantial policy changes that have improved our parks system and our public lands.”

― Ralph Regula

“The right to life is guaranteed to all Americans in the Declaration of Independence, and ensuring this is upheld is the Constitutional duty of all members of Congress.”

― Rand Paul

“It is so clear that the conservatives in Congress will only settle for a bill that allows the unequal treatment of immigrants, allow them to be shoved around the system with no way to plead their case for relief.”

― Rashida Tlaib

“We demand Congress access and publicly release Donald Trump’s tax returns!”

― Rashida Tlaib

“Most members of Congress are politicians. They’re bores.”

― Ray Bradbury

“Congress may not get the Internet, but the Internet doesn’t get Congress, either.”

― Rebecca MacKinnon

“Congress: Bingo with billions.”

― Red Skelton

“Congress has repeatedly passed laws and otherwise raised a ruckus about indecent language on the broadcast airwaves used for radio and television.”

― Reed Hundt

“Finally, we need more Border Patrol agents. Although Congress has already tripled the number of Border Patrol agents since the late 1980s, more are still needed.”

― Ric Keller

“We are a possession of the United States. Congress has full authorization power over Puerto Rico.”

― Ricardo Rossello

“I never envisioned retiring out of the Congress.”

― Richard Burr

“If you think about it, 534 members of the U.S. Congress cannot all be religious. That’s just statistical nonsense. Many of them are quite well-educated.”

― Richard Dawkins

“The tax relief that this Congress has given now in terms of four tax cuts has overwhelmingly gone to the people at the very top of the income scale in America.”

― Richard Neal

“I don’t want Congress setting monetary policy.”

― Richard Shelby

“Congress had the opportunity to extend tax relief to working families without increasing the deficit. Instead, we were handed a bill that favors the wealthy and eliminates deductions that benefit the middle class.”

― Rick Larsen

“Armed and law-abiding citizens are a greater deterrent to violent crime than 1,000 laws passed by Congress.”

― Rick Perry

“I represent more Native Americans than anyone else in Congress.”

― Rick Renzi

“Obama and Democratic leaders in Congress believed we could spend our way to prosperity, and I guess they still do.”

― Rob Portman

“The broad goal, laid out by Congress, the Obama administration, and the U.N. Security Council, was that Iran would suspend all enrichment-related activities and not be permitted a path to ever pursue a nuclear weapons program.”

― Rob Portman

“There are bills being discussed to raise the amount that Members of Congress pay in to their benefits and I support these pieces of legislation.”

― Rob Woodall

“Unfortunately, most of Congress has little to offer except making noise and knowing how to move up the bloated political chain.”

― Robert Blaha

“Congress is not an ATM.”

― Robert Byrd

“Congress becomes the public voice of opposition.”

― Robert Dallek

“President Obama can talk about having no grand schemes and making no big gains, but the reality is he can’t get anything of significance through Congress.”

― Robert Dallek

“F.D.R. had an economic crisis of unprecedented proportions in 1933 when he drove 15 major bills through the Congress, and super majorities in the House and the Senate in 1935 when he won passage of Social Security.”

― Robert Dallek

“If I get to be president, what can I do anyway? With Congress and the press, what chance do I have to make basic changes?”

― Robert Kennedy

“They all agree, they are all unanimous in Congress, in the States, on the rostrum, in the sanctuary – everywhere they declare that slavery shall not go into the Territories.”

― Robert Toombs

“In both houses of Congress, bipartisan legislation has been introduced to ensure that the rights of states and cities to make drone laws are protected.”

― Robin Hayes

“The United States is stepping up to lead the international response to the Ebola outbreak, and Congress will ensure that the president’s request is fully and quickly funded.”

― Rodney Frelinghuysen

“Some residents, I suspect, may be politically motivated in suggesting that having two members of Congress lessens Montclair’s clout. Quite to the contrary. I think it increases Montclair’s visibility – as a matter of fact, Essex County’s visibility.”

― Rodney Frelinghuysen

“The primary reason that I’d be here or that Don Payne Jr. would be here is for you to know that members of Congress actually exist and are human.”

― Rodney Frelinghuysen

“The Fed is the major U.S. firefighter. It’s not the Treasury. It’s not the Congress. We certainly saw that vividly in 2008.”

― Roger Altman

“I have been a lot of ‘firsts’ on the national political stage, including the first African American congressman from the Bay Area and one of the first Democratic Socialists in Congress.”

― Ron Dellums

“If Congress adds 5 percent to the debt, then their pay should be cut by 5 percent.”

― Ron DeSantis

“Americans of all political background overwhelmingly support term limits, yet term limits have floundered in Congress.”

― Ron DeSantis

“There are hardly any private sector employees who get both a 401k and a pension. There’s just no need that Congress should get both.”

― Ron DeSantis

“Congress cannot be allowed to impose burdens on the American people while relieving its own members of those burdens.”

― Ron DeSantis

“Because terms limits are so popular, the interest of a member of Congress in staying in office would be congruent with supporting my term limits joint resolution.”

― Ron DeSantis

“With gridlock the norm, Congress’s approval rating is below 10 percent and the public has lost faith in its national leadership.”

― Ron Fournier

“Andrew Jackson was the first president to claim that the desires of the public overrode Congress’s constitutional prerogatives. Virtually every president since Jackson has claimed the mantle, even while lacking two ingredients of an electoral mandate: a landslide victory and a specific agenda.”

― Ron Fournier

“A sagging economy, a soaring national debt, and an increasingly restive Congress pushed Obama to order troop reductions that are both deeper and faster than recommended by his military commanders.”

― Ron Fournier

“It is past time for Congress to get serious about our spending crisis and impose fiscal restraint.”

― Ron Johnson

“I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress.”

― Ronald Reagan

“Most of what we report from Congress they don’t care about unless it affects them directly.”

― Roone Arledge

“Hey, well, I’ve been a pretty conservative member of congress.”

― Roy Blunt

“Congress, even with its frustrations, is the greatest instrument for justice and human welfare in the world.”

― Rush D. Holt, Jr.

“Congress has not raised the minimum wage since 1997. The minimum wage is now at its lowest level in 50 years adjusted for inflation.”

― Russ Carnahan

“It is time this Congress listened to the American people and minimum-wage workers, and it is time that we act.”

― Russ Carnahan

“It is irresponsible for this Congress to not investigate the President’s lack of an exit strategy, and the fraud, waste, and abuse of U.S. tax dollars.”

― Russ Carnahan

“If a trip is worth taking, members of Congress should be prepared to justify paying for it out of their office accounts.”

― Russ Feingold

“There’s no assigned seats in the House. I spent the first couple months just getting to know my Congress. So I kind of wander around.”

― Ryan Zinke

“Congress has the constitutional responsibility to control the power of the ‘purse’.”

― Ryan Zinke

“It’s fairly common for new members of Congress to hire their former campaign managers onto their official staff.”

― Saikat Chakrabarti

“Obama tried to make deals with Republicans, and I don’t think he realized he’d have such an insanely opposing Congress.”

― Saikat Chakrabarti

“When the EPA says that property owners, farmers, and livestock producers must stomach higher costs, longer delays, and bigger headaches, it’s up to Congress to put up a roadblock.”

― Sam Graves

“Too many critics mistake the deliberations of the Congress for its decisions.”

― Sam Rayburn

“I think that Congress’ ability to reason is fully equal to that of the judiciary.”

― Samuel Alito

“In some ways, Mr. Modi’s foreign policy is a continuation of Dr. Manmohan Singh’s, and in some ways, it could be that Mr. Modi was repossessing all the non Nehru-Gandhi leaders of the Congress.”

― Sanjaya Baru

“It’s not the function of Congress to do criminal investigations.”

― Saxby Chambliss

“Nearly one in ten Americans are still out of work. And still, the President and Congress are focused on ramming through their health-care bill, whatever it takes, whatever the cost.”

― Scott Brown

“Dealing with immigration should originate in Congress. The president should not act unilaterally.”

― Scott Garrett

“As the United States Congress considers military intervention in Syria, per President Obama’s request, I think it’s important to be very honest about what we are considering.”

― Scott Garrett

“Congress passes statutes, and those statutes are very clear on the job EPA has to do.”

― Scott Pruitt

“There are issues the EPA should be dealing with. When I talk about the EPA and its role with the states, it’s not an abolitionist view, that we don’t need that agency. It’s that the agency should act within the outlines established by Congress.”

― Scott Pruitt

“I am a firm believer that federal agencies exist to administer laws passed by Congress, as intended.”

― Scott Pruitt

“Agencies and the executive branch need to enforce the law. They don’t need to fill in the spaces if Congress doesn’t act.”

― Scott Pruitt

“When you declare a ‘war on coal’ from a regulatory perspective, the question has to be asked: where’s that in the statute? Where did Congress empower the EPA to declare a war on coal?”

― Scott Pruitt

“’Sue and settle’ involves the creation of environmental rules and regulations through lawsuits filed by environmental groups against the EPA, not through Congress or proper rule-making.”

― Scott Pruitt

“We should be all be treated equally under the law. Why should members of Congress be in Obamacare and not the president?”

― Sean Duffy

“Congress is like first grade, only not as well behaved.”

― Sean Patrick Maloney

“In 1981, I spoke at the Olympic Congress. I was scandalised that I was the first athlete to be given that chance. But I made the most of it.”

― Sebastian Coe

“What standards are upheld by the scientific community affect the community internally, and also affect its relations with society at large, including Congress.”

― Serge Lang

“If you look at U.S. Congress, 80 percent of them have never left the U.S.A., so I’m not surprised about Russophobia in Congress.”

― Sergei Lavrov

“In the wake of the 2008 recession, Congress and the Obama Administration rightly focused financial regulation on protecting the nation’s financial system from itself.”

― Seth Moulton

“Congress can prevent future tragedies by requiring a background check for every gun purchase in America.”

― Seth Moulton

“I didn’t leave the Congress; I was expelled.”

― Sharad Pawar

“The Congress is a power-oriented party.”

― Sharad Pawar

“I had quit the Congress to form the Progressive Democratic Front in 1978.”

― Sharad Pawar

“In the Congress, for every small thing, you have to consult the general secretaries.”

― Sharad Pawar

“As Members of Congress, we should not be using public office for private gain.”

― Sheila Jackson Lee

“The power the fossil fuel industry exerts over Congress is polluting American democracy, the propaganda it emits through its front groups is polluting our public discourse, and, of course, its carbon emissions are polluting our atmosphere and oceans – it’s a triple whammy and a disgrace.”

― Sheldon Whitehouse

“Legislation to level the playing field for working families is dead on arrival in the Citizens United Congress.”

― Sheldon Whitehouse

“I have a reputation for being the hardest working person in Congress.”

― Shelley Berkley

“I come home every weekend and I still can’t believe I represent Las Vegas in Congress. It’s such a kick.”

― Shelley Berkley

“This drug coverage program was clearly designed by Republicans in Congress to serve the interests of the drug and insurance industries. America’s seniors were an afterthought.”

― Sherrod Brown

“Whether wisely or not, one of the first priorities of the incoming Obama administration was to present a package of healthcare benefits, which, to no one’s surprise, produced an uproar in Congress and an assortment of polls declaring that the majority of Americans were opposed to it.”

― Sherwin B. Nuland

“Congress seems drugged and inert most of the time… its idea of meeting a problem is to hold hearings or, in extreme cases, to appoint a commission.”

― Shirley Chisholm

“I ran for Congress, just once.”

― Shirley Temple

“The anti-Hindi agitation changed the entire face of Tamil Nadu with a local party emerging on the top, relegating the Congress.”

― Shiv Nadar

“Unlike the Congress, our party believes in democracy and takes a collective decision.”

― Smriti Irani

“Citizens know the legacy of misrule of the Congress – an economy in doldrums and an administration full of leakages.”

― Smriti Irani

“I think that Congress and its affiliates and journalists who support them have made trolling quite a sophisticated measure of intervention.”

― Smriti Irani

“Over the last five years, the Administration and the majority in Congress have appropriated less than $900 million for port security grants – despite the Coast Guard’s determination that $5.4 billion is needed over 10 years.”

― Solomon Ortiz

“While Congress can’t overturn the Supreme Court, we can provide carrots and sticks to prevent local governments from unfairly taking property from landowners.”

― Stephanie Herseth

“I hope to continue to be serving South Dakota in Congress.”

― Stephanie Herseth

“If they’re willing to stand at polls for countless hours in the rain, as many did, then I should surely stand up for them here in the halls of Congress.”

― Stephanie Tubbs Jones

“Congress, it turns out, is filled with Republicans and Democrats eager to act as enablers for the most repressive forces in Iran.”

― Stephen Kinzer

“I ran for Congress not because I was having a mid-life crisis. I left the private sector because I saw a looming financial crisis that was coming to this country. It’s unsustainable.”

― Steve Daines

“Sometimes Congress likes to milk an issue.”

― Steve Largent

“Mike Pence, of course, is a governor with executive experience and doing well in a Midwestern state, but also served in Congress. I served with Mike.”

― Steve Scalise

“I fought really hard to win a seat in Congress, and everybody else did, too.”

― Steve Scalise

“Congress should just do its job and pass a transportation-infrastructure bill – a regular bill that doesn’t borrow money and mortgage my future.”

― Steve Stivers

“The younger generation has become very nationalistic, self-confident. Increasingly, they do not see the Congress as their party.”

― Subramanian Swamy

“Last year, I co-sponsored the Highlands Conservation Act and in a bipartisan effort we passed the bill through Congress.”

― Sue Kelly

“My aim is to project that the BJP is not only an alternative but a better alternative to the Congress.”

― Sushma Swaraj

“Congress has an obligation to clear the legal fog by passing my bill to require the federal government to obtain a warrant if it wants to conduct aerial surveillance.”

― Suzan DelBene

“Congress should… at least keep pace with technological advances.”

― Suzan DelBene

“In this constantly evolving world, Congress must be a good steward of policy to ensure our laws at least keep pace.”

― Suzan DelBene

“When I first ran for Congress in 1998, people counted me out.”

― Tammy Baldwin

“The authority to declare war rests in Congress, not in an out-of-control president.”

― Ted Cruz

“Thanks to President Obama for joining a unanimous Congress and signing S 2195 into law.”

― Ted Cruz

“I would be concerned if any speech to Congress related any information that’s new to the president of the United States.”

― Ted Deutch

“I came to Congress on the promise of cutting wasteful government spending. There are plenty of examples of the government playing loose with taxpayer money, but none more so than how we spend our foreign aid dollars.”

― Ted Yoho

“Don’t count on Congress. Laws come into being because people on the ground demand it.”

― Terri Sewell

“I took the Canal Zone and let Congress debate; and while the debate goes on, the canal does also.”

― Theodore Roosevelt

“With the parties at virtual parity and the ideological gulf between them never greater, the stakes of majority control of Congress are extremely high.”

― Thomas E. Mann

“Congress requires states to draw single-member districts.”

― Thomas E. Mann

“Incumbents are safe, but party majorities are not. This fosters symbolic votes, message politics and little serious legislating in Congress.”

― Thomas E. Mann

“This administration and the leadership in Congress appear to be intent on valuing wealth over work, thereby placing working families at a distinct disadvantage.”

― Tim Bishop

“Historically, Congress hasn’t paid much attention to the confines the Constitution establishes.”

― Tim Griffin

“The framers never intended an infinitely broad Commerce Clause that would let Congress dictate individuals’ purchases.”

― Tim Griffin

“The pro-growth policies of Congress have helped created new jobs in the region and across the country.”

― Tim Murphy

“We need to be calling out the flaws and misguided decisions of the Democrats in Congress and the Obama administration.”

― Tim Pawlenty

“We got two examples in recent history from this country. One in the ’80s under President Reagan. One under President Clinton and the Democratic-controlled Congress in the ’90s. We had nearly 5 percent growth rate in each of those decades. We can do it again for sure.”

― Tim Pawlenty

“I’ve been in Congress 14 years. I’ve been on the Appropriations Committee in which we are in charge of trying to move legislation.”

― Tim Ryan

“The Pentagon got fed up with its recruits getting ripped off by payday lenders and in 2007 got Congress to make it illegal to extend such loans to members of the military. But civilians remain fair game.”

― Timothy Noah

“What the 1990s taught the Clinton veterans was that you could ‘triangulate’ with a GOP-controlled Congress.”

― Timothy Noah

“Obamacare is the wildly complex Rube Goldberg contraption it is because getting the legislation through Congress required so many political tradeoffs and so many unavoidable deals with so many vested interests. But that’s no excuse.”

― Tina Brown

“If a star football player can have a mythical girlfriend, why can’t I have a mythical Congress?”

― Tina Brown

“Clean air is a basic right. The responsibility to ensure that falls to Congress and the president.”

― Tom Carper

“We only have one president and one secretary of state, but our founding fathers very clearly insisted that Congress play a significant role in foreign policy.”

― Tom Cotton

“It’s the job of the president to negotiate, but it’s the job of Congress to approve.”

― Tom Cotton

“Jimmy Carter proposed withdrawing the troops from South Korea. He was stopped by the United States Congress.”

― Tom Cotton

“Any deal that’s not approved by Congress won’t be accepted by Congress. Not now and certainly not in the future.”

― Tom Cotton

“The critical role of Congress in the adoption of international agreements was clearly laid out by our Founding Fathers in our Constitution. And it’s a principle upon which Democrats and Republicans have largely agreed.”

― Tom Cotton

“I and many other senators, Republican and Democrat, have expressed our sincere and long-held intent that Congress must approve any nuclear deal with Iran for months.”

― Tom Cotton

“The Congress plays a central role in our constitutional structure.”

― Tom Cotton

“Bill Clinton worked with a Republican Congress. They certainly had their differences on many issues, but look at what they also accomplished. Welfare reform – that was maybe the most significant social policy achievement in two generations.”

― Tom Cotton

“Congress did the right thing with Ebola. They funded us to protect Americans and keep us safer.”

― Tom Frieden

“We must seize the moment and permanently delay the entire law. Congress can do this. We control the purse strings and can protect taxpayers from funding Obamacare.”

― Tom Graves

“There should not be a micro-managing of terminology with the Library of Congress.”

― Tom Graves

“Our Founding Fathers created the Executive Branch to implement and enforce the laws written by Congress, and vested this power in the president.”

― Tom Rice

“A majority of senators should be able to adopt rules at the beginning of each Congress.”

― Tom Udall

“I have served in the Congress during two wars and I have seen the impacts on our military, on their families and on our national deficit.”

― Tom Udall

“The United States Constitution does not one time even mention marriage. It neither requires Congress or the states to adopt same-sex marriage laws nor does it forbid them from maintaining traditional marriage laws.”

― Trent Franks

“The Constitution gives the Congress absolute authority within the District of Columbia on any legislative issues whatsoever.”

― Trent Franks

“I don’t mind what Congress does, as long as they don’t do it in the streets and frighten the horses.”

― Victor Hugo

“The retirement system that is in place for members of Congress and other federal workers features what is known as the Federal Employment Retirement Plan.”

― Virgil Goode

“Seniors are concerned about Medicare and Social Security. I advocated in Congress a separate and distinct lockbox fund for Social Security.”

― Virgil Goode

“Nothing is less suspenseful than a threat that threatens the maker of the threat at least as much as the subject of the threat. Congress hasn’t learned this yet, but America has learned it over and over.”

― Walter Kirn

“Let me make the newspapers, and I care not what is preached in the pulpit or what is enacted in Congress.”

― Wendell Phillips

“I have noticed, with much distress, the excessive wartime activity of the investigating bureaus of Congress and the administration, with their impertinent and indecent searching out of the private lives and the past political beliefs of individuals.”

― Wendell Willkie

“Paul Ryan has been a responsible legislator and public servant, almost alone among members of Congress in his belief that we need to strengthen and save our social entitlements.”

― Wendy Long

“Between the Community Redevelopment Act, requiring banks to make what I would call very weak loans, and specific quotas that the Congress imposed on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, that created the market demand that really led to the subprime phenomenon.”

― Wilbur Ross

“As a former undercover CIA officer, I’ve worked with my colleagues in the 114th Congress to approach the growing terrorist threat from a number of angles, including addressing the issue of terrorists’ ease of travel, combating terrorist recruitment strategies, and improving our own counterterrorism capabilities.”

― Will Hurd

“Before I was elected to represent southwestern Texas in the U.S. Congress, I spent almost a decade as an undercover officer in the CIA. I served in places where Russia has geopolitical interests, and learned that Russia has one simple goal: to erode trust in democratic institutions.”

― Will Hurd

“When Congress and the general public disagree simply along party lines, the Russians are winning.”

― Will Hurd

“The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.”

― Will Rogers

“Appellant constituted a legitimate class of one, and this provides a basis for Congress’s decision to proceed with dispatch with respect to his materials.”

― William J. Brennan, Jr.

“Congress acknowledged that society’s accumulated myths and fears about disability and disease are as handicapping as are the physical limitations that flow from actual impairment.”

― William J. Brennan, Jr.

“They’re calling their Washington sources at the NRC or in Congress and they’re not hesitating to give their opinion, but their opinion, frankly, in those early days was not very well informed.”

― William Scranton

“I wonder much that a court of Law should be in doubt whether a Resolution of Congress can superceed the Law of a Sovereign State.”

― William Whipple

“My party was the only party that opposed the bifurcation of the state in Parliament, and I was suspended from the House along with the other MP from my party. TDP supported and voted for bifurcation, as did the Congress and BJP. Every party barring mine voted.”

― Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy

“The Congress is very vindictive, and they’ve proved it time and again.”

― Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy

“Why should you construe that Congress and BJP are the only forces at the Centre? There could be third or fourth force.”

― Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy

“The Congress party is insignificant in our state.”

― Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy

“We want Congress to join the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) alliance.”

― Yogi Adityanath

“Only Congress has the authority to adequately and holistically address our broken immigration system.”

― Yvette Clarke

“Republicans in Congress boosted the economy by cutting taxes and ending programs that don’t work.”

― Zach Wamp

“AIPAC has consistently opposed a two-state solution, and a lot of members of Congress have been intimidated, and I don’t think that’s healthy.”

― Zbigniew Brzezinski
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