Among the 13 Senators sworn in last January, Sen. Marco Rubio is the only one who has yet to speak on the floor.
“We are now rapidly closing in on the statutory limit to the amount of money that the federal government is permitted to borrow under law. ... This brings to mind the case of a family that is routinely living beyond their means. When this family reaches the limit on all of the credit cards they’ve got, who really thinks it’s a good idea to give them another credit card?”
“Benjamin Franklin used to say, ‘He’ll cheat without scruple, who can without fear.’ I think the Congressional corollary to that might be that Congress, which can continue to engage in perpetual deficit spending, will continue to do so unless or until the people require that Congress put itself in a straitjacket.”
“I am part of the first generation in our family to attend and graduate from college. Nothing in my background would suggest I would have the opportunity to serve as a Member of the Senate. That says something about our country and the opportunity we as Americans have to dream big and to pursue those dreams.”
“Returning to the Senate is, in many ways, like having a chance to re-live a part of your life, yet doing so with the benefit of experience. While I can discuss with colleagues many things that are familiar and remain the same the second time around, there is also much that has changed in our country that requires change within this institution. And it is what has changed that has brought me back to the Senate.”
“The people of Connecticut sent me here to fight for them — to fight for jobs and justice, to fight against a Capitol that caters to powerful special interests. The best moments of my career have been when we fought and won battles for ordinary people.”
“When I was first elected to Congress as a Member of the House in 2001, former Congressman John Paul Hammerschmidt, who represented the third district of Arkansas for 26 years, gave me some excellent advice. He said, ‘John, always remember, now that the election is over, there are no more Republicans, no more Democrats, only the people of Arkansas and you need to take good care of them.’”
“When I think of what it will take to address the challenges before us, I am reminded of my 95-year-old grandfather, John Sullivan, who is a World War II veteran and what his generation went through and what he did.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.