Among the 13 Senators sworn in last January, Sen. Marco Rubio is the only one who has yet to speak on the floor.
“Today, while much of the nation is greatly challenged by recession and joblessness, North Dakota is strong, arguably the strongest we’ve been in our history. The reason is jobs. Last week we learned that North Dakota, at 3.7 percent, once again has the lowest unemployment rate in America,- a distinction we have held since June of 2008.”
“In 1902, the federal government spent 2 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product. ... This body played a key role in limiting federal government expansion. ... All that changed in the 20th century’s second decade. The Senate adopted the cloture vote, and America adopted the 16th Amendment. The federal government now had the power to tax income, and the Senate had made it easier for government to grow. And guess what, government grew.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.