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  1. According to Teenage Research Unlimited, 51 percent of 13–15 year olds say they will be faced with making a decision regarding alcohol in the next three months.
  2. The Smithsonian museums are among this country’s most endearing treasures and I look forward to helping maintain and enhance their coveted works of art.
  3. Could today’s construction worker married to a clerical worker guarantee four children a college education and buy a house? That’s what we’re fighting about.
  4. Having passion does not mean you have to descend into bickering and fighting.
  5. Shame on me if I don’t try to do more with what I have. It would be… a terrible thing to waste this opportunity to try to make a difference.
  6. I… now see a rare opportunity to push across the goal line much of the unfinished business of America: investing in our infrastructure and workers, universal healthcare, comprehensive immigration reform and scrubbing a tax code that’s out of shape and behind the times.
  7. I’m never gonna change the skin, right? I’m very proud of what it implies and what it has meant to me… but then again, in Congress, I hope to make my mark as a colleague and as a leader.
  8. The question for immigration reform is not if we’ll get it done, it’s when we’ll get it done. It’s going to get done.
  9. Winning the peace is harder than winning the war.
  10. I will fight like the dickens to protect Social Security.
  11. My father was a construction worker most of his life. My mother, when she came from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, to the United States, never had a chance to go to college either and became a clerical worker. But they did nothing but build this country.
  12. We cannot undo the past in this misguided war in Iraq.
  13. I’ve learned to be pragmatic, but I don’t sacrifice my principles, my values.
  14. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the first use of alcohol typically begins at age 12.
  15. When the game is on, I want to be on the field, but I’m willing to catch, walk, run. I just want to be there. I’ll even be water boy.
  16. We need to make investment to get the economy going again, to give the private sector the confidence.
  17. It’s good to know people think I’m a nice guy.
  18. If you’re saying you should not be allowed in the country, you should be consistent and say that to all immigrants.
  19. Today, we have a trade regime which has led to the largest trade deficits this country has ever experienced.
  20. My three daughters are all going to go to college, and it’s not even a question. When I was applying to college, my parents were hoping that I would just go somewhere. Today, they look at their grandkids, and they know those kids will have a chance to build this country in bigger and better ways than my parents ever had a chance.



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