Democrats are committed to mapping a new direction in Iraq, and we will work with the President and the new Defense Secretary to ensure that the will of the American people guides our future actions.
I believe the American people spoke loud and clear to the Bush Administration in yesterday's election that they disapprove of the current direction in the war in Iraq. As a result, the President wasted no time in dumping Secretary Rumsfeld.
Democrats believe we must have comprehensive health care reform that includes giving the federal government authority to negotiate lower prices with drug companies.
The bottom line is that five million low-income Americans working full time for minimum wage, deserve a raise.
I have no problems with private schools. I graduated from one and so did my mother. Private schools are useful and we often use public funds to pay for their infrastructures and other common needs.
Our top priority is our troops, who are making the extraordinary effort to fulfill the mission they have been given. Democrats will work with this Administration to better define that mission and a realistic expectation of success in Iraq.
The President's call for more math and science students is not being heeded by his party's leaders in Congress. They are cutting over 0 billion from student aide while refusing to fully fund No Child Left Behind. Something doesn't add up.
Democrats are fighting for a new direction that includes protecting Social Security as well as making healthcare affordable, bringing down the high cost of gasoline, and making higher education more accessible for all Americans.
Education is the great equalizer, and shouldn't be limited to the wealthiest few.
But reducing harmful emissions, abating our dependence on foreign oil and developing alternative renewable energy sources have benefits that go beyond environmental health, they improve personal health, enhance national security and encourage our nation's economic viability.
Pharmaceutical companies are enjoying unprecedented profits and access with this Administration. Yet the Republicans' prescription drug plan for seniors has been a colossal failure, and over 43 million Americans wake up every morning without health insurance.
Has he paid his dues? Is he black enough?... John Lewis and I were out there marching and organizing sit-ins back in the '60s so that his children and my children would not have to do it.... We would have been failures if had to do the same things we did.
We have stabilized our economy. We took over a very sick economy, and we were hemorrhaging 750,000 jobs a month. We have stopped the hemorrhaging. In fact, we had 140,000 job growth last month. And that's what I call progress.
I'm heartened by the growing awareness of global warming among important communities and organizations in our nation.
In particular, the emerging call from our nation's evangelicals to protect God's creation is substantial.