October 5, 2018
“The facts were clear and despite the efforts of the Emanuel Administration to keep the truth from the public, the truth has come to light.”
The following is a statement by Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) reacting to 2nd degree murder conviction in the trial of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke in the killing of Chicago teenager Laquan McDonald. "The murder of Laquan McDonald is one of the ugliest chapters in Chicago history, both in the action itself and in the effort to delay justice or sweep the whole deadly matter under the rug..."
September 28, 2018
Resolution recognizes and commemorates the 200th anniversary of the admittance of the State of Illinois to the Union
U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and the entire Illinois House delegation introduced a bipartisan resolution in the House and Senate celebrating the 200th anniversary of the founding of the State of Illinois. The resolution honors and celebrates the State of Illinois and the Illinoisans who have participated in cultivating the rich history of the State. December 3, 2018, will mark the 200th anniversary of the State of Illinois’ admittance as the 21st State to the Union.
September 26, 2018
“We should be leading by example and allowing victims to come forward, be respected and be heard…Women in this country should know that if you come forward to make credible allegations against anyone – anyone – you will be respected and you will be heard.”
Today in a speech on the House floor, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) called on Senators to “listen to the women” in the confirmation process for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, jeopardized as it is by multiple allegations of sexual assault and misconduct, because “this is an important moment for young men and young women in this country.” How the Senate handles these allegations – or dismisses them to steamroll opposition and speed the nominee to a confirmation vote – is vitally important because “we should be leading by example and allowing victims to come forward, be respected and be heard... Women in this country should know that if you come forward to make credible allegations against anyone – anyone – you will be respected and you will be heard,” Rep. Gutiérrez said.
September 22, 2018
“The Donald Trump-led Republican Party is now the party opposed to legal immigration and allowing those here legally to ever fully integrate and apply for citizenship...President Trump would obviously rather follow Miller’s agenda than confront the reality of Mueller’s investigation.”
The following is a statement by Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) reacting to news that the Trump Administration is severely restricting the ability of legal immigrants to fully integrate into our society and apply for citizenship. "I see the Trump Administration’s hostility towards immigrants as part of a strategy of mass distraction to keep the focus on fomenting outrage directed at Latinos while keeping the focus off of the corruption and graft that are gripping the White House and the GOP..."
September 20, 2018
“The emergency and the response to that emergency grew out of decades of neglect and disregard for Puerto Rico and her people by Washington and the U.S. Congress.”
The following is a statement by Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) on the one-year anniversary of the day Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico: "For me, the response to Hurricane Maria speaks volumes about Puerto Rico’s relationship with the United States. The greatest and most powerful nation on earth was unable to prevent 3,000 deaths on its colonial Caribbean possession and the failure to adequately respond stretches to the highest levels of the U.S. government. But the emergency and the response to that emergency grew out of decades of neglect and disregard for Puerto Rico and her people by Washington and the U.S. Congress. The U.S. has systematically stripped power from Puerto Rico to determine its own economic and political destiny and this contributed to the magnitude of the disaster as it unfolded last year...."
September 13, 2018
“With 3,000 people dead, for the President to say that Puerto Rico was a success – a triumph of the Trump presidency – is simply delusional.”
Today in a speech on the House floor, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) reacted to President Trump’s Tweets today denying that 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria hit the Island and the President’s claim earlier this week that the response to Maria was “one of the best jobs that’s ever been done.” The Congressman said the response to Hurricane Maria was “disaster mismanagement…that lies at the feet of the President and his Administration.”
September 6, 2018
On Mueller: “He lets his indictments do the talking.”
A day after he called for the President’s resignation in a floor speech, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) was back on the floor this morning to compare the main protagonists in the legal drama unfolding between President Trump and Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The Illinois Congressman asked “So, in this battle of he-said/he-said, who would the odds makers pick? If you were a betting man or woman, a Vegas odds maker, or just an arm chair quarterback, who would you go with?”
With a picture of Mueller and Trump side by side, Rep. Gutiérrez went over their records. He noted that while the President has been talking and tweeting incessantly offering his side of the story, Former FBI Director Mueller “lets his indictments do the talking.”
September 5, 2018
“Please resign and spare the nation from this ongoing nightmare. Don’t do this to us. Don’t make us go down with you. Step aside, sir, for the good of your country and the world.”
Today in a speech on the House floor, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) said he has sent a letter to the President asking him to resign “for the good of the United States and her people.” Holding a copy of the letter, sent today, the Illinois Congressman and Member of the Judiciary Committee said, “It has become clear… that for decades, the President led a vast criminal enterprise that went on to engage in criminal activity during the 2016 campaign for the White House and has engaged in criminal activity since the President took office.”
August 28, 2018
173 House Democrats demand Secretary DeVos issue formal guidance prohibiting the use of federal education funding to purchase firearms
Washington, DC -- Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) and more than 170 House Democrats sent a letter today to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos calling on the Department to issue formal guidance prohibiting the use of federal education funding to buy guns for teachers and school staff.
August 24, 2018
Press Release from House Judiciary Democrats
Today, in the wake of continuing fallout from the guilty plea of President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen; the conviction of his former campaign manager, Paul Manafort; grants of immunity for David Pecker, Chairman of American Media and the Trump Organization’s chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg; and President Trump’s reactions to these events, Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) led a letter signed by every Democratic member of the House Judiciary Committee to Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). The letter asks that Chairman Goodlatte call the House Judiciary Committee back into session immediately to allow members to meet with the Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding the implications of the Cohen investigation; to respond to possible abuse of the pardon power by the President and his continuing attacks on the DOJ; and to take up bipartisan legislation to protect the Special Counsel.