Thank you, fellow Democrats. I’m honored to be here with you tonight to celebrate our ‘Democrat of the Year’ and to pay tribute to all those who have been working hard over the past year to advance the causes of opportunity, justice, and equality in Southern Maryland. I want to highlight in particular the enormous role that Democratic women have played in the fight for these values and for a better future for our communities and our country.
I was pleased to meet with Chris Van Hollen and community leaders in Charles and St. Mary’s Counties today to discuss how we can work together to continue to strengthen these facilities, which are critical to our economy and national security.
This year, as we mark the ninety-sixth anniversary, we do so on the cusp of making women’s history and American history once again. For the first time, a woman has been nominated for President of the United States by a major party. And I believe the next President of the United States will be addressed as ‘Madam President.’ Regardless of how one intends to vote, the extraordinary march of progress and the importance of this moment in our history cannot be denied.
With her acceptance of the Democratic nomination for president, Hillary Clinton has made history. But she is the first to remind us that this election isn't about her or about any individual candidate. This election represents more than a choice between parties - it is a question of whether we will abandon the values and strengths that have always made our nation great or keep faith with them.
We’re here to nominate Hillary Clinton because of her ability, her experience, and her vision for our country. We’re also here to show America why Democrats up and down the ticket are ready to lead.
I’m proud that Maryland’s Fifth Congressional District has a long tradition of sending dedicated and talented men and women to our Armed Forces – and that they serve our country with honor and make a difference through their service.
The opioid and heroin epidemic has impacted families and communities across the nation, including right here in the Washington-Baltimore region.
FlexEl is exactly the type of company we need to see more of – one that is innovating and creating jobs here in the U.S.
I want to thank the members of The Links who met with me today to discuss their concerns after recent gun violence in Orlando, Baton Rouge, Minneapolis, and Dallas, and the pressing need for action to stop these tragic events from happening,
Let us shine a light for the victims of gun violence, from Aurora to Newtown, to the ‘Emanuel Nine’ to the ‘Orlando Forty-Nine,’ and in all those other places where people ought to be and they gave their lives being where they ought to be. From Alton Sterling and Philando Castile to the five fallen officers in Dallas, and all the many thousands whose stories we didn’t read about in the national news.