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Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of congress; but I repeat myself.

Mark Twain, author

It is the utmost necessity that this congress be a congress of unity.

Slobodan Milosevic, president

We have the power to do any damn fool thing we want to do, and we seem to do it about every ten minutes.

J. William Fulbright, politician

There should be one day when there is open season on senators.

Will Rogers, actor

With Congress, every time they make a joke it's a law, and every time they make a law it's a joke.

Will Rogers, actor

You can lead a man to Congress, but you can't make him think.

Milton Berle, comedian

I took the Canal Zone and let Congress debate; and while the debate goes on, the canal does also.

Theodore Roosevelt, president

Can any of you seriously say the Bill of Rights could get through Congress today? It wouldn't even get out of committee.

F. Lee Bailey, lawyer

If I studied all my life, I couldn't think up half the number of funny things passed in one session of congress.

Will Rogers, actor

The Senate is a body of old men charged with high duties and misdemeanors.

Ambrose Bierce, journalist

Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.

Mark Twain, author

Congress would exclude slavery from any territory that in the future might be acquired from Mexico.

David Wilmot, activist

I believe Congress has a duty to do so as well; not simply as a body of legislators, but more importantly as a community of friends, neighbors, parents and Americans.

Jim Walsh, politician

We simply must look beyond partisan goals and find common ground as Americans. It is imperative that the Members of Congress recognize that partisanship will not serve the American people.

Michael Crapo, politician

Great is the power, great is the authority of a senate that is unanimous in its opinions.

Marcus Tullius Cicero, statesman

Congress, the press, and the bureaucracy too often focus on how much money or effort is spent, rather than whether the money or effort actually achieves the announced goal.

Donald Rumsfeld, politician

Congress is not an ATM.

Robert Byrd, politician

From early on, everything I did was calculated to being elected to Congress.

Carl Albert, lawyer

There is no distinctly American criminal class - except Congress.

Mark Twain, author

The Bush Administration and the Congress have to stop ignoring this crisis in international trade. The longer we ignore it, the more American jobs will move overseas. It's just that simple.

Byron Dorgan, politician

Marching with over a million women in support of our reproductive rights was one of the most empowering things I have done, both as a woman and as a Member of Congress.

Sheila Jackson Lee, politician

You know they say the most dangerous person of the world is a member of the United States Congress just home from a three-day fact-finding trip.

Johnny Isakson, politician

I read all these stories that I don't know anything about politics. But I must know something. I've had some good victories in Congress, and I've survived this town for four years.

Donald T. Regan, public servant

Health care for all Americans is the most pressing domestic issue today. It's far past time for the President and Congress to deliver health care to everyone.

Russ Feingold, politician

There are so many women on the floor of Congress, it looks like a mall.

Henry Hyde, politician

I wish the press were paying more attention to the erosion of the Constitution and the slippery slope that we're getting into, by giving up the right of the Congress to talk about when and how and where we go to war.

Barbara Lee, politician

Only we, the public, can force our representatives to reverse their abdication of the war powers that the Constitution gives exclusively to the Congress.

Daniel Ellsberg, celebrity

Many of us in Congress have been calling on the Administration to articulate a bold mission for NASA. It seems that the President is answering that call. I wholeheartedly support his vision for going back to the moon, and from there to worlds beyond.

Sheila Jackson Lee, politician

I think many people were surprised by the victory of the Congress, because it was really hard to see beyond the sort of haze of hatred that the Hindu nationalists had been spreading.

Arundhati Roy, novelist

The Congress has historically played covert communal politics in order to create what in India we call vote banks where you pit one community against another and so on in order to secure votes.

Arundhati Roy, novelist

Nobody ever says to men, how can you be a Congressman and a father.

Patricia Schroeder, leader

I'm no lady; I'm a member of Congress, and I'll proceed on that basis.

Mary Teresa Norton, writer

All of us want to see the details of any legislative plan if there's going to be a legislative response, but Congress, I believe, is in the mood to do whatever it takes to win this war against terrorism.

Richard Shelby, politician

We cannot go up on a wire. We cannot do a search without a judge on the FISA Court approving it and determining that we have met the standard that has been set forth by Congress in order to utilize these techniques.

Robert Mueller, public servant

We've got a dictatorial president and a Justice Department that does not want Congress involved. Your guy's acting like he's king. His dad was at a 90 percent approval rating and he lost! And the same thing can happen to him!

Dan Burton, politician

There are two enemies to every bill proposed in Congress, the fools who favor it and the lunatics who oppose it.

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The constitution vests the power of declaring war in Congress; therefore no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they shall have deliberated upon the subject and authorized such a measure.

George Washington, president

The public conviction that a railroad linking the West and the East was an absolute necessity became so pronounced after the gold discoveries of '49 that Congress passed an act in 1853 providing for a survey of several lines from the Mississippi to the Pacific.

John Moody, businessman

Though no one wants war, Congress needed to give the President the authority he needs to protect America while encouraging the use of diplomacy and negotiations to try and arrive at a peaceful solution to this problem.

Allen Boyd, politician

Ever since I came to Congress in 1992, there are those who have been trying to silence my voice. I've been told to "sit down and shut up" over and over again. Well, I won't sit down and I won't shut up until the full and unvarnished truth is placed before the American people.

Cynthia McKinney, politician

We have the right as individuals to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right to appropriate a dollar of the public money.

Davy Crockett, explorer

I enjoyed the administrative work because it involved working with Congress, city council, and the mayor. I had never been a politician so it was fun - learning political maneuvering.

Harold H. Greene, judge

So, you know, I think that Democrats are being more successful in Congress and I'm really going to be proud of the role I will play tomorrow as ranking Democrat on the Intelligence Committee when this bill passes.

Jane Harman, politician

Now that judges embrace forcibly starving someone to death, Congress should use its appropriation power to starve the judicial budget.

Phyllis Schlafly, lawyer

Our runaway judiciary is badly in need of restraint by Congress.

Phyllis Schlafly, lawyer

Congress should pass legislation to remove from the federal courts their jurisdiction to hear these outrageous challenges to the Ten Commandments and the Pledge of Allegiance.

Phyllis Schlafly, lawyer

I just thought it was unconscionable for the Congress to insert itself into this debate. We are particularly unqualified to make that decision and to intrude ourselves into the lives of this family.

Gary Ackerman, politician

Is it any wonder, why the approval ratings of the Congress go up every time we go into recess?

Robert Byrd, politician

Promoting job creation and economic growth in the Hudson Valley is one of my top priorities in Congress.

Sue Kelly, politician

My efforts in Congress are guided by the belief that environmental preservation and restoration are a critical part of the legacy we leave to future generations.

Sue Kelly, politician

Last year, I co-sponsored the Highlands Conservation Act and in a bipartisan effort we passed the bill through Congress.

Sue Kelly, politician

Give a member of Congress a junket and a mimeograph machine and he thinks he is secretary of state.

Dean Rusk, diplomat

Why shouldn't future generations and young Americans have the choice to earn a higher rate of return? Why shouldn't they be able to own their own Social Security so that Congress can't spend it on other things?

Ken Mehlman, politician

The decision to go to war is the most important decision that I can make as a representative in Congress. As a veteran, I see any potential military action first through the eyes of the young men and women who volunteered to wear the uniform and would carry out such a mission.

Mark Kirk, politician

It is time for Congress to provide relief for tobacco farmers. Since the 1930's tobacco production has been regulated by a quota system, which required farmers to purchase quota in order to grow tobacco.

Allen Boyd, politician

I supported Bob Schaffer's three races for Congress. But we all had concerns about whether he could win statewide. Then my wife suggested that I get it.

Pete Coors, businessman

We have to remind the people: Congress has the constitutional obligation and public responsibility to oversee these issues and the Department of Justice's operations.

Sibel Edmonds, public servant

No man in America ever strove more, and more successfully first to bring about a Congress in 1765, and then to support it ever afterwards than myself.

Christopher Gadsden, soldier

I am sorry to say that sometimes matters of very small importance waste a good deal of precious time, by the long and repeated speeches and chicanery of gentlemen who will not wholly throw off the lawyer even in Congress.

William Whipple, politician

I believe it is incumbent upon Congress to act aggressively to ameliorate fear and help our country take the essential steps that will make our communities and lives safer.

Paul Gillmor, politician

The argument has been made in Congress that it is slippery slope if you allow therapeutic, what people people are calling therapeutic cloning, then you will get reproductive cloning.

David Baltimore, scientist

America's veterans and troops serving abroad today fought hard to preserve our red, white and blue, from the Revolutionary War to today's Global War Against Terrorism, and Congress' action today is appropriate for one of our most sacred symbols.

Bill Shuster, politician

Congress must not do something just for the sake of doing something. We must carefully and thoughtfully consider the implications of any action and whether that action will help or hinder our ultimate mission of protecting U.S. citizens from terror.

Richard Burr, politician

Congress should be forward thinking in the policies we set, instead of waiting until catastrophe looms.

Bill Frist, politician

Congress needs strong parties, but it also needs the capacity to deal with budget and entitlement challenges that are likely beyond the reach of pure partisan exertion.

David E. Price, politician

I have also come to understand Congress' need for a bipartisan as well as a partisan capacity.

David E. Price, politician

Clean air is a basic right. The responsibility to ensure that falls to Congress and the president.

Thomas Carper, economist

Many critics of the Palestinians, especially those in Congress, think the current calm is merely the eye of the storm. That's why the House of Representatives approved a foreign aid package last week that forbade the direct financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority .

Suzanne Fields,

I do not believe that Congress or the Administration should prohibit the medical community from pursuing a promising avenue of research that may improve the lives of millions of Americans.

Tom Allen, politician

We are here simply to decide whether Congress should take the taxpayer dollars of millions of pro-life Americans and use them to fund the destruction of human embryos for research.

Mike Pence, politician

The difference between the more traditional sports clubs and Congress is that Congress doesn't really compete against another team.

Cal Thomas, journalist

Well, I think the president is going to do well in terms of his influence for positive change here in the Congress, making sure that we don't overspend, making sure that we spend for only those programs that are justified.

Thad Cochran, politician

This administration and the leadership in Congress appear to be intent on valuing wealth over work, thereby placing working families at a distinct disadvantage.

Tim Bishop, politician

My last comment was, though, that Congress has cooked the books.

Don Nickles, politician

The Republican Party is bringing out here onto the floor of Congress an all-out assault on the protection of the rights of people who work in the fields of our country, in the factories of our country, in the offices of our country.

Ed Markey, politician

The jam is moving toward the Capitol where Congress sits in judgment on all the administrative agencies of Government.

Grace Abbott, activist

Now back in those days, to become a rural mail carrier you had to be approved by congress.

Betty Hill, celebrity

We want to obviously foster a relationship that we're a partner with states; that we all share the same goals of closing the achievement gap, just as the Congress does; and that we're practical and sophisticated enough to understand what they're talking about.

Margaret Spellings, public servant

It is statesmanlike for the administration and Congress to look to our nation's welfare beyond their terms in office.

Nick Clooney, politician

I really think the Patriot Act violates our Constitution. It was, it is, an illegal act. The Congress, the Senate and the president cannot change the Constitution.

Peter Camejo, businessman

I make a prediction here and now, and, my friends, I want you to watch the proceedings of Congress in these coming weeks of this extra session, or of the next regular session, to see whether I am right or not.

Richard Parks Bland, politician

We know well enough that if we repeal this law and give nothing for it, the people of this country will regard it as a total demonetization of silver, which it will be, so far as this Congress is concerned, without any question.

Richard Parks Bland, politician

But the Congress has made the determination that certain kinds of information can be protected even though the American people may want to have access to information.

Alberto Gonzales, public servant

I think if you look at yesterday's New York Times poll, particularly when you judge Democrats in Congress versus the Republicans in Congress, people put a little more faith, or even a little more than a little more faith in the Democrats in Congress.

John Podesta, lawyer

Since September 11th Congress has created the Department of Homeland Security, more than doubled the homeland security budget and implemented a bipartisan overhaul of our intelligence systems.

Doc Hastings, politician

Now Congress learns that the Veterans Administration failed to provide complete, accurate information on the money it needs for both this year and next year.

Doc Hastings, politician

In addition to demanding answers and accountability from the Veterans Administration, Congress had to act to ensure veterans do not suffer because of the actions of a federal agency.

Doc Hastings, politician

In 2001, Congress passed much needed tax relief to allow Americans to keep more of their hard earned money and spend it as they see fit - rather than how the federal government sees fit.

Doc Hastings, politician

Congress's definition of torture in those laws - the infliction of severe mental or physical pain - leaves room for interrogation methods that go beyond polite conversation.

John Yoo, educator

If we are wondering why only 19 percent of the American people feel that the Congress is in tune with their priorities, the cuts in Amtrak is one blatant reason why.

Corrine Brown, politician

Apparently tired of waiting for clear direction from Congress, the people of Puerto Rico have used the tools provided by their own local constitution to schedule a vote for Dec. 13 on the status of the island.

Dick Thornburgh, politician

If U.S. national sovereignty continues, it is only as a state that Puerto Rico will have permanent 10th Amendment powers over its non-federal affairs, as well as voting power in Congress.

Dick Thornburgh, politician

The political status legislation which emerged in Congress in 1990 and 1991 did not receive the support needed for enactment into law during my tenure as Attorney General.

Dick Thornburgh, politician

The need for a permanent status resolution approved by Congress is made even more clear to me because of my experience as a former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Dick Thornburgh, politician

Internal self-government under a local constitution was authorized by Congress and approved by the residents in 1952, but federal law is supreme in Puerto Rico and residents do not have voting representation in the Congress.

Dick Thornburgh, politician

That is why I strongly believe we should working in Congress to make America a better place to run a business by reducing the costly burdens of bureaucracy and red tape.

Michael K. Simpson, politician

Finally, the House is working to require a comprehensive federal review of IRS regulations with a follow-up report to Congress on possible actions to reduce the tax paperwork burden imposed on small businesses.

Michael K. Simpson, politician

I obtained a job at the Library of Congress. I loved books, so I felt at home. I was going to end up, I thought, majoring in English and teach at the college level.

Tom Glazer, musician

Laws protecting the United States flag do not cut away at the freedom of speech guaranteed in the First Amendment... Congress made this position clear upon passage of the Flag Protection Act of 1989, which prohibited desecration of the flag.

Larry Craig, politician

For more than forty years, the United States Congress has shamelessly used payroll taxes intended for Social Security to fund big government spending.

Mike Pence, politician

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