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The Most Famous Congress Quotes (Best in 2024)

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Too many critics mistake the deliberations of the Congress for its decisions. — Sam Rayburn

There are always too many Democratic congressmen, too many Republican congressmen, and never enough U.S. congressmen. — Sydney J. Harris

Pro and con are opposites, that fact is clearly seen. If progress means to move forward, then what does congress mean? — Nipsey Russell

Congress is not an ATM. — Robert Byrd

Talk is cheap - except when Congress does it. — Cullen Hightower

Congress seems drugged and inert most of the time... its idea of meeting a problem is to hold hearings or, in extreme cases, to appoint a commission. — Shirley Chisholm

I think Congress has spent enough time on ethics. I think it's time they moved on to something else. — Richard M. Nixon

The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets. — Will Rogers

The federal government seeks to control and regulate the Internet, but the last thing this Congress should be doing is trying to stifle public debate online. — Dennis Hastert

My friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress. — Warren Buffett

Short Congress Quotes

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  • Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself. — Mark Twain
  • One useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three is a Congress. — John Adams
  • As Members of Congress, we should not be using public office for private gain. — Sheila Jackson Lee
  • Congress created Fannie Mae in 1938 and Freddie Mac in 1970. — Jerome Powell
  • We are determined to listen to nothing from the illegal congress. — George III
  • I feel kind of like the black sheep in Congress, but here I am. — Sonny Bono
  • Simplify rules, regulations, and laws. Get government out of the business of micromanaging. — Edward O. Thorp
  • Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. — Frank Zappa
  • I fundamentally believe in term limits, for Congress, presidents, and board members. — Jim Breyer
  • All human life at every stage of its development is worthy of protection. — Marco Rubio

Top 10 Congress Quotes

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We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution. — Abraham Lincoln

Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself. — Mark Twain

I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress. — Ronald Reagan

The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money. — Alexis de Tocqueville

You know, I think many people have the mistaken impression that Congress regulates Wall Street. In truth that's not the case. The real truth is that Wall Street regulates the Congress. — Bernie Sanders

One useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three is a Congress. — John Adams

Our lives, our liberty, and our property are never in greater danger than when Congress is in session. — Mark Twain

To put that into some perspective, when Bill Clinton and Al Gore had first taken the idea of the Kyoto Protocol up to the Congress, the United States Senate voted it down 95 to nothing. — Christine Todd Whitman

As Members of Congress, we should not be using public office for private gain. — Sheila Jackson Lee

Congress created Fannie Mae in 1938 and Freddie Mac in 1970. — Jerome Powell

Congress Image Quotes

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Congress quote by George III

We are determined to listen to nothing from the illegal congress. — George III

Congress quote by Sonny Bono

I feel kind of like the black sheep in Congress, but here I am. — Sonny Bono

Library Of Congress Quotes

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[The Library of Congress] is a multimedia encyclopedia. These are the tentacles of a nation. [Referring to the diverse holdings of the library, including motion pictures, photographs, recordings, posters and other historic objects which collectively far outnumber the books] — Daniel J. Boorstin

[The Library of Congress] is a multimedia encyclopedia. These are the tentacles of a nation. — Daniel J. Boorstin

There are distinct duties of a poet laureate. I plan a reading series at the Library of Congress and advise the librarian. The rest is how I want to promote poetry — Rita Dove

Every day, three times per second, we produce the equivalent of the amount of data that the Library of Congress has in it's entire print collection, right? But most of it is like cat videos on YouTube or thirteen-year-olds exchanging text messages about the next 'Twilight' movie. — Nate Silver

There are so many items that are not in the copyright domain. And people might not realize the Library of Congress manages the copyright process for the nation. — Carla Hayden

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

You can go into the Library of Congress and find information on just about anything, but that doesn't do you much good unless you know what you are looking for. — Noam Chomsky

I could not do what I do without the kindness, consideration, resourcefulness and work of librarians, particularly in public libraries... What started me writing history happened because of some curiosity that I had about some photographs I'd seen in the Library of Congress. — David McCullough

I learned by transcribing songs out of the Library of Congress collection in Washington where I was working. I got a job when I just turned twenty in 1939 and Alan [Lomax] needed some help. I listened to hundreds of records every week. — Pete Seeger

I was working for Alan Lomax in the Library of Congress folk song archive, and starting to realize what a wealth of different kinds of music there was in this country that you never heard on the radio. — Pete Seeger

Congress And The President Quotes

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The world needs our leadership more than ever. To keep engaging with the world as a responsible power. To be a force for peace and for positive change. — Ursula von der Leyen

There have been high crimes and misdemeanors, but they have been committed by the special prosecutor and the Congress, not the president. — Donella Meadows

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 $10 billion from student aide while refusing to fully fund No Child Left Behind. Something doesn't add up. — Jim Clyburn

The problem is, is that President Bush and the Republican leadership in the Congress have resisted attempts to increase dramatically our fuel economy standards over the last five years. — Ed Markey

I believe in the strength of US institutions and democracy. Peaceful transition of power is at the core. Joe Biden won the election. — Ursula von der Leyen

There is more selfishness and less principle among members of Congress than I had any conception of, before I became President of the U.S. — James K. Polk

It's a shame that we have to use whatever leverage we have in Congress to get the president to deal with the biggest problem confronting our future. And that's our excessive spending. — Mitch McConnell

It is the duty of the President to propose and it is the privilege of the Congress to dispose. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free. — Abraham Lincoln

The presidents against Congress, the Senate is against the House, people are against politicians, and I'm against cats in the house. — Hank Williams, Jr.

Congress Party Quotes

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Nobody can refuse a person who comes and asks for a job. Nobody can refuse a poor man when he goes and asks for food. Nobody can stop any Indian if he asks a question of his government. This is what the Congress party and the UPA have done over the last 10 years. — Rahul Gandhi

As parties began to develop around the turn of the 19th century, you had party nominees for President nominated in caucuses made up of party members in Congress. — Michael Beschloss

We have unleashed aspirations of youngsters. Democracy is not going to go backwards. India is too big a country to be run by one person. We are going to accelerate the process of democratization and I think that is the biggest opportunity for Congress party because that is the DNA of the Congress — Rahul Gandhi

Nixon was the most dishonest individual I have ever met in my life. He lied to his wife, his family, his friends, his colleagues in the Congress, lifetime members of his own political party, the American people and the world. — Barry Goldwater

It's time for Congress to act, restore the Voting Rights Act, and take action to prevent voter disenfranchisem ent. As your next Congresswoman, I will stand up to the extremists in the Republican Party to ensure civil rights are protected for everyone. — Alma Adams

For me, the Congress party is now my life, the people of India are my life, and I will fight for the people of India and for this party — Rahul Gandhi

I am at liberty to vote as my conscience and judgment dictates to be right, without the yoke of any party on me... Look at my arms, you will find no party hand-cuff on them. — Davy Crockett

Returning to power in northern India is very important for the Congress party. No magic wand will work. We have to make our efforts. It will be a long and difficult struggle for us. — Sonia Gandhi

I never supported violence. Before the formation of TMC, I was a member of the Congress Party. Gandhi's Congress. Non-violence is a philosophy that runs deep. — Mamata Banerjee

Of course, running a coalition government in a country like India is a difficult task. More so when Congress leads the coalition, since most of the political parties were anti-Congress. To have a coalition, to run a coalition government, you require a lot of adjustments, a lot of flexibility. — Pranab Mukherjee

Vote For Congress Quotes

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Now more than ever the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. — James A. Garfield

I had the good fortune to be able to right an injustice that I thought was being heaped on young people by lowering the voting age, where you had young people that were old enough to die in Vietnam but not old enough to vote for their members of Congress that sent them there. — Birch Bayh

The people are responsible for the character of their Congress. — James A. Garfield

In trying to get votes for the Superconducting Super Collider, I was very much involved in lobbying members of Congress, testifying to them, bothering them, and I never heard any of them talk about postmodernism or social constructivism. You have to be very learned to be that wrong. — Steven Weinberg

Aren't we supposed to believe that if you are an elected official, if you serve in Congress, you are representing all the people of your district not just the people who voted for you, not [just] the people who you agree with? — David Duke

It's awfully hard to convey a sense of credibility to allies when you [the Congress] voted for the war and then you declared: Wrong war, wrong place, wrong time. — Dick Cheney

It is crucial that members of Congress cast votes that are supportive of the values upon which our nation was founded: equality, freedom, and opportunity for all people. — Joe Baca

For Members of Congress, we are saying here on the Democratic side of the aisle we are not going to vote for another pay increase for Members of Congress until the American people get an increase. — Kendrick Meek

Can we please rename The Sandy Relief Bill to the Supplemental Iraq War Funding Bill so the GOP Congress can vote for it? — John Fugelsang

You need to know that a member of Congress who refuses to allow the minimum wage to come up for a vote made more money during last year's one-month government shutdown than a minimum wage worker makes in an entire year. — William Jefferson Clinton

Against Congress Quotes

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Were I to sum up the Basle Congress in a word- which I shall guard against pronouncing publicly- it would be this: 'At Basle, I founded the Jewish State. If I said this out loud today, I would be answered by universal laughter. If not in 5 years, certainly in 50, everyone will know it.' — Theodor Herzl

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

A president just can't make much showing against congress. They lay awake nights, thinking up things to be against the president on. — Will Rogers

This remains a very important opportunity for the American people to have their day in court against big tobacco and its marketing practices. I urge Congress to provide the funding to allow the lawsuit to move forward, and not to shield the tobacco industry from the consequences of its actions. — William J. Clinton

Presidents have absolutely gone against the will of Congress. Congress hasn't declared a war since December 7, 1941, and yet we've been at war ever since with somebody or other in order to justify the war machine. Now we have alienated almost the entire earth — Gore Vidal

We are owned by propagandists against the Arabs. There's no question about that. Congress, the White House, and Hollywood, Wall Street, are owned by the Zionists. No question in my opinion. They put their money where their mouth is...We're being pushed into a wrong direction in every way. — Helen Thomas

Recent school shootings have lured ill-informed Americans into a war on our Second Amendment guarantees, led by the nation's tyrants and their useful idiots. ... The Second Amendment was given to us as protection against tyranny by the federal government and the Congress of the United States. — Walter E. Williams

Some day, the public might actually revolt against the undemocratic system of seniority that allows Congress to keep the old ways of Washington ingrained into the culture of Congress. — Chuck Todd

Congress first took action against steroids by passing The Anabolic Steroids Control Act of 1990. — Jim Sensenbrenner

It is time to end the discrimination against people who need treatment for chemical addiction. It is time for Congress to deal with our Nation's number one public health problem. — Jim Ramstad

Congressman Quotes

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Marijuana will be legal some day, because the many law students who now smoke pot will someday become congressmen and legalize it in order to protect themselves. — Lenny Bruce

Elect me as your congressman today, I promise you an Ilocano president in 20 years. — Ferdinand Marcos

The idea that a congressman would be tainted by accepting money from private industry or private sources is essentially a socialist argument. — Newt Gingrich

Imagine, if you will, that I am an idiot. Then, imagine that I am also a Congressman. But, alas, I repeat myself. — Mark Twain

My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize. — Hank Johnson

In my wildest imagination, I never thought that the fifth of six children born to Helen and Buddy Watts - in a poor black neighborhood, in the poor rural community of Eufaula, Oklahoma - would someday be called Congressman. — J. C. Watts

I prefer a thief to a Congressman. A thief will take your money and be on his way, but a Congressman will stand there and bore you with the reasons why he took it. — Walter E. Williams

General Motors, General Mills, General Foods, general ignorance, general apathy, and general cussedness elect presidents and Congressmen and maintain them in power. — Herbert M. Shelton

Congressmen who willfully take action during wartime that damages morale and undermine the military are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled, or hung — Abraham Lincoln

I have a big problem when the sanctimonious, holier than thou congressmen and women go on national television for six hours and beat somebody up with a stick, and not because I'm 'Ms. Manners.' That's not what bothers me. People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. — Bernard Goldberg

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More Congress Quotes

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Look for the enemies of Medicare, of higher minimum wages, of Social Security, of federal aid to education and there you will find the enemy of the Negro, the coalition of Dixiecrats and reactionary Republicans that seek to dominate the Congress. — A. Philip Randolph

No president, not the smartest, best human being in the world can do it alone. You cannot take on this, the power that is in Washington, to billionaires and lobbyist, the military industrial complex, all of this money and power, you can`t do it. You need a mass movement of American who are looking in congress and we say directly. — Bernie Sanders

If congress refuses to obey its own rules. If congress refuses to pass a balanced budget. If congress refuses to read the Bills. Then I say, sweep the place clean, limit their terms, and send them HOME! — Rand Paul

If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one. — James Madison

The notion that Congress can change the meaning given a constitutional provision by the Court is subversive of the function of judicial review; and it is not the less so because the Court promises to allow it only when the Constitution is moved to the left. — Robert Bork

In early January I introduced my legislation, which, besides prohibiting Federal funding of human cloning, also expresses the sense of Congress that foreign nations should establish total prohibition on human cloning as well. — Cliff Stearns

As more wealth and political power is amassed - as bitcoins rise in value - Congress and various lobbying groups will be influenced to an ever greater extent by the interests of Bitcoin owners who - in turn - will lobby to keep the Internet and Bitcoin alive and growing. — Max Keiser

The Chinese leadership hoped that the world would soon forget the Tiananmen Square massacre. Our job in Congress is to ensure that we never forget those who lost their lives in Tiananmen Square that day or the pro-democracy cause for which they fought. — Tom Lantos

I take the Constitution very seriously. The biggest problems that we're facing right now have to do with [the president] trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all. And that's what I intend to reverse when I'm President of the United States of America. — Sayings

Does he [the president] possess the power of making war? That power is exclusively vested in Congress. . . . It is the exclusive province of Congress to change a state of peace into a state of war. — William Paterson

Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man gainst his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an Americans. — Tench Coxe

The Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press, or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms. — Samuel Adams

The Congress has tasked the Federal Reserve with achieving stable prices and maximum employment - the dual mandate. — Jerome Powell

Thanks to farm subsidies, the fine collaboration between agribusiness and Congress, soy, corn and cattle became king. And chicken soon joined them on the throne. It was during this period that the cycle of dietary and planetary destruction began, the thing we're only realizing just now. — Mark Bittman

Again, in Wag the Dog, war has to be declared by an act of congress. But if you go to war, you don't have to declare war. You're just at war and we did that, which is not legal. — Val Kilmer

The First Amendment's language leaves no room for inference that abridgments of speech and press can be made just because they are slight. That Amendment provides, in simple words, that "Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press." I read "no law . . . abridging" to mean no law abridging. — Hugo Black

In all, dozens upon dozens of groups and organizations have prioritized stopping the killing in Darfur before there is no one left to be killed. It is high time that we, the U.S. Congress, join our name to that list. — Kendrick Meek

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

Congress Mukt Bharat BJP ka naara nahi hai, jan jan ka sankalp hai. Be it dynasty politics, nepotism, corruption, communalism, divisions in society or poverty, getting freedom from all this is what I mean by a Congress Mukt Bharat. — Narendra Modi

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

Yet the whole preamble of the second authorization act for the Marshall Plan showed the direction Congress was ready to take about breaking down barriers within Europe. — W. Averell Harriman

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

If we are serious about combating the childhood obesity epidemic and improving child nutrition, then everyone must chip in -- parents, schools, and yes even Congress. — Tom Harkin

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