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March 11, 2020 Statement
"The Administration’s FY 2021 budget request, which proposes unsustainable cuts of nearly 20% to foreign assistance, demonstrates, once again, that the Administration does not value the impact of the global economy on our national security. Nor does it recognize the merits of poverty reduction through multilateral development. Fortunately, this Committee does."
March 11, 2020 Statement
"Sadly, the Trump Administration has been undermining protections, unions, and workers. And the Trump-controlled NLRB has been taking every opportunity to dismantle workers’ rights to organize. Some of the Board’s most egregious rulings and regulatory efforts seek to deny labor protections for thousands of workers."
March 11, 2020 Statement
"For fiscal year 2021, the Interior Department is seeking a $1.9 billion cut, or 14 percent, from the fiscal year 2020 enacted level for the bureaus and programs funded through the Interior appropriations bill. It would slash the US Geological Survey budget by 24%. It would eliminate Landscape Conservation Cooperatives and Science Support at the Fish and Wildlife Service. Essentially, this budget would undo all progress we made last year toward advancing science."
March 10, 2020 Statement
"We recognize that this is an extraordinary time for the United States Army. Our nation presently has over 187,000 soldiers deployed in 140 countries around the world. These soldiers are the Army’s most critical resource. We will talk today about the training, equipment, and resources needed to give our soldiers the skills and tools needed to accomplish their missions. But we would also like you to know that the members of this Committee care deeply about the welfare and quality of life of our men and women in uniform. We want to make sure we take care of these needs, as well."
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March 10, 2020 Statement
"Though the water resource needs of our country vary from region to region, there is a constant and essential need to invest in this infrastructure. Without significant investment in our infrastructure, the dichotomy of water surpluses in the Midwest, and water shortages in the West nonetheless threatens Americans from all walks of life. Although Congress last year rejected the Administration’s proposed deep cuts, the Trump administration has once again proposed to slash funding for the Corps and Bureau of Reclamation, this time by 22 percent and 32 percent respectively. When will the White House learn their proposal is flawed and dangerous to our people and our communities?"
March 10, 2020 Statement
"To best identify the needs of our Veterans, we must hear from them and partner with those who know them best: our Veteran Service Organizations. Today’s witnesses work tirelessly to assist our Veterans daily as they navigate the too-often cumbersome VA system, the transition to civilian life, and the physical, emotional, psychological, and financial challenges our Veterans face upon returning home. While VA has made great strides in recent years, we know our work is far from done."
March 10, 2020 Statement
"Unfortunately, some areas of the FY 2021 Coast Guard request are less promising. It leaves large holes in infrastructure programs and procurement for assets such as the Fast Response Cutter and the C-130. I also want to take a moment to express my frustration about the lack of complete information we have received regarding funding increases to the Offshore Patrol Cutter program."
March 10, 2020 Statement
"The hearing today will ensure that Members have an opportunity to provide input into the bill this Subcommittee will produce for fiscal year 2021. We are pleased that we have six Members here to discuss a variety of Military Construction and Veterans programs. This hearing is vital for us as Appropriators. It provides us the opportunity to zero in on the issues our colleagues are dealing with and help them address important issues through our Committee’s work."
March 10, 2020 Statement
"With the recently enacted $8.3 billion emergency supplemental, the federal government can aid state and local health departments in assisting patients and mitigate the extent of the virus. However, due to the Administration’s failure to treat this threat seriously, initial faulty test kits, the Administration’s slow approvals for laboratories, and slow distribution of working kits, more people are likely to be infected. It is imperative that the federal government have a multi-agency approach to ensure tests are available for all who may need one without delay."
March 10, 2020 Statement
"The budget proposes to cut CDC funding by $693 million, or 9 percent, below the FY 2020 appropriation. And, despite the presentation of the President’s Budget, which claims that infectious disease, global health and preparedness were prioritized in CDC’s request, key programs would be cut: the Public Health Data Initiative, the Public Health Workforce program, and the Infectious Diseases Rapid Response Reserve Fund that allowed CDC to quickly respond to COVID-19. This subcommittee will not be pursuing the administration’s proposed cuts. To cut from our public health infrastructure during an outbreak is beyond consideration. Instead, I intend to invest in CDC and our nation’s public health system."

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