"We can do more to make sure that communities all across America not only recover from the pandemic, but have real economic vitality. It is a smart investment in our people and our country that will pay huge dividends over time."
"The budget request, combined with the investments proposed in the American Jobs Plan, position us well to address the numerous environmental and public health challenges we currently face. They are a welcome indication of the direction this Administration would like to head."
April 20, 2021 Statement
"The President’s initial budget outline prioritizes the need to counter threats and destabilizing actions from Russia and China. It emphasizes the need to return to working with our allies and partners, particularly those in NATO, to defend democratic values and the rule of law."
"We need to provide more than just increased funding for these crucial institutions. We must drill down into where exactly is the greatest need and work to identify the programs, practices, and solutions that need the most support."
"We recognize interrelatedness between the health and well-being of species and habitats, the impact anthropogenic actions have on clean air and clean water, the need to preserve biodiversity and the other important ecosystem services we rely upon to ensure our economic prosperity, and the American public’s health and well-being."
April 20, 2021 Statement
"COVID-19 and the resulting economic fallout disrupted life for everyone. For tens of millions it greatly exacerbated hunger and food insecurity. In many cases, programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) were the difference between having food or skipping a meal. For some, it was their first time needing assistance of this kind. To me, it underscores the absolute necessity of continuing to invest in and improve these programs."
"And after four years of denial by the prior Administration, it is refreshing to once again see a focus on our future with efforts to mitigate climate change and its effects and to put America on a path toward environmental sustainability."
April 15, 2021 Statement
"Our forests will play an important part in the fight against climate change and the Forest Service plays a crucial role in ensuring the continued health of those Forests so that they continue to store carbon. One of the keys to maintaining heathy forests is to reduce the amount of high-intensity fires which are affecting our landscapes."
"The federal government must have the tools and resources it needs to further our understanding of the changing climate and to inform the American people about the corresponding risks so that we can prepare and respond accordingly. It is my intention as Chairman that the CJS subcommittee will help lead the way in this effort."
"At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has only exposed the already serious failures in our public health system, it is time to be ambitious, it is time to meet the moment, it is time to do whatever it is we can not only to put our country back on track but also to build the infrastructure for the future and chart a better, and a more equitable course forward for all Americans."