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March 21, 2012 Press Release
Worker health and safety is one of the most important elements in meeting the Department's mission. In particular, given the materials and facilities under EM's charge, the potential human and financial losses that can come from having an unsafe worksite are mindboggling. I appreciate that you take seriously your charge to ensure the safety of the Department's projects and look forward to discussing in detail your office's progress on this front.
March 21, 2012 Press Release
I understand that none of this easy, but I think we can agree that research is an area that we cannot afford to lose ground on for the sake of our economy and the safety of the food we consume.
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March 21, 2012 Press Release
I was extremely disappointed with the final fiscal year 2012 funding level for the IRS. The funding cuts for the IRS in fiscal year 2012 resulted in a significant drop in IRS enforcement personnel. Because of the cuts, you now have 5,000 fewer employees. As a result, I have no doubt that there is likely to be billions of dollars in lost revenue, and I look forward to discussing this with you further.
March 21, 2012 Press Release
Clearly, for this Department to operate effectively, DHS and the Congress needed to invest in upgrading its infrastructure.
March 20, 2012 Press Release
In many cases, these food programs serve as the face of the United States in foreign countries and subsequently they help set long lasting views of our country. With that in mind, I look forward to an honest discussion on how we can improve efficiencies that reduce costs and increase the positive impacts on the ground.
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March 20, 2012 Press Release
As we meet here to discuss the National Institutes of Health, the House is preparing to debate a budget plan for the upcoming fiscal year. The House majority is renewing its demands for more and more drastic cuts that will harm medical research and many other priorities vital to our well-being and our future.
March 20, 2012 Press Release
Given the constrained fiscal environment, it is particularly important that we strategically plan each major program area to ensure we are proceeding in a deliberate and thoughtful manner, increasing or maintaining our lead in the areas where we can and limiting our investment where we cannot.
March 19, 2012 Press Release
As improvements in technology give more people access they also mean that resources move online, and therefore internet access has become vital to being able to get a good education, find a job, or simply to connect with family around the world. Therefore, I am interested in the steps you are taking to broaden access and make sure that everyone who wants access can get it.
March 8, 2012 Press Release
Overall, your budget request provides the structural outlines for a robust six year, $476 billion surface transportation proposal. It reflects a growing consensus among nonpartisan academics that an increased public investment in our transportation system is needed to maintain an efficient foundation for our economy.
March 7, 2012 Press Release
I commend Secretary Salazar and the President for recognizing and acting on the severe and systemic shortcomings in the government's regulation of what is a high risk enterprise. The fact that Director Beaudreau and Director Watson are sitting before us today as the heads of two new agencies is emblematic of the changes that have been made and continue to be made by the Interior Department to protect the public and the environment.

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