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February 27, 2020 Statement
"The democracy, development, diplomacy, humanitarian, and security assistance programs funded in this bill are critical to maintaining United States global leadership, protecting our national security, and promoting economic growth. Yet, since coming to office, the President has repeatedly proposed cutting these programs."
February 27, 2020 Statement
"We have great admiration for your agency’s work in ferreting out misconduct and finding ways to save billions of dollars with your recommendations to improve Federal agency operations. We especially appreciate your neutral independence in facing difficult budget questions."
February 27, 2020 Statement
"The men and women who have faithfully served our nation deserve no less than a seamless and problem-free system – something we have been promising for the past two decades. The transfer of health information should ease the burden of transitioning servicemembers with service-connected injuries and illnesses. It also should lay the groundwork for exchange with private sector caregivers, an essential part of Veterans healthcare. Today we need insight into the ongoing challenges and the steps that are being taken to mitigate future risk. It is our duty to both veterans and taxpayers to realize the benefits of this transformation as soon as possible."
February 27, 2020 Statement
"On behalf of my colleagues and more importantly, the veterans we represent, I do expect and demand better communication from VA on ongoing issues regarding EHRM implementation. Despite quarterly briefings, we are not getting accurate and timely information. The status quo is completely unacceptable."
February 27, 2020 Statement
"Dr. Hayden, it’s always a treat for Members to learn more about the Library of Congress’s mission and its impact -- not just here in Washington, D.C. but in their districts."
February 27, 2020 Statement
"This is the administration’s fourth budget, and just like the previous requests, it would be a disaster for our nation’s forests if enacted. This budget proposes to reduce non-fire activities by $202 million. It eliminates key programs, undervalues the importance of state and private forestry work, and cuts the scientific research that keeps our forests healthy. And we know that healthy forests are vital to clean watersheds, breathable air, and mitigating climate change."
February 27, 2020 Statement
"Your office is at the forefront of these efforts as they relate to the FDA. The Subcommittee shares your interests in ensuring the programs of the FDA are operating at the highest levels of efficiency, responding to your recommendations, and protecting the public health and safety of the American people."
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February 27, 2020 Statement
"These decreases and eliminations would seriously jeopardize safety of the traveling public. These proposals are opposed by the American people and bipartisan majorities in both chambers. While this proposal is better than in previous years, the committee will continue prioritizing safety."
February 27, 2020 Statement
"Turning to the administration’s FY 2021 request, the Department proposes roughly $89 billion in total budgetary resources, which is $2 billion or 2.3 percent more than the FY 2020 enacted level. However, the request for discretionary budget authority is $21.9 billion, which is $2.9 billion or 12 percent below last year—a strange move for a president who has posed as a champion of infrastructure."
February 27, 2020 Statement
"You’d like us to believe this proposal empowers states and districts with flexibility, but the numbers don’t lie. You propose eliminating 41 programs and cutting education funding overall by $6.2 billion. The Department of Education’s mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. Secretary DeVos, your budget is clearly on a different mission—one that shirks accountability to our students and taxpayers."

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