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March 15, 2011 Press Release
I am not pleased to be here today with yet another short-term bill. I sincerely hope that we use this time judiciously so the next time we consider a bill for fiscal year 2011, it is the last.
March 15, 2011 Press Release
Do we say to these new students, we cannot afford Pell Grants for you? Do we cut Pell Grants for everyone to try to offset the growth in the number of students eligible? Thats the approach the majority took in H.R. 1, which passed the House last month. Their legislation cuts the Pell Grant by $845 for almost every student in the program.
March 15, 2011 Press Release
You have been given many new responsibilities under the recently passed Dodd/Frank Act. These new responsibilities are vital to protect consumers and shareholders and to ensure that past abuses are not repeated. Unfortunately, you now have to implement your many new mandates without the necessary resources.
March 11, 2011 Press Release
HHS is our principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services. The work of the Agency has always reflected our nations priorities and the highest moral obligation of our governmentproviding health care services, educating our children, and advancing scientific research to find the cures of tomorrow.
March 11, 2011 Press Release
This is basically a current services" budget, with a 1.4 percent increase from 2010 generally permitting the agency to operate at the same level from 2010 through 2012. But Mr. Assistant Secretary, as with the rest of DHS, you have been asked to tighten your belt this year with regard to a number of your agencys programs."
March 10, 2011 Press Release
If we want to create jobs, grow the economy, and reduce the deficit in the long-term, it does not make sense to roll back our critical investments in education. We should not be slashing the programs that help the middle-class and ensure educational opportunity for all.
March 10, 2011 Press Release
I am very pleased that your budget embraces the VASH homeless veterans program by providing $75 million for an additional 10,000 vouchers. This funding is needed as veterans are over 50% more likely than the average American to become homeless and already over 11,000 veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan have found themselves on the streets.
March 10, 2011 Press Release
In this time of fiscal belt-tightening, it is important that we not lose sight of the fact that diplomacy and development are crucial to promoting stability, improving economies, and sustaining peace.
March 9, 2011 Press Release
Thirty years ago, President Reagan affirmed that international financial institutions and I quote 'have contributed enormously to the spread of hope of a better life throughout the world community. They have been inspired by the ideal of a far better world in which economic growth and development would spread to all parts of the globe. For more than three decades, they have worked toward these goals and contributed to results that are now clearly visible to all.' Those words still hold true today.
March 9, 2011 Press Release
As we begin this hearing to more closely examine your 2012 budget, its important to note that no program or account will be off limits to scrutiny. Our obligation is to take a balanced, realistic approach; to weigh risks carefully, and make prudent investments. Commissioner Bersin, I have no doubt that you share this point of view, and I look forward to working with you this year.

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