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February 24, 2021 Statement
"From my years in the court room I truly believe that greater public access to the federal courts increases accountability in the judicial system and in turn strengthens transparency and restores faith in our Democracy."
February 24, 2021 Statement
"We will not only look at the direction the Pentagon may take us in the next five years, known as the Future Years Defense Program, but we also stand to benefit by thinking where we want to be ten or twenty years from now. That way when we write the 2022 Defense Appropriations Act, we do so with medium and long-term goals in mind. This is a new era for our committee."
February 23, 2021 Statement
"For the past year, we have simultaneously been struggling to combat a public health emergency and an economic one. Tragically, COVID-19 has taken the lives of over 500,000 Americans during that time. We must continue to do everything in our power to defeat this virus. Throughout the course of the past year, thousands of dedicated CDC career staff have worked tirelessly to confront this pandemic and continue to do so. I am grateful to each of them."
February 23, 2021 Statement
"For many, these payments have been a lifeline, enabling families to put food on the table and put gas in their cars, which is why I want to make sure that every American who is entitled to this money, receives it, And I’m troubled that there are people who have not received their checks."
February 19, 2021 Statement
"For the past year, the VA has faced a number of unprecedented challenges from helping to provide their staff and the veterans they care for with proper personal protective equipment (PPE) to administering the COVID-19 vaccine. Unfortunately, the previous Administration’s mismanagement of supply chains and, in my view, general disregard for science led to serious missteps early on. Thankfully, the VA has amended some of its policies to better ensure that both VA employees are getting the equipment they require and our veterans are getting the care they need."
February 19, 2021 Statement
"Tragically, VA has seen over 10,000 deaths, including 130 employees.This heartbreaking number highlights how important this work is, as we continue our oversight of the funding and the policies that are needed to keep our veterans and workers safe.As the largest integrated health care system in the U.S., VA has an enormous responsibility to our veterans and their families, our health care providers and other employees, and to the nation as a whole through VA’s “fourth mission” to assist with public health needs."
February 19, 2021 Statement
"The fight for child care is such an important one, but it breaks my heart that it has to be a fight at all. I have said time and again that the United States has been teetering on the brink of a child care crisis. But now this COVID-19 pandemic has pushed us over the edge. Even before this pandemic began, affordable child care was already a significant and severe issue. Now, this pandemic has further exacerbated and exposed existing disparities."
February 18, 2021 Statement
"This subject is so critical, especially now. In the midst of the constant and relentless heartbreak of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are still reeling from the events of January 6 – when the cradle of our democracy was viciously attacked."
February 18, 2021 Statement
"We are going to have some tough decisions to make over the next few months. While this subcommittee is small in size, it has a very important function and I am proud to be working with all my colleagues to address any physical changes needed to ensure the Capitol Complex is safe for Members of Congress to carry out our constitutional duties; provide resources to our Capitol Hill community to heal from this traumatic event; maintain a safe and open campus as much as possible, so that visitors from across the country and around the world can witness representative democracy in action."
February 16, 2021 Statement
"The EAC is a national clearinghouse for information on election administration and accessibility and the only federal agency completely dedicated to election administration. Now, more than ever, we need to provide the necessary resources, support the protection of our democracy and secure our elections."

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