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June 15, 2011 Press Release
There has been a historic flood season in the Mississippi and Missouri River Basins. We know that the clean-up and recovery from these disasters will stress the Corps' budget even further. That is why it is imperative that we make the upfront investments in flood and storm damage reduction projects.
June 15, 2011 Press Release
The House of Representatives came together in a bi-partisan fashion today to provide our military with the tools it needs to defend our country. We have always provided the resources to care for our service members, their families and our veterans, and for the first time in several years, we were able to find real savings without compromising resources for benefits, care and services.
June 15, 2011 Press Release
This bill exacerbates our revenue problem by not providing the funds the IRS needs to fully enforce current tax law...The IRS estimates that this cut will end up costing $4 billion per year due to the lack of enforcement on tax cheats...The Majority will undoubtedly tout this allocation as 'fiscally responsible' but I'd like to warn my colleagues that it's only achieved at the expense of substantial deficit growth in out-years.
June 15, 2011 Press Release
This bill exacerbates our revenue problem by not providing the funds the IRS needs to fully enforce current tax law...The IRS estimates that this cut will end up costing $4 billion per year due to the lack of enforcement on tax cheats...The Majority will undoubtedly tout this allocation as 'fiscally responsible' but I'd like to warn my colleagues that it's only achieved at the expense of substantial deficit growth in out-years.
June 8, 2011 Press Release
The Appropriations Committee strongly opposes this proposed shift of billions in discretionary funding and fee collections to the mandatory side of the spending ledger. Placing Patent and Trade Office spending on mandatory auto-pilot as required in H.R.1249, would hand the Congressional power of the purse"-bestowed in the Constitution-to the Executive Branch"
June 8, 2011 Press Release
The Appropriations Committee strongly opposes this proposed shift of billions in discretionary funding and fee collections to the mandatory side of the spending ledger. Placing Patent and Trade Office spending on mandatory auto-pilot as required in H.R.1249, would hand the Congressional power of the purse"-bestowed in the Constitution-to the Executive Branch"
June 2, 2011 Press Release
We all acknowledge the challenges facing the nation today with respect to the debt and deficit, and I believe this bill has done a commendable job addressing these fiscal challenges while ensuring that we are not impacting the level of care and benefits that our service members have so rightfully earned.
June 2, 2011 Press Release
We all acknowledge the challenges facing the nation today with respect to the debt and deficit, and I believe this bill has done a commendable job addressing these fiscal challenges while ensuring that we are not impacting the level of care and benefits that our service members have so rightfully earned.
June 2, 2011 Press Release
In the context of historic flooding in Mississippi River basin and the opening of an expanded Panama Canal, the allocation necessitates inadequate funding to meet the nation's water resource needs. Our ports and harbors provide the foundation for long term economic growth, currently access to these ports is limited to 50% of the channel 33 % of the time. Flood and storm damage reduction projects prevent costly rebuilding and repairs that result from inadequate initial investments. Even with the additional funds that the bill was able to provide, we continue down a shortsighted path that is penny wise, pound foolish.
June 1, 2011 Press Release
We should not risk delaying disaster relief because of partisan battles over proposed offsets. Nor should we create a mechanism that could tie up the relief process because a disaster did not do us the courtesy of providing three months notice.

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