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April 20, 2021 Statement
"We need to provide more than just increased funding for these crucial institutions. We must drill down into where exactly is the greatest need and work to identify the programs, practices, and solutions that need the most support."
April 20, 2021 Statement
"We recognize interrelatedness between the health and well-being of species and habitats, the impact anthropogenic actions have on clean air and clean water, the need to preserve biodiversity and the other important ecosystem services we rely upon to ensure our economic prosperity, and the American public’s health and well-being."
April 20, 2021 Statement
"COVID-19 and the resulting economic fallout disrupted life for everyone. For tens of millions it greatly exacerbated hunger and food insecurity. In many cases, programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) were the difference between having food or skipping a meal. For some, it was their first time needing assistance of this kind. To me, it underscores the absolute necessity of continuing to invest in and improve these programs."
April 15, 2021 Statement
"And after four years of denial by the prior Administration, it is refreshing to once again see a focus on our future with efforts to mitigate climate change and its effects and to put America on a path toward environmental sustainability."
April 15, 2021 Statement
"Our forests will play an important part in the fight against climate change and the Forest Service plays a crucial role in ensuring the continued health of those Forests so that they continue to store carbon. One of the keys to maintaining heathy forests is to reduce the amount of high-intensity fires which are affecting our landscapes."
April 15, 2021 Statement
"The federal government must have the tools and resources it needs to further our understanding of the changing climate and to inform the American people about the corresponding risks so that we can prepare and respond accordingly. It is my intention as Chairman that the CJS subcommittee will help lead the way in this effort."
April 15, 2021 Statement
"At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has only exposed the already serious failures in our public health system, it is time to be ambitious, it is time to meet the moment, it is time to do whatever it is we can not only to put our country back on track but also to build the infrastructure for the future and chart a better, and a more equitable course forward for all Americans."
April 15, 2021 Statement
"We need to be mindful that many of the challenges we face may require a diplomatic or economic response, rather than a military one, and we need to be smart about using all of the tools that are at our disposal. One of the things that makes the SOUTHCOM area of responsibility different from other combatant commands is its proximity to the United States. Events in the region can have a direct impact on the United States and on our friends and allies."
April 15, 2021 Statement
"When it comes to veterans specifically, I was pleased to see that the request focuses on some of the areas that are especially critical to veterans today. Many of these areas are ones that this subcommittee has also focused on in its oversight hearings and with its investments in prior years."
April 14, 2021 Statement
"I look forward to hearing more about your plans to fight hunger and strengthen nutrition security. These must be our priority, and I agree with your previous statements – we should fund our priorities. I believe there are areas to act within the discretionary budget as well as the forthcoming mandatory request, but I also want to underscore the urgency of a comprehensive and coordinated response especially as Congress considers a future recovery package focused on rebuilding our nation’s physical and social infrastructure."

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