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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."
February 16, 2021 Statement
"The focus of this hearing is to have the witnesses provide an update on the Department of Defense’s efforts to fully assess the extent and nature of the troubling – and persistent issues within the privatized military family housing program. In addition, they will provide details on their on-going actions to remedy the inadequate oversight of the program, and their long-term plan to make permanent positive changes to the program."
February 16, 2021 Statement
"Even though the 2020 election was “secure,” we know there was malicious activity from foreign adversaries leading up to and on Election Day. The threats to our democracy are constant and ever evolving. Our enemies will not be taking a break, so neither can we."
February 8, 2021 Press Release
In his decades of public service, Senator Richard Shelby has made a significant mark on the Congressional appropriations process and indeed the Congress as a whole. I respect his strong advocacy for his priorities and his diligent work to deliver for his beloved home state of Alabama.
February 4, 2021 Press Release
“President Biden’s announcement ending support for offensive operations in Yemen is the first step toward ensuring the United States is only engaging in humanitarian and diplomatic efforts to end the crisis in Yemen."

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