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March 20, 2012 Press Release
As we meet here to discuss the National Institutes of Health, the House is preparing to debate a budget plan for the upcoming fiscal year. The House majority is renewing its demands for more and more drastic cuts that will harm medical research and many other priorities vital to our well-being and our future.
March 20, 2012 Press Release
Given the constrained fiscal environment, it is particularly important that we strategically plan each major program area to ensure we are proceeding in a deliberate and thoughtful manner, increasing or maintaining our lead in the areas where we can and limiting our investment where we cannot.
March 19, 2012 Press Release
As improvements in technology give more people access they also mean that resources move online, and therefore internet access has become vital to being able to get a good education, find a job, or simply to connect with family around the world. Therefore, I am interested in the steps you are taking to broaden access and make sure that everyone who wants access can get it.
March 8, 2012 Press Release
Overall, your budget request provides the structural outlines for a robust six year, $476 billion surface transportation proposal. It reflects a growing consensus among nonpartisan academics that an increased public investment in our transportation system is needed to maintain an efficient foundation for our economy.
March 7, 2012 Press Release
I commend Secretary Salazar and the President for recognizing and acting on the severe and systemic shortcomings in the government's regulation of what is a high risk enterprise. The fact that Director Beaudreau and Director Watson are sitting before us today as the heads of two new agencies is emblematic of the changes that have been made and continue to be made by the Interior Department to protect the public and the environment.
March 7, 2012 Press Release
We all understand the importance of conservation, and the efforts the Department of Agriculture is spearheading to protect these vital resources. We need to work with farmers to preserve farmland. We need to invest to conserve and restore what has already been damaged.
Issues:
March 7, 2012 Press Release
I am convinced that the commercial nuclear energy sector in the U.S. is safe and effective. That being said, we must ensure that the lessons learned from last year's tragedy at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility are heeded and we enhance the safety and emergency protocols at America's nuclear reactors.
March 7, 2012 Press Release
While it is impossible to entirely prevent some natural disasters, I believe that many are exacerbated by the dramatic underinvestment in our nation's infrastructure. We need to make preventative and proactive investments because in almost every circumstance, it makes more fiscal sense to prevent a disaster than to respond.
March 6, 2012 Press Release
Thank you for all your hard work in implementing the Affordable Care Act, including the recently announced preventive measures for women to be covered without co-pay. It is heartening to work with an administration that understands and respects women's health needs.
March 6, 2012 Press Release
Mr. Administrator, at your appearance before the Subcommittee last week, I applauded the hard choices NNSA made in its budget request regarding nuclear weapons. However, I cannot do the same today. I have yet to be provided with any compelling reason for including the funding for USEC within Nonproliferation. Further, I must point out that the increase in the account for USEC roughly corresponds to the drastic reduction in the Second Line of Defense program. I cannot fathom an explanation that will be satisfactory for these changes given the importance of this mission, but I am here to listen to your justification.

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