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May 7, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON — The House Appropriations Committee today released its fiscal year 2020 302(b) subcommittee allocations and its report accompanying the fiscal year 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill.

May 1, 2019 Press Release
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies today approved its fiscal year 2020 bill. In total, the legislation provides $108.1 billion in discretionary funding – $10 billion above the fiscal year 2019 enacted level.
May 1, 2019 Press Release
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch today approved its fiscal year 2020 bill. The bill appropriates a total of $3.943 billion, $135 million or 3.6 percent more than in FY 2019.
May 1, 2019 Press Release
“Through its callous immigration policies, the Trump administration has contributed to a humanitarian emergency on the border. As a country, we must do more to meet the needs of migrants – especially children and families – who are arriving in increasing numbers."
May 1, 2019 Statement
“The timeliness of this bill honors our commitment to servicemembers, veterans, and thousands of military families who sacrifice every day for our nation. We are investing billions more to ensure they have the facilities needed to confront emerging threats, guaranteeing access to reliable family housing, and delivering healthcare, benefits, and assistance veterans have earned. In addition to these investments is a provision ensuring we protect these vital military construction resources from misappropriation for the President’s wasteful border wall.”
May 1, 2019 Statement

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Chair of the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, delivered the following remarks at the Subcommittee's markup of its fiscal year 2020 bill:

May 1, 2019 Statement
“House Democrats are committed to an orderly appropriations process that gets the people’s business done on time – and that includes the business of the People’s House. The Fiscal Year 2020 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill is an example of that commitment. By providing a total of $3.943 billion, $135 million above FY 2019 levels, this bill would ensure that members of Congress can effectively work on behalf of their constituents and that the public can safely visit the Capitol campus.”
May 1, 2019 Statement
"Fundamentally, our bill provides modest increases to support the staffing and other resources needed by Congress to do its job well, to maintain and build analytic capacity in the Legislative Branch, and to address high-priority needs in areas like information technology and security. Our bill also increases the allowance for paying interns, from $20,000 to $25,000 per Member office. Internships are a valuable means of gaining work experience and opening doors to future employment—and that opportunity shouldn’t be available only to those who can afford to work for free."
May 1, 2019 Statement
"We owe it to our service members and their families to put forth serious spending proposals. The idea of using OCO spending for base requirements is a thinly-veiled attempt to skirt budget caps and increase defense spending without a complementary increase for non-defense spending. Moreover, requesting OCO funds for base is fiscally irresponsible, as costs to increase end strength dovetail in future spending bills as service members receive raises and eventual pensions. Our service members deserve the stability and to know they will be taken care of in the future, and the Administration’s proposal makes that less likely."
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