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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.
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.
June 1, 2011 Press Release
Providing a total of $1 billion for all State and Local Grants, or 65 percent below the request, and providing $350 million for Firefighter Assistance Grants, almost 50 percent below an already reduced request, breaks faith with the states and localities that depend on us as partners to secure our communities.
June 1, 2011 Press Release
The 'cut-at-any-cost' mantra that has overtaken the Republican Majority has severely hindered our committee's ability to produce bills that adhere to principles of good governance. This bill contains inadequate funding levels for fuel efficiency initiatives, the Army Corps budget, and environmental cleanup.
June 1, 2011 Press Release
The 'cut-at-any-cost' mantra that has overtaken the Republican Majority has severely hindered our committee's ability to produce bills that adhere to principles of good governance. This bill contains inadequate funding levels for fuel efficiency initiatives, the Army Corps budget, and environmental cleanup.

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