April 25, 2012 Press Release
Despite my general agreement with the bill we are considering today, I have tremendous concerns with the outlook for this year's Appropriations process.
April 24, 2012 Press Release
Our economic recovery needs the certainty of a functioning budget process as well as continued investments in infrastructure, innovation and the social safety net. The Ryan Budget allocation undermines both...I will encourage my Republican colleagues to reject these subcommittee allocations and return to a bipartisan process for consideration of discretionary spending.
April 18, 2012 Press Release
While this bill isn't as bad as it would have been with a more proportional cut based on the Ryan allocation, it is not as high as it should be. In comparison, the Senate CJS Subcommittee approved an FY13 bill on Tuesday that is $731 million higher than the House allocation.
April 17, 2012 Press Release
Today House Republicans released their bill text for the FY13 Energy and Water Appropriations bill. While it is always encouraging to see the appropriations process get underway, I fear that the outlook for this year's bills may be ominous given the Republican's choice to renege on the Budget Control Act agreement and cut the FY13 allocation by -$19 billion.
April 16, 2012 Press Release
Cutting or eliminating HUD, which currently supports 3 million housing units across America, would do immeasurable harm to the families and seniors who rely on the department for access to safe, affordable housing and it would cripple the private companies that operate this housing.
March 28, 2012 Press Release
Despite my appreciation for the innovative and streamlined project model used by ARPA-E, I have repeatedly shared my concerns regarding your program's potential overlap with other areas of DOE. Many of the activities pursued by ARPA-E are in areas where either DOE's applied programs or the Office of Science are also endeavoring to make progress. I believe that there is a place for competition within the Department, but in an era of scarce funding redundancies must be kept to a minimum.
March 28, 2012 Press Release
Reclamation's budget request for Water and Related Resources represents a four percent reduction from that of 2012. And while we are all interested in finding appropriate places to cut, I have some concerns that this reduced request continues the disinvestment in the nation's water resource infrastructure. Therefore, it will be especially important that the Subcommittee understands the specific methodology used to arrive at the Bureau's particular set of projects and activities.