DeLauro Statement on President Biden’s FY2023 Discretionary Funding Request
House Committee on Appropriations Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03) released the following statement on President Biden’s fiscal year 2023 discretionary funding request:
“Earlier this month we passed federal spending bills that show just how government can deliver for working people once again. With the enactment of that legislation, we are helping students pay for the high cost of education and giving hard-working families a better chance to own their homes. We are confronting climate change and putting Americans back to work by creating jobs across the country, helping small businesses, and rebuilding our infrastructure. I am confident that we can build off the success of the investments we are making in 2022 to create a government that builds a fairer economy, corrects years of chronic underinvestment, and meets the needs of working people, not the top one percent.
“Working people across the country are struggling to pay their bills and living paycheck-to-paycheck. From investments in our police and law enforcement to fight crime and keep our communities safe to creating jobs and lowering health care costs, President Biden’s spending plan represents an economic vision for America that middle-class families need.
“With the proposed minimum tax on the wealthiest Americans, this plan will help fight inflation and cut costs for working families while growing the workforce, continuing to rebuild our roads, bridges, and airports, and combatting climate change. The request invests in our next generation by providing an increase for high-poverty schools and funding to help families afford high-quality child care. It will make our communities healthier with funding to help end the opioid crisis and significant new spending to bolster the Veterans health care program.
“I look forward to reviewing this budget, hearing from cabinet secretaries starting this week, and examining my colleagues’ requests so that we can respond to the needs of our communities with the same transparency and opportunity for input that governed the process last year. Just like the package we successfully passed earlier this month that finally pulled us out from under the previous administration’s budget, we must work together to get our spending bills over the finish line—no one chamber or party can do it alone.”