House Cardinals Floor Remarks Urging Action on Appropriations Negotiations
House Appropriations Committee Subcommittee Chairs today delivered remarks on the House Floor on H.R. 6119, the Further Extending Government Funding Act, and used examples from their bills to urge Republicans to begin negotiations on an appropriations agreement that funds priorities for the American people. Excerpts of the Cardinals’ statements are below.
Appropriations Committee Chair and Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee Chair Rosa DeLauro
“While I wish the February 18 end date were earlier, I believe this agreement allows the appropriations process to move forward toward a final funding agreement that addresses the needs of the American people. Because let me be clear: Working families, small businesses, veterans, and our military need the certainty that comes with passing omnibus funding legislation instead of short-term funding patches. Republicans must join us for bipartisan, bicameral negotiations to resolve our differences and keep government working for us all. For our communities, we need an omnibus to create and sustain good-paying American jobs, support small businesses, prevent future pandemics, and advance lifesaving medical research.”
Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Subcommittee Chairman Sanford Bishop Jr.
“I want to stress that the programs in our bill touch the lives of every American. It would ensure that the USDA can continue to help expand economic opportunity, create jobs in rural areas, and fully meet the demand for Farm Ownership loans. It would increase funding to address the opioid crisis, rare cancers, and to resume unannounced in-person inspections in the two largest foreign drug manufacturing countries in the world — China and India. Simply put, it would provide resources to ensure that we have the most abundant, wholesome, and safest food and medicine in the world. And it would help families that may struggle to put food on the table through programs like SNAP and WIC.”
Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee Chairman Matt Cartwright
“A full-year CR would be disastrous to the country in so many ways, and would greatly limit or reduce essential investments in our country’s future. The Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies appropriations bill, as reported out of committee earlier this year, provides funding increases aimed at creating jobs in distressed communities, enforcing our trade laws, fighting crime and supporting community involvement with law enforcement, ensuring civil rights, advancing American scientific research, fighting the opioid epidemic, and confronting the climate crisis, among many other critical public investments. These funding increases are only possible with an appropriations agreement.”
Defense Subcommittee Chairwoman Betty McCollum
"Republicans in the U.S. Senate are holding the FY22 appropriations process hostage by refusing to do any work – let alone negotiate with Democrats... The American people should be sick and tired of hearing Republicans in Congress talk about how we need a stronger national defense, while doing everything in their power to weaken our national defense. This is a time of instability in the world. Russia is knocking on the doorstep of Ukraine. China is at the doorstep of Taiwan. There are serious national security threats in the world."
Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Subcommittee Chairwoman Marcy Kaptur
“America deserves better. The members of my Energy and Water Subcommittee worked diligently to craft a forward-thinking bill. The Fiscal Year 2022 bill will invest significant new resources in clean-energy technologies – allowing us to confront the climate crisis, secure our energy independence, and create good-paying jobs. And a full-year bill will ensure our water resource agencies are able to appropriately address project backlogs and solidify waterway and port infrastructure – driving our economy forward.”
Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee Chairman Mike Quigley
“As Chairman of the Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee, I rise today in disappointed support of the second continuing resolution. House Democrats did our jobs and passed government funding bills to create good-paying jobs, support the hard-working middle class, and protect our national security…With a new deadline of February 18th, we need Republicans to join us to resolve our differences and keep government working so America can continue to function and lead.”
Homeland Security Subcommittee Chairwoman Lucille Roybal-Allard
“My subcommittee is responsible for drafting the funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security. If, as my Republican colleagues have suggested, we were to pass a full-year CR, DHS would lose critical increases in the House bill that are imperative to the security of the United States. This includes an historic 20 percent increase for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, funding to increase FEMA’s capacity to respond to the growing frequency of disasters linked to climate change, a quadrupling of funding for trade facilitation and security at ports-of-entry, a 6 percent increase for Homeland Security Investigations, and an 8 percent increase for Coast Guard operations.”
Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee Chair Chellie Pingree
“A full year continuing resolution does not serve the American people. I am the Chair of the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee and I can attest that the investments in the House Interior bill would benefit all of our constituents. The bill makes long-overdue investments to protect human health, fight the climate emergency, and meet our trust obligations to tribal nations. It provides critical resources to rebuild the federal workforce so that these agencies can meet their missions and better serve the public. Failing to complete a full year bill means no additional investments for EPA to research and develop standards for harmful pollutants like PFAS; no further investments in domestic renewable energy; and insufficient resources for the health care of nearly 2.2 million American Indian and Alaska Natives.”
Legislative Branch Subcommittee Chairman Tim Ryan
"We need to pass this appropriations bill...And we’ve got to make sure our kids are healthy and educated and skilled so they can thrive and outcompete China. That is what this bill is about."
Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Subcommittee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz
“As Chair of the MilCon-VA Subcommittee, I know veterans need an omnibus to get their earned benefits, to slash the claims backlogs they face, and to fully meet their VA health care needs. I urge a yes vote on this continuing resolution because it will keep the government open and extend funding for critical education, health, housing and public safety programs. These are programs and services that every community – red or blue – relies on every day.”
State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee Chairwoman Barbara Lee
“This Continuing Resolution should not be necessary. We had ample time under the previous CR to complete bicameral, bipartisan negotiations to complete our full year funding responsibilities. But not all parties have agreed to come to the table. There are immense needs and challenges outside our borders. We must complete our work on a full-year appropriation bill that provides the much-needed investments in diplomacy and development to meet those challenges.”
Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Subcommittee Chairman David E. Price
“Continuing Resolutions do not allow us to make the necessary investments in programs that are critical to our constituent’s lives and our nation’s economic growth, particularly as we continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, as Chair of the Transportation-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee, I can attest to the need for a full-year THUD bill to update our aging transportation infrastructure, remedy inequities in housing and transportation, prevent evictions, and make our infrastructure more resilient to natural disasters and a changing climate.”