Press Releases

March 27, 2019 Press Release
"The investments we make today will prepare us for the challenges we face tomorrow. As our February hearing on NOAA climate research made very clear, we are starting to experience those challenges now. Therefore, I do not believe this budget, as presented to us today, allows NOAA to live up to its core mission, as the Administration would have us believe."
March 27, 2019 Press Release
"Unfortunately, the budget request is woefully inadequate to address the challenges before us. It slashes funding for the Corps and Bureau by nearly a third each from 2019 levels. At a time when we should be investing in water infrastructure improvements, this budget moves us in the wrong direction."
March 27, 2019 Press Release
"This Committee consistently provides bipartisan support to maintain United States global leadership, and I am astonished that three years into his Administration, the President still does not appreciate the merits of sustained investment in diplomacy and development."
March 26, 2019 Press Release
"Military construction supports servicemembers and their families. The idea that construction of a border wall takes precedence for this Administration over our servicemembers’ safety and readiness is unconscionable."
March 26, 2019 Press Release
"I want to acknowledge that the government shutdown was difficult for the Coast Guard family – the Coast Guard was the only armed service that worked without pay for those five weeks. But I was pleased that in our enacted bill, we were able to support those men and women with resources for more staff, increased pay, and increased subsidies for child care. Unfortunately, the fiscal year 2020 request for the Coast Guard is less promising. It proposes an overall reduction to the Coast Guard budget of over $700 million, including a reduction of more than $1 billion to the procurement account."
March 26, 2019 Press Release
"This Subcommittee has provided the Reserve Component with significant resources through the National Guard and Reserve Equipment Account – an appropriation which is not included in the President’s Budget Request, as well as additional funding for counter-drug operations, Humvee modernization, helicopters, fixed wing aircraft, and more."
Issues:
March 26, 2019 Press Release
"For the Administration to offer these proposals to recklessly slash federal budgets is a disservice to the country. This is not a thoughtful consideration about what funding levels are actually needed to carry out the mission of the Department. Instead, this is nothing more than an exercise in how to hit an arbitrary allocation passed down from OMB."
March 26, 2019 Press Release
"We are not far into appropriations hearing season, but I’m already tired of hearing about the Administration’s so-called tough choices. Secretary DeVos, your budget request does not reflect the reality in classrooms across the country, and if enacted, would cause irreparable, structural damage to communities across the nation."
March 26, 2019 Press Release
"I believe this budget is cruel and reckless. It will hurt the middle class and low-income families that most need our help. In fact, the proposed budget cuts nearly $9 billion from the Department of Education – including the proposed $2 billion Pell Grants rescission. Meanwhile, it proposes a new $5 billion annual tax scheme – which is unregulated and unaccountable – to fund a private school voucher program that will undermine our public schools and it allows the unaccounted use of tax dollars."
March 26, 2019 Press Release
"OMB oversees implementation of the President’s agenda and prepares the President’s budget. That Budget offers a chance for this Administration to lay out, in detail, its vision and priorities for America. Unfortunately, I couldn’t be more frustrated by what OMB has delivered this year. This Budget deeply slashes programs that support the most vulnerable among us – the sick, the elderly, the poor – while doubling-down on discredited trickle-down economic policies that widen the inequalities in our society."

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