Statements

March 25, 2021 Statement
"While we cannot change the past, we do have the power to change the future. As lawmakers, we must work to rectify these historic crimes. The inequalities created by the policies of the past continue to undermine the creation of equitable communities today. Congress and all of us who serve this nation must better understand these problems. We must work to find solutions that address these inequalities."
March 25, 2021 Statement
"We may not have been Members of Congress when these decisions were made, but this legacy is an ever-present factor in the lives of tens of millions of Americans—our fellow citizens. Turning a blind eye is not an option.”
March 25, 2021 Statement
"By their very nature, many of these organizations, like museums and performing arts groups, are inherently dependent on interaction with their consumers. Workers in these industries have faced high unemployment, disrupted programming, reduced funding streams, and a challenging decision of when and how to reopen safely for their customers and their employees."
March 25, 2021 Statement
"For far too long, people of color have had a limited voice and limited opportunities to shape our country’s foreign policy. This chronic and entrenched lack of diversity and inclusion causes major challenges for our nation – at home and abroad. Lack of diversity among our workforce can lead to whole classes of issues—including systemic racism, poverty, inequality, climate justice—being disregarded. Without enough diversity in the people we hire and promote in our foreign policy workforce, we often face the troubling reality of groupthink."
March 24, 2021 Statement
"This is a story of tragedy, deception, bureaucratic incompetence, and tireless advocacy by servicemembers, veterans, and nonprofit advocates who have devoted themselves to elevating this issue, seeking out justice, and fighting to clean up military sites so that no one else is poisoned by this toxic mess."
March 24, 2021 Statement
"In 2019, the number of loans as well as the dollar volume of those loans going to these three groups increased. While this is a hopeful sign, we know that beginning farm households have less wealth and have more debt relative to their assets than established farms. Ensuring our beginning and small farmers have access to resources is vital to the strength and future of the farm and rural economies."
March 24, 2021 Statement
"We owe it to every person in this country who has felt the pain of targeted violence or domestic terrorism to ensure that no more lives are lost to gun violence. Nevermore."
March 24, 2021 Statement
"The Inspector General occupies a unique position, with responsibility to oversee the operation and performance of the Department of Justice, and promote the Department’s integrity, efficiency, and accountability. This is especially important now when we are struggling to recover from a global pandemic."
March 24, 2021 Statement
"This morning, we want to find out more about the Department’s role in countering violent extremism of every kind; what you are learning about the causes of radicalization that leads to violence; and how communities can help prevent it."
March 23, 2021 Statement
"In the last ten years, Democratic and Republican administrations and Congresses used OCO as a budget gimmick to circumvent BCA caps. It is time we correct those past mistakes, and I would to remind my colleagues that our FY 2021 House report stated, “The OCO experiment has been an abject failure and has given the Department a budgetary relief valve that has allowed it to avoid making difficult decisions.”

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