Statements

September 19, 2019 Statement
"While the House did its work and passed 12 appropriations bills through committee and 10 off the floor, the Senate appropriations process is far behind. Because of this delay, we must pass a continuing resolution to avoid another government shutdown like the one that started late last year, which caused real harm to our economy and to hardworking Americans."
September 19, 2019 Statement
"The impacts of marine debris will require all of us working together to improve coastal waste management, identify probable sources of this pollution, understand the method of transport, and devise creative solutions and mitigation strategies to fix this global trash problem."
September 19, 2019 Statement
"Notwithstanding Congressional action in providing robust funding for STEM, the Trump Administration persists in trying to eliminate or reduce funding for STEM programs in both NASA and NSF, respectively. Since January 2017, there has been a consistent effort to undermine the Federal agencies that make the United States the world leader in science and technology."
September 18, 2019 Statement
"The fact that we are here again is a clear example of how damaging and cruel the Trump Administration’s actions have been on the mental health of vulnerable children. This could have been largely avoided – children belong with their families."
September 18, 2019 Statement
"That is why the Office of Inspector General’s new report was so alarming. It confirms our worst fears: that intentional policy choices by this administration created what I would call a mental health crisis with children, which the OIG said that HHS and ORR—the Office of Refugee Resettlement—failed to address. It is a crisis of deliberate, government-sanctioned child abuse."
September 10, 2019 Statement
"I believe that CRS’s work is unique and needed, especially at this time in our nation’s history. Unfortunately, the Trump Administration does not appear to agree with this assessment."
July 25, 2019 Statement
"With these more reasonable budget caps, we can undertake an orderly appropriations process to invest in critical domestic priorities For the People."
July 25, 2019 Statement
"Our own constitution, federal law, and several international agreements serve as the foundation for the rights and protections I believe need to be embodied in our efforts to address the humanitarian crisis we are currently experiencing. Unfortunately, the rhetoric and the policies of this administration have made achieving that balance more difficult, and by all indications have exacerbated our challenges at the border."
July 24, 2019 Statement
"Providing the necessary school buildings and infrastructure for learning is an essential part of the Federal government’s trust responsibility to tribal nations. Funding education construction has been a priority for me and my colleagues on this subcommittee as we crafted our bill. The impact of the condition of school facilities on the educational achievements of students is well-documented. Children need safe and welcoming spaces to be healthy and engaged and ready to learn."
July 24, 2019 Statement
"While we confront a serious humanitarian crisis at our southern border, a culture of dehumanization festers in the very agency charged with keeping us safe and serving as the face of American values to those seeking refuge."

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