Statements

March 12, 2020 Statement
"Let me be clear: Our nation’s security cannot afford a budget that does not adequately fund our diplomatic and development programs, or life-saving humanitarian assistance. Diplomacy and development programs are our best hope to tackle the difficult issues facing the world, making the draconian cuts proposed by this administration irresponsible. For as long as I have been a part of this Subcommittee, we have had bipartisan agreement that foreign assistance is critical to our national security and to maintaining America’s leadership role in the world. As Chairwoman, I have every expectation that we will produce a bill that maximizes each taxpayer dollar while responding to today’s many needs."
March 11, 2020 Statement
"GPO is now distributing more and more information by digital means, such as through its upgraded and steadily growing website now called 'GovInfo.' GPO’s fundamental function is making information about the operations of government—particularly the Congress— readily available to the public. That’s a crucial function in a democracy."
March 11, 2020 Statement
"Our country’s energy future depends on DOE’s vital investments to solve our toughest energy challenges. The Trump budget request harms America’s energy future, our competitiveness, our workforce, our consumers, and our economy. The Trump budget also falls short in meeting our obligations to the communities that have sacrificed, and still bear the brunt of environmental costs borne from winning World War II."
March 11, 2020 Statement
"This is an issue that directly affects our military readiness. Ensuring the health and wellbeing of our men and women in uniform, and their families, is vital to developing a strong fighting force that can face the world’s threats. Unfortunately, just like we highlighted last week in our hearing on the failures of privatized housing, our servicemembers are facing threats of a more widespread and insidious nature. In this case, it’s the threat from dangerous, long-lasting chemicals that are far, far too present on and around our military bases."
March 11, 2020 Statement
"You arrive as the AOC faces a backlog of substantial facility renovation needs, both immediate and long-term; new construction projects requiring design and implementation; and continuing turmoil in the AOC workforce regarding discrimination in the workplace. You will have our subcommittee’s support as you tackle these issues. A smoothly functioning AOC is important to all Members and staff."
March 11, 2020 Statement
"It is in this environment of uncertainty that the Committee must review the Administration’s budget request for Afghanistan, which is dated. General, we need your best assessment of the situation as it is today. With respect to plans for U.S. troop withdrawal, the Committee needs to understand which bases are closing, which of our units are coming out, and when. We need to know the costs attributable to the drawdown and where the money would come from. This is made more problematic since the Administration has used of nearly all of its transfer authority to build the border wall."
Issues:
March 11, 2020 Statement
"I will have further questions on the administration’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak. I should also note that we continue to actively monitor your efforts related to youth use of vaping products. The deadline for companies to submit premarket application is just two months away. Preserving the ability of adults to use vaping devices as an offramp from smoking while preventing bad actors and youth-appealing flavors from remaining on the market is a delicate balancing act."
Issues:
March 11, 2020 Statement
"Unfortunately, the rhetoric and the policies of this Administration continue to make it difficult to achieve the right balance between enforcement and due process, between security and humane treatment, because they have instilled fear in my community and across the nation. I hear repeatedly of families afraid to go to work; of Dreamers who live with anxiety about their future in the only country they know to be their home; and of elementary school teachers who state their young students exhibit signs of PTSD because they are afraid that one day they will come home to an empty home. By all indications, the Administration has exacerbated our challenges in the interior, and especially at the border, where they have put the lives and wellbeing of thousands of migrants at risk."
March 11, 2020 Statement
"The FAA provides critical services on behalf of the traveling public every day. Millions of flights—both scheduled and unscheduled—must safely navigate our national airspace, the most complex in the world. This year’s FAA budget requests $17.5 billion in budgetary resources, a decrease of about $96 million compared to last year’s enacted level."
March 11, 2020 Statement
"Sadly, the Trump Administration has been undermining protections, unions, and workers. And the Trump-controlled NLRB has been taking every opportunity to dismantle workers’ rights to organize. Some of the Board’s most egregious rulings and regulatory efforts seek to deny labor protections for thousands of workers."

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