Chair DeLauro Statement at Office of Management and Budget FY22 Budget Request Hearing
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, delivered the following remarks at the Defense Subcommittee's hearing on the Office of Management and Budget FY22 Budget Request.
Thank you, Chairman Quigley and Ranking Member Womack. I am delighted to welcome Acting Director Shalanda Young back to the Appropriations Committee and offer my congratulations.
During her 14-year service on this Committee’s staff, I saw firsthand her commitment to America’s working families. Acting Director Young understands the profound role that government can play in improving people’s lives. She understands that, while ensuring our government services and programs are effectively funded and efficiently managed may not seem like the most exciting role of government, but it is the most important.
Like the Appropriations Committee, the work of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) touches every aspect of our daily lives. By distributing funding to the programs and services that need it most, OMB encourages jobs, businesses, communities, opportunities, and our nation to grow.
Which is also what the Biden-Harris Administration’s budget does by sowing the seeds of prosperity in the lives of working families, the middle class, and the vulnerable. It begins the long process of growing our nation back from the desolation of this pandemic and the decades of disinvestment that have starved our communities for far too long.
More specifically, the Biden-Harris Administration’s budget increases investments for schools and child care. It protects workers and strengthens the safety net. It expands local food systems and works to address the existential threat of climate change. It begins to rebuild our public health infrastructure, provides millions for gun violence research, and makes investments to address the opioid, mental health, and maternal health crises. I am especially pleased that it enables more women to access safe, affordable reproductive health care. And I am proud that it not only strengthens our nation at home but restores America’s place in the world.
I might add that this budget blueprint would not be what it is today without the tireless and dedicated work of the OMB staff, including Acting Director Young. That is why I am glad to see a funding request of $121 million for OMB, an increase that would boost the morale of OMB’s public servants and restore expertise to an agency that has been abused over the past four years.
I am eager to get to work turning this blueprint into funding bills that will meet the challenges and opportunities of this historic moment. So again, I thank Acting Director Young for your work. And again, I thank Chairman Quigley and Ranking Member Womack and I yield back.