Chairman Ryan Statement at Budget Hearing on Office of Congressional Workplace Rights

2020-02-12 10:30

Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH), Chair of the Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee, delivered the following remarks at the Subcommittee's hearing on the Fiscal Year 2021 budget request for the Office of Congressional Workplace Rights:

Ms. Grundmann, welcome back to the Legislative Branch subcommittee, and congratulations on the 25th anniversary of the creation of the Office of Congressional Workplace Rights.  Your mission is needed now as much as it ever has been over the last 25 years.

We know the past year has been a monster year for your Office as you’ve had to meet all the deadlines of implementing the changes to the Congressional Account Act in 6 months. Kudos to you and your staff who clocked so many hours to meet the deadlines.  I know the reforms are in the early stages of implementation, but we will be very interested in your thoughts about how it is going.

As I’ll be saying at all of our hearings, we have been told to expect a funding allocation this year that is a freeze of last year’s allocation.  That is especially unfortunate for your agency since you requested no increase last year. I’m sorry to be the bearer of that bad news, but I just want to give people a realistic picture from the start.

Before you give your testimony, I’ll ask Ms. Herrera Beutler if she has any opening remarks. 

Ms. Grundmann, we’ll be pleased to hear your oral remarks. We will include your written opening statement in the record.

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