Chairman Ryan Statement at Hearing on FY 2021 LOC Budget Request
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 Library of Congress:
I’m pleased to call this hearing to order, especially since we’ve hit the Big Time, having it in the full committee hearing room.
We welcome Dr. Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress, to talk about her fiscal year 2021 budget request. After that session, we will turn to the budget request for the Government Accountability Office with Comptroller General Gene Dodaro.
Dr. Hayden, it’s always a treat for Members to learn more about the Library of Congress’s mission and its impact -- not just here in Washington, D.C. but in their districts. Your 2021 budget request is about twice the size of the increase Congress was able to provide the Library last year, so I have to register a note of caution about your request. The domestic discretionary caps are basically frozen this year after the increases last year. We will do our best since all our Members are big fans of the Library, but it will be tough.
Dr. Hayden, please introduce your colleague at the table with you and then begin your oral remarks. Your full written statement will be entered into the record.