Chairman Serrano Statement at Commerce-Justice-Science Member Day

2020-03-04 13:45

Congressman José E. Serrano (D-NY), Chair of the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, delivered the following remarks at the Subcommittee's Member Day:

The Subcommittee will come to order.

Good afternoon everyone.  Welcome to our first hearing of fiscal year 2021. It is fitting that today’s hearing will be with our colleagues here in the House, to hear about the programs and agencies that they feel strongly about.  Given the expected budget constraints that all subcommittees will face this fiscal year, it is important that we hear from our colleagues about the programs making a difference to their communities. 

This year, we will hear from a bipartisan group of Members, all of whom will be asking for further investments by this subcommittee.  I think it is instructive that on days like this, we are never asked to cut funding for programs or agencies, only to increase them.  It shows the important role that the federal government plays in driving technological innovation, economic development, scientific research, a fair justice system, and public safety. 

I look forward to hearing from our witnesses today, and with that, let me turn to my colleague, Mr. Aderholt, for any comments he might have.

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