Chairwoman Wasserman Shultz Statement at Fiscal Year 2023 Member Day Hearing
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Chair of the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, delivered the following remarks at the Fiscal Year 2023 Member Day Hearing:
Good morning. I want to welcome everyone to today’s fiscal year 2023 Member Day Hearing for the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Subcommittee.
The hearing today will ensure that Members have an opportunity to provide input into the bill this Subcommittee will produce for fiscal year 2023. We are pleased that we have three Members here to discuss a variety of MilCon-VA programs.
This hearing is vital for us as Appropriators. It provides us the opportunity to zero in on the issues our colleagues are dealing with and help them address important issues through our committee’s work.
Every year, we work incredibly hard to include as many Member priorities as possible in our bill, and hearing from Members today will help us focus on what is important to Members this year.
Last year, we were able to address many important issues and robustly fund key programs, such as mental health, gender-specific care, and homelessness programs at VA; child development centers and PFAS remediation at DoD; and for the first time in many years, this committee brought back community project funding requests that allow members to direct spending to the highest priority MilCon projects in their districts.
This year, I am optimistic to continue building on the progress we have made on this subcommittee over the past few years. We will continue to prioritize the quality of life of our servicemembers and their families and provide the healthcare and benefits veterans have earned and deserve.
I am confident this hearing will help the Subcommittee as we begin to craft our FY 2023 bill.
I look forward to today’s testimony and continuing this productive dialogue.