Granger Remarks at FY23 Legislative Branch Full Committee Markup
Thank you, Madam Chair, for yielding.
Before I start, I want to recognize the subcommittee chair, Mr. Ryan. This is the last Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill he will bring before this committee, and I want to thank him for his dedication to improving the Congress during his time as chair.
Now to the bill before us – I want to thank Chairman Ryan and Ranking Member Herrera Beutler for their work and also acknowledge the efforts of the committee staff.
This bill does many good things. It will enable the Congress to operate more efficiently, by modernizing electronic systems that support the legislative process.
This bill allows the Architect of the Capitol to perform delayed maintenance, as well as implement safety enhancements, to address buildings and other infrastructure in desperate need of attention.
This bill also recognizes the service and sacrifice of our Capitol Police. It builds their workforce, both sworn officers and civilians, and makes security improvements. The bill also provides resources to implement the inspector general’s recommendations to enable the Capitol Police to perform its mission.
Unfortunately, I do have some concerns about the bill in its current form. Total spending for the Legislative Branch increases by more than twenty percent. This is based on a topline funding level that was set with no Republican support.
The legislation also includes provisions that prioritize government resources for items that sound like a wish-list for the far left. These items should not be carried in a bill that will need bipartisan support to get to the president’s desk.
These are out of touch with how Americans expect us to spend their hard-earned tax dollars. As this bill moves through the process, I hope that the spending and policy issues are addressed and that we develop a bill both sides can support.
Thank you, Madam Chair, I yield back.