Statements

September 25, 2019 Statement
"Earlier in the year, the Trump Administration submitted a budget that would cut the NIH by almost $5 billion. It’s crystal clear - President Trump has no regard for the National Institutes of Health and the cutting-edge work you do to save lives, advance cures, and improve the health of Americans. Despite the President’s heartless efforts to gut the NIH, we have responded resoundingly. Unlike him, my colleagues and I prioritize the health of all Americans, and we are on track to invest billions more than the President would for our world-class National Institutes of Health."
September 25, 2019 Statement
"Today’s hearing is an opportunity for the subcommittee members to hear more and to hear from directors of an additional five Institutes and Centers, who may not always get the same platform that they need and deserve. It is also a chance to demonstrate the need for the Congress to continue to invest in basic research. In recent years, we have directed an increasingly large share of NIH’s budget to specific initiatives. While I strongly support those initiatives, it often means that basic research at smaller Institutes and Centers get shortchanged. So, it is important for this subcommittee to understand the type of research opportunities we might be missing by directing such a large share of additional funding to a limited number of Institutes."
September 25, 2019 Statement
"We recognize the challenges the FTC faces in policing such a large swathe of our economy. That’s why this year’s House appropriations bill proposed a $40 million increase in FTC funding. That’s a bump of more than 10%. Part of the reason we’re here is to understand how the FTC can invest those resources wisely - how they can get the best bang for the buck for consumers. But it is also our duty as Appropriators to determine if the FTC is using its existing resources as efficiently as possible."
September 25, 2019 Statement
"Our farmers, ranchers, and producers don’t just feed our own nation, they help feed the world. The commodities we send abroad are a gift from the American people and it is our duty to ensure this generosity is treated with great care to make the most positive impact around the world that we can."
Issues:
September 19, 2019 Statement
"While the House did its work and passed 12 appropriations bills through committee and 10 off the floor, the Senate appropriations process is far behind. Because of this delay, we must pass a continuing resolution to avoid another government shutdown like the one that started late last year, which caused real harm to our economy and to hardworking Americans."
September 19, 2019 Statement
"The impacts of marine debris will require all of us working together to improve coastal waste management, identify probable sources of this pollution, understand the method of transport, and devise creative solutions and mitigation strategies to fix this global trash problem."
September 19, 2019 Statement
"Notwithstanding Congressional action in providing robust funding for STEM, the Trump Administration persists in trying to eliminate or reduce funding for STEM programs in both NASA and NSF, respectively. Since January 2017, there has been a consistent effort to undermine the Federal agencies that make the United States the world leader in science and technology."
September 18, 2019 Statement
"The fact that we are here again is a clear example of how damaging and cruel the Trump Administration’s actions have been on the mental health of vulnerable children. This could have been largely avoided – children belong with their families."
September 18, 2019 Statement
"That is why the Office of Inspector General’s new report was so alarming. It confirms our worst fears: that intentional policy choices by this administration created what I would call a mental health crisis with children, which the OIG said that HHS and ORR—the Office of Refugee Resettlement—failed to address. It is a crisis of deliberate, government-sanctioned child abuse."
September 10, 2019 Statement
"I believe that CRS’s work is unique and needed, especially at this time in our nation’s history. Unfortunately, the Trump Administration does not appear to agree with this assessment."

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