Statements

May 12, 2022 Statement
"I am proud to be hosting the hearing today, during what is “Older Americans Month.” Which is a time to celebrate the contributions that older Americans have had and continue to have on our country and acknowledge and recognize their unique needs. This month, and the hearing today, should serve to recommit this Committee to the health and prosperity of our seniors and to our moral and fundamental responsibility to support older adults in the tailored ways that they deserve and have earned."
May 12, 2022 Statement
"From my years in the courtroom, I truly believe a well-functioning Federal court system is a key pillar of our democracy and is fundamental to ensuring that the Constitutional rights of all Americans are protected."
May 12, 2022 Statement
"MilCon is so much more than building new firing ranges and forts. It’s providing resilient, state-of-the-art facilities that can weather increasingly destructive storms. It’s reducing our carbon footprint and combatting climate change. It’s building child development centers and hospitals. It’s cleaning up the environmental messes our bases have left behind. It’s providing quality housing for our servicemembers and their families – ensuring military readiness." 
May 12, 2022 Statement
"As the nation continues to recover from the global pandemic, the Department plays an important role to help strengthen and secure our supply chains, as well as keep American businesses successful in the global trade market."
May 12, 2022 Statement
"I commented during our hearing with the Secretary that the Department has many difficult missions and that the subcommittee is not always in agreement on the way forward on some of those missions. When it comes to the Coast Guard, I think it is fair to say that the subcommittee is largely in sync on supporting what you do and how you do it."
May 11, 2022 Statement
"America simply cannot afford to get this wrong. I venture to say that every Member of this subcommittee is committed to working with you to achieve a balanced, prioritized NNSA workload that meets America’s national security needs."
May 11, 2022 Statement
"As veterans live longer and recover from injuries that may have been fatal in decades past, these programs are critical to ensure that VA has the tools and treatments it needs to give veterans not only the best medical care, but the best possible quality of life."
May 11, 2022 Statement
"I am pleased to see that the President’s request for fiscal year 2023 includes historic funding levels for NSF, as well as initiatives to strengthen the agency’s foundational research and accelerate its translation of successful experiments into new technologies and partnerships."
May 11, 2022 Statement
"There are no easy answers or solutions because cannot control the conditions in other countries – drought, violence, persecution, economic disruption – that lead people to make the desperate decision to leave their homes.    It is within our control to provide a more realistic legal framework for managing the border – one that could improve border management while also staying true to our values as a country of immigrants – but unfortunately, Congress has failed to act."
May 11, 2022 Statement
"NIH’s response to COVID proved what I have known for a long time – that our significant and longstanding support for biomedical research is absolutely critical to ensuring we are prepared to prevent and address health care crises whenever they may arise. The work you do saves lives and protects families the world over. And with the proper resources and leadership at NIH, our biomedical research can move very quickly and in very focused ways to achieve high-priority goals and continue to save lives."

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