Statements

April 3, 2019 Statement
"The funding levels in the Trump budget cause needless worry on the part of many Americans who care deeply about our public lands and the people who work to protect them. Our constituents see these cuts, thinking this is the final say, and imagine that the services and opportunities in our parks and our wildlife refuges, and the science we need to understand our world and anticipate natural hazards, will be severely curtailed. Tribal nations are also impacted by reductions in these bureaus."
April 3, 2019 Statement
"Mr. Secretary, your budget is very similar to last year’s request, which this Committee rejected on a bipartisan basis. This year, your proposal contains even deeper cuts and would greatly reduce public housing and end most community development grants. It would lead to more people struggling to find affordable housing, and more people falling into homelessness."
April 3, 2019 Statement
"Unfortunately, this budget proposal would make our affordable housing crisis even worse, and it would relegate these vulnerable populations to an even more tenuous and marginalized existence within our society."
April 3, 2019 Statement
"As in past years, FDA’s request is in stark contrast to much of the Federal government. Many administration officials have appeared in the recent weeks defending steep cuts in their budget."
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April 2, 2019 Statement
Secretary Wilson, General Goldfein, you have made it clear in your submitted testimony that you believe that the Air Force is too small and under-resourced to carry out its mission requirements under the National Defense Strategy with acceptable risk. Taking into account your concerns with readiness, capacity, and capability, the Subcommittee is prepared to review your fiscal year 2020 budget request within the scope of the resources that will be provided to the Department.
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April 2, 2019 Statement
"After making significant new investments in your workforce and to equip it with advanced security technologies in the bill for fiscal year 2019, I was disappointed to see that the president’s fiscal year 2020 budget proposes a cut to TSA’s funding."
April 2, 2019 Statement
"I am going to work as hard as I can, as chair of the full committee, to give you as much money as we can, because you have the brilliance, you have the commitment, and you have the determination. All you need is more money."
April 2, 2019 Statement
"This discussion comes at a critical time for our farmers, ranchers, producers, and rural communities. Recent natural disasters across the country – including hurricanes and tornados in my home state of Georgia and unprecedented flooding in Nebraska, the home state of our Distinguished Ranking Member Mr. Fortenberry – have created stress and uncertainty, on top of impacts from the ongoing tariff situation."
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April 2, 2019 Statement
"The President’s budget proposes to reduce funding for NIH by $5.2 billion, or 13%, below the fiscal year 2019 level. At this funding level, NIH would be forced to make nearly 3,800 fewer new research grants compared to 2019. That is a reduction of 32%—to the lowest level since 1998."
April 2, 2019 Statement
"I am having déjà vu as I look at another Trump budget request that would drastically slash the EPA, in this case by more than 30%. Despite Congress’ repeated rejections of the Trump budget cuts, you again propose to eliminate programs that are important to our environment and the health of Americans."

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