Statements

March 3, 2020 Statement
"We look forward to hearing your thoughts on the appropriations process and learning more about the programs and issues that affect your district and your constituents. Your input is invaluable as we draft funding legislation for upcoming fiscal year for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and the Farm Credit Administration."
Issues:
March 3, 2020 Statement
"I believe the appropriations process benefits tremendously from engagement and input from Members of Congress. You represent a wide array of districts and citizens who are impacted by the important issues covered in the FSGG Bill."
March 3, 2020 Statement
"Let us also remember that poverty has a pernicious impact on the development of children. It is a lifelong scar. This subcommittee provides some of the largest sums of discretionary funds in the Congress for the wellbeing of children, especially those in poverty."
March 3, 2020 Statement
"USAID helps the world’s most vulnerable, assists in recovery from natural disasters and humanitarian crises, and supports countries’ efforts to strengthen governance, rule of law, and human rights. This isn’t just the 'right thing to do'; it strengthens our national security and advances American interests. ... Our development and humanitarian efforts are our best hope to tackle these issues. This is why Congress has disregarded the Administration’s last three budget requests, instead providing sufficient resources to effectively and efficiently fund some of our most critical foreign policy priorities."
March 3, 2020 Statement
"The administration’s budget proposes to reduce the Gallery’s renovation budget by $11.8 million or 7 percent, delaying critical repairs and putting the safety of visitors and the collection at risk. Last year, Congress rejected a similar proposal and instead increased renovation funding by $2 million and the Gallery by $4.8 million overall."
February 27, 2020 Statement
"Looking toward fiscal year 2021, however, the Trump Administration again proposes to cut DOE’s budget – by 8 percent overall, and by an astounding 35 percent in non-defense programs. This will limit America’s future by drastically reducing or eliminating programs critical for meeting our future energy needs and assuring our security. These programs have received bipartisan, bicameral support precisely because of their crucial role in undergirding our economy and preparing us for the future to come – including the clean energy economy. What we should be doing is supporting programs that create jobs as our nation transitions to a clean energy future."
February 27, 2020 Statement
"The democracy, development, diplomacy, humanitarian, and security assistance programs funded in this bill are critical to maintaining United States global leadership, protecting our national security, and promoting economic growth. Yet, since coming to office, the President has repeatedly proposed cutting these programs."
February 27, 2020 Statement
"We have great admiration for your agency’s work in ferreting out misconduct and finding ways to save billions of dollars with your recommendations to improve Federal agency operations. We especially appreciate your neutral independence in facing difficult budget questions."
February 27, 2020 Statement
"The men and women who have faithfully served our nation deserve no less than a seamless and problem-free system – something we have been promising for the past two decades. The transfer of health information should ease the burden of transitioning servicemembers with service-connected injuries and illnesses. It also should lay the groundwork for exchange with private sector caregivers, an essential part of Veterans healthcare. Today we need insight into the ongoing challenges and the steps that are being taken to mitigate future risk. It is our duty to both veterans and taxpayers to realize the benefits of this transformation as soon as possible."
February 27, 2020 Statement
"On behalf of my colleagues and more importantly, the veterans we represent, I do expect and demand better communication from VA on ongoing issues regarding EHRM implementation. Despite quarterly briefings, we are not getting accurate and timely information. The status quo is completely unacceptable."

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