Statements

March 27, 2019 Statement
We are here today to discuss the fiscal year 2020 budget request for the Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation. These agencies play a vital role in the management and development of one of our most precious resources: water. Your agencies have been under pressure over significant flooding—especially high rainfalls—and other extreme weather events. I know you make difficult choices regularly, and we appreciate your leadership.
March 27, 2019 Statement
As Acting Administrator, Dr. Jacobs oversees the agency’s $5.4 billion budget, which includes NOAA’s sea, air, land, and space observing platforms, and the critical environmental data they provide. He also covers the wet-side of NOAA and all of its work in fisheries and coastal management.
March 27, 2019 Statement
The Fiscal Year 2020 Department of Veterans Affairs budget requests a record high amount of $220.2 billion – of which $97 billion is discretionary funding, which is a 7.5 percent increase over last year.
March 27, 2019 Statement
NASA is a great agency that has accomplished much over the last 60 years. A milestone in space flight occurred on July 20th, 1969, 50 years ago, when Americans, Commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin, landed the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle on the moon. At 4:17pm Eastern Standard Time, Armstrong became the first man to step onto the lunar surface – an inspiring accomplishment!
March 26, 2019 Statement
The National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency charged with promoting basic research and education in science and engineering. In doing so, it is a major source of federal support for U.S. university research in the STEM fields. NSF’s investments in STEM education help train the next generation of scientists and engineers. As you know, Dr. Córdova, I am a strong supporter of NSF and believe that its programs help our Nation to be the world leader in major discoveries, innovations, and scientific breakthroughs.
March 26, 2019 Statement
Today’s hearing will focus on the Department of Energy’s budget request. DOE addresses our nation’s most pressing energy, environmental, and nuclear security challenges through transformative science and technology.
March 26, 2019 Statement
OMB oversees implementation of the President’s agenda and prepares the President’s budget. That Budget offers a chance for this Administration to lay out, in detail, its vision and priorities for America. Unfortunately, I couldn’t be more frustrated by what OMB has delivered this year.
March 26, 2019 Statement
I believe this budget is cruel and reckless. It will hurt the middle class and low-income families that most need our help. In fact, the proposed budget cuts nearly $9 billion from the Department of Education – including the proposed $2 billion Pell Grants rescission. Meanwhile, it proposes a new $5 billion annual tax scheme – which is unregulated and unaccountable – to fund a private school voucher program that will undermine our public schools and it allows the unaccounted use of tax dollars.
March 26, 2019 Statement
We are not far into appropriations hearing season, but I’m already tired of hearing about the Administration’s so-called tough choices. Secretary DeVos, your budget request does not reflect the reality in classrooms across the country, and if enacted, would cause irreparable, structural damage to communities across the nation.
March 26, 2019 Statement
Today, the Interior-Environment Subcommittee will begin a series of budget hearings for the fiscal year 2020, starting with the Department of the Interior. Joining us this morning is Mr. Scott Cameron, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Policy, Management, and Budget.

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