Statements

July 26, 2021 Statement
"The bill addresses three key priorities. First, it provides nearly $400 million in investments to ensure equitable participation in USDA programs. Second, the bill provides nearly $350 million to address the impacts of climate change. And third, it fully funds federal pay costs and it rebuilds the leadership offices at USDA that were decimated over the past several years."
July 26, 2021 Statement
“This year’s T-HUD bill makes forward-looking investments in our housing and transportation infrastructure, while boosting safety and protecting vulnerable populations. It will benefit communities across America and lays the foundation for economic growth and recovery."
July 26, 2021 Statement
“This bill invests in the programs that improve our military readiness and honor the Veterans who have given so much through their service to our nation.”
July 26, 2021 Statement
“I’m proud this bill makes long-overdue investments to care for our planet, fight the climate emergency, and meet our trust obligations to tribal nations. The bill prioritizes the protection and preservation of our landscapes and biodiversity.”
July 26, 2021 Statement
"Notably, the bill includes $330 million for Community Development Financial Institutions, which is $60 million above the fiscal year 2021 level to provide critical resources to underserved communities."
July 26, 2021 Statement
"The 2022 Energy and Water bill takes a significant step forward to secure American energy independence and foster scientific innovation. It provides respectable funding to meet the needs of the current moment. It provides strong foundation to Build Back Better to address the increasing challenges created by climate change. And this bill maintains a firm commitment to America’s nuclear security capabilities and nonproliferation activities."
July 26, 2021 Statement
"After decades of disinvestment and the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic, the time has come to reinvest in the American people. We have an opportunity to build the architecture for the future and make vital investments that address inequities and elevate American workers and families. The transformative funding increases in the legislation before us will create good-paying American jobs, grow opportunity for the middle class and small businesses, and provide a lifeline for working families and the vulnerable."
July 16, 2021 Statement
"The strength of the bills that we have considered and the quality, the tenor, of the debate was outstanding, it reminds us all and it should remind us all that this is the best committee in the House of Representatives and, in fact, our work is at the center of the government and it doesn’t go forward without us."
July 16, 2021 Statement
"The legislation before us builds the architecture for a safer, stronger, and more prosperous future by delivering bold progress for American families. As this transformative bill reconstructs our crumbling infrastructure, it helps to create good-paying American jobs, protect small businesses, grow the middle class, and improve the lives of at-risk and unprotected Americans."
July 16, 2021 Statement
"This year’s T-HUD bill represents a renewed commitment to improve safety, upgrade our aging transportation infrastructure, address our nation’s affordable housing and homelessness crises, bolster our resiliency to natural disasters and a changing climate, and remedy inequities and disparities in our housing and transportation systems. As our nation continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more critical than ever to ensure that vulnerable populations—communities of color, the unhoused, veterans, domestic violence survivors, the elderly, and people with disabilities—remain at the forefront of our efforts."

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