Statements

March 10, 2020 Statement
"I would be remiss if I did not mention the inadequacy of the Department’s budget request in a number of important areas that have bipartisan support. I think that many of the proposed cuts in the Commerce Department’s request show a disregard for the tens of millions of Americans and American businesses who are helped by these programs."
March 10, 2020 Statement
"Despite the likelihood that these challenges will continue for some time, the administration has put forth an inadequate budget, as it has every year during its time in office. This year, USDA’s budget request is $16.4 billion, which is a reduction of $3.5 billion, or 18 percent, in discretionary funding from the final fiscal year 2020 bill. I continue to believe many of the proposals in the budget are bad for our farmers, rural communities, and vulnerable populations and quite honestly dead on arrival."
Issues:
March 10, 2020 Statement
"This Budget slashes billions from the EPA and Department of Education. It cuts medical research by $3.3 billion and reduces CDC funding. It eliminates Community Development Block Grants and low-income assistance programs. OMB has proposed some of these cuts year after year, even though Congress has stepped in repeatedly to restore critical accounts."
March 10, 2020 Statement
"Today we will hear from Members of Congress on pressing issues ranging from concerns about offshore drilling, funding wastewater infrastructure, to supporting the National Estuary Program. The Members testifying today represent the interests of both Republicans and Democrats, from cities and rural areas all over the country, facing a broad array of challenges."
March 5, 2020 Statement
"There are serious questions on how medical reforms have been accounted for in the President’s Budget request for Fiscal Year 2021. Across the spectrum of the military health system, from medical readiness to beneficiary care, in many cases the budget justification lacks the adequate detail for the subcommittee to make informed decisions."
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March 4, 2020 Statement
"Further, such a significant reorganization cannot be approached lightly or haphazardly, as it is critical that the foundation crafted is well constructed and provides a path to success for the Service, and the Department as a whole. It is essential that those forming the policies and procedures for the Space Force actively engage the Congress, particularly the Appropriations Committee, to build and sustain support for the Space Force and its mission. This will require that the Department provide unprecedented transparency to ensure that there is a common understanding and expectation of what this new Service will do, how it will do it, and what resources are needed."
Issues:
March 4, 2020 Statement
"I want to be clear – maintaining a safe, credible, and reliable nuclear deterrent is a national priority. But we must do so in a cost-effective, responsible manner. This budget request does neither."
March 4, 2020 Statement
"We’re pleased to welcome ten members of the public who have come to share with us their suggestions on how to fund the legislative branch agencies within our bill and how to improve the operations of the Congress. Their testimony will touch on a wide range of issues; each witness has clearly devoted much time and analysis to their recommendations."
March 4, 2020 Statement
"This year, we will hear from a bipartisan group of Members, all of whom will be asking for further investments by this subcommittee. I think it is instructive that on days like this, we are never asked to cut funding for programs or agencies, only to increase them. It shows the important role that the federal government plays in driving technological innovation, economic development, scientific research, a fair justice system, and public safety."
March 4, 2020 Statement
"This is always an important day for us. If this subcommittee is the “landlord” of the Congress, it’s necessary for us to hear from our “tenants” about shortfalls in services that they see and hear their suggestions about how the institution could be more effective in serving our constituents."

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