Statements

March 7, 2019 Statement
"It is time we support public research of gun violence too. We did until the Dickey Amendment in the 1990s. It did not ban the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention from researching. However, it had a chilling result, severely discouraging it."
March 7, 2019 Statement
"Amazingly, only one in four people eligible for federal rental assistance can receive it because of funding constraints. This is not written in the stars; it is a political failing. At a time when housing should be a front-burner issue, we seem to be falling farther behind."
March 7, 2019 Statement
"The leadership at the Justice Department has attempted to turn our immigration courts into a sort of deportation DMV– where immigrants get minimal due process on their way out the door."
March 7, 2019 Statement
"This year’s request is for a net appropriation of $747 million—an increase of $51 million or 7 percent above the current year. That increase covers things like needed fixes to the Library’s IT systems, improvements to the legislative information systems for Congress and the public, a strategy to better exhibit the Library’s treasures to visitors, and some interesting new technology to make the written word more readily accessible to people who are blind."
March 7, 2019 Statement
"When it comes to public safety and justice, Indian tribes face challenges that many other governments do not – rural, isolated areas with barely passable roads, and insufficient staffing and communications equipment that is often not compatible with other law enforcement agencies. On top of that, some tribes are still operating out of buildings that have been or are about to be condemned. The situation is just as disheartening when it comes to education."
March 6, 2019 Statement
"The federal government entered into treaties guaranteeing health care to Native Americans. My visits to tribal communities across the nation have shown me just how much we are failing at meeting our treaty responsibilities."
March 6, 2019 Statement
"It will surprise no one to say that there is a student debt crisis: 44.7 million people owe $1.5 trillion in federal student loans, more than credit card debt or car loans. But less well known is this. We are facing a student loan servicing crisis."
March 6, 2019 Statement
"There are many critical areas for oversight of the Department of Homeland Security. Therefore, it is fitting to formally begin our hearings with the Office of Inspector General, which is perhaps in the best position inform us about how the Department of Homeland Security is doing."
March 6, 2019 Statement
"Long story short, this issue could have, and should have, been resolved years ago. When I think about the time and resources that have been wasted over the years on this endeavor, it is easy to see why Members have such strong feelings and such frustration concerning this issue."
February 28, 2019 Statement
"The VA must maintain a focus on women veterans’ needs regardless of what challenges it faces now or in the future."

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