Statements

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."
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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."
March 4, 2020 Statement
"The budget request demonstrates that the Administration does not grasp the impact of global development on our own national security, nor the benefit of efforts that promote economic growth while engaging American companies. Though the Administration touts increases to private sector engagement in global development, the budget proposes exorbitant increases to some programs while cutting, or even completely eliminating, others that have proven to have a substantial role in engaging the private sector to invest in risky emerging markets."
March 4, 2020 Statement
"What is even more disturbing to me, is the fact that the Department of Defense chose to transfer $911 million of fiscal year 2020 shipbuilding funds to support the President’s misguided effort at the southwest border. We hear time and again that more ships are required but then actions like these are taken, severely undercutting the credibility of that argument. Needless to say, these wall reprogrammings have completely broken the trust between the Department and the Committee."
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March 4, 2020 Statement
"The current state of housing in America should force us to ask tough questions about our national priorities. Unfortunately, this budget proposal would make our affordable housing crisis even worse."
March 4, 2020 Statement
"The only way to make the President’s budget work is to get a cap adjustment for the MISSION Act. We have bipartisan, bicameral agreement on the need for a budget cap adjustment for the MISSION Act. Last year, MISSION Act cost $8.9 billion, this year it will cost $11.6 billion, and the costs will continue to rise in future years. Unfortunately, the Administration has adamantly refused to make this vital accommodation, and so I once again urge you, Mr. Secretary, to make this case to the White House and OMB."

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