"Far too many communities, large and small, across this nation are suffering from economic distress and the hopelessness that comes with it. This bill reverses these trends by investing in economic development in distressed communities. And it supports small businesses and creating good-paying jobs here in the United States."
"From economic development and support for manufacturers, to weather forecasting, climate research and resilience efforts, to space exploration and scientific research, to fighting crime, protecting civil rights, and improving policing and the criminal justice system---the CJS appropriations bill impacts every American and is a force for good in so many ways."
"The Energy and Water Development funding bill before us takes critical action to confront the climate crisis and rebuild our water infrastructure while creating good-paying jobs and fostering a clean, affordable, and secure energy future."
"This investment of over $53 billion dollars will provide strategic resources to communities to address these changing environmental challenges as well as those struggling to recover from decades of underinvestment, while creating good-paying jobs in communities left behind in the transition to a new economy."
"Through the funding provided here we are building the architecture for the future and using this moment to lift up our nation’s most vulnerable so that every person, no matter their background or where they live, has the opportunity to contribute and succeed."
"This presents us with an opportunity to build a green economy and create new, good-paying American jobs. This bill helps achieve that by providing $45 million for renewable energy development, $213 million for a national initiative to reclaim abandoned mines and cap orphan oil and gas wells, and it provides funding for the Administration’s Civilian Climate Corps, which will be crucial in our ongoing efforts to reduce emissions and to fight climate change."
"I’m proud that this bill makes long-overdue investments to care for our planet, fight the climate emergency, and meet our trust obligations to tribal nations."
"I am proud that the bill before us today restores American leadership around the globe in dealing with responding to threats, including the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, addressing urgent humanitarian needs, and confronting the climate crisis."
"A deadly pandemic still rages in most of the world. New COVID variants, left unchecked, could soon overwhelm our domestic efforts to defeat the virus. A global economic hangover caused by the pandemic has pushed millions who recently climbed out of extreme poverty back into deprivation. We need to address this economic damage lest it slow our own recovery at home. And the United Nations anticipates that more than 235 million people require humanitarian assistance and protection - which is a 40 percent increase over 2020 - and 80 million people have been forcibly displaced – the highest on record – the United States must lead."
"By providing an overall discretionary increase of $11.4 billion above 2021, this bill supports our veterans, rebuilds infrastructure that serves military families, and protects our national security with important global investments."