Statements

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."
July 16, 2021 Statement
"The coronavirus pandemic exposed many inequities in our country, serving as an important reminder that improving health, safety, and opportunity in communities across the nation requires structural change. This legislation takes bold action to confront the climate crisis and rebuild our water infrastructure while prioritizing good-paying jobs and a clean, affordable, and secure energy future for all – ensuring that no community is left behind."
July 16, 2021 Statement
"While these weather extremes spread across our country, our goal remains to provide the necessary energy and water assets to make adjustments to help sustain life in our nation."
July 15, 2021 Statement
“The Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies bill before us meets this moment for the families and communities we represent. For far too long the American economy has left the vulnerable, middle class, and small businesses behind. And the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have left many hard-working Americans struggling to get by. That is why I am proud that this bill supports small businesses, including manufacturers, and creates good-paying jobs."
July 15, 2021 Statement
"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."
July 15, 2021 Statement
"I am proud that this bill provides $253.8 billion in funding, a historic increase of 28 percent. Through this funding we are fulfilling our debt to the generations, families, and communities we serve and tipping the scales for the hard-working middle class and the vulnerable."
July 13, 2021 Statement
"As a nation, we are deeply indebted to our women and men in uniform, and to the families and communities who support them. This bill honors their service and responsibly invests in our national security."
July 13, 2021 Statement
"The Defense Appropriations bill provides the training, equipping and mission support for more than 1.3 million active duty and nearly 800,000 reserve members of our Armed Forces. It provides them with the tools they need to complete their missions, defend our country, and come home safely. Beyond that, this bill is critical to the quality of life of our service members and their families."
July 13, 2021 Statement
"This bill responsibly funds the capabilities we need to address the many threats we face, while upholding the values we so cherish as a nation."

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