Statements

May 17, 2019 Statement
"To address the many challenges faced by the wide variety of agencies under this subcommittee’s jurisdiction, this bill includes a net discretionary total of $73.985 billion in funding for fiscal year 2020, an increase of $9.8 billion over fiscal year 2019. This amount includes a budget adjustment for the 2020 Census, which is an extremely high priority in this bill. Within this allocation, this bill makes significant investments in justice reform, economic development, our country’s engines of innovation and research, and the decennial census. We have also been able to increase funding for programs and research focused on climate change, and for efforts to address gun violence."
May 16, 2019 Statement
"This bill reflects Congressional priorities that advance United States foreign policy. It upholds many bipartisan positions of this Committee and of Congress. The allocation for all departments, agencies and commissions under the jurisdiction of this bill is $56.381 billion in discretionary budget authority. This 3.9% increase over the total FY 2019 enacted level supports important investments to protect our national security, fund our commitments, and repair America’s reputation internationally."
May 15, 2019 Statement
"With increased investments through this Committee, we can rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, protect our environment, and improve the health of Americans. As stewards of the taxpayer dollar, this subcommittee is obligated to make sound investments that protect the health and safety of Americans, preserve our rich cultural heritage, and conserve our environment for the benefit of future generations. The Fiscal Year 2020 Interior and the Environment Appropriations bill marks a serious investment in each of these priorities, with much-needed increases after years of inadequate funding."
May 15, 2019 Statement
"This bill rejects cuts proposed by the Trump Administration, including those that would have harmed the ability of the EPA to keep our communities safe and healthy. The President’s budget defunded the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and decimated scientific research to combat climate change. Instead, we are choosing to make important investments to protect the air we breathe and the water we drink. We are prioritizing our federal trust and treaty responsibilities to provide for the health, safety, and education of our Native American brothers and sisters."
May 15, 2019 Statement
"This bill makes critical investments toward combating climate change, strengthening our nation’s energy and water infrastructure, and responsibly funding our nation’s nuclear deterrent, while providing the means to secure vulnerable nuclear material both at home and abroad. This bill rejects the President’s drastic and short-sighted proposed cuts– including a 12% decrease to the Department of Energy, a 31% decrease to the Army Corps of Engineers, and a 28% decrease to the Bureau of Reclamation – and instead increases investments to these important programs."
May 15, 2019 Statement
"With increased investments through this Committee, we can rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, protect our environment, and foster safe communities. This year’s Energy and Water Development bill accomplishes this goal by investing $46.6 billion to address climate change, improve infrastructure, and strengthen national security, an increase of $1.8 billion above the Fiscal Year 2019 enacted level."
May 15, 2019 Statement
"National defense is of paramount importance, and our committee’s commitment to securing American interests at home and abroad should transcend party lines. The world becomes more dangerous each day, and we must be united to ensure our armed services have the equipment, training, and resources to succeed at every level."
Issues:
May 10, 2019 Statement
House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey delivered the following remarks on the House Floor in support of H.R. 2157, legislation to provide relief and recovery assistance for Americans affected by recent natural disasters.
May 10, 2019 Statement
"This bill reflects Congressional priorities to advance U.S. foreign policy and our foreign assistance programs. It upholds many bipartisan positions of this Committee and of Congress. It largely follows the language of the FY 2019 Omnibus, with notable exceptions on certain issues, such as reproductive health, climate change, and multilateral assistance."
May 9, 2019 Statement
"The bill before us honors our commitment to servicemembers, veterans, and thousands of military families who sacrifice every day for our nation. We are making significant investments to ensure they have the facilities needed to confront emerging threats, guarantee access to reliable family housing, and deliver health care, benefits, and assistance veterans have earned."

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