Statements

April 2, 2019 Statement
"I am going to work as hard as I can, as chair of the full committee, to give you as much money as we can, because you have the brilliance, you have the commitment, and you have the determination. All you need is more money."
April 2, 2019 Statement
"This discussion comes at a critical time for our farmers, ranchers, producers, and rural communities. Recent natural disasters across the country – including hurricanes and tornados in my home state of Georgia and unprecedented flooding in Nebraska, the home state of our Distinguished Ranking Member Mr. Fortenberry – have created stress and uncertainty, on top of impacts from the ongoing tariff situation."
Issues:
April 2, 2019 Statement
"The President’s budget proposes to reduce funding for NIH by $5.2 billion, or 13%, below the fiscal year 2019 level. At this funding level, NIH would be forced to make nearly 3,800 fewer new research grants compared to 2019. That is a reduction of 32%—to the lowest level since 1998."
April 2, 2019 Statement
"I am having déjà vu as I look at another Trump budget request that would drastically slash the EPA, in this case by more than 30%. Despite Congress’ repeated rejections of the Trump budget cuts, you again propose to eliminate programs that are important to our environment and the health of Americans."
April 2, 2019 Statement
"Sadly, the president’s budget for fiscal year 2020 completely fails to support the EPA’s mission. President Trump requested just $6.1 billion for EPA, which is $2.8 billion below the FY 2019 enacted level of $8.9 billion. This request is a cut of more than 31 percent below the FY 2019 enacted level. That is the largest proposed cut to any cabinet-level agency in the government."
April 2, 2019 Statement
"I remain mindful of the national security imperative of the nuclear deterrent along with a strong nonproliferation program. The NNSA makes up a sizeable portion of this Subcommittee’s bill, and as such, we must ensure that precious resources are provided as part of a balanced, coherent strategy."
March 28, 2019 Statement
Good morning, I’d like to welcome to the subcommittee the 19th Chief of the USDA Forest Service, Vicki Christiansen. This is your first time testifying before this subcommittee as the Chief, and we are very happy to have you here. Joining the Chief today is John Rapp, Director of Strategic Planning, Budget, and Accountability.
March 27, 2019 Statement
Today we will hear from two panels as we discuss the Department’s proposal to relocate the Economic Research Service [ERS] and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture [NIFA].
March 27, 2019 Statement
Secretary Pompeo, while it has taken some time for you to come before the subcommittee, I thank you for joining us. It is important that this subcommittee, with direct jurisdiction over your Department’s funding, hears from you on the Fiscal Year 2020 budget.
March 27, 2019 Statement
We are here today to discuss the fiscal year 2020 budget request for the Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation. These agencies play a vital role in the management and development of one of our most precious resources: water. Your agencies have been under pressure over significant flooding—especially high rainfalls—and other extreme weather events. I know you make difficult choices regularly, and we appreciate your leadership.

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