Statements

March 24, 2021 Statement
"In 2019, the number of loans as well as the dollar volume of those loans going to these three groups increased. While this is a hopeful sign, we know that beginning farm households have less wealth and have more debt relative to their assets than established farms. Ensuring our beginning and small farmers have access to resources is vital to the strength and future of the farm and rural economies."
March 24, 2021 Statement
"We owe it to every person in this country who has felt the pain of targeted violence or domestic terrorism to ensure that no more lives are lost to gun violence. Nevermore."
March 24, 2021 Statement
"The Inspector General occupies a unique position, with responsibility to oversee the operation and performance of the Department of Justice, and promote the Department’s integrity, efficiency, and accountability. This is especially important now when we are struggling to recover from a global pandemic."
March 24, 2021 Statement
"This morning, we want to find out more about the Department’s role in countering violent extremism of every kind; what you are learning about the causes of radicalization that leads to violence; and how communities can help prevent it."
March 23, 2021 Statement
"In the last ten years, Democratic and Republican administrations and Congresses used OCO as a budget gimmick to circumvent BCA caps. It is time we correct those past mistakes, and I would to remind my colleagues that our FY 2021 House report stated, “The OCO experiment has been an abject failure and has given the Department a budgetary relief valve that has allowed it to avoid making difficult decisions.”
March 23, 2021 Statement
"Our mothers are the lifeblood of our families, our nation, and our world. And those 1,000 days between the beginning of a woman’s pregnancy to the second birthday of her child are already incredibly stressful, challenging, and life changing. But now for the first time in history women are more likely to die during childbirth than their mothers were before them. This is unacceptable."
March 23, 2021 Statement
"Innovations in sustainable, climate-friendly products could reinvigorate a sector hit hard by reduced demand for certain traditional wood products like pulp and paper. The emerging market for climate-friendly products is an opportunity to promote rural job growth."
March 18, 2021 Statement
"We can debate how much anyone was prepared to deal with the impact of a global pandemic, which the World Health Organization announced on January 30, 2020. But in hindsight, the six weeks that elapsed between that time and the March 13, 2020, White House emergency declaration was a terribly precious time, and I believe that we must examine the opportunities to protect a very vulnerable population that BOP missed during this critical juncture."
March 18, 2021 Statement
"Plastic is everywhere. And if we don’t take meaningful action to stop it, not only will plastic soon be found in every thing, it will also soon be found in every one."
March 18, 2021 Statement
"The bottom line is that the status quo is simply untenable, and the American people are expecting us to take action."

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