Statements

June 15, 2022 Statement
"This defense bill totals $762 billion. It is $32 billion above the 2022 enacted level and roughly equal to the President’s request. Ken and I received more than 10,000 program, language, and project requests from our colleagues. One of the things that make our Appropriations Committee so special in Congress is that we go to great lengths to incorporate our member priorities. This year we were able to at least partially accommodate 73% of the requests we received, including 65% from our colleagues in the minority."
June 15, 2022 Statement
"The investments in this bill are robust, and they are exactly what we need to continue protecting our nation. As threats against our national security and against global democracy grow, this bill will ensure we have the resources necessary to protect ourselves and support our allies while honoring the men and women who so bravely and selflessly serve our nation."
June 8, 2022 Statement
"The request includes funds to begin paying down our unpaid debts for peacekeeping that have accumulated over the last five years and have now reached over a billion dollars – a staggering amount.  This Subcommittee has long recognized the vital role UN peacekeepers play in conflict zones and the benefits we gain from burden-sharing with other countries through UN peacekeeping missions."
June 8, 2022 Statement
"Today’s hearing provides us with a chance to hear more about the great work both Endowments have done over the last couple of years in supporting our communities across the country economically, culturally, and educationally."
May 26, 2022 Statement
"There is still much work that needs to be done—and done quickly—alongside these policies to help preserve the affordability of manufactured homes and communities.  There is a task for local governments here, from managing land use to enforcing safety and sanitation standards, and a challenge to non-profits and community-minded developers as well. But our focus today is on federal policy – policy that despite the breadth and diversity of HUD’s portfolio, has often seen the manufactured housing sector fall through the cracks."
May 26, 2022 Statement
"It is critically important that this subcommittee remain engaged because environmental cleanup is directly relevant to every single state in our nation and in many of the Congressional Districts that we represent."
May 26, 2022 Statement
"It is critically important that this subcommittee remain engaged because environmental cleanup is directly relevant to every single state in our nation and in many of the Congressional Districts that we represent."
May 26, 2022 Statement
"At last year’s Public Witness Day hearing, I said that today’s hearing is one of the most important things this committee does. And that has certainly rang true. With the help of public witnesses, we developed a fiscal year 2022 bill that has made transformative investments to tackle America’s toughest challenges."
May 25, 2022 Statement
"Today, we will hear testimony from our colleagues on both sides of the aisle on the agencies under our Subcommittee’s jurisdiction. As I have often noted, these agencies conduct vital work that touches the lives of all Americans. And today’s hearing represents a great opportunity to listen to a diverse group of Members from across the country share their views on a wide range of issues related to our bill."
May 25, 2022 Statement
"In the wealthiest nation in the world, babies should not be at risk of going hungry. Parents should not have to play a guessing game and wonder if they are feeding their babies something that is safe. But unfortunately, that is where corporate greed, consolidation of formula production into just four major companies, and a lack of proper oversight have led us."

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