Statements

March 18, 2021 Statement
"The Office of Congressional Workplace Rights is responsible for administering the Congressional Accountability Act for the approximately 30,000 employees in the legislative branch. The mission of the office is to continue assisting the legislative branch community in creating and maintaining a workplace that is safe, accessible, and free from discrimination and other unlawful employment practices."
March 17, 2021 Statement
"Beyond installation jobs, our nation must manufacture the wind turbines and solar panels in the United States. We must squarely meet predatory competition posed by nations like China that do not hesitate to steal intellectual property. Our efforts must be dedicated to commercializing new technologies for electric vehicles, we must reinvent and retool our transportation and our domestic vehicle industry, and produce those vehicles here at home."
March 17, 2021 Statement
"While the threat of foreign-based terrorism continues to be a serious threat, recent events have highlighted the real and growing danger posed by domestic violent extremists."
March 17, 2021 Statement
"As the largest federal consumer of energy, the Department of Defense has a responsibility to play a leading role in making its systems more efficient and curb emissions in order to reduce catastrophic events."
March 16, 2021 Statement
"Though responding to this pandemic has not been easy for anyone, it would have been so much more difficult without the assistance and the support of FEMA. And now the agency is facing new and increasing challenges on multiple fronts—such as the growing potential crisis at the US Mexico border where COVID-19 social distancing practices have increased the need for more beds, as the Chairwoman noted. That is why it is more important than ever that we work to ensure the agency is properly equipped with the funding and resources it needs."
March 16, 2021 Statement
"Today’s hearing can be summed up in the answer to one question, 'what must emergency managers do to effectively respond to a pandemic?' Since about the middle of the last century, we have called upon emergency managers when our nation faces a critical or complex humanitarian crisis, a natural disaster, power outages, pandemics or the need for civil defense."
March 16, 2021 Statement
"Today’s hearing can be summed up in the answer to one question, 'what must emergency managers do to effectively respond to a pandemic?' Since about the middle of the last century, we have called upon emergency managers when our nation faces a critical or complex humanitarian crisis, a natural disaster, power outages, pandemics or the need for civil defense."
March 12, 2021 Statement
"There is too much work to be done to ensure that our veterans are receiving the services they need. These programs all come together to help VA provide care and services in the comprehensive fashion that is required in order for veterans to achieve the best possible health outcomes."
March 11, 2021 Statement
"Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans are now relying on the Postal Service for everything from medications, food, bills, and even livestock. But even as this pandemic was putting an enormous strain on the USPS, you implemented a number of new rules that led to severe and unnecessary mail delays."
March 11, 2021 Statement
"It has been awhile (nearly 20 years) since the United States Postal Service has testified before this Committee. However, this hearing could not come at a more important time. Given the vital role of the USPS during the pandemic and the recent funds that FSGG provided in the stimulus packages last year. By delivering food, medicine, personal protective equipment, and other essential equipment during the pandemic, the Postal Service has literally saved lives by helping Americans maintain social distance, limiting the spread of COVID-19, and allowing people to vote safely."

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