Statements

May 8, 2019 Statement
"I am proud of this bill. I am proud of these historic investments. I am proud of what we are doing for the working people and middle-class families of this country. And, I am proud of how much we have been able to include together, Republicans and Democrats."
May 8, 2019 Statement
"Most importantly, these suballocations represent this Committee’s intent to invest in the things most important to America’s working families. Under these suballocations, each subcommittee would receive an increase from the fiscal year 2019 levels. These allocations are fair, will allow this Committee to uphold our commitments to America’s working families, and signify the beginning of an orderly appropriations process."
May 7, 2019 Statement
"I have spoken at length about the details of these cuts in the other hearings, but the bottom line is this: the unrealistic funding levels in the Trump budget cause needless worry by the many Americans who care deeply about our public lands, and the federal employees and volunteers who work to protect them. If enacted in its current form—which it will not be—this budget would have a significant negative impact on our Nation’s public lands."
May 1, 2019 Statement
“The timeliness of this bill honors our commitment to servicemembers, veterans, and thousands of military families who sacrifice every day for our nation. We are investing billions more to ensure they have the facilities needed to confront emerging threats, guaranteeing access to reliable family housing, and delivering healthcare, benefits, and assistance veterans have earned. In addition to these investments is a provision ensuring we protect these vital military construction resources from misappropriation for the President’s wasteful border wall.”
May 1, 2019 Statement

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Chair of the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, delivered the following remarks at the Subcommittee's markup of its fiscal year 2020 bill:

May 1, 2019 Statement
“House Democrats are committed to an orderly appropriations process that gets the people’s business done on time – and that includes the business of the People’s House. The Fiscal Year 2020 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill is an example of that commitment. By providing a total of $3.943 billion, $135 million above FY 2019 levels, this bill would ensure that members of Congress can effectively work on behalf of their constituents and that the public can safely visit the Capitol campus.”
May 1, 2019 Statement
"Fundamentally, our bill provides modest increases to support the staffing and other resources needed by Congress to do its job well, to maintain and build analytic capacity in the Legislative Branch, and to address high-priority needs in areas like information technology and security. Our bill also increases the allowance for paying interns, from $20,000 to $25,000 per Member office. Internships are a valuable means of gaining work experience and opening doors to future employment—and that opportunity shouldn’t be available only to those who can afford to work for free."
May 1, 2019 Statement
"We owe it to our service members and their families to put forth serious spending proposals. The idea of using OCO spending for base requirements is a thinly-veiled attempt to skirt budget caps and increase defense spending without a complementary increase for non-defense spending. Moreover, requesting OCO funds for base is fiscally irresponsible, as costs to increase end strength dovetail in future spending bills as service members receive raises and eventual pensions. Our service members deserve the stability and to know they will be taken care of in the future, and the Administration’s proposal makes that less likely."
Issues:
May 1, 2019 Statement
"I must also say that as a Member of the Legislative Branch, I am grossly offended by the unconstitutional actions taken by the Executive Branch to fund the construction of the unauthorized wall on the southern border. Using funds that Congress declined to appropriate for that purpose and over the denial of this Committee and others, the Defense Department is in the process of conveying billions to the Department of Homeland Security. There is no emergency at the border that requires the use of the armed forces. We are here to appropriate funds needed for the military, not to make good on a campaign promise."
Issues:
May 1, 2019 Statement
"In March, at a time when then-Secretary Nielsen was focused on managing a surge of migrants at our southern border, the secretary cited cyberthreats as her top priority. She said, 'The cyberdomain is a target, a weapon, and a threat vector all at the same time.' I share her concerns -– not only for federal networks, but also for the nation’s critical infrastructure, because our adversaries are moving and adapting at a pace that far exceeds our own. Yet the FY 2020 request, once again, proposes a reduction to these missions."

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