Statements

June 28, 2021 Statement
"The resources included in the bill represent much-needed investments in diplomacy and development, which have been overshadowed by the defense budgets for far too long. While we still have a long way to go, we’re making progress."
June 28, 2021 Statement
"This bill brings an increased focus on offshore wind and other clean energy sources by investing $46 million in renewable energy development. To grow opportunity in regions of the country that have been too often left behind, the bill provides $213 million for a national initiative to reclaim abandoned mines and cap orphan oil and gas wells. And the Civilian Climate Corps will make a tremendous difference as we implement projects to reduce emissions."
June 28, 2021 Statement
"I’m proud that this bill makes long-overdue investments to care for our planet, fight the climate emergency, and meet our trust obligations to tribal nations. The bill prioritizes the protection and preservation of our landscapes and biodiversity."
June 25, 2021 Statement
"The COVID-19 pandemic created the greatest public health and economic crisis in a generation – and agriculture and the food system were not spared. Early on, we quite literally watched consolidated food supply chains break right before our eyes. We saw on TV crops being plowed under. We saw that milk was being dumped. And as we build back, we must prioritize resiliency, not just for our farmers, but for American families and children who rely upon a safe, abundant, and accessible supply of food."
June 25, 2021 Statement
"First, by our estimate, the bill provides nearly $400 million in investments solely to ensure equitable participation in USDA programs, more than 16% higher than the administration’s impressive request. Among those investments are increases at our 1890 and 1994 land grant universities, and Hispanic serving institutions. It also provides funding to improve program access to historically underserved communities and provides a healthy increase for USDA’s Office of Civil Rights, above the budget request. Second, it provides nearly $350 million to address the impacts of climate change. Third, it fully funds federal pay costs and rebuilds the leadership offices at USDA that have been decimated over the past several years. These changes will ensure that program levels are not reduced by having to absorb pay costs and that they are properly managed."
June 25, 2021 Statement
"Our nation’s service members, military families, and veterans sacrifice so much for us. In turn we owe it to them to ensure they receive the resources they deserve and the services they need. With an overall discretionary increase of $11.4 billion above 2021, the fiscal year 2022 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill upholds our commitment to servicemembers, veterans, and their families and rebuilds the infrastructure that serves military families and veterans. Within the military construction portion of the bill, the legislation also protects global democracy with important investments in military facilities."
June 25, 2021 Statement
"The bill before us today is a significant sign of our commitment to our servicemembers and their families and to our Veterans. We can all be proud of the work we did to produce this bill, which takes into account the requests and feedback that all of you, and our colleagues on and off the Committee, have provided."
June 24, 2021 Statement
"Together, the initiatives in this bill would strengthen this institution and, in turn, our entire nation and secure our democracy from attack."
June 24, 2021 Statement
"I’m very pleased and excited to introduce the Fiscal Year 2022 Legislative Branch bill which provides $4.802 billion – a 13.8% increase for the Legislative Branch. This year’s bill makes a substantial investment to expand recruitment and retention of staff, prioritizes funding to expand diversity and inclusion work Campus wide, and funds needed investments to support the day-to-day operations of the House."
June 24, 2021 Statement
"These investments will make a real difference in the lives and livelihoods of the middle class and in the life of our democracy. I look forward to continuing to work with all of you as we move to full committee consideration and I urge your support for this important legislation."

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