Statements

June 29, 2021 Statement
“This bill honors their sacrifices, and gives these heroes the funding, resources and training they need to ensure what happened on January 6 never happens again. This bill provides $603.9 million, an increase of $88.4 million, for our Capitol Police. It builds the force to a total of 2,112 sworn officers and 450 civilian members. And following the tragic death by suicide of Officer Howie Liebengood, it boosts support for wellness programs."
June 29, 2021 Statement
“I’ve included $603 million for the Capitol Police which is a $89.7 million increase above the FY 2021 bill. This provides with vital resources for training, recruitment, retention, and readiness efforts. This funding will provide for a total of 2,112 sworn officers."
June 29, 2021 Statement
“After decades of disinvestment and the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic, the American economy is seriously out of balance, favoring the wealthy and well connected and leaving working families behind. But we can reverse these trends. With our funding bills this year, we will invest in the American people: creating good-paying jobs, growing opportunity, and providing a lifeline to the middle class, working families, small businesses, and the vulnerable."
June 29, 2021 Statement
"Together, through the more than $1.5 trillion that goes through our 12 subcommittees, we will invest in the American people. We will create good-paying American jobs, grow opportunity in every corner of the nation, and provide a lifeline to the middle class, small business, and the vulnerable. We will confront rising inequality by mobilizing the whole of government to build a society and an economy that works for every American."
June 28, 2021 Statement
"After four years where the United States was often too disruptive or absent on the world stage, I am pleased that President Biden has sent a clear message: America is back. This legislation backs that message with action. It restores American leadership around the world by responding to global health threats, including the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, confronting the climate crisis, and addressing urgent humanitarian needs."
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."

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