Statements

February 26, 2020 Statement
"This subcommittee recognizes that an effective Judicial branch is critical to upholding our democracy, and my colleagues and I will work together to provide assistance where possible."
February 26, 2020 Statement
"Turning to Fiscal Year 2021, the budget yet again calls for the unnecessary hiring of an additional 2,844 ICE law enforcement officers and proposes an outrageous increase to 60,000 detention beds. The Administration appears to have learned nothing, as Democrats will not fund unnecessary whims of the President or his campaign promises, particularly for an agency that lacks transparency and whose enforcement tactics are out of control. The request again misses the point, by focusing on a political agenda instead of securing our homeland."
February 26, 2020 Statement
"There are some things in the proposed budget that I believe will find strong bipartisan support, such as funding for the Coast Guard’s second Polar Security Cutter. However, there are also proposals you should not expect to see funded in the House bill. Among those are more funding for border barriers and the expansion of detention bed capacity, which I believe are unnecessary, particularly in light of high priority needs such as continuing to hire customs officers to speed the flow of trade and travel at the ports of entry."
February 26, 2020 Statement
"President Trump’s disastrous budget is filled with program cuts opposed by the public and bipartisan majorities in both chambers. It is unfortunate that instead of using the budget to build on the historic investments secured in last year’s appropriations bills, the President doubled down on partisan talking points. To propose investing $2 billion for the wall, or steal it outright from our veterans and servicemembers, while proposing to cut initiatives that improve the well-being of Americans exposes the Trump Administration priorities for what they are – campaign promises over public health."
February 26, 2020 Statement
"Turning to your budget now, Mr. Secretary, despite what you may try to say, this document would hurt millions of Americans. And, you have to ask, who is paying the price. It is not the wealthy and well-off. No, it is the vulnerable who are the victims. It is the working people and middle-class families of this country who would be forced to do less with less."
February 12, 2020 Statement
"CBO has become so much a part of this institution that we may take it for granted. But we should remember what a key role CBO plays in helping Congress effectively exercise the “power of the purse” assigned to us by the Constitution."
February 12, 2020 Statement
"We know the past year has been a monster year for your Office as you’ve had to meet all the deadlines of implementing the changes to the Congressional Account Act in 6 months. Kudos to you and your staff who clocked so many hours to meet the deadlines. I know the reforms are in the early stages of implementation, but we will be very interested in your thoughts about how it is going."
February 12, 2020 Statement
"While USDA’s Economic Research Service forecasted a rise in net farm income in 2019, due in most part to direct government payments, there are alarming trends in the agricultural sector that must be examined and addressed. Last year, according to USDA, farm debt reached record levels at $416 billion. Farm bankruptcies are at their highest levels since 2011. These trends appear to raise significant warning signs for the year ahead and I would like to hear from our witnesses on their outlook for 2020."
Issues:
February 12, 2020 Statement
"I welcome today’s distinguished elected tribal leaders and non-elected tribal leaders, all of whom play an important role in educating others on Native issues and challenges. The issues we’ll be hearing about this morning are part of the treaty and trust obligation that the United States owes to Native Americans."
February 11, 2020 Statement
"The Capitol Police is an essential agency of the Legislative Branch. Chief, your team, is charged with keeping Congress - it’s Members, employees, visitors, and facilities both here and within our districts safe and protected from harm’s way. The men and women of the Capitol Police put their lives on the line each day to ensure Congress can operate efficiently."

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