Statements

April 30, 2019 Statement
"Today we are recommending historic investments in our people, in our country and in programs that each of our constituents support. I am proud to do so and to help finally meet our obligations to children, for child care, to education, to science and health care for all."
April 30, 2019 Statement
"House Democrats are committed to an orderly appropriations process that gets the people’s business done on time. Beginning with today’s subcommittee markup of the Labor, Health and Human and Services and Education bill for fiscal year 2020, we are turning the page on the shutdowns and showdowns that have defined the last two years. This bill is an excellent example of our commitment to investing for the people and making life better for the middle class and people struggling to make it into the middle class. Not only does this bill resoundingly reject the proposed cuts in President Trump’s budget that would have hurt working families, it provides a robust increase for important national priorities that create jobs and grow the economy, improve health security, and build a stronger future for all Americans."
April 30, 2019 Statement
"Every FEMA program and activity is critical. That is why I was disappointed that the administration proposes an overall cut of 8.5 percent to FEMA’s budget outside of the Disaster Relief Fund. The proposed cuts are particularly glaring in the Federal Assistance account, which has a proposed 20 percent reduction to the current year budget."
April 30, 2019 Statement
"The Committee has made significant investments in Navy platforms and readiness over the past several years to ensure that Sailors and Marines are prepared for whatever happens throughout the world. We want to understand how the fiscal year 2020 budget request is focusing on increasing readiness, utilizing the platforms currently in the Navy inventory to their full capacity, and taking care of Sailors and Marines and their families."
Issues:
April 30, 2019 Statement
"Much more work is needed to fulfill our obligations to Native America, and the proposed budget cuts do not help."
April 30, 2019 Statement
"On top of funding issues associated with the Census, this administration’s decision to include the citizenship question is highly offensive and, as multiple federal courts have held, unconstitutional. It is an unnecessary addition and a clear attack on immigrant and other minority communities. It must be stopped."
April 30, 2019 Statement
"Unfortunately, as we discuss the funding needs for fiscal year 2020, we seem to have more uncertainty than I have ever seen at this point in the decennial cycle. That is almost entirely the result of the decision to try and add an untested citizenship question to the form."
April 30, 2019 Statement
"I want to be clear: ensuring the integrity of our borders and enforcing immigration laws are difficult but necessary jobs. But this administration’s politicization of border security and heartless obsession with aggressive immigration enforcement are un-American and unacceptable."
April 30, 2019 Statement
"With regards to immigration enforcement and the challenges that we face at the border, my hope is we can work together to find a balance between protecting our borders and preserving our American values, which so far has been lacking in this administration."
April 10, 2019 Statement
First, I want to recognize our colleagues, Representatives Pingree, McCollum and DeLauro for suggesting this topic. I am delighted we are having this hearing. Today’s topic is sustainable agriculture. Specifically, the economic opportunities for farmers through such practices. To be sure, our farmers have known for a long time that implementing simple practices such as crop rotation or no-till can increase both soil health and their bottom lines.

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