Statements

February 5, 2020 Statement
"We need to carefully navigate the dangers of the current recycling crisis. But, we should also seize this opportunity to make long-overdue investments that grow America’s circular economy."
February 5, 2020 Statement
"Given the unique, scientific tools and personnel of the Department of Energy and its national labs, and the potential for future breakthroughs in health-related fields, it seems especially important for the Department of Energy to increase its coordination and collaborations with the National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies. This will give the best chances of developing new innovations in biomedical sciences to unlock the hidden mysteries of the human brain, retool the human body when it has been broken, save lives, and sustain life on earth."
November 20, 2019 Statement
"We must undertake mitigation now, but we also must pursue future energy innovation. DOE’s research agenda achieves the next series of breakthroughs in clean energy which is vital to saving our planet. As the rest of the world continues to act and to innovate, the U.S. must be a technology leader, or we will be left behind."
November 14, 2019 Statement
"The very office that was created to protect whistleblowers was actively retaliating against them. What is deeply concerning is that since the creation of the office, OAWP has allowed corrupt leaders who have not been concerned with the responsibility or with complying with the mission of the office. Quite simply, the first two executive directors, Peter O’Rourke and his successor Kirk Nicholas, betrayed our veterans. I want to hear what steps are being taken to ensure that such an egregious breach of trust never happens again."
October 17, 2019 Statement
"American communities have been waiting far too long for the relief and recovery assistance they deserve. Any further delay by HUD to facilitate CDBG-DR funds to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands is not just unacceptable, it is unlawful."
October 17, 2019 Statement
"Rather than comply with the clear statutory language in bipartisan legislation that was signed into law by the President, HUD is withholding the required Federal Register notice for Puerto Rico. The other affected states had to wait 18 months, which was bad enough, but Puerto Rico is still waiting. As everyone knows, the island was utterly devastated by back-to-back hurricanes. Nearly 3,000 people lost their loves, and tens of thousands of homes were damaged. I’ve seen first-hand the challenges that must be overcome for a full recovery and the urgent need for this funding."
October 17, 2019 Statement
"CWD doesn’t just threaten our public health and the health of wildlife. It also puts a significant revenue stream at risk for local communities and an important source of funding for State wildlife management and conservation activities."
October 16, 2019 Statement
"I am very concerned about the increase in reported illnesses related to e-cigarettes and other vaping products, and now up to 26 deaths confirmed, including in my home state of New York. Additionally, the dramatic increase in use of these products among youth – which in fact represents an epidemic – is alarming. One in four kids is using e-cigarettes, and now a new generation of Americans is hooked on nicotine."
October 16, 2019 Statement
"While the CDC has routinely warned of the health risks of youth vaping starting back in 2013, the FDA has appeared to have ignored these warning. It has taken no meaningful action to regulate e-cigarette products. The result of which is that we now have a public health crisis."
October 16, 2019 Statement
"The research is clear – providing, and expanding access to, healthy, nutritious food improves children’s academics and their overall health. Food insecurity is not only a health issue, but also a national security issue."
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