Statements

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."
Issues:
October 16, 2019 Statement
"Overall, I remain extremely concerned by the proposed advancement by four years of this mission. The eyes of the world are upon us. We cannot afford to fail. Therefore, I believe that it is better to use the original NASA schedule of 2028 in order to have a successful, safe, and cost-effective mission for the benefit of the American people and the world."
September 26, 2019 Statement
"Coupled with the changes to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the Federal Government experienced the longest shut down in history, which delayed hiring, training, and system updates needed for a successful filing season. With all this change, did taxpayers get their refunds on time? Was the IRS able to respond to customer service requests timely and adequately? And what improvements are needed for the upcoming filing season?"
September 25, 2019 Statement
"Secretary Chao has said that her number one priority at the Department of Transportation is safety. If we are going to address the root causes of the MAX crashes, then we must have a bipartisan commitment to robust funding to promote the safety of air travelers, both at home and abroad."
September 25, 2019 Statement
"This subcommittee, in particular, is responsible for allocating resources to FAA so the agency can effectively carry out its mission. This is not a partisan issue. Under the leadership of both Democrats and Republicans, we have consistently funded FAA aviation safety and certification activities at or above the levels requested by the agency. In the wake of the MAX crashes, the House-passed FY2020 THUD funding bill included a major infusion of new funding in anticipation of substantive responses required by the ongoing reviews. We need a detailed and transparent accounting from FAA about what happened, how the agency is using existing resources, and whether additional funding or other authorities are needed for FAA to remain the world leader in aviation safety."
September 25, 2019 Statement
"Earlier in the year, the Trump Administration submitted a budget that would cut the NIH by almost $5 billion. It’s crystal clear - President Trump has no regard for the National Institutes of Health and the cutting-edge work you do to save lives, advance cures, and improve the health of Americans. Despite the President’s heartless efforts to gut the NIH, we have responded resoundingly. Unlike him, my colleagues and I prioritize the health of all Americans, and we are on track to invest billions more than the President would for our world-class National Institutes of Health."
September 25, 2019 Statement
"Today’s hearing is an opportunity for the subcommittee members to hear more and to hear from directors of an additional five Institutes and Centers, who may not always get the same platform that they need and deserve. It is also a chance to demonstrate the need for the Congress to continue to invest in basic research. In recent years, we have directed an increasingly large share of NIH’s budget to specific initiatives. While I strongly support those initiatives, it often means that basic research at smaller Institutes and Centers get shortchanged. So, it is important for this subcommittee to understand the type of research opportunities we might be missing by directing such a large share of additional funding to a limited number of Institutes."

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