Statements

April 9, 2019 Statement
Today we welcome the new Attorney General, William Barr, before the Subcommittee. As the Attorney General during the George H.W. Bush Administration, he has testified before this subcommittee in the past, but this is his first time in quite a while. Welcome and congratulations on your new/old position.
April 9, 2019 Statement
I am pleased to introduce our witness, Secretary Perdue. The Secretary and I have a decades-long relationship. He has a deep commitment to our farmers, ranchers, and rural communities. Before we begin, I want to say that we need to get a supplemental disaster bill through Congress. I know the Secretary shares my sense of urgency about this. The House passed its bill in January and we are ready to go to conference with the Senate as soon as it passes a bill. I know all House members are also committed to ensuring the areas of the Midwest that were hit with monumental floods just a few weeks ago have the funds they need.
April 9, 2019 Statement
Today, we are focused on combatting wage theft and the critical role of the Wage and Hour Division. The National Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice is a grassroots organization founded to spotlight and combat wage theft. They define wage theft as a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which provides for a federal minimum wage and allows states to set their own higher minimum wage, and requires employers to pay time and a half for all hours worked above 40 hours per week. When employers violate those requirements in federal law, and thus fail to pay working people the full wages they have earned and are legally-entitled to, those companies are committing wage theft.
April 9, 2019 Statement
Good morning, I’d like to welcome to the subcommittee Rear Admiral Michael D. Weahkee, the Principle Deputy Director of the Indian Health Service (IHS). The Rear Admiral testified before this subcommittee last year, and we are very happy to have you back today. Joining the Rear Admiral today is Ann Church, Acting Director of Finance and Accounting, and Rear Admiral (Retired) Gary Hartz, Director of Environmental Health and Engineering.
April 9, 2019 Statement
Welcome to the Labor, HHS, Education Appropriations Subcommittee for our annual Public Witness Day. Let me begin by expressing my sincere gratitude and appreciation to all of our witnesses—both the witnesses in attendance today and the ones who are submitting written testimony for the record.
April 9, 2019 Statement
I know it is a very busy time at the IRS with less than a week left to the filing season, so I want to welcome Commissioner Rettig and thank him for taking the time to be with us this afternoon. I know this is your first filing season as the IRS Commissioner and we are interested in hearing your observations and visions for the IRS.
April 9, 2019 Statement
This afternoon the Committee will receive testimony on the posture of the United States Army and the fiscal year 2020 budget request for the Army. Our two witnesses are the Honorable Dr. Mark Esper, Secretary of the Army, and General Mark A. Milley, the Chief of Staff of the Army. We welcome you back before the Subcommittee and thank you for your service. General Milley, I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on your nomination to be the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
April 4, 2019 Statement
This morning we welcome the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Christopher Wray, in his first appearance before the subcommittee to discuss the FBI’s fiscal year 2020 budget request and related issues.
April 4, 2019 Statement
Testifying on behalf of the Bureau of Land Management is Dr. Brian Steed. Dr. Steed has served as the bureau’s Deputy Director for Policy and Programs since 2017 and is currently exercising the authority of the Director. BLM is responsible for managing more than 245 million acres of federal land, primarily in the West, and its multi-purpose mission is not always easy to balance, as Members of this Subcommittee know well. Despite that, the president’s budget request for BLM is a cut of 12% from the current enacted level, including $126 million from basic, day-to-day operations. That cut will mean fewer resources to manage wildlife habitat, ensure safe and accessible recreation opportunities, and support the sustainable management of our public lands.
April 3, 2019 Statement
"I am particularly interested in an update on the defense health budget as it relates to the reductions to the Services’ medical corps; what the future of care looks like for our servicemembers and their families; and an update on the electronic health record system – MHS GENESIS."
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