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April 2, 2019 Press Release
"This discussion comes at a critical time for our farmers, ranchers, producers, and rural communities. Recent natural disasters across the country – including hurricanes and tornados in my home state of Georgia and unprecedented flooding in Nebraska, the home state of our Distinguished Ranking Member Mr. Fortenberry – have created stress and uncertainty, on top of impacts from the ongoing tariff situation."
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April 2, 2019 Press Release
"I am having déjà vu as I look at another Trump budget request that would drastically slash the EPA, in this case by more than 30%. Despite Congress’ repeated rejections of the Trump budget cuts, you again propose to eliminate programs that are important to our environment and the health of Americans."
April 2, 2019 Press Release
"Sadly, the president’s budget for fiscal year 2020 completely fails to support the EPA’s mission. President Trump requested just $6.1 billion for EPA, which is $2.8 billion below the FY 2019 enacted level of $8.9 billion. This request is a cut of more than 31 percent below the FY 2019 enacted level. That is the largest proposed cut to any cabinet-level agency in the government."
April 2, 2019 Press Release
"I remain mindful of the national security imperative of the nuclear deterrent along with a strong nonproliferation program. The NNSA makes up a sizeable portion of this Subcommittee’s bill, and as such, we must ensure that precious resources are provided as part of a balanced, coherent strategy."
March 28, 2019 Press Release
"This is the administration’s third budget, and just like the previous two, it falls significantly short of what a reasonable budget request would look like for the USDA Forest Service. And - like this Administration’s handling of the Boundary Waters, it favors politics over science."
March 27, 2019 Press Release
"The President’s budget request for fiscal year 2020 includes $21 billion for NASA, which is a nearly $500 million decrease from the 2019 enacted level. While NASA provides funding for a number of science and exploration activities, the budget proposal reduces funding for a number of important areas."
March 27, 2019 Press Release
House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Pete Visclosky (D-IN) today denied the Department of Defense’s request to use Defense funds for an unauthorized wall on the southern border of the United States.
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March 27, 2019 Press Release
"I am encouraged your top priority is customer service and veteran experience – our veterans deserve nothing less. However, money alone is not enough to address the Department’s challenges. It also requires emphasis from leaders such as yourself, and a plan to address areas of need. I am concerned there is a lack of emphasis among your top priorities to address shortcomings that persist in serving our veterans."
March 27, 2019 Press Release
"VA’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget request nearly doubles the VA funding level just ten years ago when the total VA funding was $114 billion, and it is more than four times the amount in 2001, when the total VA funding was $48.2 billion. Needless to say, VA is growing exponentially, and it is our duty and responsibility to spend dollars judiciously and in the best interest of our veterans."
March 27, 2019 Press Release
"I am worried that the method for rolling this proposal out and the lack of clear, transparent communication with ERS and NIFA employees has already done irreversible damage to the Department’s reputation."
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