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March 7, 2019 Press Release
"This year’s request is for a net appropriation of $747 million—an increase of $51 million or 7 percent above the current year. That increase covers things like needed fixes to the Library’s IT systems, improvements to the legislative information systems for Congress and the public, a strategy to better exhibit the Library’s treasures to visitors, and some interesting new technology to make the written word more readily accessible to people who are blind."
March 7, 2019 Press Release
"When it comes to public safety and justice, Indian tribes face challenges that many other governments do not – rural, isolated areas with barely passable roads, and insufficient staffing and communications equipment that is often not compatible with other law enforcement agencies. On top of that, some tribes are still operating out of buildings that have been or are about to be condemned. The situation is just as disheartening when it comes to education."
March 6, 2019 Press Release
"It will surprise no one to say that there is a student debt crisis: 44.7 million people owe $1.5 trillion in federal student loans, more than credit card debt or car loans. But less well known is this. We are facing a student loan servicing crisis."
March 6, 2019 Press Release
"There are many critical areas for oversight of the Department of Homeland Security. Therefore, it is fitting to formally begin our hearings with the Office of Inspector General, which is perhaps in the best position inform us about how the Department of Homeland Security is doing."
March 6, 2019 Press Release
"Long story short, this issue could have, and should have, been resolved years ago. When I think about the time and resources that have been wasted over the years on this endeavor, it is easy to see why Members have such strong feelings and such frustration concerning this issue."
March 6, 2019 Press Release
"The federal government entered into treaties guaranteeing health care to Native Americans. My visits to tribal communities across the nation have shown me just how much we are failing at meeting our treaty responsibilities."
March 6, 2019 Press Release
The hearing, “Addressing the Public Health Emergency of Gun Violence,” is the beginning of a robust discussion on federal funding for gun violence prevention research as Congress enters the fiscal year 2020 appropriations process.
February 28, 2019 Press Release
"The VA must maintain a focus on women veterans’ needs regardless of what challenges it faces now or in the future."
February 28, 2019 Press Release
"Funding for gender-specific healthcare for women has remained stagnant at around $500 million over the past few years, yet women are the fastest-growing veteran group – they make up about 9 percent of the current veteran population, and are estimated to make up 15 percent by 2035."
February 27, 2019 Press Release
"While the full impacts from the shutdown will not be known for some time, there are undoubtedly accrued backlogs of inspections, delayed drug and medical device reviews and potentially exhausted pools of user fees as a result of the shutdown. We look forward to hearing the processes put into place to work through these backlogs as efficiently as possible and other efforts to return to more standard operations."
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