Statement : Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies

March 10, 2020 Statement
"I would be remiss if I did not mention the inadequacy of the Department’s budget request in a number of important areas that have bipartisan support. I think that many of the proposed cuts in the Commerce Department’s request show a disregard for the tens of millions of Americans and American businesses who are helped by these programs."
March 4, 2020 Statement
"This year, we will hear from a bipartisan group of Members, all of whom will be asking for further investments by this subcommittee. I think it is instructive that on days like this, we are never asked to cut funding for programs or agencies, only to increase them. It shows the important role that the federal government plays in driving technological innovation, economic development, scientific research, a fair justice system, and public safety."
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 19, 2019 Statement
"Notwithstanding Congressional action in providing robust funding for STEM, the Trump Administration persists in trying to eliminate or reduce funding for STEM programs in both NASA and NSF, respectively. Since January 2017, there has been a consistent effort to undermine the Federal agencies that make the United States the world leader in science and technology."
September 10, 2019 Statement
"I believe that CRS’s work is unique and needed, especially at this time in our nation’s history. Unfortunately, the Trump Administration does not appear to agree with this assessment."
July 24, 2019 Statement
"OSTP is the interagency science and technology policy coordinator across the Federal Government and has a vital role in advising the President with sound scientific and technological advice. That is a tough job under this Administration. Since January 2017, there has been a consistent effort to undermine the Federal agencies that make the United States the world leader in science and technology. In addition, there seem to have been clear attempts to bury the unbiased research and conclusions of the the scientists who work for the Federal Government."
June 19, 2019 Statement
"Today we continue investing For the People with H.R. 3055, consisting of five fiscal year 2020 appropriations bills that offer a brighter future for American families and make American communities safer and stronger."
May 22, 2019 Statement
"With these investments, we can promote economic development, research and mitigate against climate change, address gun violence, and promote criminal justice reform."
May 22, 2019 Statement
The budget proposed by the Trump Administration left a series of budgetary holes throughout the agencies that this subcommittee had to fill. They proposed eliminating programs that members on both sides of the aisle support. Thankfully, we have been able to do this job with an adequate allocation of $73.895 billion in funding for fiscal year 2020, an increase of $9.8 billion over fiscal year 2019. This amount includes a budget adjustment for the 2020 Census, which is an extremely high priority in this bill. Within this allocation, this bill makes significant investments in justice reform, economic development, and the science agencies. We also increased funding for programs and research focused on climate change, and for efforts to address gun violence."
May 17, 2019 Statement
"With these investments, we can promote economic development, research and mitigate against climate change, address gun violence, and promote criminal justice reform."

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