Statement : Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies

May 4, 2021 Statement
"The Department is, like our country, at a crossroads. As a nation, we must work to restore faith not only in our political system but in the ties that bind us together as a society. These ties have been tested, certainly, but not broken, and we must ensure that remains true."
April 29, 2021 Statement
"The January 6th riot and insurrection perpetrators are not, sadly, part of an insignificant minority. Whether actors have been 'lone wolves' or conspiring and acting in groups, this is a growing and metastasizing blight on our society. We, as Members of Congress, all personally experienced the January 6th insurrection, and we owe it not only to the people of our country, but to the democratic institutions in which we serve to ensure such an event never happens again."
April 21, 2021 Statement
"We can do more to make sure that communities all across America not only recover from the pandemic, but have real economic vitality. It is a smart investment in our people and our country that will pay huge dividends over time."
April 15, 2021 Statement
"The federal government must have the tools and resources it needs to further our understanding of the changing climate and to inform the American people about the corresponding risks so that we can prepare and respond accordingly. It is my intention as Chairman that the CJS subcommittee will help lead the way in this effort."
April 14, 2021 Statement
"NSF will play a critical role in discovering and advancing new technologies, including those that will reduce emissions and create sustainable solutions. As someone who truly believes that climate change poses an existential threat to our planet, I was especially pleased to see that the President’s budget proposes essential investments in climate science, clean energy, and sustainability research."
March 24, 2021 Statement
"The Inspector General occupies a unique position, with responsibility to oversee the operation and performance of the Department of Justice, and promote the Department’s integrity, efficiency, and accountability. This is especially important now when we are struggling to recover from a global pandemic."
March 18, 2021 Statement
"We can debate how much anyone was prepared to deal with the impact of a global pandemic, which the World Health Organization announced on January 30, 2020. But in hindsight, the six weeks that elapsed between that time and the March 13, 2020, White House emergency declaration was a terribly precious time, and I believe that we must examine the opportunities to protect a very vulnerable population that BOP missed during this critical juncture."

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