Statement : Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies

March 11, 2020 Statement
"Our country’s energy future depends on DOE’s vital investments to solve our toughest energy challenges. The Trump budget request harms America’s energy future, our competitiveness, our workforce, our consumers, and our economy. The Trump budget also falls short in meeting our obligations to the communities that have sacrificed, and still bear the brunt of environmental costs borne from winning World War II."
March 10, 2020 Statement
"Though the water resource needs of our country vary from region to region, there is a constant and essential need to invest in this infrastructure. Without significant investment in our infrastructure, the dichotomy of water surpluses in the Midwest, and water shortages in the West nonetheless threatens Americans from all walks of life. Although Congress last year rejected the Administration’s proposed deep cuts, the Trump administration has once again proposed to slash funding for the Corps and Bureau of Reclamation, this time by 22 percent and 32 percent respectively. When will the White House learn their proposal is flawed and dangerous to our people and our communities?"
March 4, 2020 Statement
"I want to be clear – maintaining a safe, credible, and reliable nuclear deterrent is a national priority. But we must do so in a cost-effective, responsible manner. This budget request does neither."
March 3, 2020 Statement
"Looking toward fiscal year 2021, however, the Trump Administration again proposes to cut DOE’s budget – this time by an astounding 35 percent in non-defense programs. This will limit America’s future opportunities by drastically reducing or eliminating programs critical for meeting our future energy needs and assuring our security."
February 27, 2020 Statement
"Looking toward fiscal year 2021, however, the Trump Administration again proposes to cut DOE’s budget – by 8 percent overall, and by an astounding 35 percent in non-defense programs. This will limit America’s future by drastically reducing or eliminating programs critical for meeting our future energy needs and assuring our security. These programs have received bipartisan, bicameral support precisely because of their crucial role in undergirding our economy and preparing us for the future to come – including the clean energy economy. What we should be doing is supporting programs that create jobs as our nation transitions to a clean energy future."
February 5, 2020 Statement
"Given the unique, scientific tools and personnel of the Department of Energy and its national labs, and the potential for future breakthroughs in health-related fields, it seems especially important for the Department of Energy to increase its coordination and collaborations with the National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies. This will give the best chances of developing new innovations in biomedical sciences to unlock the hidden mysteries of the human brain, retool the human body when it has been broken, save lives, and sustain life on earth."
November 20, 2019 Statement
"We must undertake mitigation now, but we also must pursue future energy innovation. DOE’s research agenda achieves the next series of breakthroughs in clean energy which is vital to saving our planet. As the rest of the world continues to act and to innovate, the U.S. must be a technology leader, or we will be left behind."
June 12, 2019 Statement
"In sum, this bill invests in innovation programs at the Department of Energy to yield future opportunities and jobs, promotes economic prosperity and bolsters trade, and helps address the many challenges facing our Great Lakes – the largest collection of fresh water on the planet. And our bill prepares our country to mitigate and adapt to climate change."
May 21, 2019 Statement
"This bill would invest $46.6 billion to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, build the next generation of clean energy technologies, and responsibly protect our national security."
May 21, 2019 Statement
"This bill makes critical investments toward combating climate change, advancing science and innovation, creating water infrastructure in states and territories and investing in critical nuclear security systems. This bill rejects the President’s drastic and short-sighted proposed cuts– including a 12% decrease to the Department of Energy, a 31% decrease to the Army Corps of Engineers, and a 28% decrease to the Bureau of Reclamation – and instead increases investments to these important programs to meet national priorities as our nation’s population is projected to grow from 325 million to 400 million by 2050."

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