Statement : Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies

July 24, 2019 Statement
"Ensuring that children receive the proper care includes meeting physical needs like clothing, bathing, nutrition, health screenings, and education. It also means that we treat vulnerable children and families fleeing war and violence with decency, dignity, and respect. Upholding these responsibilities is a tall order, especially with the Trump Administration."
July 24, 2019 Statement
"The mission of the Office of Refugee Resettlement is to provide care and the expeditious placement for children with sponsors. That is what we are trying to do. That is our job. And, that is the agency’s job. Yet, HHS is clearly not on the same page. They have so obfuscated the goal of this agency, they have lost sight of their goal and mission."
June 12, 2019 Statement
"For too long, working people and middle-class families have been shortchanged. We are moving ambitiously to make sure that we provide every individual with a better chance at a better life. Because we believe that that is our obligation as members of the Congress."
May 8, 2019 Statement
"This bill is an excellent example of our commitment to investing for the people and making life better for the middle class and people struggling to make it into the middle class. Not only does this bill resoundingly reject the proposed cuts in President Trump’s budget that would have hurt working families, it provides a robust increase for important priorities that create jobs and grow the economy, improve health security, and build a stronger future for all Americans."
May 8, 2019 Statement
"I am proud of this bill. I am proud of these historic investments. I am proud of what we are doing for the working people and middle-class families of this country. And, I am proud of how much we have been able to include together, Republicans and Democrats."
April 30, 2019 Statement
"Today we are recommending historic investments in our people, in our country and in programs that each of our constituents support. I am proud to do so and to help finally meet our obligations to children, for child care, to education, to science and health care for all."
April 30, 2019 Statement
"House Democrats are committed to an orderly appropriations process that gets the people’s business done on time. Beginning with today’s subcommittee markup of the Labor, Health and Human and Services and Education bill for fiscal year 2020, we are turning the page on the shutdowns and showdowns that have defined the last two years. This bill is an excellent example of our commitment to investing for the people and making life better for the middle class and people struggling to make it into the middle class. Not only does this bill resoundingly reject the proposed cuts in President Trump’s budget that would have hurt working families, it provides a robust increase for important national priorities that create jobs and grow the economy, improve health security, and build a stronger future for all Americans."
April 9, 2019 Statement
Welcome to the Labor, HHS, Education Appropriations Subcommittee for our annual Public Witness Day. Let me begin by expressing my sincere gratitude and appreciation to all of our witnesses—both the witnesses in attendance today and the ones who are submitting written testimony for the record.
April 9, 2019 Statement
Today, we are focused on combatting wage theft and the critical role of the Wage and Hour Division. The National Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice is a grassroots organization founded to spotlight and combat wage theft. They define wage theft as a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which provides for a federal minimum wage and allows states to set their own higher minimum wage, and requires employers to pay time and a half for all hours worked above 40 hours per week. When employers violate those requirements in federal law, and thus fail to pay working people the full wages they have earned and are legally-entitled to, those companies are committing wage theft.
April 3, 2019 Statement
"But, and my colleagues have heard me say this, I believe this budget is cruel and reckless. This is an agency that has been historically underfunded. And now we are looking at a 10% cut. And, you say we can do more with less. But, it would appear that we are doing less with less. A lot less with less."

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