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

October 16, 2019 Statement
"I am very concerned about the increase in reported illnesses related to e-cigarettes and other vaping products, and now up to 26 deaths confirmed, including in my home state of New York. Additionally, the dramatic increase in use of these products among youth – which in fact represents an epidemic – is alarming. One in four kids is using e-cigarettes, and now a new generation of Americans is hooked on nicotine."
October 16, 2019 Statement
"While the CDC has routinely warned of the health risks of youth vaping starting back in 2013, the FDA has appeared to have ignored these warning. It has taken no meaningful action to regulate e-cigarette products. The result of which is that we now have a public health crisis."
September 25, 2019 Statement
"Earlier in the year, the Trump Administration submitted a budget that would cut the NIH by almost $5 billion. It’s crystal clear - President Trump has no regard for the National Institutes of Health and the cutting-edge work you do to save lives, advance cures, and improve the health of Americans. Despite the President’s heartless efforts to gut the NIH, we have responded resoundingly. Unlike him, my colleagues and I prioritize the health of all Americans, and we are on track to invest billions more than the President would for our world-class National Institutes of Health."
September 25, 2019 Statement
"Today’s hearing is an opportunity for the subcommittee members to hear more and to hear from directors of an additional five Institutes and Centers, who may not always get the same platform that they need and deserve. It is also a chance to demonstrate the need for the Congress to continue to invest in basic research. In recent years, we have directed an increasingly large share of NIH’s budget to specific initiatives. While I strongly support those initiatives, it often means that basic research at smaller Institutes and Centers get shortchanged. So, it is important for this subcommittee to understand the type of research opportunities we might be missing by directing such a large share of additional funding to a limited number of Institutes."
September 18, 2019 Statement
"The fact that we are here again is a clear example of how damaging and cruel the Trump Administration’s actions have been on the mental health of vulnerable children. This could have been largely avoided – children belong with their families."
September 18, 2019 Statement
"That is why the Office of Inspector General’s new report was so alarming. It confirms our worst fears: that intentional policy choices by this administration created what I would call a mental health crisis with children, which the OIG said that HHS and ORR—the Office of Refugee Resettlement—failed to address. It is a crisis of deliberate, government-sanctioned child abuse."
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."

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