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

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
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 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 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."
April 2, 2019 Statement
"I am going to work as hard as I can, as chair of the full committee, to give you as much money as we can, because you have the brilliance, you have the commitment, and you have the determination. All you need is more money."
April 2, 2019 Statement
"The President’s budget proposes to reduce funding for NIH by $5.2 billion, or 13%, below the fiscal year 2019 level. At this funding level, NIH would be forced to make nearly 3,800 fewer new research grants compared to 2019. That is a reduction of 32%—to the lowest level since 1998."
March 26, 2019 Statement
I believe this budget is cruel and reckless. It will hurt the middle class and low-income families that most need our help. In fact, the proposed budget cuts nearly $9 billion from the Department of Education – including the proposed $2 billion Pell Grants rescission. Meanwhile, it proposes a new $5 billion annual tax scheme – which is unregulated and unaccountable – to fund a private school voucher program that will undermine our public schools and it allows the unaccounted use of tax dollars.
March 26, 2019 Statement
We are not far into appropriations hearing season, but I’m already tired of hearing about the Administration’s so-called tough choices. Secretary DeVos, your budget request does not reflect the reality in classrooms across the country, and if enacted, would cause irreparable, structural damage to communities across the nation.
March 13, 2019 Statement
It is the obligation of this subcommittee to ensure that the middle class, working families and low-income families are not harmed by reckless cuts. We will reject these cuts to health programs, medical research, public health, home heating assistance, and so many others; instead, we are going to invest in health, education, and protections for the middle class. Mr. Secretary, I look forward to finding out whether you support these reckless cuts. I truly hope not.

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