Statement : Legislative Branch

May 9, 2019 Statement
"The bill provides increased funding to support the staff and other resources that Congress needs to do its job well, to build analytic capacity in the Legislative Branch, and to address high-priority needs in information technology and security."
May 9, 2019 Statement
"House Democrats are leading the way to fight for the people, and our appropriations bills reflect these values. We are investing in good governance and our institutions—and that includes the People’s House. The Fiscal Year 2020 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill is an example of this commitment. By providing more than $3.9 billion in funding, this bill would ensure that members of Congress can effectively work on behalf of their constituents and that the public can safely visit the Capitol campus."
May 1, 2019 Statement
“House Democrats are committed to an orderly appropriations process that gets the people’s business done on time – and that includes the business of the People’s House. The Fiscal Year 2020 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill is an example of that commitment. By providing a total of $3.943 billion, $135 million above FY 2019 levels, this bill would ensure that members of Congress can effectively work on behalf of their constituents and that the public can safely visit the Capitol campus.”
May 1, 2019 Statement
"Fundamentally, our bill provides modest increases to support the staffing and other resources needed by Congress to do its job well, to maintain and build analytic capacity in the Legislative Branch, and to address high-priority needs in areas like information technology and security. Our bill also increases the allowance for paying interns, from $20,000 to $25,000 per Member office. Internships are a valuable means of gaining work experience and opening doors to future employment—and that opportunity shouldn’t be available only to those who can afford to work for free."
March 12, 2019 Statement
The Capitol Police is an essential agency of the Legislative Branch. Chief, your team is charged with keeping Congress - it’s Members, employees, visitors, and facilities both here and within our districts safe and protected from harm’s way. The men and women of the Capitol Police put their lives on the line each day to ensure Congress is able to operate efficiently. You do your jobs so that we can do ours in a safe, secure but open environment. Thank you Chief and all the officers and civilians of the Capitol Police that work tirelessly to ensure the safety and security of the Capitol complex.
March 12, 2019 Statement
The fiscal year 2020 budget request for the House of Representatives is 1.4 billion dollars. This request will allow us Members an opportunity to retain and hire the best and the brightest. The work we do here is important and it requires a “certain set of skills” to negotiate legislation that will move our country forward. This request also includes funding that will help us to maintain and grow our physical and cyber security postures, two areas that remain a top priority for this Committee.
March 7, 2019 Statement
"This year’s request is for a net appropriation of $747 million—an increase of $51 million or 7 percent above the current year. That increase covers things like needed fixes to the Library’s IT systems, improvements to the legislative information systems for Congress and the public, a strategy to better exhibit the Library’s treasures to visitors, and some interesting new technology to make the written word more readily accessible to people who are blind."
February 27, 2019 Statement
"Whatever the format, GPO’s fundamental function is making information about the operations of government—particularly the Congress— readily available to the public. That’s a crucial function in a democracy."
February 27, 2019 Statement
"Congress needs your agency’s neutral expertise these days more than ever – with the complexity of Federal programs and tax policy threatening to overwhelm Congress’s capacity to perform adequate oversight."
February 26, 2019 Statement
We welcome Ms. Christine Merdon, the acting Architect of the Capitol, along with her team. Ms. Merdon, this is your first time testifying before the Subcommittee – you’re pinch-hitting after the resignation of Stephen Ayers last November. But we know that you have had a distinguished tenure at the AOC, and before that, were involved in several projects near and dear to our hearts in Washington, like the Martin Luther King Memorial and the Nats baseball stadium. With all the scaffolding and cranes around the Capitol complex, I’m sure we’ll find lots to talk about today.

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