Statement : Legislative Branch

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.
February 26, 2019 Statement
CBO has become so much a part of this institution that we may take it for granted. But we should remember what a key role CBO plays in helping Congress effectively exercise the “power of the purse” assigned to us by the Constitution.

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