Statement : Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies

May 24, 2021 Statement
"Although we do not yet have the FY2022 President’s budget request, I am hopeful that it will reflect a renewed commitment to prioritizing the funding of military construction projects that ensure the success of our military and those families that sacrifice so much for our country."
May 20, 2021 Statement
"This hearing is vital for us as Appropriators. It provides us the opportunity to zero in on the issues our colleagues are dealing with and help them address important issues through our Committee’s work."
May 18, 2021 Statement
"Although we do not yet have the FY2022 President’s budget request, I am hopeful that it will reflect a renewed commitment to prioritizing the funding of military construction projects that ensure the success of our military and those families that sacrifice so much for our country."
May 13, 2021 Statement
"Military Construction is not simply the building of military bases and installations. It is providing quality childcare. It is ensuring security for our servicemembers and their families. It is deterring our adversaries. It is expanding and modernizing our shipyards. It is giving those who serve our country good homes to live in. The very least we should be able to do for our men and women in uniform is to provide them with the peace of mind that comes from knowing their families are safe and taken care of while they are on a deployment."
May 5, 2021 Statement
"These agencies may be smaller than the Military Construction accounts or the Department of Veterans Affairs, compared to those larger budgets, but their missions are no less important. You’ve all heard me say that our subcommittee is the only one with jurisdiction that covers the entirety of a servicemember’s career, from the day they arrive at a military facility to the day they are buried."
April 15, 2021 Statement
"When it comes to veterans specifically, I was pleased to see that the request focuses on some of the areas that are especially critical to veterans today. Many of these areas are ones that this subcommittee has also focused on in its oversight hearings and with its investments in prior years."
March 24, 2021 Statement
"This is a story of tragedy, deception, bureaucratic incompetence, and tireless advocacy by servicemembers, veterans, and nonprofit advocates who have devoted themselves to elevating this issue, seeking out justice, and fighting to clean up military sites so that no one else is poisoned by this toxic mess."
March 12, 2021 Statement
"There is too much work to be done to ensure that our veterans are receiving the services they need. These programs all come together to help VA provide care and services in the comprehensive fashion that is required in order for veterans to achieve the best possible health outcomes."
March 9, 2021 Statement
"Ancient societal norms don’t reflect modern families or modern society, and there is no reason why there should be this kind of limitation on a veteran’s ability to start a family after dedicating so much of their life to military service."
March 5, 2021 Statement
"Draconian caps on discretionary spending meant that we had to make tough choices on where to put limited VA dollars. But we cannot overlook the real, serious infrastructure needs that exist as well. It’s not just the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do. Investing in infrastructure has broader benefits on the economy and on the local community, as it supports construction jobs, material manufacturers, and revitalizes neighborhoods."

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