Appropriations Committee Democrats Praise President Biden’s 2024 Budget

March 9, 2023
Press Release

Today, House Appropriations Subcommittee Ranking Members praised President Biden's 2024 budget request. Reactions are below.

Appropriations Committee and Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro

“President Biden’s fiscal year 2024 budget builds on the momentum we created over the last two years and proposes critical investments that lower costs, create jobs, and keep our communities safe. With the proposed increases in funding for child care, resources for our K-12 schools and students with disabilities, and funding to help students go to college or complete job training programs, we would boost the economy and help people access higher-paying jobs. At a time when big corporations are looking to boost profits at the expense of worker safety, the President’s 2024 budget proposes protections that put hard-working people first. I also applaud President Biden for including vital investments in women’s health and Title X Family Planning. As women’s freedom to control their health care decisions is eliminated or diminished in states across the country, it’s more important now than ever before to invest in programs protecting women across the country. I look forward to working with my colleagues to reach a final 2024 spending agreement.”

Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Subcommittee Ranking Member Sanford Bishop Jr.

“The President’s budget will provide resources to assure that all Americans, regardless of where they live, will have access to clean water, affordable housing, safe medicine, and medical devices, healthy food at home and school, high-speed internet, and other crucial infrastructure so that they can meet their full potential. This budget complements our commitment in Congress to ensure that all communities – urban, suburban, and rural – have the resources they need to provide a good quality of life for all our families.”

Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee Ranking Member Matt Cartwright

“The Biden Administration’s budget proposal makes strong investments in our future, including for efforts of the agencies funded within the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies appropriations bill. The proposal includes initiatives to combat violent crime here at home and protect our national security, including funding for additional state, local, and Federal law enforcement, as well as funding to counter foreign and domestic terrorism threats.  The budget proposal would further help preserve and create American jobs, strengthen the Nation’s manufacturing base, and advance science, innovation, and space exploration.  I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to help enact these critical investments in America’s future.”

Defense Subcommittee Ranking Member Betty McCollum

“Today President Biden released his Fiscal Year 2024 budget proposal, which builds on the progress Democrats have made for the American people in Fiscal Year 2022 and 2023. As the Ranking Democrat on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, it is my job to review President Biden’s Defense request. I will continue to ensure our U.S. service members have the resources they need to complete their missions safely and return home. This budget must address our national security needs, including defending democracy amid Russia’s continued war on Ukraine and confronting the global climate crisis—and above all, ensuring America remains safe, secure, and strong into the future.”

Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Subcommittee Ranking Member Marcy Kaptur

“President Biden’s budget proposal announced today lays out a bold framework that will empower us to responsibly address our energy and water needs with 21st century solutions. By developing domestic energy sources, investing in new technologies, and preserving our precious environmental resources, we will uplift our local communities, create good-paying jobs right here at home instead of sending dollars overseas, and unleash the true potential of our nation for future generations to come.”

Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee Ranking Member Steny Hoyer

“President Biden's budget request is a continuation of Democrats' commitment to invest in America's future, and it addresses many of our priorities on the Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee. The proposed budget includes increased funding for the IRS both to enforce the tax code, ensuring everyone pays their fair share, and to improve customer service for taxpayers. Additionally, it includes support for small businesses, resources to combat the opioid epidemic, greater funding to protect investors and consumers from fraud, and an inflationary increase for federal employee pay. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Committee to advance the provisions in this budget. We must continue to safeguard and strengthen programs that are vital to the success of the American people.”

Homeland Security Subcommittee Ranking Member Henry Cuellar

“President Biden’s budget request for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) includes important investments for Federal cybersecurity and maritime security to counter increasingly complex threats facing our country. I am pleased to see that the proposal also includes initiatives to help DHS combat the flow of fentanyl being trafficked into the United States and disrupt the threats posed by transnational criminal organizations. As Ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, I look forward to working with the Administration and my colleagues to ensure funding for border security, trade facilitation, immigration processing and enforcement, employee wellness and mental health, and transportation security to meet the needs of our DHS workforce and our country.”

Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee Ranking Member Chellie Pingree

“The climate crisis is here and is impacting the lives of all Americans. As ranking member of the House Interior Appropriations subcommittee, I share the Biden administration’s philosophy that we need a whole-of-government approach to combat the climate crisis. The president’s budget request reflects that mindset and reenforces our steadfast commitment to tackling climate change through federal investments. I am also pleased that the President’s budget blueprint mirrors the priorities I championed in the FY2023 appropriations package to uphold our commitment to native people who have faced stark environmental injustices and have had underfunded resources for too long.”

Legislative Branch Subcommittee Ranking Member Adriano Espaillat

"As ranking member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch, I am pleased to see the shared values of America to help working- and middle-class families on display in President Biden’s fiscal year 2024 budget. Ensuring the strength, integrity, and functionality of our legislative branch is vital for the 21st Century. I look forward to working with my colleagues to advance spending bills that support the entities crucial to the future of our government operations.”

Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Subcommittee Ranking Member Debbie Wasserman Schultz

“President Biden lays out a values-based budget that protects the programs Americans paid into over their lifetime, yet also continues to cut costs for families and make sure the wealthy and large corporations pull their weight – all while slashing the deficit by nearly $3 trillion in the next decade. Unlike Republican congressional proposals that dole out tax breaks for the rich and special interests, plus add to the deficit, the Biden White House budget blueprint remains laser-focused on rebuilding our transportation spine, tackling climate change, and zeroing out wasteful giveaways to big oil and big pharma. This Biden budget will leave families stronger, our tax code fairer, and makes critical investments to curb the opioid crisis, reinforce veteran suicide prevention efforts and ensures those who served our nation get the health care and benefits they earned and deserve.”

State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee Ranking Member Barbara Lee

“As Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, I am pleased that the President’s FY24 budget request supports the use of the vital tools of diplomacy and development. With President Biden’s leadership over the past two years, we have made strides in the revitalization of key foreign policy institutions, programs and multilateral partnerships that suffered from underfunding in previous administrations. I look forward to delving deeper into the Department’s budget request to protect funding levels from harmful cuts and ensure the success of our global non-defense initiatives.”

Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Subcommittee Ranking Member Mike Quigley

“President Biden’s budget will build on his plan for America—a plan designed to give middle-class Americans the tools they need to succeed, while ensuring those at the top pay their fair share. Investment in affordable housing, and improved transportation infrastructure are critical to this effort, and why I am glad the President’s request meets these needs. I am eager to lead my colleagues in implementing the President’s plan, all while pushing back against efforts from those who seek to cut funding for these programs. Together, we will continue the fight to end homelessness, strengthen housing laws, and promote safe, equitable, and clean transportation.”

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