Latest Appropriations News
May 17, 2023 Statement
Let me emphasize: the House Republicans have pledged to cut critical programs by $142 billion. And by the majority’s estimate, the bill before us today cuts more than $250 million from the Legislative Branch. Because we have not been given information about the cuts being proposed by Republicans, that means the other appropriations bills still must bear – $142 billion in cuts; this is simple math, Mr. Chairman. And it means that the across-the-board cuts of at least 22 percent to nondefense programs that would be required to meet their target and that would mean it would be will actually be much steeper for the bills that they are still holding back. Simply put, the Republicans’ plan is a house of cards.
May 17, 2023 Statement
However, in light of the recent attack on two Congressional staffers in Virginia, I am severely disappointed that this bill does not increase security enhancements for our constituents and the staff who serve them. Considering this event, we must include additional resources for the Sergeant at Arms’ District Office Security Program and expand its scope so that Members can use this program for more than just one district office. Moreover, this bill does nothing to continue the progress Congress has made in terms of expanding Capitol Hill diversity, continuing bold investments towards our crumbling infrastructure, or increasing chances to serve our constituents effectively.
May 17, 2023 Press Release
During today’s House Appropriations Subcommittee markup of the 2024 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, House Democrats highlighted how Republicans cannot claim to fully fund veterans’ programs with a bill that does not fully fund the Toxic Exposures Fund and underfunds military construction projects.
Ranking Member Wasserman Schultz Statement at the Subcommittee Markup of the 2024 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Bill
As part of the Republican’s Default on America bill they just passed, they included no protections for veterans funding, despite making promises their proposed cuts would not impact veterans. Verbal promises clearly mean nothing when they could have included these protections in law – ensuring veterans funding would not be subject to political funding battles – and they made the conscious choice not to do so. On top of that, Republicans voted to immediately rescind $2 billion for veterans for claims processing and appeals, healthcare both within and outside of VA, research, and education and training for veterans. The bill before us today continues the Republican’s disturbing trend that does not protect veterans.
Ranking Member DeLauro Statement at the Subcommittee Markup of the 2024 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Bill
We need to see all the bills so we can see the full picture of how these cuts will undoubtedly affect the brave men and women who fought for our country – and that we promised to take care of. So do not tell me that Republicans are fully funding veterans’ programs. The larger Republican agenda does nothing to protect veterans from their proposed cuts.
May 17, 2023 Press Release
House Appropriations Committee Republicans today released the draft fiscal year 2024 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies funding bill, which will be considered in subcommittee tomorrow. This bill includes funding for agencies and programs within the Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and the Farm Credit Administration.
May 16, 2023 Press Release
The House Appropriations Committee today released the draft 2024 Legislative Branch funding bill, which will be considered in subcommittee tomorrow. The legislation provides annual funding for the Legislative Branch of the United States government, including the United States House of Representatives, the Capitol Police, the Congressional Budget Office, and the Library of Congress.
Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Funding Bill Fails to Honor Our Commitment to Veterans
The House Appropriations Committee Republicans today released the 2024 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which will be considered in subcommittee tomorrow. The legislation fails to fully meet veterans’ benefits, health care, and other needs and falls short of adequately funding military construction projects.
DeLauro, Takano, Jayapal Call on ED to Rescind For-Profit OPM Guidance in Light of Second Class Action Lawsuit
House Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03), House Committee on Veterans Affairs Ranking Member Mark Takano (CA-39), and Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) today released the following statement once again calling on the Department of Education to rescind its flawed guidance that allows for-profit online program management (OPM) companies to deceive students for financial gain.
April 28, 2023 Statement
"There is much to learn about the needs of Tribal communities – not only related to basic housing and infrastructure – but how the lack of modern and resilient housing and transportation systems impact the lives of Native Americans."