Latest Appropriations News
Ranking Member DeLauro Statement at President Biden’s Fiscal Year 2024 Budget Request and Economic Outlook Hearing
"I am worried about the House Republican Leadership’s reported proposal to cut 2024 discretionary spending back to the 2022 level. I have received responses to most of my letters to cabinet secretaries and senior leaders outlining the dangers posed to the American people if those cuts were enacted, and the numbers are really horrifying. The cuts would cause irreparable damage to our communities by gutting the programs every single American relies on. Those proposals, in my view, are unrealistic, unsustainable, and unconscionable and put people at risk."
March 23, 2023 Statement
"Though I am so proud of the progress we have made, extreme House Republican calls to cut 2024 spending to the 2022 level and even more extreme calls by former Republican officials to fully eliminate critical foreign policy agencies and programs threaten global democracy and the health and safety of our nation and the world. Given the enduring global challenges we are facing, I am glad to see that the President’s budget request seeks to address them."
Ranking Member Barbara Lee Statement at the Fiscal Year 2024 Department of State Budget Request Hearing
"But meeting these challenges requires the United States to have the presence, tools, and resources to show up, engage in dialogue and consensus building, and hold everyone, including ourselves, accountable for hard-fought commitments. It is this primacy of our diplomatic and development work to both United States strategic interests as well as global peace and stability that makes me so concerned about the cuts being considered by the new Republican majority for Fiscal Year 2024."
Ranking Member Wasserman Schultz Statement at the Fiscal Year 2024 Military Construction Budget Request Hearing
"From mitigating the threat from earthquakes, providing safer housing for servicemembers and their families, strengthening our deterrent capabilities in the pacific, to cleaning up harmful substances like PFAS, there is much work that needs to be done in the year ahead. Military construction funding for the Army continues to be an important priority...I cannot stress enough the importance of the quality of life issues surrounding our servicemembers that we are responsible for on this committee. While I am proud of what we have been able to do these last four years, we have so much more to do, and I know all of us here agree with that. We cannot take our foot off the gas now, which is what Republican leadership is proposing to do."
Ranking Member Cartwright Statement at the Fiscal Year 2024 Department of Commerce, Office of the Inspector General Budget Request Hearing
"I am proud of the strong funding increase we provided in last year’s Appropriations Act for the work of the Inspector General, and I look forward to hearing how those investments will be applied to continue the important oversight work of the IG across the Department of Commerce."
Ranking Member Pingree Statement at the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Member Day Hearing
"I am pleased to join you in welcoming our colleagues who are here today to testify on their priorities in the Interior bill."
Ranking Member Espaillat Statement at the Fiscal Year 2024 Library of Congress Budget Request Hearing
"The Library of Congress is a national treasure and an unparalleled resource, and I appreciate your commitment to making the Library and its collections more discoverable and accessible to the public as well as your continued emphasis on technology development."
Ranking Member Kaptur Statement at Fiscal Year 2024 Budget Request for the Department of Energy Hearing
"The Department of Energy’s budget request is paramount to ensure American energy independence, which is fundamental to our national security."
Ranking Member McCollum Statement at Fiscal Year 2024 Budget Request for the Department of Defense Hearing
"If we fail to continue investing in the American people, then not only will we fail the next generation of Americans, but we will also be unable to capitalize on investments in our defense budget that require a strong American workforce. If we want to support our shipyards, our aerospace industry, and our microelectronic industrial base, then we have got to make sure we are investing in the inputs that support those industrial efforts – our people."
Ranking Member DeLauro Statement at Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Public Witness Hearing
"We created and we sustained better-paying American jobs by strengthening job training, apprenticeship programs, and worker protection. We increased funding for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for the first time since 2010. We invested in high-poverty schools, students with disabilities, and post-secondary education. We supported middle class and working families with increased funding for child care, Head Start, and preschool grants. We strengthened lifesaving biomedical research with increased funding for the National Institutes of Health. We bolstered America’s public health infrastructure through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and our state and local governments. And we tackled our nation’s most urgent health crises, including opioid misuse, mental health, and maternal mortality."