Statement : Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies

March 29, 2023 Statement
"I am pleased to see that your budget requests build on the historic investments made in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act to improve the resilience of landscapes, reduce wildfire risks, support clean energy development on Federal lands, and restore ecosystems."
March 28, 2023 Statement
"The EPA plays a very critical role in all of our lives. We witnessed this recently on a national scale, as critical cleanup work surrounding the disaster in East Palestine and the spill in the Delaware River continues right now. The EPA is central to cleaning up the contaminated water and lands that people rely on. Right now, parents in cities around these areas—even many miles away— do not know if they can turn the tap on out of fear. What are their kids going to drink? They are scared to breathe the air outside their homes. But the EPA has a key role in understanding the size and scale of these disasters and oversees the cleanup, making sure those responsible do not cut corners."
March 28, 2023 Statement
"The request proposes substantial increases to address the climate crisis through robust funding for the EPA’s science and technology and environmental programs. It makes important investments in environmental justice programs so that we can continue to address historic underinvestment in underserved and overburdened communities."
March 28, 2023 Statement
"Your budget continues to build upon this administration’s commitment to addressing the climate crisis by requesting significant increases to advance science and enhance conservation efforts. It ensures that we are upholding our treaty and trust obligations, and it comprehensively expands the federal government’s response to wildland fire."
March 23, 2023 Statement
"I am pleased to join you in welcoming our colleagues who are here today to testify on their priorities in the Interior bill."
March 23, 2023 Statement
"I am very supportive of the administration’s commitment to supporting wildland firefighters and their families through better compensation, safe housing, and by providing the health and well-being assistance."
March 9, 2023 Statement
"I look forward to learning about the needs and challenges facing Indian Country and about your priorities for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Indian Education, and the Indian Health Service."
March 8, 2023 Statement
"I look forward to learning about the needs and challenges facing Indian Country and about your priorities for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Indian Education, and the Indian Health Service. Our discussion today will help to inform us as we develop the Fiscal Year 2024 appropriations bill."