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Shelby Floor Speech on the Continuing Resolution

Release Date: 
Thursday, September 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC, Thursday, September 18, 2014 – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today delivered the following speech on the Senate floor in support of the Continuing Resolution.  

The full text of Shelby’s remarks, as prepared, is below:  

Thank you, M. President.

I rise in support of the Continuing Resolution.

Overall, it is a relatively clean bill that carries forward current levels for discretionary spending and avoids another government shutdown.

Shelby Statement on FY15 Defense Appropriations Bill Markup

Release Date: 
Thursday, July 17, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC, Thursday, July 17, 2014 – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today delivered the following opening statement at a markup of the Fiscal Year 2015 Department of Defense Appropriations bill:

Thank you, Madam Chair.

Shelby Statement on the President's Emergency Supplemental Request

Release Date: 
Thursday, July 10, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC, Thursday, July 10, 2014 – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today offered the following remarks during a full committee hearing to review the President’s emergency supplemental request:

Thank you Madam Chair for your leadership on this issue.

I know you care deeply about addressing the crisis associated with unaccompanied minors arriving at our southwest border.  I share your concerns. 

Shelby Statement on Commerce-Justice-Science FY15 Appropriations Bill Markup

Release Date: 
Tuesday, June 03, 2014

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and its Subcommittee on Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS), today delivered the following opening statement at a markup of the fiscal year 2015 CJS appropriations bill:

Thank you, Madam Chairwoman. 

I appreciate your leadership on this bill. 

We have worked together for many years and I believe that this mark reflects our strong bi-partisan relationship. 

Shelby Blasts NASA Budget for Lack of Commitment to SLS, Accountability from Commercial

Release Date: 
Thursday, May 01, 2014

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Vice Chairman of the Appropriations Committee and its Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, today at a hearing on NASA’s fiscal year 2015 budget request with Administrator Charles Bolden, sharply criticized the agency’s lack of commitment to funding SLS, the primary program that will allow America to maintain its leadership role in human space exploration:    

Shelby Urges Close Evaluation of Federal R&D Spending on Merit

Release Date: 
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today at a hearing on driving innovation through federal investments, expressed strong support for important and productive research and development programs at certain government agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).  Shelby also urged the committee to evaluate each program on its merits and pay close attention to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report detailing inefficiencies in government spending: