Majority News Releases

05.05.14

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

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: “While your [Administrator Bolden] statement depicts SLS as cr… Continue Reading


04.29.14

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

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… Continue Reading


04.10.14

Shelby Statement on Commerce Dept. FY15 Budget Request

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and its Subcommittee on Commerce-Justice-Science, today delivered the following opening statement at a hearing on the Department of Commerce’s fiscal year 2015 budget request: Thank you Madam Chair. I want to welcome Secretary Pritzker to her first hearing before the CJS Subcommittee. The Department of Commerce is responsible for a broad range of activities critical to our nation. Weather fore… Continue Reading


04.09.14

Shelby: DOJ Budget Prioritizes Obama Admin. Pet Projects

WASHINGTON, DC, Thursdsay, April 3, 2014 U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and its Subcommittee on Commerce-Justice-Science, today at a budget oversight hearing blasted Attorney General Eric Holder for the Department of Justice’s (DoJ) failure to prioritize national security and law enforcement over Obama Administration pet projects in its fiscal year 2015 budget proposal: “The 2015 budget request for the Department of Justice t… Continue Reading


03.06.14

Cochran Mourns the Loss of Senator Daniel K. Inouye

Photo: Senators Leahy, Inouye & Cochran - Senate Appropriations Committee hearing, 02 August 2012 For Immediate Release: December 17, 2012 Cochran Mourns the Loss of Senator Daniel K. Inouye WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today issued the following statement regarding the passing of his colleague and friend, U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee: "I am deeply saddened by the passing… Continue Reading


03.06.14

Tribute to U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye

Tribute to U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye Senator Inouye was friendly and kind to all, but he was also a man of resolute courage and strength. TRIBUTE TO U.S. SENATOR DANIEL K. INOUYE FLOOR STATEMENT U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) The United States Senate and our nation have lost one of our finest leaders, Daniel Inouye of Hawaii. He was an outstanding United States Senator, a true statesman, a patriot and a gentleman. It's been an honor and pleasure to be able to work c… Continue Reading


03.06.14

Shelby: Sequestration is No Solution to Our Spending Problem

For Immediate Release: February 14, 2013 Shelby: Sequestration is No Solution to Our Spending Problem U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), ranking Republican on the Committee on Appropriations, today made the following statement at a hearing to examine the impacts of sequestration: *** "Thank you, Madam Chair. I look forward to working with you on the important issues before this Committee. "Today, we will hear from our witnesses on the impacts of the sequester, which… Continue Reading


03.06.14

Shelby Statement on Commerce Department Budget

For Immediate Release: April 11, 2013 Shelby Statement on Commerce Department Budget U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Vice Chairman on the Senate Appropriations Committee and its Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee today made the following statement at a Subcommittee hearing on the Department of Commerce's Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Request. "Thank you Madam Chair. "I am pleased to be working with you on the CJS Subcommittee again and am eager to begin the discu… Continue Reading


03.06.14

Shelby: NASA Must Focus on SLS

For Immediate Release: May 2, 2013 Shelby: NASA Must Focus on SLS WASHINGTON, D.C., Thursday, April 25, 2013, - U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the top Republican on the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, today delivered the following opening statement at a hearing with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the agency's FY14 budget request. Click here to view the webcast of the hearing… Continue Reading


03.06.14

Shelby Statement Highlights Controversies Engulfing DOJ and Attorney General Holder

For Immediate Release: June 6, 2013 Shelby Statement Highlights Controversies Engulfing DOJ and Attorney General Holder Thursday, June 6, 2013, Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), ranking member of the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today delivered the following statement at a subcommittee hearing on the Department of Justice's budget request for fiscal year 2014: "Thank you Madam… Continue Reading


03.06.14

Shelby: Spending Bills Must Conform to Law

For Immediate Release: June 27, 2013 Shelby: Spending Bills Must Conform to Law WASHINGTON, DC, Thursday, June 27, 2013 - U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today delivered the following statement at a full committee mark up of the Fiscal Year 2014 appropriations bills for Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies as well as Energy and Water Development: *** "Thank you. "I want to applau… Continue Reading


03.06.14

Labor-HHS Bill Should Not Fund Failures of Obamacare

For Immediate Release: July 11, 2013 Labor-HHS Bill Should Not Fund Failures of Obamacare WASHINGTON, DC, Thursday, July 11, 2013 U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee today issued the following statement at a full committee markup of the fiscal year 2014 Appropriations Bills for Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, and the Legislative Branch: *** "Thank you Madam Chair. "Despite our dif… Continue Reading


03.06.14

Shelby Statement on Commerce Justice Science Funding Bill

For Immediate Release: July 16, 2013 Shelby Statement on Commerce Justice Science Funding Bill WASHINGTON, DC, Tuesday, July 16, 2013 U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee today issued the following statement at a subcommittee markup of a Commerce Justice Science and Related Agencies funding bill. *** "Thank you, Madam Chairwoman. "I would like to thank you for your leadership on this bill. "We have worked togethe… Continue Reading


03.06.14

Shelby Statement on CJS, DHS Appropriations Markup

For Immediate Release: July 18, 2013 Shelby Statement on CJS, DHS Appropriations Markup WASHINGTON, DC, Thursday, July 18, 2013 - U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee today issued the following statement at a full committee markup of the fiscal year 2014 appropriations bills for Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies and the Department of Homeland Security. *** "Thank you, Madam Chair. "The two bills we w… Continue Reading


03.06.14

Shelby: Appropriation Bills Must Conform to Budget Control Act Limit

For Immediate Release: July 25, 2013 Shelby: Appropriation Bills Must Conform to Budget Control Act Limit WASHINGTON, DC, Thursday, July 25, 2013 U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee today issued the following statement at a full committee markup of the State, Foreign Operations and the Financial Services and General Government appropriations bills. The full text of Shelby's statement is below: *** "Thank you, Ma… Continue Reading


03.04.14

Shelby: Defense Bill Should Not Exceed Budget Control Act Limit

For Immediate Release: August 1, 2013 Shelby: Defense Bill Should Not Exceed Budget Control Act Limit WASHINGTON, DC, Thursday, August 1, 2013 - U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee today issued the following statement at a full committee markup of the FY 2014 appropriations bill for the Department of Defense. *** "Thank you, Madam Chair. "Providing for the 'common defense' is one of the stated goals of our const… Continue Reading


02.26.14

Chairwoman Mikulski Supports Senate Amendment To House Continuing Resolution

On September 26, 2013--Following the release of the Senate Appropriations Committee amendment to the House Continuing Resolution, H.J. Res. 59, U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, spoke in support of the amendment.… Continue Reading


02.11.14

Shelby Statement on Appropriations Markups

For Immediate Release: August 8, 2013 Shelby Statement on Appropriations Markups WASHINGTON, DC, Thursday, June 20, 2013 - U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee today issued the following statement at a Full Committee hearing on the adoption of the FY 2013 spending allocations and markup of FY 2014 appropriation bills. *** "Madam Chair, I request that the letter my colleagues and I recently sent to you regarding Fisc… Continue Reading

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