Majority News Releases

01.20.15

Cochran Announces Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Chairs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today announced subcommittee chairmen for the 114th Congress, indicating he expects this team to help produce and advance individual appropriations bills that are in the public interest and that reflect credit on the Senate. "I am optimistic about working with this team and appreciative of the leadership they will provide the committee. I also look forward to working with Vice Chairwoman Mikulski and the entire c… Continue Reading


01.13.15

Cochran Confirmed as Chairman of Senate Committee on Appropriations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), officially confirmed as the chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations in the 114th Congress, today said his goal is to move forward in a responsible and timely manner to fulfill Congress' constitutional obligation to fund federal government functions. The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved an organization resolution (S.Res.23) that, among other things, affirmed committee chairmanships for the new Congress. Cochran's selection was in… Continue Reading


11.12.14

Shelby Statement at Full Committee Hearing on Ebola Outbreak

WASHINGTON, DC, Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today delivered opening remarks at a Full Committee hearing on the U.S. Government response to the Ebola outbreak.The full text of Shelby's remarks, as prepared, is below:Thank you Madam Chair.Today, we will discuss the administration's $6 billion request to address the Ebola outbreak, both domestically and in West Africa.Given the size of the request, the sl… Continue Reading


09.18.14

Shelby Floor Speech on the Continuing Resolution

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 … Continue Reading


07.17.14

Shelby Statement on FY15 Defense Appropriations Bill Markup

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.The bill before us is not perfect. There are individual provisions that I do not support, including what are, in effect, backdoor changes to the tax code, an extension of Recovery Act funding, and a new rule giving p… Continue Reading


07.10.14

Shelby Statement on the President's Emergency Supplemental Request

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. Human smugglers threaten the lives of t… Continue Reading


06.26.14

Shelby Statement for the Record on FY 15 Homeland Security Markup and Status of Financial Services and General Government

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Vice-Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, entered the following opening statement into the official record following the markup of the Fiscal Year 2015 Homeland Security Bill. Thank you, Madam Chair.While we continue to mark up individual bills, our pace has slowed as the more controversial bills continue to fall off of the full committee's agenda.We have also run into a similar dynamic on the Senate floor.Last week the Majority Leader severely restric… Continue Reading


06.23.14

Shelby Statement on FY15 Appropriations Markup for State and Foreign Operations and Legislative Branch

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Vice-Chairman of the Appropriations Committee delivered the following opening statement at the markup of the Fiscal Year 2015 bills for State and Foreign Operations and for the Legislative Branch. Thank you, Madam Chair.As the full Senate begins consideration of the first appropriations measures for Fiscal Year 2015, we were prepared to mark up three additional bills.I now understand that we will not be marking up the Energy and Water bill. This is unfortun… Continue Reading


06.03.14

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

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. The Murray-Ryan budget agreement has provided us the founda… Continue Reading


05.22.14

Shelby: Unconscionable that Veterans Denied Timely Access to Healthcare

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today during committee consideration of the Fiscal Year 2015 Veterans Affairs/Military Construction funding bill strongly criticized the Obama Administration's widely reported mismanagement of veterans' benefits, in which many have been denied timely access to healthcare services. Shelby commended the inclusion of $5 million in the legislation for the Inspector General to investigate scheduling practices … Continue Reading


05.07.14

Shelby: Sebelius's Blatant Disregard for Accountability on Full Display

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Vice Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, today at a hearing on the fiscal year 2015 budget proposal for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), sharply criticized Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s refusal to testify on the $69.8 billion spending plan that she crafted. In her place, officials from various agencies under the Department’s jurisdiction testified. As a result, the Appropriations Committee received no testimony on the top level … Continue Reading


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

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