Minority News Releases

05.12.22

Shelby Urges Support for Aid to Ukraine

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today released a statement in support of H.R.7691, the Additional Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2022.

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05.10.22

Shelby Considers FY23 Budget Request for U.S. Army

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations and its subcommittee on defense, today considered the fiscal year 2023 (FY23) funding request and budget justification for the Department of the Army during a defense appropriations subcommittee hearing.  Army Secretary Christine Wormuth and Army Chief of Staff, General James McConville, testified today during the hearing.

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05.03.22

Shelby on FY23 Department of Defense Budget Request

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations and its subcommittee on defense, submitted for the record the following prepared remarks for the defense appropriations subcommittee hearing on the fiscal year 2023 (FY23) funding request for the Department of Defense. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, testified today during the hearing. The Vice Chairman's prepared rem… Continue Reading


03.29.22

Shelby Reviews FY23 Defense Health Program Budget Request

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations and its subcommittee on defense, today considered the Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) budget request for the Defense Health Program during a defense appropriations subcommittee hearing. The four witnesses who testified in the hearing were Dr. David J. Smith, Performing the Duties of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs; LTG Ronald J. Place, Director of the Defense Health Agency;… Continue Reading


03.28.22

Shelby Statement on President Biden's FY23 Budget Request

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today released the following statement in response to President Biden's Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) $5.8 trillion budget request: "After his budget request last year was roundly rejected in Congress, the President has again proposed a fiscal blueprint that overspends on wasteful domestic programs and fails to adequately provide for our nation's defense. In other words, more of the same. The Biden budget in… Continue Reading


03.10.22

Shelby: Senate Passes FY22 Omnibus Appropriations Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today released the following statement regarding Senate passage of the Fiscal Year (FY22) omnibus appropriations package containing all 12 appropriations measures and approximately $14 billion in emergency funding in response to the situation in Ukraine: "I am pleased to announce that Congress has now completed the FY22 appropriations process. I thank Chairman Leahy, Chair DeLauro, and Ranking Member Gr… Continue Reading


03.10.22

Shelby Urges Passage of FY22 Appropriations Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today spoke on the Senate floor ahead of the vote on the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) omnibus appropriations package, which contains all 12 appropriations measures and approximately $14 billion in emergency funding in response to the situation in Ukraine: Vice Chairman Shelby stated, "The bill represents a massive bipartisan effort that rests upon a framework that preserves all legacy riders, rejects poison p… Continue Reading


03.09.22

FY22 Agreement Reached, Omnibus Appropriations Legislation Filed

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) omnibus appropriations package containing all 12 appropriations measures was filed today in the U.S. House of Representatives. In addition to the annual funding bills, the legislation includes approximately $14 billion in emergency funding to support humanitarian, security, and economic assistance for Ukraine and our Central European partners following the Russian invasion, as well as emergency COVID resources. The Senate and House are expected to… Continue Reading


02.17.22

Shelby: Senate Passes March 11 Continuing Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today released the following statement regarding Senate passage of the continuing resolution to maintain government funding through March 11, 2022: "I am pleased that Congress has passed a continuing resolution through March 11, ensuring that the government will remain open as we continue our bipartisan, bicameral negotiations on FY22 bills. We are making progress under our omnibus framework, but there'… Continue Reading


12.02.21

Shelby Statement on Continuing Resolution Through February 18

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today released the following statement regarding the continuing resolution to maintain government funding through February 18, 2022: "I'm pleased that we have finally reached an agreement on the continuing resolution. Now we must get serious about completing FY22 bills. I have said many times that work can only begin if we agree to start FY22 where we finished FY21. That means maintaining legacy rider… Continue Reading


11.15.21

Shelby on Chairman Leahy's Retirement Announcement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today released the following statement regarding Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Leahy's (D-Vt.) announcement that he will not run for reelection in 2022: "Over the past 47 years, Chairman Leahy has had a remarkable career in the Senate. As chairman of the Appropriations, Judiciary, and Agriculture committees and president pro tempore of the Senate, Pat has served Vermont well and with honor. His d… Continue Reading


10.18.21

Shelby: Democrats' Partisan Bills Threaten FY22 Appropriations Process

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today released the following statement regarding Senate Democrats' posting of their Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) appropriations bills. "Chairman Leahy's decision to unilaterally unveil partisan spending bills is a significant step in the wrong direction. This one-sided process has resulted in bills that spend in excess of the Democrats' own budget resolution and fail to give equal consideration to our nation… Continue Reading


09.30.21

Shelby Lauded Senate Passage of Continuing Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today released the following statement regarding the passage of the continuing resolution that maintains government operations through December 3, 2021, and includes critical disaster and emergency resources. The package passed the Senate by a vote of 65-35. "I am pleased that the Senate has passed the continuing resolution to keep the government open, allowing us more time to find a bipartisan path for… Continue Reading


09.27.21

Shelby Urges Democrats to Pass a Bipartisan CR Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the urgency of passing a bipartisan continuing resolution (CR). During his remarks, the Vice Chairman urged his Democratic colleagues to adopt S.2789, a clean CR that maintains government operations through December 3, 2021, and includes resources for disaster aid and assistance for Afghan allies. The package, introduced last week by Shelby and Senate Minority Lead… Continue Reading


09.21.21

Shelby, McConnell Introduce Continuing Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) today introduced S.2789, a continuing resolution (CR) to maintain government operations through December 3, 2021. The legislation also includes resources for disaster aid and assistance for Afghan allies, as well as funding for the Iron Dome that will bolster Israel's defense capacity and protect against Hamas attacks. "I am pleased to introduce a packa… Continue Reading


08.10.21

Shelby, Inhofe, Wicker Offer Budget Amendment to Modernize Aging Defense Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) Ranking Member Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), and Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Ranking Member Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) today introduced an amendment (#3293) to the budget resolution that would instruct SASC to report reconciliation legislation that provides $50.2 billion for the military’s most pressing infrastructure needs, including improvements to shipyards; modernization of test ranges, facilities, ammunition plants, and depots; 5G rollout; and PFAS remediation. 

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08.10.21

Shelby, Inhofe, Wicker: Defense Infrastructure Needs Ignored in Massive Infrastructure Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Senate Armed Services Ranking Member Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), and Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Ranking Member Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) today highlighted their concerns with the lack of resources for military infrastructure in H.R.3684, the “Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act,” which includes hundreds of billions of dollars to address critical infrastructure needs throughout the nation.  

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08.07.21

Shelby, Inhofe, Wicker Push to Include Needed Funds for Defense Facilities in Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Senate Armed Services Ranking Member Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), and Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Ranking Member Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) today urged colleagues to support Amendment 2535 to H.R.3684, the “Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act,” which would address critical infrastructure needs to support our national defense.

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08.04.21

FY22 Energy & Water Development Funding Bill Advanced by Full Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate Committee on Appropriations Committee today approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Energy and Water Development appropriations bill by a vote of 25-5. The legislation funds U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) programs, including national nuclear security and energy research and development, as well as important infrastructure projects administered by the Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation. The $53.625 billion measure includes $28.447 billion in defense spen… Continue Reading


08.04.21

Senate Committee Approves FY22 MilCon-VA Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate Committee on Appropriations today approved the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies (MilCon-VA) Appropriations Act, providing support for critical housing, infrastructure, and facilities for U.S. military forces and their families, as well as increased funding for veterans health care and benefits. The measure, which was advanced by a bipartisan vote of 25-5, provides $124.359 billion in discretionary funding, an… Continue Reading

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