Minority News Releases

12.12.18

PROJECTED IMPACTS OF A TRUMP SHUTDOWN

More Than 420,000 Will Be Working Without Pay Including: More than 41,000 Federal Law Enforcement and Correctional Officers, Including: 2,614 ATF agents; 16,742 Bureau of Prisons correctional officers; 13,709 FBI agents; 3,600 deputy U.S. Marshals; and 4,399 DEA agents. Up To 88 Percent Of Department of Homeland Security Employees, Including: 53,000 TSA Employees; 54,000 Customs and Border Protection agents and customs offers; 42,000 Coast Guard employees As many as … Continue Reading


12.12.18

Statement Of Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On The Fearmongering Falsehoods Fueling President Trump's Fixation On the Wall: A Reality Check

If Americans had any doubt that President Trump is fixated on wasting billions of dollars to wall off our 2,000 mile southern border, all they had to do was watch his jaw-dropping press conference yesterday, demanding another $5 billion of their hard earned tax dollars for his political pet project that he promised Mexico would pay for. Using words I never thought I would hear from a President, he boasted he would be, "proud to shut down the government" if Congress doesn't meet his funding dema… Continue Reading


12.10.18

Statement of Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On The Trump Shutdown Threat

On Friday, December 21, just 11 days from today, the Continuing Resolution, or CR, under which much of the government currently operates will expire. Unless we pass the remaining seven appropriations bills, the government will shutter the doors of nine Federal departments and dozens of agencies, grinding services for the American people to a halt just three days before Christmas. There is absolutely no reason for the government to shut down. The Senate and House Appropriations Committees hav… Continue Reading


09.26.18

Statement of Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On House Passage of The Defense/Labor HHS “Minibus” Appropriations Bill

"For the first time in 22 years, Congress is sending the Labor-HHS bill to the president's desk on time by the beginning of the fiscal year. This appropriations package also invests in the men and women of the armed forces and their families, and it ensures the government of the American people will remain open through December 7 for those agencies not yet funded. "This was only possible because of the bipartisan framework reached among Chairman Shelby, Leader McConnell, Leader Schumer and… Continue Reading


09.21.18

Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) REAX To President Trump Signing The Appropriations “Minibus 1” Bill

"This bill is the product of a bipartisan agreement among Chairman Shelby, Leader McConnell, Leader Schumer and myself. It is free of partisan policy riders, has broad bipartisan support, and it complies with the Bipartisan Budget Agreement reached in February. This is a successful framework that we should continue to follow to complete the remaining nine appropriations bills to ensure the Government of the American people stays open for business. I am glad that President Trump signed onto ou… Continue Reading


09.18.18

Leahy Statement On The Defense, Labor, Health And Human Services, And Education Conference Report

For the second time in two weeks, we are considering a Fiscal Year 2019 appropriations conference report. The two bills in the package before us - the Defense bill, and the Labor, HHS, and Education bill - are the products of months of hard work and bipartisan cooperation, and I am pleased that we have been able to work out all of the differences between the House and Senate bills. These bills make important investments not only in our national security but also in the future of our country… Continue Reading


09.18.18

Under Leahy-Led Appropriations Legislation, Taxpayer-Funded Congressional Research Service Reports Are Publicly Available TODAY, For The First Time

WASHINGTON (TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018) - Widely hailed as a key victory for transparency and open access to information, Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports will be made freely available to the public for the first time beginning Tuesday. The change in policy was directed by appropriations provisions authored by Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). The Leahy legislation was signed into law in March. A legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, … Continue Reading


09.13.18

Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Releases Summary For Defense/LHHS “Minibus” Appropriations Package

WASHINGTON (THURSDAY, Sept. 13, 2018) - Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) released a summary compiled by the Senate Appropriations Committee Minority staff of the conference agreement for the Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies "minibus" appropriations package. Leahy said: "This agreement invests in the American people and ensures that the government remains open into December. Just as importantly, Congress, Republicans … Continue Reading


09.13.18

Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies

Washington, D.C. -The fiscal year 2019 Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) Appropriations bill provides a total of $179.973 billion in discretionary budget authority - $977 million more than the fiscal year 2018 level, $10.7 billion more than the President's budget request, and $971 million more than the House bill. The total funding includes $178.076 billion in discretionary funding as well as $1.897 billion in cap adjustment funding to p… Continue Reading


09.13.18

Defense Summary

Washington, D.C. - The Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2019, provides $606.3 billion for the base budget of the Department of Defense, and $67.9 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations. U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Vice Chairman of the Subcommittee on Defense, said: "The priority of this defense bill is supporting our troops and their families in the field and at home. At the same time, our bill is geared towards innovation, with record levels of funding for research and … Continue Reading


09.13.18

Vice Chairman Leahy Statement on Interior, FSGG, Agriculture, T-HUD Minibus

I am pleased to be here at the third appropriations conference of Fiscal Year 2019. We have made a lot of progress toward an agreement on the four bills before us - Interior, Financial Services, Agriculture, and Transportation-HUD - that will allow us to move this package forward, but we still have work to do and differences to resolve. Together these bills demonstrate the importance of the bipartisan budget agreement reached earlier this year. In these four bills, the priorities outlined in … Continue Reading


09.13.18

Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Statement on the Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Conference Report

I am pleased to be here at the second appropriations conference of Fiscal Year 2019. The two bills before us-the Defense Appropriations bill, and the Labor, HHS, and Education bills-are the product of months of hard work and bipartisan cooperation, and I am pleased that we have been able to work out all of the differences between the House and Senate bills. These bills make important investments not only in our national security but also in the future of our country. Together they demons… Continue Reading


09.12.18

Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Statement On On Senate Passage Of The “Minibus I” Conference Report

Today, the Senate will consider final passage of the "Minibus #1" conference report. This package contains the Legislative Branch, Energy and Water Development, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Bills. When we first considered this package in June, we held our first real debate on the Senate floor on an appropriations bill in a very long time. We had eight roll call votes on amendments and adopted a managers' package containing 32 more - taking… Continue Reading


09.12.18

Statement Of Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On Department of Homeland Security Reprogramming Of FEMA Funds

[Under the Homeland Security Act, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has the authority to transfer funds within the department. These transfers are subject to the approval of the Chairs of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on the Department of Homeland Security. On June 30, DHS notified Congress of its intention to transfer $200 million from various DHS agencies to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), including $10 million from FEMA. This transfer was approved by … Continue Reading


09.10.18

Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Leahy (D-Vt.) Releases Conference Agreement Summary For “Minibus I”

WASHINGTON (MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018) - Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Monday released a summary compiled by the Senate Appropriations Committee Minority staff of the conference agreement for the Energy & Water Development, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies, and Legislative Branch "minibus" appropriations bill. The package includes $146.57 billion in discretionary spending and must now be passed by Congress and signed into law… Continue Reading


09.10.18

Legislative Branch Conference Report

Washington, D.C. - The Legislative Branch Appropriations bill provides $4.836 billion to conduct oversight, accountability and transparency of federal spending and programs; improve copyright protections; and support the security, safety, and daily operations of the United States Congress and the Library of Congress. Total funding is $136 million more than the fiscal year 2018 enacted level, $46 million more than fiscal year 2019 Senate-passed bill, and $44 million less than the fiscal year 201… Continue Reading


09.10.18

Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies

Washington, D.C. - The conference agreement includes $98.058 billion in total discretionary budget authority for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Related Agencies, $5.3 billion more than the fiscal year 2018 enacted level and $1 billion more than the President's budget request. This includes, $10.332 billion in defense spending for military construction, $86.8 billion in non-defense funding, and $921.4 million for Overseas Contingency Operations. For defense s… Continue Reading


09.10.18

Energy and Water Conference Report

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate Appropriations Energy and Water Development fiscal year 2019 funding legislation totals $44.6 billion in discretionary budget authority, $1.4 billion more than fiscal year 2018, $874 million more than the Senate bill, and $60 million less than the House bill. Bipartisan Budget Agreement - The bipartisan budget agreement resulted in a $6.9 billion increase compared to fiscal year 2017 levels, including $2.5 billion for defense programs and $4.4 billion in non-… Continue Reading


09.06.18

Statement Of Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On FY 2019 Appropriations Bills – A Path Forward

In the last few months, the Senate has achieved record progress in processing appropriations bills. As we return from the Labor Day weekend, the Senate has already passed 9 of the 12 Appropriations bills by overwhelming margins and the Appropriations Committee has reported the remaining 3 bills with bipartisan support. The end of the fiscal year is only few short weeks away, but, because of the record pace of our work, there is no reason that we cannot conference all of these bills with th… Continue Reading


09.05.18

Statement of Vice Chairman Leahy (D-Vt.) On The Conference Meeting For The "Minibus I" Appropriations Bill

I am pleased to be here for the first conference of the FY 2019 Appropriations season. The "minibus" before us contains three important appropriations bills. This minibus provides important resources for the support and care of our Nation's veterans, and it makes critical investments in our country's water infrastructure and energy programs. It also provides support to numerous agencies under the umbrella of the Legislative Branch. We have made a lot of progress toward an agreement that wil… Continue Reading

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