Vice Chairwoman Mikulski Applauds Priorities in President Obama’s FY17 Budget Request


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s fiscal year 2017 budget request:

“The federal budget represents our values and priorities as a country. Behind the numbers and programs is a plan to keep our nation safe from varied and serious threats from ISIL to cyber terrorists to lead in our drinking water.  This budget proposes investments in innovation to cure disease, save energy and create new products and new jobs and in providing an opportunity ladder for every American through education and job training. This is a plan I look forward to supporting through the appropriations process.


“The members of our military and our civil servants are on the frontlines every day keeping us safe at home and abroad, securing our borders, providing advanced warnings of dangerous storms, researching treatments and cures to deadly diseases like cancer, and much more. Federal employees and military service members should not be undervalued or underappreciated, and have earned more than just words of praise. They deserve a raise and the President included one in his budget.


“The President has done his part getting the budget process started, now Congress must do its job reviewing the proposals, conducting oversight and passing appropriations bills through regular order that conform to the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015.


“As Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I look forward to working with my colleagues across the aisle and across the dome to enact appropriations bills that abide by the bipartisan budget agreement, based on parity between defense and non-defense funding, and avoid poison pill riders.”


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