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07.20.17

SUMMARY: FY2018 Senate Agriculture Appropriations Bill Gains Committee Approval

WASHINGTON (THURSDAY, July 20, 2017) - The Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday approved the fiscal year 2018 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies bill that provides a total discretionary funding level of $20.525 billion, which is $352 million below the fiscal year 2017 enacted level and $4.8 billion above the President's request. The bill does not contain poison pill riders. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Ranking Member of the Agriculture, Rur… Continue Reading


07.20.17

Vice Chairman Leahy Statement On the FY 2018 Agriculture Appropriations Bill And Energy & Water Appropriations Bill

Today we mark up two appropriations bills, the FY 2018 Agriculture Appropriations bill and the FY 2018 Energy & Water bill. We will also consider the allocation offered by Chairman Cochran. Before I comment on the Chairman's allocations, I want to talk briefly about the two bills under consideration today. I thank Chairman Hoeven and Ranking Member Merkley for their hard work on the Agriculture Appropriations bill. While this bill is $352 million below last year's funding level, it … Continue Reading


07.18.17

SUMMARY: Senate Subcommittee Approves FY2018 Agriculture Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON (Tuesday, July 18, 2017) - The fiscal year 2018 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies bill provides a total discretionary funding level of $20.525 billion, which is $352 million below the fiscal year 2017 enacted level and $4.8 billion above the President's request. The bill does not contain poison pill riders. U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Ranking Member of the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Re… Continue Reading


06.20.17

Leahy Statement On FY 18 FDA Budget Request

Thank you, Chairman Hoeven and Ranking Member Merkley, for holding this hearing today to examine the President's Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal for the Food and Drug Administration. And thank you, Commissioner Gottlieb, for joining us here today. I thank the Chair and Ranking Member for giving me the opportunity to offer a few opening remarks. The Food and Drug Administration has an enormous responsibility to ensure the safety of all Americans. From our food supply, to pharmaceuticals and … Continue Reading


06.13.17

Vice Chairman Leahy Statement On The FY 18 Request For The U.S. Department Of Agriculture

Chairman Hoeven, congratulations on your new role leading this Subcommittee. We have worked together on the Senate Agriculture Committee, and our states understand the importance of agriculture to our economies and rural communities. Of course, as a top barley producer, North Dakota plays an important part in Vermont's award-winning craft beer industry, and as the country's top wheat producer, North Dakota grows much of the wheat that goes into the specialty flours at Vermont's King Arthur Flour… Continue Reading


05.19.16

Mikulski Statement at Full Committee Markup of FY17 Agriculture & Legislative Branch Appropriations Bills

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, participated in a Full Committee markup to consider the fiscal year 2017 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies (Agriculture) and Legislative Branch Appropriations bills.

          

The following are Vice Chairwoman Mikulski’s remarks, as prepared for delivery:

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05.19.16

FY17 Agriculture Full Committee Markup Bill Summary

SUMMARY

AGRICULTURE, RURAL DEVELOPMENT, FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION,

AND RELATED AGENCIES FISCAL YEAR 2017 APPROPRIATIONS BILL

Full Committee Mark:  May 19, 2016

        

Washington, D.C. – The fiscal year 2017 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill provides a total of $21.25 billion in discretionary budget authority.

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07.16.15

Mikulski Remarks at Full Committee Markup of Ag Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, participated in the Full Committee markup of the fiscal year 2016 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies (Agriculture) bill. The following are Vice Chairwoman Mikulski's remarks, as prepared for delivery: "Senators Moran and Merkley have done a good job with the spartan, sequester-based allocation. But the bill is $1.1 bi… Continue Reading


07.16.15

FY16 Agriculture Full Committee Markup Bill Summary

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07.14.15

FY16 Agriculture Subcommittee Markup Bill Summary

Washington, D.C. -The fiscal year 2016 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies bill provides a total of $20.51 billion in discretionary budget authority, which is $65 million below the fiscal year 2015 enacted level and $1.1 billion less than the President's request. The Subcommittee's allocation conforms to the post-sequester caps under the Budget Control Act. Not one Senate Democrat voted for these austere spending levels because they do not prov… Continue Reading


01.29.15

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Rosters Announced

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Vice Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) today announced members for the 12 subcommittees that make up the Senate Committee on Appropriations. The majority and minority rosters are listed below, along with the chairmen and ranking member designations that were announced earlier this month. Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), chairmanRoy Blunt (R-Mo.)Thad Cochran (R-Miss.)Mi… Continue Reading


05.22.14

Committee Approves FY 2015 Spending Allocations; Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill; and Agriculture Appropriations Bill

Contact: Vince Morris (202) 224-1010 Committee Approves FY 2015 Spending Allocations; Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill; and Agriculture Appropriations Bill Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee, announced that the Full Committee has adopted fiscal year 2015 spending allocations by a vote of 16-14, and unanimously approved the fiscal year 2015 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Relate… Continue Reading


05.22.14

Agriculture Full Committee Markup Bill Summary

Contact: Vince Morris w/Appropriations: (202) 224-1010 Pryor Press Office: (202) 224-2353 SUMMARYAGRICULTURE, RURAL DEVELOPMENT, FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, AND RELATED AGENCIES FISCAL YEAR 2015 APPROPRIATIONS BILLFull Committee Mark: May 22, 2014 Washington, DC - The bill provides total funding of $20.575 billion for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Rela… Continue Reading


05.22.14

Chairwoman Mikulski Remarks at First Full Committee Markup

Contact: Vince Morris w/Appropriations: (202) 224-1010 Opening Statement of Chairwoman Barbara A. MikulskiMay 22, 2014 Full Committee Markup WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee, today opened the fiscal year 2015 markup process by promoting a return to regular order and the need to roll back next year's planned sequester. The Committee vo… Continue Reading


05.20.14

FY15 Agriculture Subcommittee Markup Bill Summary

Contact: Vince Morris w/Appropriations: (202) 224-1010 Pryor Press Office: (202) 224-2353 SUMMARYAGRICULTURE, RURAL DEVELOPMENT, FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, AND RELATED AGENCIES FISCAL YEAR 2015 APPROPRIATIONS BILLSubcommittee Mark: May 20, 2014 Washington, DC - The bill provides total funding of $20.575 billion for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Relat… Continue Reading


05.19.14

Appropriations Committee Schedule for the Week of May 19, 2014

***Please note the updated times highlighted below.MONDAY, MAY 19, 2014 Defense Subcommittee (Chairman Durbin) Time and Location: 9:30 a.m. CDT, at the Phoenix Military Academy, 145 S. Campbell Ave, Chicago, IL Agenda: Immigrant Enlistment: A Force Multiplier for the U.S. Armed Forces Witnesses: Panel IThe Honorable Luis Gutierrez4th District of IllinoisUnited Stated House of Representatives The Honorable Bill Foster11th District of IllinoisUnited Stat… Continue Reading


03.28.14

Hearing Schedule for the Week of March 31, 2014

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 Defense Subcommittee (Chairman Durbin) Time and Location: 10:00 a.m., in Room SD-106 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building Agenda: The Department of the Air Force Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request Witnesses: Deborah Lee James, Secretary, U.S. Air Force General Mark A. Welsh III, Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force General Frank J. Grass, Chief, National Guard Bureau Lieutenant General Stanley E. Clarke III, Director, Air National Guard Lieutenant Gene… Continue Reading


03.28.14

Schedule for the Week of March 24th

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Military Construction, Veteran Affairs, and Related Agencies Subcommittee (Chairman Johnson) Time & Location: 10:00 a.m., Room SD-124 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building Agenda: An overview on the Department of Veterans Affairs Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request to Congress. Witness: The Honorable Eric K. Shinseki, Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs Accompanied by: The Honorable Robert A. Petzel, MD, Under Secretary for Health The Honor… Continue Reading


03.18.14

Schedule for the Week of May 6, 2013

Schedule for the Week of May 6, 2013 *Please note changes to the schedule highlighted below Tuesday, May 7, 2013 Legislative Branch Subcommittee (Chairwoman Shaheen) Time and Location: 9:30 a.m., in Room SD-138 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building Agenda: FY 2014 Budget Request for the Library of Congress and the Open World Leadership Center. Witnesses: The Honorable James H. Billington Librarian of Congress The Library of Congress Ambassador John O'Keefe Executiv… Continue Reading


03.18.14

Schedule for the Week of May 13, 2013

Schedule for the Week of May 13, 2013 Tuesday, May 14, 2013 Homeland Security Subcommittee (Chairwoman Landrieu) Time and Location: 2:30 p.m., in Room SD-138 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building Agenda: FY 2014 Budget Request for the U.S. Coast Guard. Witness: Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr. Commandant U.S. Coast Guard Wednesday, May 15, 2013 Defense Subcommittee (Chairman Durbin) Time and Location: CLOSED SESSION—10:00 a.m., in Room SVC-217 Age… Continue Reading

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