Minority News Releases

07.27.17

Leahy Scores Public ‘Right To Know’ Win, To Open Access To Taxpayer-Funded Congressional Research Reports

WASHINGTON (THURSDAY, July 26, 2017) -- Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Thursday advanced legislation in the Senate Appropriations Committee to make all non-confidential reports prepared by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) - Congress's research arm - freely available to the public, schools and libraries across the country. A legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS issues or updates more than 3000 reports each year on topics ranging from the structure of government a… Continue Reading


07.27.17

SUMMARY: Committee Approves FY18 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON (THURSDAY, JULY 27, 2017) - The fiscal year 2018 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Senate Appropriations bill provides a total of $60.058 billion in discretionary budget authority - $2.41 billion more than in fiscal year 2017 and $12.130 billion more than the President's budget request. Additional resources are provided to prevent and end homelessness among veterans and youth, as well as to maintain existing rental housing assistance for nearly… Continue Reading


07.27.17

Committee Republicans Reject Democratic-Led Investments In The American People For Third Week In A Row

WASHINGTON (THURSDAY, July 27, 2017) - Senate Appropriations Committee Republicans Thursday rejected amendments offered by Committee Democrats that would have improved public safety, bolstered economic development and invested in our nation's infrastructure. The party-line opposition marks the third week in a row Republicans have blocked the Democrats efforts to invest in the American people by increasing both defense and non-defense spending constrained under the Budget Control Act. Offered b… Continue Reading


07.27.17

Vice Chairman Leahy Statement On FY '18 CJS, THUD and Legislative Branch Appropriations Bills

Today we mark up three appropriations bills, the fiscal year 2018 Commerce and Justice, Science and Related Agencies bill, the Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies bill, and the Legislative Branch Appropriations bill. I want to thank Chairman Shelby and Ranking Member Shaheen for their hard work on the CJS bill. This bill represents a truly bipartisan process, making the most out of a tight allocation to fund law enforcement, invest in science, and support eco… Continue Reading


07.27.17

SUMMARY: Committee Approves FY18 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON (THURSDAY, July 27, 2017) - The fiscal year 2018 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill provides $3.171 billion in discretionary budget authority, excluding items pertaining solely to the House, which total an additional $1.319 billion. Total funding accommodated in the bill is $4.490 billion, which is $50 million more than the fiscal 2017 enacted level and $192 million less than budget request. The bill provides critical increases for the Congressional Budget Office, the Government… Continue Reading


07.27.17

SUMMARY: Committee Approves FY2018 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON (THURSDAY, July 27, 2017) - The fiscal year 2018 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations Bill provides a total of $53.4 billion in discretionary funding, $3.2 billion less than fiscal year 2017 and $4.4 billion more than the President's request. The CJS bill invests in a wide range of critical programs that affect the lives of all Americans. The bill provides $29.1 billion, $121 million more than fiscal year 2017 and $740 million more than the Presiden… Continue Reading


07.26.17

Vice Chairman Leahy Statement on the President’s Fiscal Year 2018 Funding Request for the U.S. Department of Treasury

Thank you, Chairwoman Capito and Ranking Member Coons, for the opportunity to make a few brief opening remarks. Commissioner Koskinen, it's great to see you again. The last time we spoke, we found we agreed on more than we disagreed, and I have appreciated a close working relationship with you. It should be of no surprise to you that I want to emphasize the importance of taxpayer services. Reductions to those services disproportionately impact rural communities. Commissioner, you have been tas… Continue Reading


07.25.17

SUMMARY: FY2018 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill Clears Senate Subcommittee

WASHINGTON (TUESDAY, July 25, 2017) - The fiscal year 2018 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations Bill provides a total of $53.4 billion in discretionary funding, $3.2 billion less than fiscal year 2017 and $4.4 billion more than the President's request. The CJS bill invests in a wide range of critical programs that affect the lives of all Americans. The bill provides $29.1 billion, $121 million more than fiscal year 2017 and $740 million more than the President… Continue Reading


07.25.17

SUMMARY: Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Approves FY2018 THUD Bill

WASHINGTON (TUESDAY, JULY 25, 2017) - The fiscal year 2018 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Senate Appropriations bill provides a total of $60.058 billion in discretionary budget authority - $2.41 billion more than in fiscal year 2017 and $12.385 billion more than the President's budget request. Additional resources are provided to prevent and end homelessness among veterans and youth, as well as to maintain existing rental housing assistance for nearly … Continue Reading


07.20.17

Senate Appropriations Committee Democrats Offer Alternative Allocation To Invest In The American People

WASHINGTON (THURSDAY, July 20, 2017) - Senate Appropriations Committee Democrats Thursday demanded an increased investment in the American people and an increase in defense spending by rejecting topline spending numbers offered by Committee Republicans and putting forward their own detailed proposal. Offered by Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the Democrats' proposal would increase defense spending in fiscal year 2018 by $54 billion above post-sequester spen… Continue Reading


07.20.17

SUMMARY: Senate FY2018 Energy & Water Development Appropriations Bill Advances

WASHINGTON (THURSDAY, July 20, 2017) - The Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday approved the Energy and Water Development fiscal year 2018 appropriations bill that totals $38.4 billion, which is $629 million more than the fiscal year 2017 level and $4.1 billion above the President's requested level. There is a $1 billion increase for defense activities, while non-defense activities see a decrease of $415 million, demonstrating the fundamental imbalance in the current approach to funding th… Continue Reading


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 Energy & Water Development Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON (TUESDAY, July 18, 2017) - The U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development Tuesday approved fiscal year 2018 funding legislation that totals $38.4 billion in discretionary budget authority, which is $629 million more than the fiscal year 2017 level and $4.1 billion above the President's requested level. More than $1 billion is for defense activities, while non-defense activities see a decrease of $415 million, demonstrating the fundamental imbalance in th… 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


07.13.17

SUMMARY: MilCon-VA Appropriations Bill Approved by Senate Appropriations Committee

WASHINGTON (THURSDAY, July 13, 2017) - The fiscal year 2018 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill provides $192.8 billion in total funding, including $88.9 billion in discretionary funding, $6 billion more than fiscal year 2017 enacted and $568 million less than the President's budget request. Mandatory funding, which is provided for veterans' compensation, pension and education benefits, totals $103.9 billion, $1.4 billion more than fiscal year 2017 en… Continue Reading


07.13.17

Leahy Statement On the FY 2018 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill

Good Morning Chairman Cochran and members of the Committee. I am pleased to be here and look forward to my first Appropriations Committee markup as Vice Chairman. I am particularly pleased to be sitting next to my good friend from Mississippi, Thad Cochran. He and I have been friends for many years, and I look forward to working with him this year to move these bills forward in a bipartisan manner, which has been a hallmark of this Committee. Chairman Cochran and I are both committed to ret… Continue Reading


07.13.17

Senate Appropriations Committee Democrats Offer $1.6 Billion Amendment To Care For Nation’s Veterans

WASHINGTON (THURSDAY, July 13, 2017) -- Democrats on the Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday offered a $1.6 billion amendment that would have supported the health care of thousands of veterans across the country and bolstered the Department of Veterans Affairs. The amendment, which was offered by Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), was rejected in Committee by a vote of 15 to 16. The amendment was the first of a series to be offered by the Appropriations Committee Democrats to demand parity… Continue Reading


07.12.17

MilCon-VA Appropriations Bill Approved by Senate Subcommittee

WASHINGTON (WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017) - The fiscal year 2018 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill provides $192.8 billion in total funding, including $88.9 billion in discretionary funding, $6 billion more than fiscal year 2017 enacted and $568 million less than the President's budget request. Mandatory funding, which is provided for veterans compensation, pension and education benefits, totals $103.9 billion, $1.4 billion more than fiscal year 2017 en… Continue Reading


06.27.17

Vice Chairman Leahy Statement On The President's FY 18 Funding Request For The EPA

Chairwoman Murkowski and Ranking Member Udall, this is an important hearing. The Trump administration has demonstrated its clear contempt for the critical work historically done by the Environmental Protection Agency to protect and preserve our environment. I wonder how you can look at this Committee and defend this as a plan to uphold the Agency's mission. Where we should be doubling down on our investment to protect our environment and curb the effects of climate change, this administrat… Continue Reading

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