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01.12.17

Leahy Announces Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Ranking Members

WASHINGTON (THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017) – U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced the subcommittee ranking members for the 115th Congress.

          

Leahy said: “The Appropriations Committee has a challenging year ahead.  We must finish the work of the 114th Congress and pass the remaining fiscal year 2017 bills, while simultaneously preparing to address the needs of the next.  Appropriations bills are where policy debates meet fiscal realities.  Appropriations bills are where we set annual priorities.  I am delighted that we will have this skilled and experienced team to meet this challenge and work together, and across the aisle, as we work to produce fiscally responsible appropriations bills that meet the needs of Americans through next year’s appropriations bills.”

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01.06.17

Ranking Member Leahy Statement on Reports That PEOTUS Trump Will Ask Congress to Pay for Border Wall

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, released the following statement in response to reports that President-elect Trump will ask Congress to pay for the border wall:

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01.04.17

Leahy Names Two Aides To Be His Staff Director, And Chief Counsel/Deputy Staff Director, On The Appropriations Committee

WASHINGTON (WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2016) – Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Wednesday named two skilled and seasoned staff experts who will serve as top aides as he assumes the post of the Democratic leader on the Senate Appropriations Committee.

       

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12.09.16

Vice Chairwoman Mikulski to Vote for Continuing Funding Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that she will vote for the continuing funding resolution (CR) that will last through April 28, 2017:

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12.07.16

Mikulski Disappointed by GOP Continuing Funding Resolution

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 the release of the Republican continuing funding resolution (CR) that would last through April 28, 2017:

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11.29.16

Mikulski Floor Statement on GOP Decision to End Year with a Continuing Funding Resolution Instead of Completing Appropriations Work

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, spoke on the Senate floor to express her disappointment in the Republican decision to stop constructive appropriations negotiations and end the year with a continuing funding resolution (CR).

      

The following are Vice Chairwoman Mikulski’s remarksas prepared for delivery:

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11.18.16

Mikulski Applauds Announcement that Senator-Elect Van Hollen Will Serve on the Appropriations Committee in the 115th Congress

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 the announcement that Senator-elect Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) will serve on the Senate Appropriations Committee beginning in the 115th Congress:

      

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11.17.16

Mikulski Disappointed by GOP Decision to Abandon the Appropriations Process & Put the Government on Autopilot

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 Republicans announcing their decision to abandon work on full year appropriations in favor of a continuing funding resolution that would last through March 31, 2017:

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09.28.16

Mikulski Floor Statement on Continuing Funding Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, spoke on the Senate floor to urge support for the continuing funding resolution (CR) after Republican Leaders in the House and Senate pledged to provide funding for Flint in December.

        

The following are Vice Chairwoman Mikulski’s remarksas prepared for delivery:

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09.27.16

Mikulski Floor Statement Opposing Republican Continuing Funding Resolution and Urging Compromise

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, spoke on the Senate floor to urge opposition to the Republican-written continuing funding resolution (CR) and encourage bipartisan negotiations.

        

The following are Vice Chairwoman Mikulski’s remarksas prepared for delivery:

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09.22.16

Mikulski Floor Statement on the Republican-Authored Continuing Funding Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, spoke on the Senate floor to urge opposition to the Republican-written continuing funding resolution (CR) and encourage continuing bipartisan negotiations.

        

The following are Vice Chairwoman Mikulski’s remarksas delivered:

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06.29.16

FY17 State & Foreign Operations Full Committee Markup Bill Summary

Washington, D.C.–The fiscal year 2017 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (SFOPS) Appropriations bill provides a total of $52.08 billion in non-emergency discretionary budget authority. 

U.S. Senator Leahy Ranking Member (D-Vt.), Ranking Member of the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee, said:

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06.29.16

Mikulski Statement at Final Appropriations Full Committee Markup of Career

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 12th of 12 bills for fiscal year 2017, as well as the final Appropriations markup of Mikulski’s career.  The Full Committee met to consider the fiscal year 2017 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations bill.

 

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

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06.28.16

FY17 State & Foreign Operations Subcommittee Markup Bill Summary

Washington, D.C.–The fiscal year 2017 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (SFOPS) Appropriations bill provides a total of $52.08 billion in non-emergency discretionary budget authority. 

         

U.S. Senator Leahy Ranking Member (D-Vt.), Ranking Member of the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee, said:

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06.28.16

Vice Chairwoman Mikulski Statement on Republican VA-Military Construction and Zika Conference Report Cloture Vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, submitted the following statement for the record before the vote to end debate on the Republican conference report for the fiscal year 2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill and Zika virus supplemental funding.

The following is Vice Chairwoman Mikulski’s statement for the record:

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06.23.16

Mikulski Speaks on Senate Floor Calling for Action to Pass Bipartisan Collins Bill to Keep Guns Out of the Hands of Suspected Terrorists

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee, today spoke out on the Senate floor calling for action to pass the Terrorist Firearms Prevention Act of 2016, bipartisan legislation by Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) that would keep guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists.

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06.22.16

Vice Chairwoman Mikulski Statement on Republican Conference Agreement

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 the Republican conference agreement for the fiscal year 2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill and Zika virus supplemental funding:

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06.20.16

Mikulski Floor Statement on FY17 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill & Gun Amendments

WASHINGTON, D.C.Today, U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS), spoke on the Senate floor about the fiscal year 2017 CJS Appropriations bill, as well as the gun related amendments being considered Monday evening.

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

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06.16.16

Mikulski Statement at Full Committee Markup of the FY17 Interior and Financial Services 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 Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies (Interior) and Financial Services and General Government (Financial Services) Appropriations bills.

 

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

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06.16.16

FY17 Interior & Environment Full Committee Bill Summary

Washington, D.C. – The Senate bill recommends $32.034 billion in discretionary funding for agencies funded by the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.  That amount is $125 million less than the fiscal year 2016 level and $1.080 billion less than the budget request.  While the bill includes important investments in national parks, tribal programs and cultural agencies, it also makes troubling cuts to the clean air and water programs and includes a number of policy riders that would roll back the nation’s core laws protecting public health and the environment.

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