Minority News Releases

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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06.16.16

FY17 FSGG Full Committee Markup Bill Summary

Washington, D.C. – The fiscal year 2017 Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) Appropriations bill provides a total of $22.552 billion, including $159 million in disaster funds.  This bill’s discretionary funding level is $933 million less than fiscal year 2016 and more than $2.2 billion less than the President’s request.  

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06.15.16

Mikulski Statement at Military Construction-Veterans Affairs and Zika Conference Meeting

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, participated in the first meeting of the Senate and House conference on the fiscal year 2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, H.R. 2577.  The bill also includes Zika virus emergency funding.

       

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

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06.15.16

Mikulski Floor Statement on FY17 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill

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.

        

The following are Vice Chairwoman Mikulski’s remarks, as delivered:

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06.15.16

FY17 FSGG Subcommittee Markup Bill Summary

Washington, D.C. – The fiscal year 2017 Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) Appropriations bill provides a total of $22.552 billion, including $159 million in disaster funds.  This bill’s discretionary funding level is $933 million less than fiscal year 2016 and more than $2.2 billion less than the President’s request. 

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06.14.16

FY17 Interior & Environment Subcommittee Markup 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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06.09.16

Mikulski Statement at Full Committee Markup of FY17 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill

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 Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) Appropriations Bill.

         

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

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06.09.16

FY17 LHHS Full Committee Markup Bill Summary

Washington, D.C. – The fiscal year 2017 Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill provides a total of $163.8 billion.  This figure includes $161.9 billion in discretionary funding as well as $1.96 billion in cap adjustment funding, a $437 million increase, to prevent waste, fraud, abuse and improper payments in the Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security programs.

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06.08.16

Mikulski Floor Statement on Reed-Mikulski Amendment

WASHINGTON, D.C.Today, U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, spoke on the Senate floor about the Reed-Mikulski amendment to keep parity between defense and non-defense spending.

      

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

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06.07.16

FY17 LHHS Subcommittee Markup Bill Summary

Washington, D.C. – The fiscal year 2017 Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill provides a total of $163.8 billion.  This figure includes $161.9 billion in discretionary funding as well as $1.96 billion in cap adjustment funding, a $437 million increase, to prevent waste, fraud, abuse and improper payments in the Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security programs.

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05.26.16

Mikulski Statement at Full Committee Markup of FY17 Defense and Homeland Security 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 Defense (DoD) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations bills.

         

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

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05.26.16

FY17 Defense Full Committee Markup Bill Summary

Washington, D.C.  The Department of Defense (DoD) Appropriations Act, 2017 provides $574.6 billion in base and Overseas Contingency Operation (OCO) funding, compared to $572.9 billion enacted in fiscal year 2016 and $576.5 billion in the President’s budget request.  The base budget appropriation is $516 billion with $58.6 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations of the Department of Defense. 

      

The Subcommittee’s allocation conforms to the spending levels set by the Bipartisan Budget Act and provides adequate resources to protect America’s national defense needs, both at home and overseas. 

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05.26.16

FY17 DHS Full Committee Markup Bill Summary

Washington, D.C. – The fiscal year 2017 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill provides a total of $49.74 billion in discretionary and mandatory funding.  Of this total, $48.07 billion is for discretionary programs, including $163 million for Coast Guard overseas contingency operations (OCO) and a $6.7 billion cap adjustment for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Relief Fund.  After excluding these two adjustments, the net discretionary appropriation for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is $41.201 billion, $246 million more than fiscal year 2016 and $578 million more than the President’s request.

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05.24.16

Joint Statement & Summary of Ranking Member Shaheen & Chairman Hoeven on the FY17 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, and Ranking Member Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) issued the following joint statement and summary of priorities following the subcommittee’s approval of the Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations bill:

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05.24.16

FY17 DHS Subcommittee Markup Bill Summary

Washington, D.C. – The fiscal year 2017 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill provides a total of $49.74 billion in discretionary and mandatory funding.  Of this total, $48.07 billion is for discretionary programs, including $163 million for Coast Guard overseas contingency operations (OCO) and a $6.7 billion cap adjustment for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Relief Fund.  After excluding these two adjustments, the net discretionary appropriation for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is $41.201 billion, $246 million more than fiscal year 2016 and $578 million more than the President’s request.

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05.24.16

FY17 Defense Subcommittee Markup Bill Summary

Washington, D.C. The Department of Defense (DoD) Appropriations Act, 2017 provides $574.6 billion in base and Overseas Contingency Operation (OCO) funding, compared to $572.9 billion enacted in fiscal year 2016 and $576.5 billion in the President’s budget request.  The base budget appropriation is $516 billion with $58.6 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations of the Department of Defense. 

The Subcommittee’s allocation conforms to the spending levels set by the Bipartisan Budget Act and provides adequate resources to protect America’s national defense needs, both at home and overseas.  

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05.19.16

Vice Chairwoman Mikulski Statement on the FY17 THUD & Military Construction-VA Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, submitted a statement for the record on the fiscal year 2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill.  Subsequently, the Senate passed the bill 89-8.

       

Vice Chairwoman Mikulski’s statement follows:

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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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