Minority News Releases

10.28.15

Vice Chairwoman Mikulski Statement on Bipartisan Budget Deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement after the House passed a new bipartisan budget deal for fiscal years 2016 and 2017:

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10.08.15

Mikulski Floor Statement on FY16 Energy & Water Development Appropriations Bill

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 fiscal year 2016 Energy and Water Development appropriations bill and urged her colleagues to support ongoing budget negotiations to cancel sequester.
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09.30.15

Vice Chairwoman Mikulski Statement on Final Passage of Clean CR

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement after the Senate voted to pass a clean, short-term continuing funding resolution (CR) to keep the government open while Congress works on a new budget deal that cancels sequester and writes a bipartisan fiscal year 2016 Omnibus:

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09.24.15

Mikulski Statement on the Continuing Funding Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued a statement on passing a clean, short-term continuing funding resolution (CR) to keep the government open while Congress works on a new budget deal that cancels sequester and writes a bipartisan fiscal year 2016 Omnibus.

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09.22.15

Mikulski Statement on GOP Continuing Funding Resolution with Planned Parenthood Poison Pill Rider

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement after the release of the Senate continuing funding resolution that includes a poison pill rider to defund Planned Parenthood: "We are eight days away from a government shutdown. Let's stop wasting time with these political stunts. We need a new budget deal that invests in America to protect our national security, rebuild our physical inf… Continue Reading


08.05.15

Mikulski Statement on Moving Forward on Appropriations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement on moving forward on appropriations and negotiating a new budget deal to end sequester: "Mr. President, This month, the Senate Appropriations Committee completed its work on 12 bills to fund the government for fiscal year 2016 which begins October 1, 2015. "I congratulate Chairman Cochran and his Subcommittee Chairs for a full and open… Continue Reading


07.23.15

Mikulski Remarks at Full Committee Markup of FSGG 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 Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) bill. The following are Vice Chairwoman Mikulski's remarks, as prepared for delivery: "I want to congratulate Chairman Cochran. Upon the conclusion of this markup, the Committee will have finished all 12 appropriations bills for fiscal year 2016. I ap… Continue Reading


07.23.15

FY16 FSGG Full Committee Markup Bill Summary

SUMMARY FINANCIAL SERVICES AND GENERAL GOVERNMENT APPROPRIATIONS BILL FISCAL YEAR 2016 APPROPRIATIONS BILL Full Committee Mark: July 23, 2015 Washington, D.C.-The fiscal year 2016 Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) Appropriations bill provides a total of $20.7 billion, including $159 million in disaster emergency funds. This bill's discretionary funding level is $1.1 billion below the fiscal year 2015 enacted level and nearly $4 billion below the President's requested level… Continue Reading


07.23.15

Top Democratic Appropriators Mikulski and Lowey Urge Republican Majorities to Engage Immediately in Negotiations for New, Workable Budget Deal

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee issued the following joint statement on the House and Senate Appropriations Committees completing markups of all 12 Appropriations bills: "As of today, both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have completed markups of the 12 Appropriations bills. But our work is f… Continue Reading


07.22.15

FY16 FSGG Subcommittee Markup Bill Summary

SUMMARY FINANCIAL SERVICES AND GENERAL GOVERNMENT APPROPRIATIONS BILL FISCAL YEAR 2016 APPROPRIATIONS BILL Subcommittee Mark: July 22, 2015 Washington, D.C.-The fiscal year 2016 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill provides a total of $20.7 billion, including $159 million in disaster emergency funds. This bill's discretionary funding level is $1.1 billion below the fiscal year 2015 enacted level and nearly $4 billion below the President's requested level. Th… Continue Reading


07.22.15

Mikulski to Offer Amendments to FSGG Bill to Strengthen Cybersecurity & Protect Victims of Data Breaches

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced she will offer two new amendments to improve federal cybersecurity and expand protections for victims of recent data breaches at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). The amendments will be offered during the full committee markup of the fiscal year (FY) 2016 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill. "OPM's latest data breaches compromised th… Continue Reading


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


07.09.15

Mikulski Remarks at Full Committee Markup of SFOPS 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 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (SFOPS) bill. The following are Vice Chairwoman Mikulski's remarks, as prepared for delivery: "I appreciate the work done by Chairman Graham and Ranking Member Leahy on the State and Foreign Operations bill. They did a good job with the spartan sequeste… Continue Reading


07.09.15

FY16 SFOPS Full Committee Markup Bill Summary

SUMMARY STATE, FOREIGN OPERATIONS, AND RELATED PROGRAMS FISCAL YEAR 2016 APPROPRIATIONS BILL Full Committee Mark: July 9, 2015 Washington, D.C.-The fiscal year 2016 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (SFOPS) bill provides a total of $48.27 billion in non-emergency discretionary budget authority, which is $997 million below the fiscal year 2015 enacted level of $49.27 billion excluding emergency funding for Ebola. In addition the bill provides $759 million for emergency costs… Continue Reading


07.07.15

FY16 SFOPS Subcommittee Markup Bill Summary

SUMMARY DEPARTMENT OF STATE, FOREIGN OPERATIONS, AND RELATED PROGRAMS FISCAL YEAR 2016 APPROPRIATIONS BILL Subcommittee Mark: July 7, 2015 Washington, D.C.-The fiscal year 2016 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (SFOPS) bill provides a total of $48.27 billion in non-emergency discretionary budget authority, which is $997 million below the fiscal year 2015 enacted level of $49.27 billion excluding emergency funding for Ebola. In addition the bill provides $759 m… Continue Reading


06.25.15

FY16 LHHS Full Committee Markup Bill Summary

Contact: Mara Stark-Alcalá w/Appropriations: (202) 224-2667 Murray Press Office: Eli Zupnick (202) 224-2621 SUMMARY DEPARTMENTS OF LABOR, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, AND EDUCATION, AND RELATED AGENCIES FISCAL YEAR 2016 APPROPRIATIONS BILL Full Committee Mark: June 25, 2015 Washington, D.C. - The fiscal year 2016 Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies bill provid… Continue Reading


06.25.15

FY16 THUD Full Committee Markup Bill Summary

Contact:Mara Stark-Alcalá w/Appropriations: (202) 224-2667 Chip Unruh w/ Reed Press Office: (202) 224-4642 SUMMARYTRANSPORTATION, HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, AND RELATED AGENCIES FISCAL YEAR 2016 APPROPRIATIONS BILLFull Committee Mark: June 25, 2015 Washington, D.C. - The fiscal year 2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) bill provides a total of $55.6 billion in discretionary budget author… Continue Reading


06.25.15

Mikulski Remarks at Full Committee Markup of THUD & LHHS Appropriations Bills

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 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) and Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) appropriations bills. The following are Vice Chairwoman Mikulski's remarks, as prepared for delivery: "Today, we are considering the eighth… Continue Reading

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