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04.14.16

FY17 Energy and Water Development Full Committee Markup Bill Summary

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Full Committee ordered reported the fiscal year 2017 Energy and Water Development funding legislation that totals $37.5 billion in discretionary budget authority, which is $355 million more than fiscal year 2016 and $261 million more than the President’s request. 

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All of the total increase is within defense activities with Weapons Activities receiving $438 million more than fiscal year 2016.  The one notable increase in non-defense activities is an additional $50 million for the Office of Science.  Nearly all other non-defense accounts are even or close to even with the fiscal year 2016 enacted levels.  

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04.14.16

Mikulski Statement at First Full Committee Markup of Fiscal Year 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, participated in the first fiscal year 2017 Full Committee markup.  The Committee considered the fiscal year 2017 subcommittee allocations as well as the fiscal year 2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill and the fiscal year 2017 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill.

 

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

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04.13.16

FY17 Energy and Water Development Subcommittee Markup Bill Summary

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development approved fiscal year 2017 funding legislation that totals $37.5 billion in discretionary budget authority, which is $355 million more than fiscal year 2016 and $261 million more than the President’s request. 

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All of the total increase is within defense activities with Weapons Activities receiving $438 million more than fiscal year 2016.  The one notable increase in non-defense activities is an additional $50 million for the Office of Science.  Nearly all other non-defense accounts are even or close to even with the fiscal year 2016 enacted levels. 

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04.13.16

FY17 Military Construction & VA Subcommittee Markup Bill Summary

Washington, D.C. – The fiscal year 2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill provides $83 billion in discretionary funding, $3.2 billion above the fiscal year 2016 enacted level.

In addition to discretionary funding, the bill provides $102.5 billion in mandatory compensation and pension funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  The bill also provides $66.4 billion in fiscal year 2018 advance funding for veterans health care and $103.9 billion for fiscal year 2018 advance funding for the VA’s compensation and pensions mandatory accounts.

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04.06.16

Vice Chairwoman Mikulski Statement on President Obama’s Zika Funding Announcement

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 President Obama’s efforts to stop the spread of the Zika virus:

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03.10.16

Mikulski Opening Statement at CJS Hearing on NASA’S FY17 Budget Request

WASHINGTON, D.C.Today, U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) Subcommittee, attended her final CJS Subcommittee hearing.  The hearing reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) fiscal year 2017 budget request.  Senator Mikulski has helped oversee NASA’s budget throughout her tenure on the Appropriations Committee, which began in 1987, and has been the lead Democrat overseeing its budget since 1989.  She joined the then Commerce, Justice, State, and Judiciary Subcommittee in 1997, and became the top Democrat on the Subcommittee in 2005 when it became Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, and included the NASA account.

 

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

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03.08.16

Mikulski Fights to Protect Families from Being Victims of Tax Identity Fraud in Hearing with Treasury Department and IRS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today continued her fight to protect families from being victims of tax identity fraud. The Senator today spoke at a Financial Services Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) budget requests for fiscal year (FY) 2017, which featured testimony from Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen and Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George

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03.03.16

Mikulski Opening Statement at CJS Hearing on Department of Commerce FY17 Budget Request

WASHINGTON, D.C.Today, U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) Subcommittee, attended a CJS hearing on the Department of Commerce’s fiscal year 2017 budget request.

 

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

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02.25.16

Mikulski Opening Statement at CJS Subcommittee Hearing on Department of Justice FY17 Budget Request

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) Subcommittee, attended a CJS hearing on the Department of Justice’s fiscal year 2017 budget request.

 

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

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02.09.16

Vice Chairwoman Mikulski Applauds Priorities in President Obama’s FY17 Budget Request

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 President Obama’s fiscal year 2017 budget request:

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02.04.16

Mikulski Calls on Senate to Act on Flint Lead Crisis

WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today took to the Senator floor to call for action on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

Senator Mikulski’s statement, as delivered, follows:

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01.20.16

Mikulski Focused on Resources and Actions Needed to Keep American Communities and Families Safe from Gun Violence

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) Subcommittee, attended a CJS hearing on the Department of Justice’s role in implementing new executive actions related to gun violence.

 

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

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12.18.15

Vice Chairwoman Mikulski Statement on Passage of Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016


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 passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016:

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12.18.15

Vice Chairwoman Mikulski Floor Statement on the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016

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 Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016.

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

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12.16.15

SUMMARY: CONSOLIDATED APPROPRIATIONS ACT OF 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee released a summary of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, the fiscal year 2016 omnibus appropriations bill that totals $1.15 trillion in discretionary spending in compliance with the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015.  The bill funds the government through September 30, 2016.

The bill includes: $1,067 billion in base funding; $73.7 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations; $7.1 billion of disaster aid; $1.5 billion for program integrity; and $700 million in emergency funding.

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12.10.15

Vice Chairwoman Mikulski Statement on Clean, Short-Term 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 after the Senate passed a clean, short-term continuing funding resolution (CR) that will keep the government open through Wednesday, December 16, 2015, while Congress continues work on a bipartisan fiscal year 2016 Omnibus:

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11.10.15

Vice Chairwoman Mikulski Statement on Senate Passage of FY16 Veterans Affairs & Military Construction Appropriations Bill

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 passed the fiscal year 2016 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies appropriations bill:

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11.10.15

Mikulski Floor Statement on FY16 Veterans & Military Construction 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 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (VA), and Related Agencies appropriations bill.

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11.03.15

Mikulski and Lowey Statement Following Meeting with President Obama

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) and Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD) today released the following statement after meeting with President Obama about the Appropriations process:

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10.30.15

Vice Chairwoman Mikulski Statement on Senate Passage of 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 Senate passed the bipartisan budget deal for fiscal years 2016 and 2017:

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