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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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05.19.16

FY17 Agriculture Full Committee Markup Bill Summary

SUMMARY

AGRICULTURE, RURAL DEVELOPMENT, FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION,

AND RELATED AGENCIES FISCAL YEAR 2017 APPROPRIATIONS BILL

Full Committee Mark:  May 19, 2016

        

Washington, D.C. – The fiscal year 2017 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill provides a total of $21.25 billion in discretionary budget authority.

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05.19.16

FY17 Legislative Branch Full Committee Markup Bill Summary

SUMMARY

LEGISLATIVE BRANCH FISCAL YEAR 2017 APPROPRIATIONS BILL

Full Committee Mark: May 19, 2016

         

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Senate Appropriations Full Committee reported funding legislation for the fiscal year 2017 Legislative Branch Subcommittee that totals $4.399 billion in discretionary budget authority.  This provides $36 million more than the fiscal year 2016 level and is $259 million less than the fiscal year 2017 request.

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05.17.16

FY17 Agriculture Subcommittee Markup Bill Summary

Washington, D.C. – The fiscal year 2017 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill provides a total of $21.25 billion in discretionary budget authority.

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05.17.16

Vice Chairwoman Mikulski Statement on Zika Supplemental Funding Votes

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 on three Zika supplemental funding amendments.  The Senate voted, 68-29, to invoke cloture on the Murray-Blunt amendment, which provides $1.1 billion of emergency funding to stop the spread of the Zika virus and develop a vaccine.

            

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05.17.16

Mikulski Floor Statement on Urgent Need to Pass Zika Emergency Funding

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 need to take immediate action and pass emergency supplemental funding to address the threat of the Zika virus.  For three months Republicans have refused to take action on President Obama’s $1.9 billion emergency supplemental request.

       

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

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05.16.16

Vice Chairwoman Mikulski Statement on House Republicans’ Zika Supplemental Proposal

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 House Republicans’ Zika supplemental proposal:

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05.12.16

Vice Chairwoman Mikulski Statement on Senate Passage of First Fiscal Year 2017 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 2017 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill, the first appropriations bill passed by the Senate this year.

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04.28.16

Mikulski Floor Statement on Urgent Need to Pass Zika Emergency Supplemental

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 need to take immediate action and pass the President’s $1.9 billion emergency supplemental request to address the threat of the Zika virus.  Earlier, Republicans objected to Senator Reid’s and Senator Nelson’s effort to take up the emergency Zika supplemental.

    

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

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04.21.16

Mikulski Statement at Full Committee Markup of FY17 CJS & THUD Appropriations Bills

WASHINGTON, D.C.Today, U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS), participated in a Full Committee markup to consider the fiscal year 2017 CJS and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations bills.

       

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

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04.21.16

FY17 CJS Full Committee Markup Bill Summary

Washington, D.C. – The fiscal year 2017 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations Bill provides a total of $56.3 billion in discretionary funding, $563 million more than fiscal year 2016 and $1.6 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 $29.2 billion, $156 million more than fiscal year 2016, for the Department of Justice (DOJ) to keep America safe from criminals and terrorists.  The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is funded at $19.3 billion to support key priorities like commercial crew transportation for astronauts to the International Space Station, Earth Science, satellite servicing, NASA’s next missions beyond low-Earth orbit and the James Webb Space Telescope to keep the United States first in astronomy.  The Department of Commerce receives $9.3 billion to warn Americans about severe weather, promote American businesses and exports, protect American ideas, foster economic development, enable sustainable development of ocean resources, and create cybersecurity standards to protect dot-mil, dot-gov and dot-com.

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04.21.16

FY17 THUD Full Committee Markup Bill Summary

Washington, D.C. – The fiscal year 2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations bill is $56.5 billion.  When taking into consideration certain rescissions and estimated receipts, the allocation is effectively $1.4 billion more than fiscal year 2016.  

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04.19.16

FY17 CJS Subcommittee Markup Bill Summary

Washington, D.C. – The fiscal year 2017 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations Bill provides a total of $56.3 billion in discretionary funding, $563 million more than fiscal year 2016 and $1.6 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 $29.2 billion, $156 million more than fiscal year 2016, for the Department of Justice (DOJ) to keep America safe from criminals and terrorists.  The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is funded at $19.3 billion to support key priorities like commercial crew transportation for astronauts to the International Space Station, Earth Science, satellite servicing, NASA’s next missions beyond low-Earth orbit and the James Webb Space Telescope to keep the United States first in astronomy.  The Department of Commerce receives $9.3 billion to warn Americans about severe weather, promote American businesses and exports, protect American ideas, foster economic development, enable sustainable development of ocean resources, and create cybersecurity standards to protect dot-mil, dot-gov and dot-com.

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04.19.16

FY17 THUD Subcommittee Markup Bill Summary

Washington, D.C. – The fiscal year 2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations bill is $56.5 billion.  When taking into consideration certain rescissions and estimated receipts, the allocation is effectively $1.4 billion more than fiscal year 2016. 

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04.14.16

FY17 Military Construction & VA Full Committee Markup Bill Summary

Washington, D.C. – Today the U.S. Senate Appropriations Full Committee ordered reported the fiscal year 2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, which 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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04.14.16

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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