Minority News Releases

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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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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