Minority News Releases

02.04.15

Mikulski Continues Call for Consideration of a Clean DHS Funding Bill

***Video of floor statement*** 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 once again urge her colleagues to take up and pass the clean Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations funding bill (S. 272) that she and Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) introduced last week. The following are Vice Chairwoman Mikulski's remarks, as delivered: "I come to the floor as Vice Chairwoman of th… Continue Reading


02.03.15

Mikulski’s Floor Statement on the Need to Pass a Clean DHS Funding Bill

***Video of floor statement*** 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 her colleagues to take up and pass the clean Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations funding bill (S. 272) that she and Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) introduced last week. The following are Vice Chairwoman Mikulski's remarks, as delivered: "I come to the floor to call for a vote against the moti… Continue Reading


02.02.15

Vice Chairwoman Mikulski Applauds Priorities in President Obama’s FY16 Budget Request

Mikulski says this budget proposal would help hard working middle class families get ahead, not just get by 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 2016 budget request: "A budget isn't just about numbers and programs. It's about our values as a nation. The President's budget values job growth, innovation, and opportunity for all American… Continue Reading


01.29.15

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Rosters Announced

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Vice Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) today announced members for the 12 subcommittees that make up the Senate Committee on Appropriations. The majority and minority rosters are listed below, along with the chairmen and ranking member designations that were announced earlier this month. Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), chairmanRoy Blunt (R-Mo.)Thad Cochran (R-Miss.)Mi… Continue Reading


01.29.15

Vice Chairwoman Mikulski Floor on the Need to Pass a Clean DHS Funding Bill

***Video of floor statement*** 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 her colleagues to pass the clean Department of Homeland Security appropriations funding bill (S. 272) that she and Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) introduced on Tuesday. The following are Vice Chairwoman Mikulski's remarks, as delivered: "I come to the floor today as the Vice Chairwoman of the Appropriations C… Continue Reading


01.28.15

Shaheen, Mikulski Introduce Homeland Security Funding Bill to Maintain Essential U.S. Counterterrorism and Security Operations

With homeland security funding sent to expire, Senators lead effort to pass full year funding bill (Washington, DC) - Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) introduced Tuesday night a complete, clean bill to fund DHS operations through the remainder of fiscal year (FY) 2015. Shaheen and Mikulski used the House and Senate's December DHS c… Continue Reading


01.28.15

Summary: FY15 DHS Appropriations Bill (S. 272)

Washington, D.C. - The fiscal year 2015 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill (S.272) provides a total of $47.8 billion, $1.2 billion more than the fiscal year 2014 enacted level. Of this total, $46.32 billion is for discretionary programs, including $213 million for Coast Guard overseas contingency operations and $6.4 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Relief Fund. After excluding these two adjustments, the net discretionary appropriation for the … Continue Reading


01.27.15

Shaheen, Mikulski Lead Democratic Caucus Effort Calling on Mcconnell to Pass Homeland Security Funding Bill without Extraneous Policy Riders

With Homeland Security funding set to expire, 45 Senators say clean, full funding bill for 2015 fiscal year urgently needed to maintain counterterrorism efforts (Washington, DC) - Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) are leading a full Democratic caucus effort calling on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to pass a clean bill that funds … Continue Reading


01.23.15

Mikulski Applauds President Obama's Focus on Child Care Affordability

Senator notes past accomplishments and looks forward to continued progress on making child care more affordable for working families. WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and senior member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today praised President Obama's plan to make child care more affordable for working American families. "I applaud President Obama's plan to make quality child car… Continue Reading


01.21.15

Mikulski Statement on President Obama’s State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) today issued the following statement on President Obama's State of the Union address: "In last night's address to the nation, President Obama laid out a domestic agenda to help American families get ahead, not just get by. He focused on jobs and opportunity for the middle class so everyone, not just a lucky few, gets a fair shot at the American dream. "That's what I'm fighting for, too. When I travel through Maryland, people tell me they'd lo… Continue Reading


01.12.15

Mikulski Applauds President Obama’s Initiative to Make Community College Education More Affordable for American Families

Senator has embarked on Maryland College Affordability Tour to discuss her continued fight for access to quality, affordable higher education WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and member of the Senate Community College Caucus, today applauded President Obama's plan to make community college more affordable for American families. "I applaud the President's proposal to make community college t… Continue Reading


01.09.15

Mikulski Announces Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Ranking Members

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced the subcommittee ranking members for the 114th Congress. The subcommittee ranking members are as follows: Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Jeff Merkley, Oregon Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Barbara A. Mikulski, Maryland Department of Defense Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Energy and Water Development D… Continue Reading


12.17.14

Chairwoman Mikulski Statement on President Obama Signing Fiscal Year 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Bill into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement today on her work getting a bipartisan, bicameral fiscal year 2015 omnibus passed into law: "This agreement keeps millions of Americans on the job by preventing shutdown of the federal government and ending government on autopilot. This legislation keeps commitments to our veterans by requiring advance funding for benefit programs and providing funds to b… Continue Reading


12.11.14

Chairwoman Mikulski Floor Statement on the FY15 Omnibus

***Video of Floor Speech*** WASHINGTON, D.C. - Tonight, U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, came to the Senate floor to speak about the bipartisan FY 2015 omnibus bill. Below are her remarks as delivered: "I rise to speak on the Omnibus Spending Bill for fiscal year 2015. I wish to thank Majority Leader Harry Reid for his kind words about me. It's been his advocacy to make sure that as we look at the need for funding for the entire governm… Continue Reading


12.10.14

Chairwoman Mikulski's Floor Statement on the Progress of the FY15 Omnibus

***Video of Floor Statement*** WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, spoke on the Senate floor about the status of the fiscal year 2015 omnibus. The following are Chairwoman Mikulski's remarks, as delivered: "Mr. President, I come to the floor today during the consideration of the National Defense Authorization to bring my colleagues up to date on the Appropriations Bill. As we know, the Continuing Resolution expire… Continue Reading


12.09.14

Chairwoman Mikulski Statement on the FY15 Omnibus

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, released the following statement after the "Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015" was filed today: "This agreement means no government shutdown and no government on autopilot. In today's era of slamdown politics, we were able to set aside our differences. Working across the aisle and across the dome, we created compromise without capitulation. "The American peop… Continue Reading


12.09.14

Mikulski-Rogers Joint Statement on Omnibus Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers issued the following joint statement on the fiscal year 2015 omnibus agreement: "After months of thorough, business-like, sometimes tough but always civil negotiations, we have reached a responsible, bipartisan and bicameral agreement on funding for government operations for 2015. More than two months into the fiscal year, i… Continue Reading


12.09.14

Summary: Fiscal Year 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee today released highlights of the fiscal year 2015 omnibus appropriations bill, "Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015," that totals $1.014 trillion in discretionary spending in compliance with the bipartisan Murray-Ryan budget agreement. The bill funds the government through September 30, 2015. In addition, it includes: $5.4 billion of emergency funding to prepare for and respond to the Ebola outbreak; $73.7 billio… Continue Reading


11.21.14

Chairwoman Mikulski says Appropriators making steady progress on Omnibus

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement: "I thought Chairman Hal Rogers put out an excellent statement. I support his analysis. The agency that will implement the President's executive order is financed through fees, not appropriations. That agency has the authority to operate under a continuing resolution, or even a shutdown." "Chairman Rogers and I want to do our job. We have important… Continue Reading


11.12.14

Chairwoman Mikulski Opening Statement at Full Committee Hearing on Ebola Response

For Immediate ReleaseDate: Wednesday, November 12, 2014Contact: Vince Morris (202) 224-1010 Video of Opening StatementVideo of Q&APhotos from the hearing CHAIRWOMAN BARBARA A. MIKULSKI OPENS HEARING ON EBOLA WITH CALL FOR "ALL HANDS ON DECK" WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, convened a hearing of the Full Appropriation… Continue Reading

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