Minority News Releases

06.14.18

Summary Of The Interior, Environment, And Related Agencies FY 2019 Appropriations Bill

Washington, D.C. - The fiscal year 2019 Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies bill provides a total discretionary funding level of $35.853 billion, which is $601 million more than the fiscal year 2018 level and $7.586 billion more than the President's request. The bill does not contain poison pill riders. U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-New Mexico), Ranking Member of the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Subcommittee, said: "This bill represents the Senate's commitme… Continue Reading


06.12.18

SUMMARY: Senate Subcommittee Approves FY2019 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill

Washington, D.C. - The fiscal year 2019 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations Bill provides a total of $63 billion in discretionary funding, $3.4 billion more than fiscal year 2018 and $2.7 billion less 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 $30.7 billion, $403 million more than fiscal year 2018 and $2.7 billion more than the President's… Continue Reading


06.12.18

SUMMARY -- Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Approves FY 19 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill

Washington, D.C. - The fiscal year 2019 Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies bill provides a total discretionary funding level of $35.853 billion, which is $601 million more than the fiscal year 2018 level and $7.586 billion more than the President's request. The bill does not contain poison pill riders. U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-New Mexico), Ranking Member of the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Subcommittee, said: "This bill represents the Senate's commitm… Continue Reading


06.07.18

Summary Of The FY 2019 Transportation, Housing And Urban Development, And Related Agencies Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON (TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2018) - The fiscal year 2019 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Senate Appropriations bill provides a total of $71.417 billion in discretionary budget authority - $1.117 billion more than fiscal year 2018 and $23.421 billion more than the budget request. Additional resources are provided to prevent and end homelessness among veterans, youth, and victims of domestic violence, as well as to maintain existing rental housing assist… Continue Reading


06.07.18

SUMMARY: FY2019 MilCon-VA Appropriations Bill Approved by Senate Committee

Washington, D.C. -The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved fiscal year 2019 funding legislation that provides $207.1 billion in total funding, including $98 billion in discretionary funding, $5.3 billion more than fiscal year 2018 enacted and $956.7 million more than the President's budget request level. In addition to the fiscal year 2019 funding, the bill provides $75.6 billion in fiscal year 2020 advance funding for veterans health care, equal to the President's budget request, and… Continue Reading


06.07.18

Statement Of Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On the FY 2019 THUD Appropriations Bill and MilCon VA Appropriations Bill

The Committee has two bills before it today-the FY 2019 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Bill, and the FY 2019 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Bill. Both are the product of hard work and bipartisan cooperation by each of the subcommittees, and I urge members to support them. First, I want to thank Chairman Collins and Ranking Member Reed for producing a good, bipartisan bill free of poison pill riders. The Transportation, Ho… Continue Reading


06.06.18

Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) REAX To Trump Administration Opposing New Funding For The VA MISSION Act

We do our veterans no favors by promising care without backing it up with resources, and the administration saying that providing new funding to care for our veterans is "anathema to responsible spending" is shameful. Signing a bill then opposing the resources to fund it is no different than writing a rubber check. If the bill the President is signing is important to veterans - I believe that it is, and even the President will say that it is - then it needs to be funded to make it real. To tr… Continue Reading


06.05.18

SUMMARY: Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Approves FY2019 Transportation, HUD Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON (TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2018) - The fiscal year 2019 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Senate Appropriations bill provides a total of $71.417 billion in discretionary budget authority - $1.117 billion more than fiscal year 2018 and $23.421 billion more than the budget request. Additional resources are provided to prevent and end homelessness among veterans, youth, and victims of domestic violence, as well as to maintain existing rental housing assist… Continue Reading


06.05.18

SUMMARY -- FY2019 MilCon-VA Appropriations Bill Approved by Senate Appropriations Subcommittee

Washington, D.C. -The U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs approved fiscal year 2019 funding legislation that provides $207.1 billion in total funding, including $98 billion in discretionary funding, $5.3 billion more than fiscal year 2018 enacted and $956.7 million more than the President's budget request level. In addition to the fiscal year 2019 funding, the bill provides $75.6 billion in fiscal year 2020 advance funding for veterans health c… Continue Reading


05.25.18

Summary Of The Energy And Water Development Fiscal Year 2019 Appropriations Bill

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved fiscal year 2019 Energy and Water Appropriations bill that totals $43.8 billion in discretionary budget authority, which is $566 million more than the fiscal year 2018 level and $7.2 billion above the President's requested level. Non-defense activities see an increase of $474 million, emphasizing the importance of funding the nation's infrastructure, scientific research, and technology development priorities. Defense activiti… Continue Reading


05.24.18

SUMMARY: Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Agriculture, Rural Development, Food And Drug Administration, And Related Agencies FY19 Appropriations Bill

Washington, D.C. - The fiscal year 2019 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies bill provides a total discretionary funding level of $23.235 billion, which is $225 million more than the fiscal year 2018 level and $6.13 billion more than the President's request. The bill does not contain poison pill riders. U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Ranking Member of the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Su… Continue Reading


05.24.18

Statement Of Senate Appropriations Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), On 302(b) Allocations, the FY2019 Energy & Water Appropriations Bill, And The FY 2019 Agriculture Appropriations Bill

I want to welcome Senator Shelby as the new Chairman of this Committee. Chairman Shelby and I have served side-by-side in the Senate since 1987, and we have worked together on the Appropriations Committee for more than two decades. We share a commitment to returning to regular order and working in a bipartisan way to achieve that goal. The allocation Chairman Shelby has offered gets us started on the right path. I thank the Chairman for working in a bipartisan manner to reach this agreemen… Continue Reading


05.22.18

Senate Appropriations Committee Democrats Call On President Trump To Not Claw Back Vital Funds To Combat Ebola And Other Infectious Diseases

WASHINGTON (TUESDAY, May 22, 2018) -- In a letter led by Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), committee Democrats are urging President Trump to not claw back vital funding intended to combat the Ebola virus and other deadly infectious diseases around the world. Millions of Americans are traveling, studying, and working overseas. And outbreaks of dangerous diseases are only one airplane flight away from reaching the United States and other nations. In ear… Continue Reading


05.22.18

SUMMARY: Senate Subcommittee Approves FY2019 Energy & Water Development Appropriations Bill

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development approved fiscal year 2019 funding legislation that totals $43.8 billion in discretionary budget authority, which is $566 million more than the fiscal year 2018 level and $7.2 billion above the President's requested level. Non-defense activities see an increase of $474 million, emphasizing the importance of funding the nation's infrastructure, scientific research, and technology development priorities… Continue Reading


05.22.18

SUMMARY: Senate Subcommittee Approves FY2019 Agriculture Appropriations Bill

Washington, D.C. - The fiscal year 2019 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies bill provides a total discretionary funding level of $23.235 billion, which is $225 million more than the fiscal year 2018 level and $6.13 billion more than the President's request. The bill does not contain poison pill riders. U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Ranking Member of the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Su… Continue Reading


05.16.18

Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Leahy Statement On FY 19 Funding Request Hearing With EPA Administrator Pruitt

Thank you Chairman Murkowski and Ranking Member Udall. This is an important hearing to review the budget request for the Environmental Protection Agency. With this reckless and unrealistic budget, the Trump administration continues to show its clear contempt for bedrock environmental safeguards and for the work of the EPA to monitor, protect, and conserve our environment and the health of all Americans. Attacks on the core mission and role of the EPA are attacks on human health. The work of … Continue Reading


05.15.18

Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Floor Statement On President Trump’s Rescission Proposal

Mr. President, three months ago, Republicans and Democrats came together and reached a bipartisan budget agreement. We reached an agreement to lift the budget caps, provide relief from sequestration and make responsible, new investments in the American people over the next two years. The President signed this agreement into law. Now the President proposed and House Republicans have drawn up a proposal to claw back vital funding for children's health care, rural communities, infrastructure pr… Continue Reading


05.10.18

Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy Statement On The FY 19 Funding Request For The U.S. Department Of The Interior

Thank you, Chairman Murkowski and Ranking Member Udall. Secretary Zinke, we expressed our concerns to you last year when the President proposed to eliminate or reduce critical programs in the FY18 budget. You reportedly said to your own staff that you were "not happy" about the budget proposed by the White House, which proposed a 12 percent overall cut to the Interior Department. Now, you are in charge and have requested a 19 percent reduction compared to the FY18 enacted level, taking an axe… Continue Reading


05.08.18

Appropriations Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy’s Statement On President Trump’s Rescissions Package

Earlier this year, Congress worked together to pass a bipartisan budget agreement to provide relief to the American people from sequestration and help us responsibly fund the federal government. We are now focused on moving forward on a bipartisan track to complete the fiscal year 2019 Appropriations bills based on that agreement. President Trump's effort to reduce spending on the backs of children, families, and the most vulnerable among us doesn't help us achieve these goals, especially in t… Continue Reading


05.08.18

Opening Statement of Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing to “Review the Fiscal Year 2019 Funding Request and Budget Justification for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security”

Secretary Nielsen - you are here to defend the Department of Homeland Security's budget request. This budget request is a reflection of the Trump administration's priorities for your agency. And it is those priorities that I want to discuss with you today, and whether they are supported by the facts. Within days of taking office, the President attempted to make good on his Muslim ban pledge by ordering a travel ban on citizens of certain Muslim majority countries. He did this despite a consen… Continue Reading

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