Minority News Releases

08.04.21

Senate Committee Approves FY22 MilCon-VA Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate Committee on Appropriations today approved the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies (MilCon-VA) Appropriations Act, providing support for critical housing, infrastructure, and facilities for U.S. military forces and their families, as well as increased funding for veterans health care and benefits. The measure, which was advanced by a bipartisan vote of 25-5, provides $124.359 billion in discretionary funding, an… Continue Reading


08.04.21

Appropriations Committee Approves FY22 Agriculture Measure

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate Committee on Appropriations today advanced the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies spending bill by a bipartisan vote of 25-5. The legislation recommends $25.855 billion in discretionary funding to support federal agriculture and nutrition programs and $7.030 billion in emergency funding following various natural disasters impacting farmers and ranchers. The measure supports U.S. Department of … Continue Reading


08.04.21

Shelby Encourages Bipartisan Work, Stresses Importance of Parity in Defense, Non-defense Increases

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today delivered remarks during the first full committee markup for the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) appropriations process, during which the committee is considering the FY22 bills for the subcommittees on Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies; Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies; and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies. Vice Ch… Continue Reading


08.02.21

FY22 Agriculture Appropriations Bill Advanced By Subcommittee

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies today approved a $25.855 billion in discretionary funding to support federal agriculture and nutrition programs in Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22). 

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07.29.21

Senate Passes Security Supplemental to Fund National Guard, Capitol Police

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today applauded Senate passage of a $2 billion security supplemental appropriations bill, which advanced by a vote of 98-0.

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07.27.21

Shelby Announces Bipartisan Deal on Security Supplemental

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today announced that he has reached an agreement with Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on a $2 billion security supplemental appropriations bill.

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07.12.21

Shelby Releases Bill to Fund National Guard, Capitol Police

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today introduced a security supplemental appropriations bill to provide $632.9 million in needed funding for the National Guard and the U.S. Capitol Police due to additional costs incurred related to the events of January 6th. Without supplemental resources, the National Guard and the U.S. Capitol Police will run out of funding before the end of the fiscal year. Vice Chairman Shelby stated, "We all agre… Continue Reading


06.24.21

Shelby Underscores Danger of Defense Cuts During Hearing to Review Navy and Marine Corps FY22 Budget

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), the lead Republican on the subcommittee on defense, today questioned top U.S. Navy and Marine Corps officials during a defense subcommittee hearing on the President's fiscal year 2022 (FY22) budget request. The witnesses who testified before the subcommittee were Acting Navy Secretary Thomas W. Harker, Admiral Michael Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations, and General David H. Berger, Commandant of the Marine … Continue Reading


06.22.21

Shelby Reviews Army Budget Request, Highlights Concerns Surrounding Decreased Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), the lead Republican on the subcommittee on defense, today questioned top U.S. Army officials during a defense subcommittee hearing to review the President's funding request and budget justification for the U.S. Army. During the hearing, Army Secretary Christine E. Wormuth and General James C. McConville, Army Chief of Staff, testified before the subcommittee. Vice Chairman Shelby's remarks, as prepared… Continue Reading


06.17.21

Shelby: Cutting Defense Funding Will Jeopardize National Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today delivered opening remarks during a full committee hearing to review the President's Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) Department of Defense budget request. During the hearing, Department of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified before the committee. Vice Chairman Shelby, also the lead Republican on the subcommittee on defense, stated, "The N… Continue Reading


06.15.21

Shelby, Capito Statement on GAO Decision Regarding Biden's Freeze of Wall Funding Amid Border Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) and Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee Ranking Member Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) released the below joint statement following the Government Accountability Office (GAO) ruling on President Joe Biden's suspension of border wall funding and construction. Today's decision follows a request-initiated by Ranking Member Capito-in March for a ruling from the GAO on the administration's unprec… Continue Reading


06.08.21

Shelby Reviews Air Force and Space Force Budget Requests

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations and its subcommittee on defense, today questioned top officials regarding the budget request for the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Space Force during a defense subcommittee hearing. During the hearing, The Honorable John P. Roth, Acting Air Force Secretary; General Charles Q. Brown, Jr., Air Force Chief of Staff; and General John W. Raymond, Chief of Space Operations testified about th… Continue Reading


05.28.21

Shelby Statement on President Biden's FY22 Budget Request

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today released the following statement regarding President Joseph Biden's Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) $6 trillion budget request: "President Biden's FY22 budget request is a blueprint for the higher taxes, excessive spending, and disproportionate funding priorities the American people can expect from his Administration over the next four years. The proposal completely disregards our debt of more than $28 tr… Continue Reading


05.26.21

Shelby Highlights Importance of Maintaining a Robust Intelligence Apparatus

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations and its subcommittee on defense, today delivered opening remarks during a defense subcommittee hearing on the intelligence community. During the closed hearing, the following officials testified, providing an update on the intelligence community and the challenges our country faces: Avril Haines, Director of National Intelligence, William J. Burns, Director of the Central Intelligenc… Continue Reading


05.20.21

Shelby: Lack of Defense Parity Shortchanges America's Military

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today spoke on the Senate floor ahead of a vote on his amendment to the U.S. Innovation and Competitiveness Act that would provide dollar-for-dollar parity between increases to defense and non-defense spending. 

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05.19.21

Shelby, Inhofe Offer Amendment to Prioritize Defense Spending in U.S. Strategy to Compete With China

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) and U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), lead Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, today filed an amendment to the U.S. Innovation and Competitiveness Act that would provide dollar-for-dollar parity between increases to defense and non-defense spending. The senators highlighted the necessity for robust defense spending to counter China's global ambitions and criticized President Biden's plans to… Continue Reading


05.18.21

Shelby Reviews Resources for National Guard and Reserves

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations and its subcommittee on defense, today questioned witnesses during a defense appropriations subcommittee hearing on the U.S. National Guard and Reserve forces. The four witnesses who testified in the hearing were General Daniel R. Hokanson, Chief of the National Guard Bureau; Lieutenant General Jody J. Daniels, Chief of the Army Reserve; Vice Admiral John B. Mustin, Chief of the Navy… Continue Reading


05.12.21

Shelby: Mayorkas Denial on Catch and Release Contradicts DHS Data

Vice Chairman Presses DHS Secretary to Clarify Comments from Senate Hearing

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05.12.21

Shelby Highlights Need for Rule of Law at Southern Border

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today delivered opening remarks during a full committee hearing focused on domestic violent extremism in the United States. During the hearing, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testified before the committee. Vice Chairman Shelby stated, "Domestic violent extremists threaten the rule of law. But so too does turning a blind eye… Continue Reading


05.12.21

Shelby, Capito Correct False Claims by Biden Administration on Border Wall Construction

Link to GAO Follow-Up Letter WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following a letter U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, sent along with more than 100 colleagues highlighting President Joe Biden unlawfully freezing of border wall funding, the administration has continued to make false or misleading claims about its actions. As a result, Senator Capito, along with Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropri… Continue Reading

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