Minority News Releases

07.27.23

Senate Committee Approves FY24 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill

Bill passes Committee by a vote of 24-4 Washington, D.C. – The Senate Committee on Appropriations today approved the Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) Homeland Security Appropriations Act, providing funding to strengthen border security, support the U.S. Coast Guard, respond to natural disasters, and combat the trafficking of fentanyl and other illicit drugs. The measure, which was advanced by a bipartisan vote of 24-4, provides $61.364 billion in discretionary funding, including $3.612 billion in… Continue Reading


07.27.23

Senate Committee Approves FY24 Labor, HHS, and Education Appropriations Bill

Bill passes Committee by a vote of 26-2 Washington, D.C. – The Senate Committee on Appropriations today approved the Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, providing support to strengthen America’s workforce and fund important health and education programs. The measure, which was advanced by a bipartisan vote of 26-2, provides $224.4 billion in discretionary funding. “This bill supports working families through increased r… Continue Reading


07.27.23

Senate Committee Approves FY24 Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill

Bill passes Committee by a vote of 28-0 Washington, D.C. – The Senate Committee on Appropriations today approved the Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, providing support for tribal programs, National Parks, public lands, and federal efforts to suppress wildfires. The measure, which was advanced by a bipartisan vote of 28-0, provides $42.695 billion in discretionary funding, including $2.650 billion in wildland fire suppression funding.… Continue Reading


07.27.23

Senate Committee Approves FY24 Defense Appropriations Bill

Bill passes Committee by a vote of 27-1 Washington, D.C. – The Senate Committee on Appropriations today approved the Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) Defense Appropriations Act, providing U.S. military services with the funding needed to deter China and Russia, support service members and their families, and strengthen the defense industrial base.  The measure, which was advanced by a bipartisan vote of 27-1, provides $831 billion in funding—an increase of $5.1 billion more than the Pr… Continue Reading


07.27.23

Senators Murray and Collins Issue Statement After Passing All 12 Appropriations Bills Out of Committee for First Time in Five Years

  Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Chair and Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee respectively, issued the following statement today after the Senate Appropriations Committee concluded its work to successfully mark up all twelve appropriations bills for the first time in five years:    “For the first time in five years, this committee finished passing all twelve individual appropriations bills with overwhelming bipartisan … Continue Reading


07.20.23

Senate Committee Approves FY24 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill

  Bill passes Committee by a vote of 29-0   Washington, D.C. – The Senate Committee on Appropriations today approved the Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations Act, providing support to improve America’s infrastructure and address housing affordability challenges.     The measure, which was advanced by a bipartisan vote of 29-0, provides $98.931 billion in discretionary funding, includ… Continue Reading


07.20.23

Senate Committee Approves FY24 State, Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

  Bill passes Committee by a vote of 27-2   Washington, D.C. – The Senate Committee on Appropriations today approved the Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, providing critical security assistance to allies, promotes democracy abroad, and continues lifesaving humanitarian and global health assistance.    The measure, which was advanced by a bipartisan vote of 27-2, provides $61.608 billion in discretionary fund… Continue Reading


07.20.23

Senate Committee Approves FY24 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill

  Bill passes Committee by a vote of 29-0   Washington, D.C. – The Senate Committee on Appropriations today approved the Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, providing support to advance America’s energy independence and improve water infrastructure across the country.   The measure, which was advanced by a bipartisan vote of 29-0, provides $58.095 billion in discretionary funding, including $33.422 billion in defense funding an… Continue Reading


07.13.23

Senate Committee Approves FY24 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill

  Bill passes Committee by a vote of 28-1   Washington, D.C. – The Senate Committee on Appropriations today approved the Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations Act, providing support for law enforcement, economic development, scientific research, and other national priorities.     The measure, which was advanced by a vote of 28-1, provides $71.734 billion in discretionary funding, including $6.674 billion in de… Continue Reading


07.13.23

Senate Committee Approves FY24 Financial Service & General Government Appropriations Bill

  Bill passes Committee by a vote of 29-0   Washington, D.C. – The Senate Committee on Appropriations today approved the Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) Appropriations Act, providing support for physical and cyber security, communications infrastructure, and overall legislative work capacity.   The measure, which was advanced by a vote of 29-0, provides $16.950 billion in discretionary funding, including $43 million in defen… Continue Reading


07.13.23

Senate Committee Approves FY24 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill

Bill passes Committee by a vote of 29-0   Washington, D.C. – The Senate Committee on Appropriations today approved the Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, providing support for physical and cyber security, communications infrastructure, and overall legislative work capacity.   The measure, which was advanced by a bipartisan vote of 29-0, provides $4.742 billion in discretionary funding for legislative branch agencies, including $1.24 billion for the… Continue Reading


07.11.23

Senate Appropriations Committee Hosts JDRF Children’s Congress

  Approximately 165 Children’s Congress delegates from all 50 states and five countries attended the hearing.   Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Susan Collins (R-ME), Chair and Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, as well as Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, hosted a hearing titled, “Accelerating Breakthroughs: How the Special Diabetes Program Is Creating Hope for those Living with … Continue Reading


06.22.23

Senate Committee Approves FY24 Agriculture Appropriations Bill

Bill passes Committee by a vote of 28-0   Washington, D.C. – The Senate Committee on Appropriations today approved the Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, providing support for critical agriculture, rural development, nutrition, conservation, and food and drug safety programs.    The measure, which was advanced by a bipartisan vote of 28-0, provides $25.993 billion in discretionary… Continue Reading


06.22.23

Senate Committee Approves FY24 MilCon-VA Appropriations Bill

Bill passes Committee by a vote of 28-0   Washington, D.C. – The Senate Committee on Appropriations today approved the Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) 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 vot… Continue Reading


06.08.23

Senator Collins Questions National Guard Chief on Classified Information Leak by Massachusetts Airman

  Washington, D.C. – At a hearing to review the fiscal year 2024 budget request for the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Senator Susan Collis, Vice Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, questioned Chief of the National Guard Bureau General Daniel Hokanson on the recent accusation against a member of the Massachusetts’ Air National Guard for leaking classified documents in an online chat group.   Senator Collins said:   General Hokanson, I want to follow up on … Continue Reading


06.05.23

Senator Collins Calls for Proportional Fielding of New Aircraft to National Guard and Reserves

  Washington, D.C. – At a hearing to review the fiscal year 2024 budget request for the National Guard and Reserve Components, U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Vice Chairman of the Appropriations Committee and Ranking Member of the Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, engaged with Chief of the Air Force Reserve Lieutenant General John Healy on the importance of fielding new modernized aircraft, to include tankers and fighters, in a manner that is concurrent and proportional to the Guard a… Continue Reading


05.25.23

Senator Collins’ Statement on Nomination of CQ Brown to Serve as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

  Washington, D.C.­ — U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Ranking Member of the Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, released this statement following the announcement that United States Air Force General Charles Q. "CQ" Brown has been nominated by President Biden as the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff:   “As the Ranking Member of the Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, I have valued General Brown̵… Continue Reading


05.17.23

Senator Collins Stresses Need to Arm Taiwan for Self-Defense, Replenish U.S. Military Stockpiles to Deter China

Washington, D.C. – At a full Appropriations Committee hearing to review the President’s fiscal year 2024 budget request related to U.S.-China policy, U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Vice Chairman of the Committee, questioned Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on U.S. military stockpiles affected by obligations of legislation to provide Taiwan with means to defend itself.  Secretary Austin confirmed press reports that the Administration will be exercising authority to provide addition… Continue Reading


05.17.23

Murray and Collins Plan to Begin Bipartisan Senate Appropriations Markups in June

Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Chair and Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee respectively, announced their plans to hold markups of bipartisan funding bills in June.   “As yesterday’s hearing made clear, passing bipartisan, on-time appropriations bills is critical if we want to stay ahead of competitors like the Chinese government,” said Chair Murray and Vice Chair Collins. “Ther… Continue Reading


05.16.23

Senator Collins: The Fentanyl Crisis ‘Begins and Ends in China’

  Washington, D.C. — At a full Appropriations Committee hearing to review the President’s fiscal year 2024 budget request related to U.S.-China policy, U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Vice Chairman of the Committee, stressed the need to curtail China’s involvement in the fentanyl crisis in America.    In her opening remarks, Senator Collins said:   As one Department of Homeland Security official recently testified, the fentanyl crisis ‘begins and ends… Continue Reading

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