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09.21.18

Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) REAX To President Trump Signing The Appropriations “Minibus 1” Bill

"This bill is the product of a bipartisan agreement among Chairman Shelby, Leader McConnell, Leader Schumer and myself. It is free of partisan policy riders, has broad bipartisan support, and it complies with the Bipartisan Budget Agreement reached in February. This is a successful framework that we should continue to follow to complete the remaining nine appropriations bills to ensure the Government of the American people stays open for business. I am glad that President Trump signed onto ou… Continue Reading


09.18.18

Under Leahy-Led Appropriations Legislation, Taxpayer-Funded Congressional Research Service Reports Are Publicly Available TODAY, For The First Time

WASHINGTON (TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018) - Widely hailed as a key victory for transparency and open access to information, Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports will be made freely available to the public for the first time beginning Tuesday. The change in policy was directed by appropriations provisions authored by Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). The Leahy legislation was signed into law in March. A legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, … Continue Reading


09.12.18

Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Statement On On Senate Passage Of The “Minibus I” Conference Report

Today, the Senate will consider final passage of the "Minibus #1" conference report. This package contains the Legislative Branch, Energy and Water Development, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Bills. When we first considered this package in June, we held our first real debate on the Senate floor on an appropriations bill in a very long time. We had eight roll call votes on amendments and adopted a managers' package containing 32 more - taking… Continue Reading


09.10.18

Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Leahy (D-Vt.) Releases Conference Agreement Summary For “Minibus I”

WASHINGTON (MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018) - Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Monday released a summary compiled by the Senate Appropriations Committee Minority staff of the conference agreement for the Energy & Water Development, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies, and Legislative Branch "minibus" appropriations bill. The package includes $146.57 billion in discretionary spending and must now be passed by Congress and signed into law… Continue Reading


09.10.18

Legislative Branch Conference Report

Washington, D.C. - The Legislative Branch Appropriations bill provides $4.836 billion to conduct oversight, accountability and transparency of federal spending and programs; improve copyright protections; and support the security, safety, and daily operations of the United States Congress and the Library of Congress. Total funding is $136 million more than the fiscal year 2018 enacted level, $46 million more than fiscal year 2019 Senate-passed bill, and $44 million less than the fiscal year 201… Continue Reading


09.05.18

Statement of Vice Chairman Leahy (D-Vt.) On The Conference Meeting For The "Minibus I" Appropriations Bill

I am pleased to be here for the first conference of the FY 2019 Appropriations season. The "minibus" before us contains three important appropriations bills. This minibus provides important resources for the support and care of our Nation's veterans, and it makes critical investments in our country's water infrastructure and energy programs. It also provides support to numerous agencies under the umbrella of the Legislative Branch. We have made a lot of progress toward an agreement that wil… Continue Reading


06.25.18

Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Leahy On Passage Of The FY 2019 "Minibus" Appropriations Bill

Today we are voting on final passage of the first package of Senate appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2019. This "minibus" contains three appropriations bills - the Energy and Water Appropriations bill, the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill, and the Legislative Branch Appropriations bill. Chairman Shelby and I, working closely with Senator McConnell and Senator Schumer, have committed to getting the appropriations process back on track. Our strategy has been t… Continue Reading


06.14.18

SUMMARY -- Legislative Branch Fiscal Year 2019 Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON (THURSDAY, June 14, 2018) - The fiscal year 2019 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill provides $3.361 billion in discretionary budget authority, excluding items pertaining solely to the House, which total an additional $1.429 billion. Total funding accommodated in the bill is $4.790 billion, which is $90 million more than the fiscal 2018 enacted level and $159 million less than budget request. The bill provides critical increases for the Government Accountability Office, the Unite… Continue Reading


07.27.17

Leahy Scores Public ‘Right To Know’ Win, To Open Access To Taxpayer-Funded Congressional Research Reports

WASHINGTON (THURSDAY, July 26, 2017) -- Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Thursday advanced legislation in the Senate Appropriations Committee to make all non-confidential reports prepared by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) - Congress's research arm - freely available to the public, schools and libraries across the country. A legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS issues or updates more than 3000 reports each year on topics ranging from the structure of government a… Continue Reading


07.27.17

Vice Chairman Leahy Statement On FY '18 CJS, THUD and Legislative Branch Appropriations Bills

Today we mark up three appropriations bills, the fiscal year 2018 Commerce and Justice, Science and Related Agencies bill, the Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies bill, and the Legislative Branch Appropriations bill. I want to thank Chairman Shelby and Ranking Member Shaheen for their hard work on the CJS bill. This bill represents a truly bipartisan process, making the most out of a tight allocation to fund law enforcement, invest in science, and support eco… Continue Reading


07.27.17

SUMMARY: Committee Approves FY18 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON (THURSDAY, July 27, 2017) - The fiscal year 2018 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill provides $3.171 billion in discretionary budget authority, excluding items pertaining solely to the House, which total an additional $1.319 billion. Total funding accommodated in the bill is $4.490 billion, which is $50 million more than the fiscal 2017 enacted level and $192 million less than budget request. The bill provides critical increases for the Congressional Budget Office, the Government… Continue Reading


05.19.16

Mikulski Statement at Full Committee Markup of FY17 Agriculture & Legislative Branch 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 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies (Agriculture) and Legislative Branch Appropriations bills.

          

The following are Vice Chairwoman Mikulski’s remarks, as prepared for delivery:

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05.19.16

FY17 Legislative Branch Full Committee Markup Bill Summary

SUMMARY

LEGISLATIVE BRANCH FISCAL YEAR 2017 APPROPRIATIONS BILL

Full Committee Mark: May 19, 2016

         

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Senate Appropriations Full Committee reported funding legislation for the fiscal year 2017 Legislative Branch Subcommittee that totals $4.399 billion in discretionary budget authority.  This provides $36 million more than the fiscal year 2016 level and is $259 million less than the fiscal year 2017 request.

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06.11.15

FY16 Legislative Branch Full Committee Markup Bill Summary

Contact:Mara Stark-Alcalá w/Appropriations: (202) 224-2667 Karen Lightfoot w/Schatz: (202) 224-4305 SUMMARYLEGISLATIVE BRANCH FISCAL YEAR 2016 APPROPRIATIONS BILLFull Committee Mark: June 11, 2015 Washington, D.C. - Today, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee ordered reported fiscal year 2016 Legislative Branch funding legislation that totals $4.309 billion in discretionary budget authority. Total funding is $9 millio… Continue Reading


06.11.15

Mikulski Opening Statement at Full Committee Markup of FY16 CJS, Defense & Legislative Branch Bills

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS), participated in a Full Committee markup to consider the fiscal year 2016 Department of Defense; Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies; and Legislative Branch appropriations bills. The following are Vice Chairwoman Mikulski's remarks, as prepared for delivery: "Thank you, Chairman Cochran. … 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


06.19.14

FY15 Legislative Branch Full Committee Markup Bill Summary

Contact: Vince Morris w/Appropriations: (202) 224-1010 Shaheen Press Office: (202) 224-5553 SUMMARYLEGISLATIVE BRANCH FISCAL YEAR 2015 APPROPRIATIONS BILLFull Committee Mark: June 19, 2014 Washington, DC - The Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill provides $4.3 billion to support oversight and transparency of federal spending and programs and the functioning of… Continue Reading


06.16.14

Appropriations Committee Schedule for the Week of June 16, 2014

TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 2014 Energy and Water Development Subcommittee (Chairwoman Feinstein)* Time and Location: 10:00 a.m., in Room SD-192 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building Agenda: Markup of the FY15 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill State, Foreign Operations Subcommittee (Chairman Leahy)* Time and Location: 4:00 p.m., in Room SD-138 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building Agenda: Markup of the FY15 Department of State, Foreign Oper… Continue Reading


04.03.14

Appropriations Committee Schedule for the Week of April 7, 2014

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 State, Foreign Operations Subcommittee (Chairman Leahy) Time and Location: 10:15 a.m., in Room SD-138 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building Agenda: FY 2015 Budget Request for the United States Agency for International Development Witnesses: Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development Legislative Branch Subcommittee (Chairwoman Shaheen) Time and Location: 2:30 p.m., in Room SD-138 of the Dirksen Senate Office Bui… Continue Reading


03.28.14

Schedule for the Week of March 24th

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Military Construction, Veteran Affairs, and Related Agencies Subcommittee (Chairman Johnson) Time & Location: 10:00 a.m., Room SD-124 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building Agenda: An overview on the Department of Veterans Affairs Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request to Congress. Witness: The Honorable Eric K. Shinseki, Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs Accompanied by: The Honorable Robert A. Petzel, MD, Under Secretary for Health The Honor… Continue Reading

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