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09.13.18

Vice Chairman Leahy Statement on Interior, FSGG, Agriculture, T-HUD Minibus

I am pleased to be here at the third appropriations conference of Fiscal Year 2019. We have made a lot of progress toward an agreement on the four bills before us - Interior, Financial Services, Agriculture, and Transportation-HUD - that will allow us to move this package forward, but we still have work to do and differences to resolve. Together these bills demonstrate the importance of the bipartisan budget agreement reached earlier this year. In these four bills, the priorities outlined in … Continue Reading


08.01.18

Appropriations Vice Chairman Leahy (D-Vt.) Statement On Senate Passage Of The Interior, THUD, FSGG & Agriculture “Minibus” Appropriations Bill

Today, we are voting on final passage of the second "minibus" package of appropriations bills, and I urge an "aye" vote. This bill contains the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies bill, the Financial Services and General Government and Related Agencies bill, the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies bill, and the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies bill. Each of these were reported by the Appropriations Committ… Continue Reading


08.01.18

Senate Republicans Block The Leahy Election Security Grant Funding Amendment

WASHINGTON (WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018) - Despite gaining the support of a majority of senators voting, an amendment to bolster election security efforts by the states, offered by Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), was blocked Wednesday by Senate Republicans. Leahy's amendment would strengthen election security ahead of the 2018 midterms by providing $250 million in grants to states. The amendment to one of the four annual Appropriations bills pending on the Sena… Continue Reading


07.31.18

Statement of Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On Urging A Senate Floor Vote On The Election Security Grant Amendment

I want to thank the Senior Senator from Alabama for working closely with me throughout this process. We are continuing to work on a managers' package, and I also want to bring up my election security grants amendment soon. The Senate must act as a coequal branch of government in defending against a threat to our democracy. The threat is very real. Our intelligence community unanimously agrees that Russia interfered in the 2016 elections, and that there is an imminent threat to the 2018 ele… Continue Reading


07.24.18

Remarks of Senator Patrick Leahy Supporting Appropriations Amendment on State Election Security Grants

I come to the floor today to talk about an amendment I will be offering that provides $250 million dollars for State Election Security Grants to protect our upcoming elections from attacks by Russia and other hostile foreign powers - which we know are growing and active threats. After our Intelligence Community's unanimous assessment that Russia interfered in our 2016 election, Congress came together and appropriated $380 million dollars for State Election Security Grants in the FY 2018 Omnibu… Continue Reading


07.24.18

Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Leahy Statement On The FY 2019 Interior, FSGG, and Agriculture "Minibus" Appropriations Bill

I am pleased to join Chairman Shelby as we prepare to debate the second set of appropriations bills to reach the Senate floor this session. This "minibus" contains four important bills for Fiscal Year 2019: the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies bill, the Financial Services and General Government bill, the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies bill, and the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies bill. Each of th… Continue Reading


06.21.18

Appropriations Vice Chair Leahy: Summary Of The Financial Services And General Government FY19 Appropriations Bill

Washington, D.C. - The fiscal year 2019 Senate Financial Services and General Government bill provides $23.688 billion to related agencies, which is $265 million more than fiscal year 2018, and $70 million more than the President's budget request. U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee, said: "This bill funds some of the key regulatory agencies, notably the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Co… Continue Reading


06.21.18

Vice Chairman Leahy Statement On The FY 19 Homeland Security, SFOPS, and FSGG Appropriations Bill

The Committee has three bills before us today - the State, Foreign Operations bill, Department of Homeland Security bill, and the Financial Services and General Government bill. I thank all of the Chairs and Ranking Members for their hard work. As the Ranking Member of the State, Foreign Operations Subcommittee, I will reserve my remarks on the bill until we turn to it. I will note that I worked closely with Senator Graham, as we always do, in drafting the bill, and I believe we produced a tr… Continue Reading


06.19.18

SUMMARY -- Senate Subcommittee Approves FY2019 Financial Services & General Government Appropriations Bill

Washington, D.C. - The fiscal year 2019 Senate Financial Services and General Government bill provides $23.688 billion to related agencies, which is $265 million more than fiscal year 2018, and $70 million more than the President's budget request. "U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee, said, "This bill funds some of the key regulatory agencies, notably the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Con… Continue Reading


11.20.17

SUMMARY: FY2018 Financial Services & General Government Appropriations Chairman's Mark Released

WASHINGTON (Monday, November 20, 2017) - Today the Senate Appropriations Committee made public the Chairman's Mark of the fiscal year 2018 Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) Appropriations bill. The bill provides a total of $21.035 billion, including $159 million in disaster funds. This funding level is $480 million less than the fiscal year 2017 enacted level and nearly $2 billion less than the fiscal year 2018 President's request. U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), Ranking Me… Continue Reading


07.26.17

Vice Chairman Leahy Statement on the President’s Fiscal Year 2018 Funding Request for the U.S. Department of Treasury

Thank you, Chairwoman Capito and Ranking Member Coons, for the opportunity to make a few brief opening remarks. Commissioner Koskinen, it's great to see you again. The last time we spoke, we found we agreed on more than we disagreed, and I have appreciated a close working relationship with you. It should be of no surprise to you that I want to emphasize the importance of taxpayer services. Reductions to those services disproportionately impact rural communities. Commissioner, you have been tas… Continue Reading


06.20.17

Vice Chairman Leahy Statement On The FY 18 Budget Request For The Federal Communications Commission

Thank you, Chairwoman Capito and Ranking Member Coons, for the opportunity to make brief remarks. The Trump budget proposal for FY 2018 cuts funding for the FCC's core budget by 5 percent. If implemented it would require a reduction in over 100 full-time employees. While this proposed cut may pale in comparison to the drastic cuts President Trump proposed for other agencies, it is a significant for an agency whose budget has been flat-funded since FY 2009. Perhaps this is a reflection of an… Continue Reading


06.16.16

Mikulski Statement at Full Committee Markup of the FY17 Interior and Financial Services 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 Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies (Interior) and Financial Services and General Government (Financial Services) Appropriations bills.

 

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

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06.16.16

FY17 FSGG Full Committee Markup Bill Summary

Washington, D.C. – The fiscal year 2017 Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) Appropriations bill provides a total of $22.552 billion, including $159 million in disaster funds.  This bill’s discretionary funding level is $933 million less than fiscal year 2016 and more than $2.2 billion less than the President’s request.  

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06.15.16

FY17 FSGG Subcommittee Markup Bill Summary

Washington, D.C. – The fiscal year 2017 Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) Appropriations bill provides a total of $22.552 billion, including $159 million in disaster funds.  This bill’s discretionary funding level is $933 million less than fiscal year 2016 and more than $2.2 billion less than the President’s request. 

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03.08.16

Mikulski Fights to Protect Families from Being Victims of Tax Identity Fraud in Hearing with Treasury Department and IRS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today continued her fight to protect families from being victims of tax identity fraud. The Senator today spoke at a Financial Services Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) budget requests for fiscal year (FY) 2017, which featured testimony from Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen and Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George

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07.23.15

Mikulski Remarks at Full Committee Markup of FSGG Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, participated in the Full Committee markup of the fiscal year 2016 Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) bill. The following are Vice Chairwoman Mikulski's remarks, as prepared for delivery: "I want to congratulate Chairman Cochran. Upon the conclusion of this markup, the Committee will have finished all 12 appropriations bills for fiscal year 2016. I ap… Continue Reading


07.23.15

FY16 FSGG Full Committee Markup Bill Summary

SUMMARY FINANCIAL SERVICES AND GENERAL GOVERNMENT APPROPRIATIONS BILL FISCAL YEAR 2016 APPROPRIATIONS BILL Full Committee Mark: July 23, 2015 Washington, D.C.-The fiscal year 2016 Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) Appropriations bill provides a total of $20.7 billion, including $159 million in disaster emergency funds. This bill's discretionary funding level is $1.1 billion below the fiscal year 2015 enacted level and nearly $4 billion below the President's requested level… Continue Reading


07.22.15

FY16 FSGG Subcommittee Markup Bill Summary

SUMMARY FINANCIAL SERVICES AND GENERAL GOVERNMENT APPROPRIATIONS BILL FISCAL YEAR 2016 APPROPRIATIONS BILL Subcommittee Mark: July 22, 2015 Washington, D.C.-The fiscal year 2016 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill provides a total of $20.7 billion, including $159 million in disaster emergency funds. This bill's discretionary funding level is $1.1 billion below the fiscal year 2015 enacted level and nearly $4 billion below the President's requested level. Th… Continue Reading


07.22.15

Mikulski to Offer Amendments to FSGG Bill to Strengthen Cybersecurity & Protect Victims of Data Breaches

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced she will offer two new amendments to improve federal cybersecurity and expand protections for victims of recent data breaches at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). The amendments will be offered during the full committee markup of the fiscal year (FY) 2016 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill. "OPM's latest data breaches compromised th… Continue Reading

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