Thank you, Chairman Yoder, Ranking Member Ryan, and Chairman Frelinghuysen for your work on this bill.
Today, we consider funding for the operations of our nation’s Legislative Branch. This bill provides $4.49 billion for Fiscal Year 2018, a $50 million increase above current levels and $357.5 million below the budget request.
Thank you, Chairman Yoder. Let me just say how lucky I am to have you as my chair. You’ve sought my input and made sure that wherever there’s room for bipartisan agreement in this bill, we reach it. Your staff has done the same for my staff and I want to thank them, as well.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman, I don’t know if I can be as brief, but I want to welcome the new secretary, someone who has experience as an appropriator himself and also a governor, former governor from a very important energy state. You have a lot of experience, and we need it all.
Secretary Mnuchin, I join Chairman Rogers in welcoming you here today.
Secretary Tillerson, thank you for joining us today.
During your confirmation hearing, you stated: “Quite simply, we are the only global superpower with the means and the moral compass capable of shaping the world for good. If we do not lead, we risk plunging the world deeper into confusion and danger.”
“Welcome Director Homan, Chief Provost, and Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner Wagner.
“When the secretary appeared before this subcommittee a few weeks ago, I noted that his job was among the most challenging in government.
Thank you for yielding Mr. Chairman.
Mr. Chairman, since my first day as Ranking Member, you have set a cooperative tone --- thank you for continuing to be inclusive as we work through this process.
Thank you, Chairman Dent, Ranking Member Wasserman Shultz, and Chairman Frelinghuysen for your work on this bill.
Thank you Mr. Chairman,
I would like to join you in welcoming Treasury Secretary Mnuchin to the committee.
I thank you for making the time to be here today.
Secretary Zinke, thank you for being with us this morning.