Thank you, Chairman Carter, Ranking Member Roybal-Allard, and Chairman Rogers for holding this markup today.
I would like to thank the Chairman and his staff for their collaboration on a very successful FY 2017 Omnibus. Just two months ago we were able to come together and pass a bipartisan appropriations bill that stripped out dozens of riders and provided vital funding for the important agencies under this subcommittee’s purview.
Mr. Chairman, before I begin I want to thank you again for the collaborative process you have led during the formulation of this bill. You continue to be accessible and receptive to concerns that subcommittee Members have raised. It has been a pleasure working with you.
Thank you, Chairman Diaz-Balart, Ranking Member Price, and Chairman Frelinghuysen for your work on this bill.
An inadequate nondefense allocation results in a bill with damaging cuts to critical investments in clean energy, advanced energy research, and nuclear nonproliferation; as well as several divisive policy riders.
The Agriculture bill’s insufficient allocation results in consequential reductions for food aid, and underfunding CFTC’s enforcement of consumer financial protections.
2017 enacted level: $21.13 billion
2018 budget request: $15.36 billion
Thank you Mr. Chairman,
I would like to first start by thanking staff on both sides for the long nights and weekends spent drafting this bill and preparing us for this markup.
Their efforts are what really keep the wheels turning around here and I know all the Members on my side share the same sentiment.
However, I must oppose the bill before us today.
This bill embodies the worst of the damage the Republican agenda would inflict on American families and the worst of a broken and secretive process.
Mr. Chairman, it’s nearly July, and we have no budget resolution, no allocations for the majority of appropriations bills, and no plan to avoid a catastrophic debt default.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.