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.
Thank you, Chairman Culberson, Chairman Frelinghuysen, and Ranking Member Serrano for your work on this bill.
Chairwoman Granger, congratulations on bringing your first Defense Appropriations Bill before the Committee. You have taken the helm of the subcommittee in an exceptionally difficult year and I deeply appreciate your steadfast commitment to maintaining its tradition of cooperative bipartisanship, transparency, and taking a thoughtful approach to solving problems.
Thank you, Chairman Frelinghuysen, Chairwoman Granger, and Ranking Member Visclosky for your hard work on this bill.
Thank you, Chairman Yoder, Ranking Member Ryan, and Chairman Frelinghuysen for your work on this bill.
Thank you, Chairman Yoder. Let me reiterate how much I appreciate the way you’ve run our subcommittee and the way you’ve included me in the process. You’ve sought my input and really tried to make writing the Legislative Branch appropriations bill a collaborative process as much as possible.
I’d like to thank Chairman Aderholt, Ranking Member Bishop, and Chairman Frelinghuysen for their work on this bill.
Thank you for yielding Mr. Chairman.