Thank you Mr. Chairman and welcome Mr. Secretary.
I would like to thank Chairman Dent and Ranking Member Bishop for holding this important hearing, and welcome Secretary McDonald and all of our distinguished guests this afternoon.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for holding this hearing on a set of programs that tap into one of our best attributes as a nation. National service is a core American value. It makes this country exceptional. Service provides an unparalleled richness for those that participate, and gives citizens the greatest potential to change the face of the communities they serve.
I’d like to thank the Chairman and Ranking Member for holding this hearing. To our distinguished FBI Director Comey, who has served this country through multiple Presidents and parties, I welcome you and thank you for your service.
Thank you, Chairman Cole and Ranking Member DeLauro, for holding this hearing. Secretary Burwell, on what may be your last occasion to testify before the House Appropriations Committee, I thank you for your service, first as Director of OMB and now as Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Madam Secretary, welcome back to the Labor-HHS subcommittee. It has been exactly one year to the day since your last appearance here. I want to express my gratitude for the work you and your Department do.
First let me start by thanking Chairman Cole. Together, we were able to make many great investments in the Labor Health and Human Services bill last year.
Thank you very much, Chairman Frelinghuysen. I appreciate you holding this hearing and look forward to working with you to craft the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Defense Bill.
Secretary Kerry, it’s a pleasure to welcome you before our Subcommittee. Since you were sworn into office, the world has witnessed unprecedented levels of turmoil, requiring strong U.S. leadership on many fronts.
Chief among them is the Middle East.
Thank you, Chairman Diaz-Balart and Ranking Member Pricefor holding this hearing. I would like to welcome Secretary Foxx before the Subcommittee today, and thank you for your service to the country.
Last fall, Republicans and Democrats joined together to pass abipartisan budget agreement that set the discretionary spending level for Fiscal Year 2017.