Committee on Appropriations

Hal Rogers

Chairman Rogers Announces Updated GOP Subcommittee Rosters

2015/03/24

House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers today announced updated Republican rosters for the 12 Appropriations subcommittees for the 114th Congress. The changes were spurred by a new member, Rep. Steven Palazzo, joining the Appropriations Committee.

“These subcommittees do the hard and intricate work of weeding through the discretionary budgets of every federal agency, conducting vital oversight, and making sure every dollar is used wisely and efficiently. These subcommittee members have an enormous responsibility, and I know they are up to the task as we face challenging budget decisions in the weeks and months ahead,” Chairman Rogers said.

The subcommittee Chairs and Members are as follows:

Agriculture Subcommittee:

Chairman Robert Aderholt (R-AL)
Kevin Yoder (R-KS)
Tom Rooney (R-FL)
David Valadao (R-CA)
Andy Harris (R-MD)
David Young (R-IA)
Steven Palazzo (R-MS)

Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee:

Chairman John Culberson (R-TX)
Robert Aderholt (R-AL)
John Carter (R-TX)
Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA)
Martha Roby (R-AL)
David Jolly (R-FL)
Steven Palazzo (R-MS)

Defense Subcommittee:

Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ)
Kay Granger (R-TX)
Ander Crenshaw (R-FL)
Ken Calvert (R-CA)
Tom Cole (R-OK)
Steve Womack (R-AR)
Robert Aderholt (R-AL)
John Carter (R-TX)
Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL)
Tom Graves (R-GA)

Energy and Water Subcommittee:

Chairman Mike Simpson (R-ID)
Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ)
Ken Calvert (R-CA)
Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN)
Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE)
Kay Granger (R-TX)
Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA)
David Valadao (R-CA)

Financial Services Subcommittee:

Chairman Ander Crenshaw (R-FL)
Tom Graves (R-GA)
Kevin Yoder (R-KS)
Steve Womack (R-AR)
Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA)
Mark Amodei (R-NV)
Scott Rigell (R-VA)

Homeland Security Subcommittee:

Chairman John Carter (R-TX)
John Culberson (R-TX)
Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ)
Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN)
Andy Harris (R-MD)
Chris Stewart (R-UT)
David Young (R-IA)

Interior Subcommittee:

Chairman Ken Calvert (R-CA)
Mike Simpson (R-ID)
Tom Cole (R-OK)
David Joyce (R-OH)
Chris Stewart (R-UT)
Mark Amodei (R-NV)
Evan Jenkins (R-WV)

Labor, Health and Human Services Subcommittee:

Chairman Tom Cole (R-OK)
Mike Simpson (R-ID)
Steve Womack (R-AR)
Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN)
Andy Harris (R-MD)
Martha Roby (R-AL)
Charlie Dent (R-PA)
Scott Rigell (R-VA)

Legislative Branch Subcommittee:

Chairman Tom Graves (R-GA)
Mark Amodei (R-NV)
Scott Rigell (R-VA)
Evan Jenkins (R-WV)
Steven Palazzo (R-MS) 

Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee:

Chairman Charlie Dent (R-PA)
Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE)
Tom Rooney (R-FL)
Martha Roby (R-AL)
David Valadao (R-CA)
David Joyce (R-OH)
David Jolly (R-FL)

State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee:

Chairwoman Kay Granger (R-TX)
Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL)
Charlie Dent (R-PA)
Ander Crenshaw (R-FL)
Tom Rooney (R-FL)
Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE)
Chris Stewart (R-UT)

Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee:

Chairman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL)
David Joyce (R-OH)
John Culberson (R-TX)
Kevin Yoder (R-KS)
David Jolly (R-FL)
David Young (R-IA)
Evan Jenkins (R-WV)

Appropriations Members Assigned to the Budget Committee:

Tom Cole (R-OK)
Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL)
Steve Womack (R-AR)

 

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Chairman Rogers Welcomes Rep. Palazzo to the Appropriations Committee

2015/03/17

The House Republican Steering Committee today approved Rep. Steven Palazzo (MS-04) to serve on the House Appropriations Committee in the 114th Congress.

Chairman Hal Rogers welcomed the new addition to the Committee:

“It is with pleasure that I welcome Rep. Palazzo to the House Appropriations Committee. Serving on this Committee is an honor and a privilege, and bears with it a great responsibility to oversee each and every discretionary dollar spent by the United States. Especially in this challenging budget climate, the work of the Committee is critically important to continue essential and necessary government functions, and to ensure the proper use of our tax dollars. I know that Steven is more than up to the task, and I look forward to working with him during this Congress.”

 

 

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Oversight Hearing - Federal Investments in Neuroscience and Neurotechnology

2015/03/16

Witnesses: Dr. Jo Handelsman, Associate Director for Science, Office of Science and Technology Policy; Dr. James Olds, Assistant Director for Biological Sciences, National Science Foundation; Dr. Steven Hyman, Director, Stanley Center for Psychological Research Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard; Zack Lynch, Executive Director, Neurotechnology Industry Organization Read More

Budget Hearing - United States Army

2015/03/16

Witnesses: The Honorable John M. McHugh, Secretary, United States Army; General Raymond T. Odierno, Chief of Staff, United States Army Read More

Budget Hearing - Department of Homeland Security

2015/03/16

Witness: The Honorable Jeh Johnson, Secretary, Department of Homeland Security Read More

Budget Hearing - The Judiciary

2015/03/16

Witnesses: The Honorable Julia S. Gibbons, Chair, Committee on the Budget, Judicial Conference of the United States; The Honorable James C. Duff, Director, Administrative Office, United States Courts Read More

Public and Outside Witness Hearing

2015/03/16


Budget Hearing - Federal Bureau of Investigation

2015/03/16

Witness: The Honorable James B. Comey, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation Read More

Budget Hearing - National Nuclear Security Administration, Nuclear Nonproliferation and Naval Reactors

2015/03/16

Witnesses: Frank Klotz, Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration; Anne Harrington, Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, National Nuclear Security Administration; Admiral John M. Richardson, Director, Naval Reactors Read More

Labor, Health a Subcommittee Announces Public Witness Hearing Date

2015/03/16

The Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies will hold a public witness hearings on April 29, 2015.

The deadline to submit requests to testify is March 31, 2015. 

Please find further instructions for submitting a request to testify to the Subcommittee by clicking here.

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Public and Outside Witness Hearing

2015/03/16


Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee Releases Instructions for Outside Witness Testimony Submission

2015/03/13

The House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies today released instructions for outside witness testimony submission for FY 2016.

Please click here to view these instructions.

Submissions are due April 14, 2015.

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Appropriations Subcommittee Chaired by Rep. Charlie Dent Hears from Veterans Affairs Secretary

2015/03/04

Today, Chairman Charlie Dent (PA-15) and the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs heard testimony from Robert A. McDonald, the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). President Obama appointed Secretary McDonald to head the VA in July of 2014. This was his first appearance before the subcommittee to lay out the VA’s budget requests.

The Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee is responsible for providing funding for all military construction projects – such as housing and infrastructure on our bases – and, importantly, for funding the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Chairman Dent empathized with Secretary McDonald during his opening statement. “You come before us at a challenging time for the VA. You are trying to recover from the wait list scandal and implement the complex new [Veterans] Choice legislation. And, you are trying to bring about a transformation of the agency to make it more veteran service-centric,” Dent told the Secretary.

“The subcommittee welcomes the opportunity to learn about your vision for addressing the VA’s problems and reforming the department so that we are sure we are giving all veterans who want to use the VA the services they deserve,” Dent told McDonald.

Dent did note that the VA’s request for “an enormous ($5.1 billion – 7.8%) increase” in the Department’s discretionary budget would be difficult to fund under the constraints of the Budget Control Act.

Chairman Dent concluded his opening remarks by praising the VA’s workers. “You have a lot of great employees out there,” Dent said. “When I visit VA facilities, I’m always impressed.”

Also testifying before the Subcommittee:


Carolyn M. Clancy

Interim Under Secretary for Health

Department of Veterans Affairs

 

Allison A. Hickey

Under Secretary for Benefits

Department of Veterans Affairs

 

Stephen W. Warren

Executive in Charge for Information and Technology

Department of Veterans Affairs

 

Helen Tierney

Assistant Secretary for Management and Chief Financial Officer

Department of Veterans Affairs

 

Glen R. Powers

Deputy Under Secretary for Field Programs

Department of Veterans Affairs

 

CONTACT:

Shawn Millan

Communications Director

Office of Congressman Charlie Dent

(610) 770-3490

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House Appropriations Committee Announces Two New Subcommittee Clerks

2015/03/04

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers today announced new Subcommittee Clerks for the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee, and the Financial Services Appropriations Subcommittee.

John Martens will take over as Clerk of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science. Winnie Chang will move up to become Clerk of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services.

“The Committee will face some extremely challenging issues over the next Appropriations cycle, and these new Clerks are more than up to the task. This Congress will have tough choices to make to prioritize funding, weed out waste, and really dig into federal budgets to make the most out of each and every tax dollar. Both John and Winnie will play an integral role in this effort, and have the professionalism, the know-how, and the extraordinary work ethic necessary to get the job done, and done well.” Chairman Rogers said.

Most recently, Martens was the Clerk of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services. Martens joined the Committee staff in 2002, after serving as a budget analyst for the Naval Sea Systems Command and the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. He has an undergraduate degree from Randolph Macon College and a Masters in Public Administration from Troy State University.

Chang was most recently a professional staff member on the Financial Services Subcommittee, where she has served since 2011. Her prior experience includes serving as a budget analyst for the House and Senate Budget Committees and for the White House Office of Management and Budget, and as an Appropriations Liaison for the Department of Justice. Chang has an undergraduate degree from the University of California – Riverside and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Washington.

 

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Rogers Praises Passage of 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill

2015/03/03

The U.S. House of Representatives today approved the fiscal year 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations bill (H.R. 240), which will provide funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through September 30, 2015. This is the last of the 12 annual funding bills to be approved by the House, and will now head to the President for his signature.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman commended the House’s action, saying:

“Today, the House fulfilled its constitutional duty by passing an appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security for the rest of the fiscal year. The functions of this Department are far too important to be subject to the risk of a government shutdown or the uncertainty of further continuing resolutions. By supporting our men and women on the frontlines, bolstering critical border security agencies, and funding vigilant anti-terrorism and law enforcement efforts on our home turf, we have ensured that this nation has its strongest arm of defense up against all who would do us harm.

“This bill also ensures that our immigration laws are enforced and contains no funding to carry out the President’s unilateral actions on immigration – actions that he himself said he had no authority to do. We must and we will continue to fight this unconstitutional overreach. For now, the President’s executive actions have been stopped in court, and this is where we must focus our efforts.

“Nearly halfway into the fiscal year, it is well past time that we put our 2015 fiscal year work behind us. It is time for us to move forward and focus on the many other pressing issues on our agenda, including starting the process of funding the federal government for the next fiscal year.”

The fiscal year 2015 Homeland Security funding bill provides $39.7 billion in discretionary funding for DHS, an increase of $400 million compared to the fiscal year 2014 enacted level. The bill prioritizes frontline security – including all operational, counterterrorism, and threat-targeting activities, and essential tactical equipment – and saves taxpayer dollars by reducing overhead costs and cutting funds for lower-priority programs.

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Rep. Simpson Floor Statement on Motion to Recede and Concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 240

2015/03/03

Rep. Mike Simpson, member of the House Committee on Appropriations, gave the following statement on the House floor today​ on the Motion to Recede and Concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 240:

"Mr. Speaker, I rise today with a motion that will move us forward to ensure the security of our nation by keeping the Department of Homeland Security funded until the end of the fiscal year.

"Funding for the Department of Homeland Security will expire this week. To allow a shutdown of these critical functions would be an abdication of one of our primary duties as Members of Congress. It is the constitutional duty of this body to provide funding for the federal government – all of the federal government – and this should be without the threat of shutdowns or the lurching uncertainty of continuing resolutions.

"The House acted in January to fund DHS for the year – and has extended short-term funding several times – in order to maintain the critical security activities that keep our nation safe.

"The Senate has now done all it can do, given their unique procedural constraints. It is clear that the legislation before us, while not exactly what the House wanted, is the only path forward to avoid a potentially devastating shutdown and to provide stable, continuous funding for the agencies and programs tasked with defending our home turf.

"Let us remember that the underlying legislation is a great bill. The security of our homeland is one of our highest priorities, and this bill provides $39.7 billion for that purpose. It will ensure that we can defend our nation against threats of terrorism, and that the men and women on our frontline remain well equipped and trained.

"We are now nearly halfway into the fiscal year, and it is imperative that we get this bill enacted. At the same time, Congress must continue to fight the President’s executive actions on immigration that I do not support, and that the American people do not support.

"We must continue this fight. But we also must allow funding for critical security functions to move forward. These two priorities are not mutually exclusive. We can and should do both.

"For now, the president’s executive action has been stopped in court. This is where we must focus our efforts and continue the battle against this unconstitutional overreach.

"Mr. Speaker, it is high time to act to provide responsible, adequate funding for the Department of Homeland Security to protect the people who elected us, and to defend this great nation. I urge an “aye” vote, and I reserve the balance of my time."

 

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Culberson Chairs First CJS Subcommittee Hearing of 2015

2015/02/25

Congressman John Culberson (TX-07) today issued the following statement after chairing the first Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee hearing of 2015, during which Inspectors General from the Departments of Justice, Commerce and the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) testified regarding their agency’s efforts to improve work, accomplish core missions and reduce spending:

“With Federal debt at $18 trillion, it’s imperative the Subcommittee ensure every dollar provided to these agencies is spent efficiently and appropriately. The President has proposed increasing spending in virtually every area of government and pays for it with proposed tax increases. However the House Budget Resolution is not likely to adopt this approach.

“While this Appropriations Committee has reduced spending over the past four years, we must continue to look for additional savings. Therefore, I asked the Inspectors General to come to Capitol Hill to discuss the challenges their agencies are facing and how we can help them improve their performance and reduce spending.

“This is the first of many hearings this Subcommittee will hold to ensure American taxpayers dollars are not being wasted.”

The subcommittee hearing took place at 10:30 a.m. and included testimony from Michael E. Horowitz, Inspector General at the Department of Justice, Todd J. Zinser, Inspector General at the Department of Commerce and Paul K. Martin, Inspector General at NASA.

 

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State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee Releases Instructions for Submitting Testimony for Fiscal Year 2016

2015/02/24

The House Appropriations Committee State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee today released instructions for submitting written testimony for the record and for requesting to testify at an outside witness hearing.

Requests to testify are due on March 3, 2015, and submissions of written testimony are due March 23, 2015.

Please find further instructions by clicking here.

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American Indian and Alaska Native Public and Outside Witness Hearing

2015/01/29


American Indian and Alaska Native Public and Outside Witness Hearing

2015/01/29


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Membership

Robert Aderholt

ALABAMA's 4th DISTRICT

Mark Amodei

NEVADA's 2nd DISTRICT

Ken Calvert

CALIFORNIA's 42nd DISTRICT

John Carter

TEXAS' 31st DISTRICT

Tom Cole

OKLAHOMA's 4th DISTRICT

Ander Crenshaw

FLORIDA's 4th DISTRICT

John Culberson

TEXAS' 7th DISTRICT

Charlie Dent

PENNSYLVANIA's 15th DISTRICT

Mario Diaz-Balart

FLORIDA's 25th DISTRICT

Chuck Fleischmann

TENNESSEE's 3rd DISTRICT

Jeff Fortenberry

NEBRASKA's 1st DISTRICT

Rodney Frelinghuysen

NEW JERSEY's 11th DISTRICT

Kay Granger

TEXAS' 12th DISTRICT

Tom Graves

GEORGIA's 14th DISTRICT

Andy Harris

MARYLAND's 1st DISTRICT

Jaime Herrera Beutler

WASHINGTON's 3rd DISTRICT

Evan Jenkins

WEST VIRGINIA's 3rd DISTRICT

David Jolly

FLORIDA's 13th DISTRICT

David Joyce

OHIO's 14th DISTRICT

Alan Nunnelee

MISSISSIPPI's 1st DISTRICT

Scott Rigell

VIRGINIA's 2nd DISTRICT

Martha Roby

ALABAMA's 2nd DISTRICT

Hal Rogers

KENTUCKY's 5th DISTRICT

Tom Rooney

FLORIDA's 17th DISTRICT

Mike Simpson

IDAHO's 2nd DISTRICT

Chris Stewart

UTAH's 2nd DISTRICT

David Valadao

CALIFORNIA's 21st DISTRICT

Steve Womack

ARKANSAS' 3rd DISTRICT

Kevin Yoder

KANSAS' 3rd DISTRICT

David Young

IOWA's 3rd DISTRICT