Appropriations

Committee on Appropriations

Rodney Frelinghuysen

Members' Day

2017/02/21


Members' Day

2017/02/21


Members' Day

2017/02/21


Farm Credit Administration Oversight Hearing

2017/02/21


Members' Day

2017/02/21


Members' Day

2017/02/21


Public Witnesses Day

2017/02/13


Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee Announces Public Witness Hearing Dates

2017/02/13

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies will hold its outside and public witnesses hearing on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at 10 a.m.

All testimony will be reviewed by the subcommittee and will be included in the public record.

The deadline to submit requests to testify is Tuesday, February 21, 2017. The deadline to submit written testimony is Wednesday, March 8, 2017.

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

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Members' Day

2017/02/08


CANCELLED: Members' Day

2017/02/08


Oversight Hearing - Office of the Inspector General

2017/02/08

Witnesses: Phyllis K. Fong, Inspector General, Office of the Inspector General, Department of Agriculture; Gil H. Harden, Assistant Inspector General for Audit, Office of the Inspector General, Department of Agriculture; Ann Coffey, Assistant Inspector General for Investigations, Office of the Inspector General, Department of Agriculture Read More

Appropriations Committee Announces Members’ Day Hearings

2017/02/08

House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen today announced that each of the 12 Appropriations Subcommittees will convene Members’ Day hearings in February and March.

“The Appropriations Committee values the input and perspective of every Member of Congress and the people they represent. It is my goal to involve all Members in the appropriations process from the outset,” Chairman Frelinghuysen said. “These Members’ Day hearings will allow the Committee to listen and allow each Member of the House to have his or her voice heard and to have a hand in crafting 12 appropriations bills that reflect the concerns and priorities of the American people.”

The hearings are scheduled for the following dates and times:

Legislative Branch – February 15, 2 p.m.

Military Construction and Veterans Affairs – February 16, 9:30 a.m.

Commerce, Justice, and Science – February 28, 10:30 a.m.

Interior – February 28, 1:30 p.m.

Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education – March 1, 10 a.m.

Homeland Security – March 1, 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Energy and Water – March 8, 10 a.m.

Financial Services – March 8, 2 p.m.

Defense – March 9, 9:30 a.m.

Transportation, Housing and Urban Development – March 9, 10 a.m.

Agriculture – March 9, 2 p.m.

State, Foreign Operations – March 16, 10 a.m.

Instructions for how Members may request to testify, including how to submit testimony for the record, are available here.

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Appropriations Committee Chairman Frelinghuysen Announces Staff Assignments

2017/02/02

House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen today announced several new hires and the staff assignments for the twelve Appropriations subcommittees.

“With an enormous amount of fiscal work to be done this year, we need the best staff there is to help produce quality legislation and to make the most out of every tax dollar. These smart, talented and dedicated staff are more than up for this task,” Frelinghuysen said.

The staff assignments are as follows:

Carol Murphy has re-joined the Committee as Senior Advisor to the Chairman. Murphy has over 25 years of government experience, including as professional staff on the Appropriations Subcommittees on Agriculture, Labor and Health and Human Services, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and the District of Columbia. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland.

Shannon O’Keefe will join the Committee as Director of Member Services. O’Keefe most recently served as the Director of Federal Appropriations Government Affairs for Motorola Solutions. She has also served as Deputy Associate Director for Legislative Affairs for the Office of Management and Budget for President George W. Bush and professional Staff on the Senate Appropriations & Budget Committees.

Rachel Kahler will join the Committee as Full Committee Administrative Assistant. Kahler most recently worked for the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee, and has held various roles with Republican National Conventions, previous presidential inaugurations, and with the House of Representatives. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina.

Tom O’Brien will remain as Clerk and Staff Director of the Agriculture subcommittee.

John Martens will remain as Clerk and Staff Director of the Commerce, Justice, and Science subcommittee.

Jennifer Miller will move to the position of Clerk and Staff Director of the Defense subcommittee. Miller was most recently the Director of the Surveys and Investigations unit of the Appropriations Committee, and has previously held roles as senior Full Committee staff and on the Defense subcommittee.

Donna Shahbaz will remain as Clerk and Staff Director of the Energy and Water subcommittee.

Dena Baron will move to the position of Clerk and Staff Director of the Financial Services subcommittee. Baron most recently served as Clerk and Staff Director of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee.

Valerie Baldwin will remain as Clerk and Staff Director of the Homeland Security subcommittee.

Dave LesStrang will remain as Clerk and Staff Director of the Interior subcommittee.

Susan Ross will remain as Clerk and Staff Director of the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education subcommittee.

Liz Dawson will remain as Clerk and Staff Director of the Legislative Branch subcommittee.

Maureen Holohan will remain as Clerk and Staff Director of the Military Construction/Veterans Affairs subcommittee.

Craig Higgins will move to the position of Clerk and Staff Director of the State and Foreign Operations subcommittee. Higgins previously served on the staff of this subcommittee.

Doug Disrud will move to the position of Clerk and Staff Director of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development subcommittee. Disrud previously served on the staff of this subcommittee.

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Joint Task Force Statement on Inspector General CENTCOM Report

2017/02/01

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, former House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen, and Joint Task Force leaders Rep. Brad Wenstrup and Rep. Ken Calvert issued the following statement today in response to the release of the Department of Defense Inspector General report on allegations of the manipulation of intelligence at Central Command:

We appreciate the work of the Inspector General and the effort that was put into this investigation and report.

The report confirms there were numerous problems within the Central Command and that there was an understandable and “widespread perception that CCJ2 senior intelligence leaders were distorting intelligence to present a more positive view of the success of the ISF and a more negative view of the success of ISIIL.” The IG was “struck by the inadequate efforts” by CENTCOM leadership to address these issues, and also found several important procedural shortcomings and a challenging command climate that hindered many analysts’ work. 

The Inspector General’s findings echo many of the findings of the Joint Task Force we empaneled last year to examine these issues.  Although the two inquiries were conducted independently, they involved interviews of many of the same individuals and reviewed some of the same material. 

We commend the whistleblowers who came forward, through proper channels, to identify the problems. The Joint Task Force’s and Inspector General’s investigations are a direct result of their complaints and should signal to employees throughout the Intelligence Community that appropriate and responsive mechanisms exist to bring concerns forward.

Because the Inspector General’s findings reinforce in several important respects the Joint Task Force’s findings, our committees will carefully consider the 29 recommendations proffered by the Inspector General.  Our committees will monitor and assess their implementation, and we look forward to hearing from analysts within CENTCOM and other Combatant Commands to ensure these issues get resolved quickly. Furthermore, the Committees take whistleblower protections seriously and will closely monitor this situation to ensure whistleblowers are not subject to any retaliation.  

 

 

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Chairman Frelinghuysen Announces GOP Subcommittee Memberships for the 115th Congress

2017/01/11

House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen today announced the Republican membership of the 12 Appropriations subcommittees for the 115th Congress.

“With the ongoing work on the current fiscal year funding bills, and with next year’s budget cycle beginning in the next few weeks, the Appropriations Committee will have to move extremely quickly. The members of these subcommittees have a huge responsibility to work swiftly and effectively to ensure the best possible use of taxpayer dollars. These members are great leaders and hard workers, and I know they are more than up to the task,” Chairman Frelinghuysen said.

The subcommittee Chairs and Members are as follows:

*Chairman Frelinghuysen will serve as an ex-officio member of all 12 subcommittees.

Agriculture Subcommittee:

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

Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee:

Chairman John Culberson (TX)
Hal Rogers (KY)
Robert Aderholt (AL)
John Carter (TX)
Martha Roby (AL)
Steven Palazzo (MS)
Evan Jenkins (WV)

Defense Subcommittee:

Chairwoman Kay Granger (TX)
Hal Rogers (KY)
Ken Calvert (CA)
Tom Cole (OK)
Steve Womack (AR)
Robert Aderholt (AL)
John Carter (TX)
Mario Diaz-Balart (FL)
Tom Graves (GA)
Martha Roby (AL)

Energy and Water Subcommittee:

Chairman Mike Simpson (ID)
Ken Calvert (CA)
Chuck Fleischmann (TN)
Jeff Fortenberry (NE)
Kay Granger (TX)
Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA)
David Joyce (OH)
Dan Newhouse (WA)

Financial Services Subcommittee

Chairman Tom Graves (GA)
Kevin Yoder (KS)
Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA)
Mark Amodei (NV)
Chris Stewart (UT)
David Young (IA)
John Moolenaar (MI)

Homeland Security Subcommittee:

Chairman John Carter (TX)
John Culberson (TX)
Chuck Fleischmann (TN)
Andy Harris, MD (MD)
Steven Palazzo (MS)
Dan Newhouse (WA)
Scott Taylor (VA)

Interior Subcommittee:

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

Labor, Health and Human Services Subcommittee:

Chairman Tom Cole (OK)
Mike Simpson (ID)
Steve Womack (AR)
Chuck Fleischmann (TN)
Andy Harris, MD (MD)
Martha Roby (AL)
Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA)
John Moolenaar (MI)

Legislative Branch Subcommittee:

Chairman Kevin Yoder (KS)
Mark Amodei (NV)
Dan Newhouse (WA)
John Moolenaar (MI)
Scott Taylor (VA)

Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee:

Chairman Charlie Dent (PA)
Jeff Fortenberry (NE)
Tom Rooney (FL)
David Valadao (CA)
Steve Womack (AR)
Evan Jenkins (WV)
Scott Taylor (VA)

State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee:

Chairman Hal Rogers (KY)
Kay Granger (TX)
Mario Diaz-Balart (FL)
Charlie Dent (PA)
Tom Rooney (FL)
Jeff Fortenberry (NE)
Chris Stewart (UT)

Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee:

Chairman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL)
Charles Dent (PA)
David Joyce (OH)
John Culberson (TX)
David Young (IA)
David Valadao (CA)
Tom Graves (GA)

Appropriations Members Assigned to the Budget Committee:

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

 

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Chairman Frelinghuysen Announces Subcommittee Chairs for the 115th Congress

2017/01/10

House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen today announced that the Republican Steering Committee has approved the 12 Appropriations Subcommittee Chairs for the 115th Congress.

“This Congress must act swiftly and responsibly to fund the federal government, for both the current fiscal year and the next. These 12 Chairs will be instrumental in getting our work done and done right. Each of them are hard-working, smart leaders, who will do their utmost to make the best possible decisions with each and every tax dollar they oversee,” Chairman Frelinghuysen said.

The subcommittee Chairs are as follows:

 

Subcommittee on Agriculture and Rural Development – Chairman Robert Aderholt

Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science – Chairman John Culberson

Subcommittee on Defense – Chairwoman Kay Granger

Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development – Chairman Mike Simpson

Subcommittee on Financial Services – Chairman Tom Graves

Subcommittee on Homeland Security – Chairman John Carter

Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment – Chairman Ken Calvert

Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education – Chairman Tom Cole

Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch – Chairman Kevin Yoder

Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs – Chairman Charlie Dent

Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations – Chairman Hal Rogers

Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development – Chairman Mario Diaz-Balart

 

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Chairman Frelinghuysen Welcomes Three New Members to the Appropriations Committee

2017/01/04

The House Republican Steering Committee today approved the following three Members of Congress to serve on the House Appropriations Committee in the 115th Congress:

Rep. John Moolenaar (MI-4)

Rep. Dan Newhouse (WA-4)

Rep. Scott Taylor (VA-2)

House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen welcomed the new additions to the committee.

“The Appropriations Committee is prepared for a very busy and productive year ahead. These new members will play key roles in the critically important work of funding the federal government in a responsible and timely way,” Chairman Frelinghuysen said. “I congratulate each of these members, and look forward to working with them to ensure our Appropriations bills are completed and to maintain our constitutional ‘power of the purse.’”

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Incoming Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen Announces Senior Committee Staff

2016/12/21

Incoming House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen today announced Appropriations Committee Senior Staff changes for the 115th Congress. 

“With a new Congress and a new Administration, and with the continuing work on the current fiscal year Appropriations bills, the Appropriations Committee will have an extremely busy time ahead. We are ready for the job. These professional, knowledgeable, and savvy staff will help guide and navigate the process, so that these critical funding bills can be enacted into law,” incoming Chairman Frelinghuysen said.

Nancy Fox will join the Appropriations Committee as Chief Clerk/Staff Director. Fox comes to the Committee from Rep. Frelinghuysen’s personal office, where she served 22 years, including as Chief of Staff.  Prior to her service with Rep. Frelinghuysen, Fox worked for Rep. Marge Roukema (NJ) and Rep. Silvio Conte (MA).

Jim Kulikowski will continue on the Committee Staff as Deputy Staff Director.

Jennifer Hing will continue on the Committee Staff as Senior Advisor and Director of Communications.

Dale Oak will continue on the Committee Staff as Senior Advisor covering bill process and execution.

Stephen Sepp will continue on the Committee Staff as Senior Professional Staff covering budget analysis and tracking.

Marta Hernandez will continue on the Committee Staff as Deputy Communications Director.

Will Smith, the current Committee Staff Director, will stay on Committee staff to help facilitate the transition to the next Congress. The Committee will rely on his leadership and expertise until he leaves to pursue other opportunities.

 

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House Passes Short-Term Continuing Resolution to Maintain Government Operations

2016/12/08

House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers today praised passage of a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) (H.R. 2028) to prevent a government shutdown and continue funding for federal programs and services until April 28, 2017. The legislation also contains additional funding for war efforts and disaster relief.

“This legislation is necessary to continue vital government programs and services, like our national defense. It keeps the lights on in our government, preventing the uncertainty and harm of a government shutdown,” Chairman Rogers said. “While I firmly believe a continuing resolution is no way to run a railroad, at this point, this is our best – and only – path forward. I commend the House for passing it today, and urge the Senate to send it to the President’s desk for his signature as soon as possible.”

For the full text of the legislation, please click here.

 

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Chairman Hal Rogers Floor Statement on Short-Term Continuing Resolution

2016/12/08

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers gave the following statement on the House floor today in support of the short-term continuing resolution for fiscal year 2017, which will keep the government operating through April 28, 2017.

Mr. Speaker, I rise before you today to present the second Fiscal Year 2017 Continuing Resolution this year, which will fund the federal government through April 28, 2017.

This bill is a necessary measure to continue vital government programs and services, like our national defense. It keeps the lights on in our government, preventing the uncertainty and harm of a shutdown. Our current continuing resolution expires tomorrow, so we must act today.

This continuing resolution is a responsible compromise – making only limited adjustments where required to preserve the security of this nation, to prevent serious lapses in government services, and to ensure the careful expenditure of taxpayer dollars.

To highlight a few of these changes: We take care of our troops by increasing Overseas Contingency Operations resources, and include provisions that accelerate production rates for critical Defense equipment and systems, like the Ohio replacement submarine, the Apache helicopter, and the KC-46A tanker. The bill also maintains adequate funding for the Department of Homeland Security to keep our nation safe.

In addition to these changes, the bill includes necessary funding to help communities recover from recent natural disasters, like Hurricane Matthew, flooding in states like Louisiana and West Virginia, and devastating droughts.

The legislation also includes $170 million for important health and water infrastructure improvements, as well as $872 million for the House-passed 21st Century Cures Act, including $500 million to respond to the opioid abuse epidemic. These items are both fully offset.

As I’ve said on this floor many times over the past six years, standing in this exact spot, a continuing resolution is a last resort. It’s not what I would prefer to bring to the floor as my final bill as Chairman of the Appropriations Committee.

At the end of the day, a CR is simply a Band-Aid on a gushing wound. This is no way to run a railroad – it’s bad for Congress, bad for the federal government, and bad for our country.

A CR extends outdated policies and funding levels – wasting money and preventing good changes from being made. A CR also creates uncertainty in federal budgets and in our economy. And lastly, it diminishes the Congress’s power of the purse – giving away the people’s voice in how the government uses their tax dollars.

I truly hope that in the near future, we can stop lurching from CR to CR and return to regular order – for the sake of our national security, our economy, and the well-being of all Americans. 

However, at this point, this is our best – and only – path forward. It is absolutely imperative that we complete the work on the 11 remaining Appropriations bills as soon as possible when Congress returns.

This is a good bill, and I urge my colleagues to vote yes on this continuing resolution.

Thank you, and I reserve the balance of my time.

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In closing, Mr. Speaker, I would like to take a moment to address the House. As I noted earlier, this may be the last time I speak before you as Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

Without a doubt, the last six years have had their ups and downs. But I have always been proud to serve the people of Kentucky, the people of this nation, the Appropriations Committee, and this great institution.

I’d like to highlight just a few of those ups and downs, with one of my favorite exercises – a “by the numbers” reflection on our many shared experiences over my last six years at the helm of the Appropriations Committee:

  • 650 – the number of hearings held by Appropriations subcommittees
  • 140 – the number of Appropriations bills considered on the House floor
  • 19 – the number of Appropriations bills considered on the House floor in just one month… October 2013
  • 12 – the number of Appropriations bills we should pass every year
  • 2,122 – The number of floor Amendments considered to Appropriations bills
  • 555 (and counting) – The number of floor hours spent debating Appropriations bills
  • 70 – The number of Appropriations bills enacted into law (hopefully 71)
  • 2 trillion – the number of dollars saved in discretionary outlays as a direct result of our appropriations work
  • “too many too count” – the number of Cigars smoked in my office – and they were NOT all me
  • 1 – the number of basketball championships won by the University of Kentucky
  • 70 – The number of mighty fine Members that have served on the committee over the past six years
  • Incalculable – The number of hours our staff – the best on Capitol Hill – have put in their tireless work on behalf of all of us. This includes late nights, weekends, holidays… you name it. When we need them, they are there.

In particular, I want to thank Will Smith. Will worked up the ranks in my personal office, serving as my Chief of Staff before moving to the committee in 2011, first as deputy staff director and now as staff director. He’s been with me for so long and through so much. In any year, he’s a first-round draft pick, and I’m fortunate to have had him by my side these past six years.

I’d also like to thank my Ranking Member, Mrs. Lowey, and our Senate counterparts, Chairman Cochran and Ranking Member Mikulski, for their partnership throughout this process.

Today is a bittersweet day, but I am deeply honored to have served this institution at the head of the Committee I love. I hope that this institution, and the people we serve, are better off now because of our work over the last six years. And, I know that under the steadfast leadership of our new Chairman, my dear friend Rodney Frelinghuysen, the progress we’ve made will only continue to grow.

Thank you all for your collaboration, consideration, and companionship over these last years.

 

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