Appropriations

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Rodney Frelinghuysen

Short-Term Continuing Resolution to Maintain Government Operations Approved by House

2017/04/28

The House today approved a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) (H.J.Res. 99) to continue funding for federal programs and services until May 5, 2017.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen gave the following statement on the approval of this CR:

“It was imperative that the House and Senate pass this legislation and send it to the President today. This resolution will ensure that the government stays open for another week until May 5, 2017. It extends current levels for essential government operations that the American people rely on – including, most importantly, our national security.

“I am optimistic that a full-year Appropriations package will be completed soon. Congress must fulfill our constitutional duty and provide responsible funding for the federal government for the rest of this fiscal year.”

Length and Level of Funding – The CR extends funding for operations for federal agencies, programs and services until May 5, 2017. It maintains the current budget cap level of $1.07 trillion put into place under the Budget Control Act of 2011.

The legislation continues policy and funding provisions included in currently enacted fiscal year 2016 Appropriations legislation.

The legislation also extends the December CR provision for health care benefits for retired coal miners and their dependents for the length of this CR. This provision protects coal miners and their families from losing health care benefits.

 

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Chairman Frelinghuysen Floor Statement on H.J. Res. 99

2017/04/28

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen gave the following statement on the House floor today in support of H.J. Res. 99, a short-term continuing resolution providing government funding through May 5:

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to present H.J. Res. 99, a short-term continuing resolution that will keep the government open for an additional week while work is completed on a full-year funding package.

First I’d like to thank Ranking Member Lowey for her efforts on this bill, and more broadly, on her valuable participation in the Appropriations process over the last year.

Our current continuing resolution expires today at midnight. Working together with the Senate, our leadership and the White House, we are on track to have a full-year, FY 2017 appropriations legislation completed soon, but we need a little more time to process it and prepare it for the floor.

This resolution will ensure that the government stays open for another week – until May 5, 2017 – to give Congress this time. It extends current funding levels for essential government operations that the American people rely on – including, most importantly, our national defense.

It continues all policy and funding provisions in the currently enacted CR. In addition, it includes an extension of the December CR provision for health care benefits for retired coal miners and their dependents for the length of the CR.

Congress must pass this legislation today to keep the government open and operating as we wrap up our full-year FY17 work. It is our Constitutional duty.

A continuing resolution is never anyone’s first choice for funding the government. However, this is our best path forward. This CR is very short-term, very limited in scope, and will help us complete our important work of funding the government for the rest of fiscal year 2017.

I urge my colleagues to support this legislation.

Thank you. I reserve the balance of my time.

 

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Chairman Frelinghuysen Statement Before the Rules Committee on H.J. Res. 99, a Short-Term Continuing Resolution

2017/04/27

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen presented before the Rules Committee today H.J.Res. 99, a short-term continuing resolution funding the government through May 5, 2017. 

His statement follows:

Good evening. Chairman Sessions and Ranking Member Slaughter, thank you very much for having me before the Rules Committee today.

I bring before the Committee H.J. Res. 99, a short-term continuing resolution, and ask for its immediate consideration.

The current continuing resolution expires tomorrow. I am optimistic that a full-year funding package will be completed soon, but we need a little more time to process this legislation and prepare it for the floor.

The resolution before you today will ensure that the government stays open for another week – until May 5, 2017. It extends current funding levels for essential government operations that the American people rely on – including, most importantly, our national security.

It continues all policy and funding provisions in the currently enacted CR.

In addition, it includes an extension of the December CR provision for health care benefits for retired coal miners and their dependents for the length of the CR.

I am here before you today to seek an appropriate rule to allow for the prompt consideration of this important measure.  

It’s critical that Congress pass this legislation as soon as possible to keep the government open and operating as we wrap up our full-year FY17 work. We are very close, and are making final decisions now. It is imperative that we fulfill our Constitutional duty to fund the government, and it is the intention of my Committee and the leadership to get this FY 2017 work done and behind us.

A continuing resolution is never my preference for funding the government, but at this point a short-term CR extension is our best path forward while we wrap up a final funding package.

Thank you and I stand ready to answer any questions you may have.

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Short-Term Continuing Resolution to Maintain Government Operations Released

2017/04/26

House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen today introduced a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) (H.J.Res. 99) to continue funding for federal programs and services until May 5, 2017.

Chairman Frelinghuysen gave the following statement on the introduction of this CR:

“This Continuing Resolution will continue to keep the government open and operating as normal for the next several days, in order to finalize legislation to fund the federal government for the rest of the fiscal year.

“I am optimistic that a final funding package will be completed soon. It is time that this essential work is completed so that critical programs and activities – including national defense – are properly and adequately funded for the year.”

Length and Level of Funding – The CR extends funding for operations for federal agencies, programs and services until May 5, 2017. It maintains the current budget cap level of $1.07 trillion put into place under the Budget Control Act of 2011.

The legislation continues policy and funding provisions included in currently enacted fiscal year 2016 Appropriations legislation.

The legislation also extends the December CR provision for health care benefits for retired coal miners and their dependents for the length of this CR. This provision protects coal miners and their families from losing health care benefits.

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Members of Congress and Outside Witnesses Hearing

2017/04/24


2018 Veterans Affairs Oversight Hearing

2017/04/24


IRS Oversight Hearing

2017/04/24


Oversight of the 2020 Census

2017/04/24


US Pacific Command

2017/04/18


Interior and Environment Subcommittee Announces American Indian and Alaska Native Public Witness Hearing Dates

2017/04/12

The Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies will hold American Indian and Alaska Native public witness hearings on Tuesday, May 16, and Wednesday, May 17, 2017. No other outside public witness hearings are scheduled at this time. However, as in the past years, written testimony from tribes or other organizations will be accepted in accordance with the guidelines below. All testimony will be reviewed by the subcommittee and will be included in the public record. Click here to view the fiscal year 2017 testimony, or visit: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CHRG-114hhrg99905/pdf/CHRG-114hhrg99905.pdf

The deadline to submit requests to testify is Monday, April 24, 2017. 

The deadline to submit written testimony is Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

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

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Federal Response to the Opioid Abuse Crisis

2017/03/28


Examining Federal Support for Job Training Programs

2017/03/28


Public Witnesses Hearing

2017/03/20


CLOSED: US European Command Hearing

2017/03/20


Chairman Frelinghuysen Statement on the President’s Budget Blueprint

2017/03/16

House Committee on Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen made the following statement today on the release of the President’s budget blueprint:

"Our Committee will take a close look at the budget and supplemental requests we received today. As directed under the Constitution, Congress has the power of the purse. While the President may offer proposals, Congress must review both requests to assure the wise investment of taxpayer dollars.

"Over the next several weeks, our Committee will work quickly to complete the 2017 Appropriations bills, analyze and make decisions on supplemental funding for national and border security, and begin the task of funding the federal government for 2018. 

"I'm optimistic that we can strike a balance that will enable us to fund the federal government responsibly and address emergency needs, while ensuring this legislation will clear the Congress.” 

 

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State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee Chairman Rogers' Statement on Meeting with Sec. Tillerson

2017/03/16

The Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY), has met with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to discuss the State Department's funding challenges and opportunities for the next fiscal year. Chairman Rogers made the following statement on the meeting: 

"In meeting with Secretary Tillerson, I was impressed by his experience and leadership. We agree that investment in important international diplomatic and security programs is essential to encouraging peace and stability in critical areas around the globe and to our safety here at home. The United States has a vital role to play in advancing democracy, protecting the innocent, and offering diplomatic solutions to crisis, unrest, violence and economic challenges. We stand side by side in our commitment to supporting important programs and activities that advance these goals.

"We need an aggressive plan to fight ISIS and any other enemy that wishes us harm. Secretary Tillerson and I agree that this requires a comprehensive approach, including not just military engagement, but also the full and responsible use of all diplomatic tools at our disposal. While the full budget picture has yet to emerge, we intend to work closely together over the next cycle to ensure that the necessary resources are available to fulfill these goals." 

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Public Witness Hearing

2017/03/14


Fiscal Year 2017 Defense Funding Bill Passes House

2017/03/08

The House today passed the fiscal year 2017 Defense Appropriations bill on a vote of 371-48. The bill will now head to the Senate for approval.

The bill closely reflects the Defense Appropriations bill the House passed last summer, and is consistent with the final National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2017. The legislation funds critical national security needs, including military operations and readiness programs, as well as health and quality-of-life programs for our troops and military families.

In total, the bill provides $577.9 billion, an increase of $5.2 billion over the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and $1.6 billion more than the Obama Administration’s request. This includes $516.1 billion in base discretionary funding – an increase of $2 billion above current levels – and $61.8 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO)/Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) funding – $3.2 billion above current levels. When combined with the $5.8 billion in supplemental funding enacted in the December Continuing Resolution, total Defense funding for fiscal year 2017 is $583.7 billion, an increase of $10.9 billion over fiscal year 2016. The agreement also fully funds the authorized 2.1 percent pay raise for the military.

“Our nation faces dangerous, unpredictable threats across the world – as well as a readiness crisis within our military at a time we can ill-afford it. We must rebuild our military to address this crisis and to tackle these threats – and that starts with this bill,” Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen said. “I applaud the House for passing this important, bipartisan legislation today.”

For a bill summary, please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=394777

For text of the legislation, please visit: https://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/03.02.17_defense_-_fy_2017_appropriations_bill.pdf

For the Explanatory Statement, please visit: https://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/03.02.17_defense_-_fy_2017_appropriations_bill_-_explanatory_statement.pdf

 

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Appropriations Committee Chairman Frelinghuysen Floor Statement on H.R. 1301, FY17 Defense Appropriations Bill

2017/03/08

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen spoke on the House floor today in support of H.R. 1301, the Fiscal Year 2017 Defense Appropriations bill.

The text of his statement follows:

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to present H.R. 1301, the Defense Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2017.

In total, this bill provides $577.9 billion in funding for the Department of Defense - $516.1 billion in base discretionary funding, and $61.8 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations and Global War on Terrorism funding. When combined with the funding provided in the continuing resolution supplemental enacted in December, total Defense funding for FY17 equals $584 billion – consistent with the topline provided in the National Defense Authorization Act, and $10.9 billion more than fiscal year 2016 levels.

My Colleagues, strengthening our national security and rebuilding our military starts today - with this agreement - the first step after years of cut-backs.

Our Armed Forces and Intelligence Community are currently operating under a Continuing Resolution – which denies them stability and predictability, both of which they have not had. H.R. 1301 provides that stability – removing Defense funding from C.R. autopilot, preventing further damage to our national defense and providing additional support for our men and women in uniform, and their families.

Our troops serve with honor in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, South Korea, Japan, across the Baltics, the Sinai, Africa – on the ground, in the air, aboard ships across the globe.

Mr. Speaker, this agreement rejects the troop reductions proposed by the previous Administration, providing for increased end-strength levels authorized by the NDAA – 1.3 million active-duty troops and 813,000 National Guard and Reserve troops, all of whom work as one “team.”

Our bill also fully funds the authorized 2.1% pay raise and provides increased funding for Defense Health Programs to ensure full care for warfighters, their families, and military retirees.

This agreement also ensures that our Armed Forces have the training and equipment they need to conduct successful missions. Funding is increased for key readiness programs that prepare and train our troops and that modernize essential military installations. It reverses the previous Administration’s cuts to procurement, providing for additional production of state-of-the-art aircraft and ships.

In addition, we enhance cyber and ISR programs – capabilities our combatant commanders badly need.

This legislation reflects Congressional priorities. We took into account the views of each and every Member who worked with us throughout the process. This is a bipartisan, bicameral agreement that deserves the support of this House.

I would like to thank Chairwoman Kay Granger for her efforts in bringing this bill to the floor today, and for taking over the leadership of the Defense Subcommittee in January. I would also like to thank the Subcommittee’s Ranking Member, Pete Visclosky, for his contributions to the bill. He has been an excellent partner throughout this process, and I’m grateful for our strong working relationship. In addition, I commend Nita Lowey, the Ranking Member of the Full Committee, for her partnership and commitment to completing our Appropriations work.

Lastly, I want to thank the staff of the Defense Subcommittee – both minority and majority – as well as our personal offices and the full Appropriations Committee for their tireless work putting this bill together. In particular, I would like to acknowledge Will Smith and David Pomerantz – the outgoing staff directors for the Appropriations Committee majority and minority. Both have made immeasurable contributions to this Appropriations Committee and this institution, and we are indebted for their service. We thank you and we wish you the best.

Mr. Speaker, today, our nation faces a dangerous, and unpredictable world.  At the same time, our Armed Forces are struggling to have our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines fully trained and ready to meet every conceivable threat. That important work starts with this bill.

I urge support of the agreement and reserve the balance of my time.

 

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Chairman Frelinghuysen Names Vice Chairs of the Appropriations Subcommittees

2017/03/02

 House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen today named the Vice Chairs of the 12 Appropriations subcommittees for the 115th Congress.

“The Vice Chairs of the Appropriations subcommittees are essential to the work of the Committee. It is our job to fund the federal government responsibly, weed out waste and duplication, conduct strong oversight, and invest in good programs that the American people rely on. These Vice Chairs will play a critical role in assisting their Chairmen and women with this task, and serve at their right hands to help bring our Appropriations bills to completion,” Chairman Frelinghuysen said.

The Vice Chairs are as follows:

Agriculture Subcommittee: Rep. David Valadao (CA)

Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee: Rep. Evan Jenkins (WV)

Defense Subcommittee: Rep. Ken Calvert (CA)

Energy and Water Subcommittee: Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (TN)

Financial Services Subcommittee: Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA)

Homeland Security Subcommittee: Rep. Steven Palazzo (MS)

Interior Subcommittee: Rep. Chris Stewart (UT)

Labor, Health and Human Services Subcommittee: Rep. Steve Womack (AR)

Legislative Branch Subcommittee: Rep. Mark Amodei (NV)

Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee: Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (NE)

State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee: Rep. Tom Rooney (FL)

Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee: Rep. David Joyce (OH)

 

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