Appropriations

Committee on Appropriations

Rodney Frelinghuysen

Resolution Introduced to Fund National Defense, Extend Children’s Health Insurance Program, and Continue Short-Term Government Operations

2017/12/13

House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen today introduced legislation to fully fund national defense programs for the entire fiscal year (including emergency funding for missile defense activities), to continue the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and to maintain current federal operations and prevent a government shutdown (H.J.Res 124).

The Continuing Resolution (CR) is a stopgap measure that will temporarily extend federal funding until January 19, 2018. In the absence of such a measure, under the current law, existing funding will run out on December 22, 2017. The legislation also waives automatic cuts to defense funding and temporarily delays the automatic cuts to non-defense funding, slated to occur in January under the “sequestration” rule.

Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen made the following statement on the legislation:

“Funding national defense is a top priority, especially in these uncertain times of instability around the globe. Our troops and commanders must have the resources they need right now to advance peace and our nation’s interests abroad. This Continuing Resolution will fund national defense for the entire fiscal year and provide additional funds for missile defense.

“It is also critically important that we provide resources for our children’s health. Families across the nation rely on the National Children’s Health Program to help sick kids get better and to ensure healthy and happy futures. This legislation includes a measure that would extend this important program throughout the year.

“Lastly, this resolution extends current levels of funding for government operations through January 19, 2018 – preventing a government shutdown. This funding is critical to our nation’s stability, our economy, and for the wellbeing of the American people. It is essential that Congress maintain the programs and services that all Americans depend on.

“This CR is not the preferred way to do the nation’s fiscal business. It is vital that all 12 Appropriations bills be negotiated with the Senate and signed into law. However, this resolution will allow time for the leadership of the House and Senate and the White House to come to agreement on a topline spending level for this fiscal year. Once this agreement is made, my Committee will promptly go to work with the Senate to complete the final legislation.”

 

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Frelinghuysen Lauds End of State Department Freeze on Eligible Family Member Employment

2017/12/12

U.S. Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, today commended Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for lifting the hiring freeze in January for Eligible Family Members of State Department employees.  U.S. diplomats have complained personally to Frelinghuysen that the freeze created a hardship for diplomats whose spouses often seek employment at the same overseas post.

“From my travels to several countries this year, I understand that the department’s ongoing hiring freeze was damaging the EFM program, leading to financial hardships for families in overseas postings, Frelinghuysen said.  “Foreign Service families are the backbone of our diplomatic corps and this hiring freeze made it more difficult to retain senior leaders and experienced diplomats.  The Secretary deserves credit for examining and reconsidering this freeze.”

Frelinghuysen had written twice on behalf of our diplomats to Secretary Tillerson to urge the immediate lifting of the freeze.

 

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House Passes Resolution to Continue Government Operations and Prevent a Shutdown

2017/12/07

The U.S. House of Representatives today approved legislation to maintain current funding for federal operations and prevent a government shutdown. The Continuing Resolution (CR) is a stopgap measure that will extend government funding until December 22, 2017. In absence of this legislation, existing funding would run out tomorrow, December 8, 2017. 

Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen, the sponsor of the resolution, made the following statement on the legislation:

“This legislation will prevent a government shutdown and preserve vital federal programs that Americans rely on. This is critical to our nation’s stability, our national security, our economic health, and the wellbeing of the American people.

“This simple, clean extension provides funding for government programs through December 22, and will allow additional time for House and Senate leadership to reach a deal on overall topline spending levels for this fiscal year. It is absolutely vital that all 12 of the regular fiscal year 2018 Appropriations bills be negotiated with the Senate and signed into law. My Committee will go to work immediately to complete these essential bills once an agreement on these spending levels is reached.”

 

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Chairman Frelinghuysen Floor Statement on H.J. Res. 123, a Continuing Resolution Providing Funding Through December 22, 2017

2017/12/07

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen made the following statement on the House floor today in support of H.J. Res. 123, a Continuing Resolution providing funding through December 22, 2017:

Mr. Chairman, I rise today to present H.J. Res. 123, a Continuing Resolution that maintains funding for federal government operations and prevents a shutdown.

Current funding legislation expires tomorrow - Friday, December 8. Congress must act now to prevent a government shutdown and preserve vital federal programs that Americans rely on. This action is critical to our nation’s stability, our national security, our economic health, and the wellbeing of the American people.

This simple, clean extension of funding provides FY 2018 funding for government programs through December 22 – an additional two weeks – and will allow time for leadership to reach a deal on overall topline spending levels for the 2018 fiscal year.

I would note that the Executive Branch supports adoption of this Continuing Resolution. Yesterday’s Statement of Administration Policy says “this legislation funds the Federal Government at current spending levels without extraneous provisions” and concludes that advisors would recommend the President sign the bill into law.   

Mr. Chairman, I ask consent to submit the December 6 Statement of Administration Policy regarding H. J. Res. 123 for the Record.

My Colleagues, the House completed our Appropriations work over 80 days ago – passing all 12 bills before the end of the last fiscal year for the first time in nearly a decade. This included critically important funding for our national defense.

Unfortunately, the Appropriations Committee cannot proceed without an agreement with the Senate on overall funding levels.  The reality is that we are running into a deadline this week and this resolution is our best and only option at this time.

Once a broader budget agreement has been reached – which I hope will be soon – the Committee will continue its work to complete final negotiations with the Senate on all 12 of the regular appropriations bills that will fully fund the federal government through September of next year.

And our Committee is also moving quickly to act on a third emergency supplemental funding bill to help communities across the country recover from recent major disasters.

In the meantime, Congress must do its job and pass this Continuing Resolution – and then another one into the New Year - to keep the government open for and ensure that important federal services are available to all Americans.

I urge support for this necessary and responsible legislation and reserve the balance of my time.

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Appropriations Committee Welcomes New Staff Members

2017/12/05

House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen has announced the following staff additions and changes at the Committee.

“We are in the midst of a busy Appropriations season, and are preparing for the all fiscal work and challenges that will come next. These new staff will play a vital role putting together good legislation that will serve the American people, that protect taxpayer investments, and that ensure each dollar is spend wisely and appropriately. They represent a vast amount of experience and expertise on a wide variety of topics, and their efforts will be essential as we strive to fund the government in a timely and effective way,” Chairman Frelinghuysen said.

Brent Baglien has joined the Committee as Professional Staff on the Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee. Baglien has worked in the public policy field for over 30 years, including as Republican Chief Counsel on the Senate Agriculture Committee and as Vice President of Government Affairs for ConAgra Foods. He has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Colorado and a law degree from the University of North Dakota Law Center.

Constantine “Dean” Koulouris has joined the Committee as Professional Staff for the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee. Koulouris has over 15 years of federal service, including in the Peace Corps, OMB, USAID, and for the House of Representatives. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Dickinson College and a Masters from Harvard University. 

Hayden Milberg has joined the Committee as Professional Staff on the Defense Subcommittee. Milberg has 23 years of experience in public policy in Congress and the private sector, including most recently as Budget Director of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University and a Masters from Georgetown University.

Karyn Richman has joined the Committee as Professional Staff on the Labor, Health and Human Services Subcommittee. Richman has 16 years of federal service – including former service on the Appropriations Committee. Most recently, Richman was the Acting Director at the Centers for Disease Control Washington Office. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Lehigh University and a Masters from Columbia University.

Jacquelynn Ripke has moved from the Committee’s Surveys and Investigations staff to become Professional Staff on the Defense Subcommittee. Ripke has served as staff in Congress since 2006. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Redlands and a Masters from the National Defense University.

 

 

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Chairman Frelinghuysen Introduces Resolution to Continue Government Operations and Prevent a Shutdown

2017/12/02

House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen today introduced legislation to maintain current funding for federal operations and prevent a government shutdown. The Continuing Resolution (CR) is a stop-gap measure that will extend government funding until December 22, 2017. In absence of this legislation, existing funding would run out on December 8, 2017. 

Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen made the following statement on the legislation:

“Continuing funding for federal operations is critical to our nation’s stability, our economy, and for the well-being of the American people. It is a necessary step to ensure the programs and services that all Americans rely on are maintained and available to all.

“It is absolutely vital that all 12 of the regular Appropriations bills be negotiated and signed into law. This CR will allow for additional time for a deal is reached on top-line spending levels for this fiscal year. Once this agreement is made, my Committee will rapidly go to work with the Senate to complete the final legislation.”

 

 

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Department of Housing and Urban Development, Community Block Grants - Disaster Recovery

2017/11/22

Witness: Mr. Neal Rackleff, Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development, Department of Housing and Urban Development Read More

Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration - Disaster Relief

2017/11/22

Witnesses: Brandye Hendrickson, Deputy Administrator, Federal Highway Administration; Walter "Butch" Waidelich, Executive Director, Federal Highway Administration Read More

Supplemental Oversight - Department of the Interior

2017/11/22

Witness: Mr. David Bernhardt, Deputy Secretary of the Interior Read More

Supplemental Oversight - FEMA

2017/11/22

Witness: The Honorable Brock Long, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency Read More

Supplemental Oversight - Small Business Administration and General Services Administration

2017/11/22

Witnesses:Timothy E. Gribben, Chief Financial Officer and Associate Administrator for Performance Management, Small Business Administration; Timothy O. Horne, Acting Administrator, General Services Administration ? Read More

Supplemental Oversight - US Army Corps of Engineers

2017/11/22

Witnesses: Mr. Ryan Fisher, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works); Major General Donald E. (Ed) Jackson, Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operations Read More

Supplemental Oversight - US Forest Service

2017/11/22

Witness: Mr. Tony Tooke, Chief, US Forest Service Read More

USDA's Role in Disaster Recovery

2017/11/22

Witnesses: Mr. Rob Johansson, USDA Acting Deputy Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation; Mr. Leonard Jordan, Acting Chief, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service; and Mr. Steve Peterson, Acting Administrator, USDA Farm Service Agency Read More

Oversight Hearing - Veterans Affairs Electronic Health Record

2017/11/09

Witness: The Honorable David J. Shulkin; Secretary; Department of Veterans Affairs Read More

Oversight Hearing - Accountable Soft Power in the National Interest

2017/10/25

Witness: The Honorable Mark Green; Administrator; U.S. Agency for International Development Read More

Chairman Frelinghuysen Announces Senior Staff Change

2017/10/23

House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen has announced the following senior staff changes at the Committee.

Jason Gray will move from his role as Professional Staff at the Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee – where he served for over seven years – to Senior Professional Staff in the Committee’s Front Office. Mr. Gray has 14 years of federal experience, and has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Master of Public Affairs and a Master of Science in Environmental Science from Indiana University – School of Public and Environmental Affairs. 

“I am happy to welcome Jason Gray to the senior Committee staff. Jason is a smart and dedicated professional, with the experience and knowledge to get things done. His presence on our senior staff will be essential as we continue to work to confront our fiscal challenges and deliver responsible funding legislation for the American people,” Chairman Frelinghuysen said. 

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House Approves Emergency Hurricane and Wildfire Funding Legislation

2017/10/12

The U.S. House today passed legislation to provide $36.5 billion in emergency funding for hurricane and wildfire relief and recovery (H.Res. 569) on a vote of 353-69. The bill will now move to the Senate for approval.

The legislation fully funds the requests submitted to Congress from the Administration. It includes $18.7 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Disaster Relief Fund (DRF), $576.5 million for wildfire-fighting efforts, and $16 billion for debt relief for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which now needs additional funds to make necessary insurance claims payments to individuals. In addition, it includes a provision for the Disaster Nutrition Assistance Program (DNAP) that enables low-income residents in Puerto Rico to receive the same emergency nutrition assistance that other hurricane-affected states already receive.

Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen made the following statement on the bill:

“Millions of Americans have had their lives forever altered by destructive hurricanes and by raging wildfires in the West. We support those victimized, and will continue to be with them every step of the way with the federal support they will need throughout this recovery process.

“There is clearly massive, unprecedented damage, and more funding is necessary to continue response and recovery efforts and to help rebuild communities rebuild. These emergency funds will address urgent, short-term, immediate priorities and provide assistance that will help our fellow Americans in their time of greatest need.

“We know this will be a long process, and this second package of federal support will certainly not be all that is required over the long term. But this Congress will work with the White House and state and local governments to ensure that more assistance will be available.

“I now urge my Senate colleagues to approve this legislation as soon as possible, so these funds can be used immediately for those families and communities that need it most."

The text of the legislation can be found here: http://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20171009/HR____SUPP.pdf

 

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Chairman Frelinghuysen Floor Statement on Second Emergency Supplemental for Wildfire and Hurricane Response and Recovery

2017/10/12

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen made the following statement on the House floor today in support of a bill making emergency appropriations to support response to and recovery from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and the wildfires in the Western U.S.:

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to present House Resolution 569, a bill making additional supplemental appropriations for disaster relief requirements for the current fiscal year to help respond to recent, devastating natural disasters.

Over the past two months, millions of Americans have had their lives forever altered by destructive hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, and by raging and deadly wildfires in the West.

We support all those victimized, particularly those who lost lives or loved ones, and we will continue to be with them every step of the way – with the federal support they will need as they recover and rebuild.

Our thanks go out to the first responders, volunteers, and states, who have saved countless lives, protected communities, and demonstrated the best of humanity, and to FEMA, the Department of Defense, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Coast Guard, and other federal agencies for getting the first installment of federal relief to those in need.

However, with such massive, unprecedented damage, more help is clearly needed to continue these response and recovery efforts, and to rebuild communities – with dollars, with resources, with manpower, and with our support.

This emergency funding legislation, the second installment, addresses urgent, short-term, immediate priorities: replenishing FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund; supporting ongoing federal wildfire suppression efforts; providing debt relief for the Federal Flood Insurance Program; and other assistance that will help our fellow Americans in their time of greatest need.

To summarize the $36.5 billion in emergency funding provided in this bill:

In total, $18.7 billion is provided for the Disaster Relief Fund. This includes $13.77 billion for the most immediate response needs – life-saving missions; emergency protection; the repair and restoration of public infrastructure, like communications, power, transportation, and shelter; and financial assistance to individuals and families affected as they rebuild their lives.

This package also includes up to $4.9 billion for Community Disaster Loans, which will ensure local governments are able to continue basic municipal services, such as police and fire protection and public education, throughout this trying time.

In addition to these Disaster Relief Fund needs, the bill provides a one-time payment of $1.27 billion to allow our fellow American citizens in Puerto Rico to receive the same access to emergency Disaster Nutrition Program benefits that all other states receive. The bill also ensures that the National Flood Insurance Program is able to meet its existing claim obligations as Americans cope with tremendous flood damage to their homes and communities.

For wildfire suppression, the bill contains $576.5 million. As we have seen, the situation out West has grown more desperate, and we must ensure that these heroic firefighters can continue to save lives and protect property.

As we know, the needs in each disaster area are ever-changing. Consequently, our Appropriations Committee and all our members continue to monitor the progress of recovery efforts, as well as anticipate emerging needs.

This will be a long process, and this second package of federal support will certainly not be all that is needed over the long term.

Congress will work with the White House and state and local governments to ensure that, if more assistance is needed, it will be available. We will be there for you.

Today, we must act quickly to ensure that the federal government is able to fulfill its duty to the millions of Americans in need.

I urge my colleagues to support this important legislation.

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

 

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House Appropriations Committee Moves Emergency Hurricane and Wildfire Funding Legislation

2017/10/11

The House Appropriations Committee today moved forward on legislation to provide $36.5 billion in emergency funding for hurricane and wildfire relief and recovery.

The legislation closely mirrors the funding requests submitted to Congress from the administration. It includes $18.7 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Disaster Relief Fund (DRF), $576.5 million for wildfire efforts, and $16 billion for debt relief for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which now needs additional funds to make necessary insurance claims payments to individuals. In addition, it includes a provision for the Disaster Nutrition Assistance Program (DNAP) to enable low-income residents in Puerto Rico to receive the same emergency nutrition assistance that other hurricane-affected states already receive.

Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen made the following statement on the bill:

“These funds are urgently needed to get resources to families and communities that are still suffering. This legislation will continue immediate relief efforts, and help jump-start the rebuilding process. The bill also will provide recovery funds for this season’s devastating wildfires in the West.

“These funds are vital right now, in the near term, to get the aid where it is needed most. However, the recovery in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Texas and Florida will be ongoing, and more assistance will be required in the near future. My Committee will be vigilant in overseeing these funds and will continually monitor this crisis, and stands ready to provide the necessary funding to get these communities back on their feet.”

The text of the legislation can be found here: http://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20171009/HR____SUPP.pdf

 

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