Committee on Appropriations

Hal Rogers

Organizational Meeting for the 114th Congress

2015/01/23

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House Approves 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill

2015/01/14

The U.S. House of Representatives today approved the fiscal year 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations bill (H.R. 240), which will provide funding to 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 move to the Senate for consideration.

In total, the 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. The bill also includes several approved amendments to limit the President’s recent actions on immigration and to require DHS to enforce current immigration laws.

“Providing for this nation’s defense is one of our chief duties as Members of Congress, and I applaud the House for taking the responsible step to sufficiently fund important Department of Homeland Security programs,” said Chairman Rogers. “By prioritizing frontline operations, supporting around-the-clock border surveillance and disaster preparedness, and boosting law enforcement efforts, this legislation will help maintain our readiness for any threats that may come our way.”

“With the addition of critical amendments aimed at curtailing the President’s recent executive actions, the House has answered the calls of the American people to enforce our current immigration laws, secure our borders, and strengthen the security of our homeland,” Chairman Rogers continued. “Nearly halfway into the fiscal year, I now call on the Senate to pass this bill and the President to sign it; the security of this nation is far too important to operate under the uncertainty and the outdated funding levels of an ongoing continuing resolution.” 

For the text of the bill and report, please visit: http://docs.house.gov/floor/Default.aspx?date=2015-01-12

For a summary, please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=393930

 

 

 

 

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Chairman Rogers Announces GOP Subcommittee Membership for the 114th Congress

2015/01/14

House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers today announced the Republican membership of the 12 Appropriations subcommittees for the 114th Congress.

“Every single member of the Appropriations Committee plays a vital role in steering federal dollars on behalf of the American taxpayer. The next two years will bring many fiscal challenges, and our Committee members will have an enormous responsibility – overseeing hundreds of billions of dollars – but I have full faith everyone is more than up to the task. These members embody the Committee’s long tradition of nose-to-the-grindstone hard work, careful decision-making and thoughtful deliberation, and quite frankly, they know how to get things done. I am honored and proud to serve alongside each of them in the 114th Congress,” Chairman Rogers said.

The subcommittee Chairs and Members are as follows:

Agriculture Subcommittee:

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

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)
Evan Jenkins (R-WV)

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)
Alan Nunnelee (R-MS)
Ken Calvert (R-CA)
Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN)
Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE)
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)
David Young (R-IA)
Evan Jenkins (R-WV)

Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee:

Chairman Charlie Dent (R-PA)
Alan Nunnelee (R-MS)
Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE)
Tom Rooney (R-FL)
Martha Roby (R-AL)
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)
Kay Granger (R-TX)
David Joyce (R-OH)
John Culberson (R-TX)
Kevin Yoder (R-KS)
David Valadao (R-CA)
David Jolly (R-FL)

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 Hal Rogers Floor Statement on H.R. 240, the Fiscal Year 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill

2015/01/13

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers today spoke on the House floor in support of H.R. 240, the fiscal year 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations bill.

The prepared text of Chairman Rogers' statement follows:

"Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R. 240, a bill providing funding for the Department of Homeland Security.

"In December, the House passed on a bipartisan basis a bill that funded most of the federal government – 11 of the 12 annual appropriations bills. Today, we consider the last remaining of these bills.

"The security of our homeland is one of our highest priorities. This bill provides $39.7 billion for that purpose – to protect our borders, defend against the threats of terrorism, and enforce our nation’s laws.

"Today, we will also consider amendments to the bill that will address the President’s recent executive action on immigration. One of these amendments would prohibit any funding, including that collected by fees, from being used to implement the order.

"The American people have spoken loud and clear – they want our immigration laws enforced, rather than unilaterally changed in a way that undermines the spirit of our constitution and the integrity of our laws.

"The base legislation before you today ensures that our immigration laws are upheld, that our border is fortified, and that the men and women on our frontline remain well equipped and trained.

"The bill provides $10.7 billion for Customs and Border Protection, an increase of $118.7 million above last year to support the largest operation force levels in history and ensure around-the-clock border surveillance. Funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement is also boosted above last year, totaling $5.96 billion, including significant increases to detention bed capacity for both individuals and families, and full funding for E-Verify to ensure companies are hiring employees who can legally work in the U.S.

"In addition, the legislation provides funding to ensure the safety of our skies and our coasts. The Transportation Security Administration is funded at $4.8 billion, targeting funding to passenger security, cargo inspections, and intelligence. The Coast Guard receives $10 billion, denying the President’s proposed cuts that would have gutted vital operations.

"The security of this nation is also dependent on a secure cyber network, and recent headlines have only underscored our need to be prepared against new and advanced cyber-attacks and foreign espionage. To improve our cybersecurity programs, the bill includes $753.2 million for these activities in the National Programs and Protection Directorate.

"The bill includes increased funding to address critical lapses in Secret Service communications and training at the White House Complex, and to start preparations for the 2016 presidential election.

"In addition to providing for these important security efforts, the DHS bill also provides funding for disaster response and recovery. This bill allows $7 billion for FEMA’s programs, fully funding their stated requirements. It also provides $2.5 billion for important first responder grants that help states and communities act in the critical early moments following a disaste

"Finally, in all, this legislation before us takes the necessary steps to ensure the responsible, transparent use of taxpayer dollars, including streamlining DHS operations, reducing overhead costs, and trimming funds for lower-priority programs.

"I would like to thank Chairman Carter and the entire subcommittee for their hard work in reaching a bipartisan agreement last December, reflected in this bill on the floor today, as well as the staff, for their many hours put into finalizing this legislation.

"Nearly halfway into the fiscal year, it is high time we get this bill enacted to strengthen our homeland security efforts, ensure our personnel are well equipped and trained, and maintain our readiness for any threats that may come our way. We cannot put our security at risk with outdated funding levels and the uncertainty of a continuing resolution. 

"I urge my colleagues to vote responsibly for the security of our homeland, and the security of our borders, and vote “yes” on this bill. Thank you, and I yield back."

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Homeland Security Chairman John Carter Floor Statement on H.R. 240, the Fiscal Year 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill

2015/01/13

House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee Chairman John Carter gave the following statement on the floor today in support of H.R. 240, the fiscal year 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations bill:

“Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Today, I’m privileged to present to the House this bipartisan, bicameral agreement providing appropriations to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for fiscal year 2015. Before I describe the details of this agreement, I want to thank everyone who has worked to get this bill here today because—despite its importance to national security and public safety—its path to the floor has been far from certain.

“First, to the Speaker and the Majority Leader and your staffs – thanks for doing what is necessary to get the bill to this stage of the legislative process.

“To Chairman Rogers and the full committee staff – thanks for fighting for this bill. It wouldn’t be on the floor without you.

“To the House and Senate subcommittee staffs, and my personal staff – Darek Newby, Kris Mallard, Cornell Teague, Laura Cylke, Anne Wake, Steve Gilleland, Bill Zito, Jonas Miller, and Val Baldwin – thanks for your advice and counsel crafting this agreement. Your work takes you away from home and family, and I appreciate your efforts. Finally, to the Honorable David Price, the Ranking Member of the subcommittee – thank you! Our partnership is critical to this bill’s success. Your experience and measured approach makes this agreement better. Thank you for your service and, more importantly, your friendship.

“As everyone knows, several amendments will be proposed to stop the President’s recent executive actions on immigration. I plan to vote for these amendments because, like many Americans, I believe the President’s actions exceed the authority provided to the Executive in the Constitution.

“We need to have this debate. But after all the arguments have been presented, the underlying appropriations bill must be enacted because it is crucial to the nation’s security and to public safety.

“Mr. Speaker, last week we watched a terrible tragedy unfold in Paris, as armed terrorists killed innocent French citizens who were doing nothing more than going about their daily lives. Like 9/11, this event and others that have occurred this year, remind us that our democratic values are under constant attack and serve as a warning that we must remain vigilant.

“Make no mistake – what happened in Paris can happen anywhere, including the United States, and we must provide the resources necessary to find and root out the seeds of terrorism. Therefore, passing the Homeland Security Appropriations bill is an imperative we cannot fail to meet.

“Mr. Speaker, this agreement is very good and I’m proud of it. It supports DHS’s frontline personnel and essential security operations and maintains fiscal discipline.

“Specifically, for Customs and Border Protection,—

  • The agreement adds $42 million above the request to assure 24/7 surveillance of all land, sea, and air approaches;
  • It increases Air and Marine flight hours from 74,000 to 95,000 per year;
  • The agreement fully funds 23,775 CBP officers to continue efforts to reduce wait times of passengers arriving in the nation’s international airports without resorting to burdensome user fees, as proposed in the President’s request;
  • Funds are included for 21,370 Border Patrol agents, sustaining the highest operational force in DHS history;
  • Funds for tactical communications equipment and border security technology are increased by $20 million above the request; and
  • Substantial increases are included for targeting systems and data analysis to support counterterrorism efforts.

“For Immigration and Customs Enforcement --

  • Custody and deportation operations are increased by $862 million above the request to ensure full funding of 34,000 legislatively-mandated detention beds and to detain, deport, and deter the influx of families and children illegally crossing the southwest border;
  • Included in the amount are 3,732 new family detention units to deter illegal migration of families, and
  • 207 new enforcement officers to expedite the process of returning illegal migrants to their countries of origin.
  • ICE’s investigative capability is increased by $82.4 million over the request, which will result in more convictions of child pornographers, drug smugglers, human traffickers, and other criminals; and
  • Full funding is provided for E-Verify and all existing 287(g) agreements.

“For the Transportation Security Administration –

  • TSA screeners are capped at 45,000 -- 1,000 below last year’s level;
  • Privatized screening is increased by $12.1 million over the request; and
  • Funds are reduced from TSA’s current request and prior year balances – saving the taxpayer almost $300 million.

“For the United States Coast Guard—

  • Operational hours in critical source and transit zones are increased by $16.7 million over the request;
  • Depot level maintenance, which is crucial for Coast Guard’s readiness, is increased by $52.7 million over the request;
  • The eighth National Security Cutter is fully funded; and
  • $95 million over the request is added for an additional C-130J aircraft.

“For the United States Secret Service— $25 million in additional funds are provided to address training shortfalls highlighted by the White House Fence Jumper; and to enhance perimeter security, including for additional canine teams.

“For the National Protection and Programs Directorate, funds are provided so DHS can effectively manage the collection of biometrics and protect and enhance the resilience of the nation’s physical and cyber infrastructure.

“For the Federal Emergency Management Agency—

  • $7 billion is provided to fully fund operational needs for disaster relief;
  • First Responder Grants are increased by $300 million above the President’s request to sustain funding for State and Local Grants, Firefighter Assistance Grants, and Emergency Management Performance Grants.

“For Science and Technology –

  • $23.7 million above the request is provided for vital research efforts, including biological defense, cybersecurity, border security, and first responder technology; and
  • $300 million is included to complete construction of the National Bio- and Agro- Defense Facility.

“Finally, this agreement provides absolutely no discretionary or mandatory funds to implement the President’s executive actions on immigration. As you know, the costs of processing immigration applications are paid entirely by individual applicants when they submit their supporting documentation. Fees from those transactions are collected in a specific account in the Treasury, as mandated in the Immigration and Nationality Act. The hard-earned income of American taxpayers does not subsidize costs of immigration applications, and the spending bill under consideration today has no funding for these purposes.

“In closing, Mr. Speaker, this Homeland Security bill meets the security needs of our nation and the fiscal stewardship expected by the taxpayers. I believe it is worthy of every Member’s vote and urge my colleagues to support it. I yield back the balance of my time.”

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Appropriations Committee Names New Homeland Subcommittee Clerk

2015/01/13

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers today announced that Valerie Baldwin will be taking over as the Clerk of the Homeland Security Subcommittee.

Baldwin has been Acting Clerk of the Subcommittee over the last several months. She has 10 years of experience on the Appropriations Committee, and 21 years of federal service – including serving as Assistant Secretary of the Army for Financial Management. Baldwin has a Bachelor of Arts from Wichita State University, a Master of Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Kansas School of Law.

“Valerie is smart, capable, immensely hard working, and will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Committee staff,” Chairman Rogers said. “As we kick off the Congress, it is clear that Homeland Security issues will be at the forefront this year. Valerie’s expertise will be essential as she steers this subcommittee over the 114th Congress.”

 

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Committee Releases Fiscal Year 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill

2015/01/09

House Appropriations Committee today released the fiscal year 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations bill (H.R. 240), which will be considered on the House floor next week. The last of the 12 annual funding bills to be considered, it funds the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the remainder of the current fiscal year.

In total, the 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. In addition, it is expected that an amendment will be added to the bill to address the President’s recent executive action on immigration.

“The funding in this bill is targeted to critical security and law enforcement efforts that keep our nation and people safe, and ensure the laws of the land are strongly enforced,” House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said. “This is a responsible bill that makes the most out of each dollar – making the necessary investments to harden our borders, protect against terrorism, and respond and recover from natural disasters – while finding ways to save wherever possible. As the last bill of the 2015 Appropriations process, it is high time we get this legislation enacted into law to strengthen our homeland security efforts, ensure our personnel are well equipped and trained, and maintain our readiness for any threats that may come our way.” 

Bill Highlights:

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) – The bill contains $10.7 billion for CBP, an increase of $118.7 million above the fiscal year 2014 enacted level. This funding level supports the largest operational force levels in history – 21,370 Border Patrol agents and 23,775 CBP officers. Funds are provided to test a biometric exit mobile application, to ensure around-the-clock surveillance of air, land and sea approaches to the border, and to maintain no less than 95,000 operational flight hours.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – The bill provides $5.96 billion for ICE, an increase of $689.4 million above the fiscal year 2014 enacted level. This includes $3.4 billion for ICE detention programs, reflecting significant increases above the budget request to sustain 34,000 detention beds and to increase family detention by 3,732 beds. The bill also includes $1.9 billion for both domestic and international investigations, including increases to combat human trafficking, child exploitation, cyber-crime, and drug smuggling, and to expand visa vetting capabilities. Additionally, the bill fully funds E-Verify, a program that helps companies check if their employees may legally work in the United States.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) TSA is funded at $4.8 billion – a decrease of $94.3 million below the fiscal year 2014 enacted level. The bill targets funding to passenger security, cargo inspections, intelligence functions, Federal Flight Deck Officers, and increases for canine detection teams and privatized screening operations. Additionally, the bill rescinds more than $202 million in unobligated balances from TSA, and continues to reform passenger screening operations by capping full-time screening personnel at 45,000, reducing TSA’s federal screener workforce, and supporting TSA’s shift to more risk-based screening.

Cybersecurity – The bill includes a total of $753.2 million for cybersecurity operations in the National Programs and Protection Directorate. This funding sustains improvements to the Federal Network Security and Network Security Deployment programs to help blunt cyber-attacks and foreign espionage.

Coast Guard – The bill includes $10 billion for the U.S. Coast Guard – a decrease of $159 million below last year’s level and $439.5 million above the President’s request. The bill sustains military pay and allowances, and denies the President’s proposed cuts that would have gutted vital Coast Guard operations. Targeted increases are provided for: cutter and aviation operating hours, training, and maintenance; acquisition of the eighth National Security Cutter (NSC); two Fast Response Cutter (FRC) patrol boats; an additional C-130J aircraft; one H-60 remanufactured helicopter; and urgently needed upgrades to family housing.

Secret Service – The bill includes $1.7 billion for the U.S. Secret Service – an increase of $80.5 million above the fiscal year 2014 enacted level – to begin preparation and training for candidate protection for the 2016 presidential election and to address critical failures in communications and training at the White House Complex. The bill increases funding for cybersecurity investigations, and continues funding for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which the President proposed to eliminate.

Federal Emergency Management Agency – The bill allows $7 billion for disaster relief – fully funding FEMA’s stated requirement. The bill also provides a total of $2.5 billion for first responder grants, the same amount as in fiscal year 2014 and $304 million above the President’s request. This includes: $1.5 billion for state and local grants; $680 million for Assistance to Firefighter Grants; and $350 million for Emergency Management Performance Grants.

Research and Development – The bill includes $1.1 billion for Science and Technology, $116.3 million below the fiscal year 2014 enacted level, but $32.1 million above the President’s request. This level sustains investment in high-priority research and development efforts that will advance the nation’s security, including $300 million in funding for the construction of the National Bio- and Agro-defense Facility (NBAF).

Oversight – The legislation requires that DHS submit comprehensive spending plans to Congress to increase transparency and congressional and public oversight over the use of taxpayer dollars. The bill also directs the submission of reports detailing acquisition efforts throughout the department.

For the text of the bill and report, please visit: http://docs.house.gov/floor/Default.aspx?date=2015-01-12

 

 

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Appropriations Committee Names New Subcommittee Clerks

2015/01/08

 House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers today announced several changes to senior Committee staff for the 114th Congress.

“This next Congress will be a challenging one in the federal budget process, and we have a lot to get done in the next two years to return to regular order, responsibly and consistently fund the government, and ensure the best possible use of every tax dollar. These staffers are essential to this effort, and each one of them embodies the professionalism, expertise, and immense work ethic that will successfully steer the Appropriations process,” Chairman Rogers said.

Rob Blair will take over as Clerk of the Subcommittee on Defense. Blair joined the Committee staff in 2003 after serving on the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee on detail from the State Department. Most recently, Blair served as Clerk of the Energy and Water Subcommittee, which includes nuclear activities accounts within the Department of Defense. Blair has a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University, and graduate degrees from Tufts University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Donna Shahbaz will take over as Clerk of the Energy and Water Subcommittee. Shahbaz has been Clerk of the Military Construction/Veterans Affairs Subcommittee since 2012, and has served on the Committee staff since 2007. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Syracuse University, and a Masters from Baylor University.

Maureen Holohan will take over as Clerk of the Military Construction/Veterans Affairs Subcommittee. Holohan has 14 years of experience on the Appropriations Committee staff, serving most recently on the Defense Subcommittee, where she had responsibility over intelligence accounts. Prior to that, she was a branch chief for defense and intelligence matters on the Committee’s Surveys & Investigations staff. Holohan has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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House Approves Fiscal Year 2015 Consolidated Appropriations Package

2014/12/12

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers today applauded the House of Representatives for passing legislation to fund the government for the remainder of the 2015 fiscal year.

The bill fully abides by the “Ryan-Murray” Budget Agreement of 2013, and includes Appropriations legislation for 11 of the 12 annual Appropriations bills – providing funding for these programs through the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2015. The 12th bill, which funds the Department of Homeland Security, is also included in the legislation, but is funded under a temporary “Continuing Resolution” that expires on February 27, 2015. 

The package also contains emergency Overseas Contingency Operations funding to combat the emerging real-world threat brought by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and emergency funding to address the domestic and international Ebola crisis.

“This bill is the result of careful, responsible, line-by-line budget and policy decisions that have enormous impact on individuals, businesses, and communities across the country. This bill invests in important and effective programs with the most benefit to the American people – including our national defense – while reducing spending in lower-priority or wasteful programs. It also makes huge strides in helping to boost our economy by halting unnecessary, bureaucratic red tape that hinders growth and puts a damper on job creation,” Chairman Rogers said.

“This legislation represents exactly what our constituents sent us to Congress to do in November. It is a bipartisan compromise that makes hard but responsible decisions to govern responsibly and effectively. We worked together across the aisle to find common ground, while advancing policies that will promote job creation, economic growth, fiscal responsibility, and a better future for families and communities across the nation,” Rogers continued. “I now urge my colleagues in the Senate to approve this bill in short order, so that it can be signed into law before current funding expires on December 11.”

For a summary of the bill, please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=393925

 

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Chairman Rogers Floor Statement on FY15 Omnibus Appropriations Legislation

2014/12/11

House Appropriations Committee Hal Rogers today gave the following statement on the House floor in support of the House amendment to the Senate amendment on H.R. 83, legislation to fund the federal government for the rest of the current fiscal year:

"Mr. Speaker, I rise today, as we face the expiration of the current Continuing Resolution, to present the House amendment to the Senate amendment on H.R. 83, legislation to fund the federal government for the rest of the current fiscal year. 

"This amendment prevents a costly and damaging government shutdown, while making good-government funding and policy decisions and reining in regulatory overreach. It is good for the continuity of vital federal programs and services, it is good for our economy, and it is good for the American people.

"In total, this legislation provides $1.013 trillion dollars for the operations of the federal government. This total is in line with the terms of the Ryan-Murray budget agreement.

"It includes full-year Appropriations legislation for 11 of the 12 annual Appropriations bills, reflecting the most up-to-date budgetary needs of each agency and department. The Appropriations Committees in both the House and Senate went line by line through these bills, prioritizing funding for effective and vital programs, and making the tough decisions to cut funding for lower-priority programs.

"In addition, the measure includes short-term funding for the Department of Homeland Security, holding the funding levels for DHS programs at current levels.

"This will ensure that efforts to secure our home front are maintained until February 27th of next year.

"This legislation is a compromise– the product of hard-fought negotiations between the House and Senate, with give-and-take from both sides. But at the end of the day, it reflects conservative priorities, keeps our spending in line, and reins in the regulatory overreach that has been hampering our economy.

"As such, national security is a top priority in this bill. We provide a total of $554 billion for the Department of Defense, including $64 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funding to support our troops in the field, to combat ISIL, to train and equip our Iraqi allies, and to counter Russian aggression.

"To further assist our economy, we include provisions that put the brakes on regulatory programs that are too intrusive and too burdensome on American businesses.

"For instance, the legislation prohibits funds for the Army Corps of Engineers to act on two potentially harmful regulations: changing the definition of “fill material,” and regulating water in certain agricultural areas under the Clean Water Act.

"The bill measure prevents the listing of the Sage Grouse on the Endangered Species list – a premature action that would have severe economic consequences on Western states. And the bill protects job creators from onerous regulatory burdens by amending Dodd-Frank swaps pushout rules.

"This bill also demonstrates fiscal restraint. It cuts $60 million from the EPA, provides no funding for high-speed rail, the President’s Race to the Top initiative, or UNESCO or IMF. No new funding is included for Obamacare, and the bill holds the line on funding for the agency most responsible for implementing this law at HHS.

"For the IRS, the bill cuts the agency $345 million below last year, and includes language to put a stop to improper behavior by prohibiting the targeting of groups based on their political beliefs, prohibiting the White House from ordering the IRS to determine the tax-exempt status of an organization, and from funding inappropriate videos or conferences.

"This legislation is the product of the bipartisan and bicameral cooperation that the American people called for at the voting booths last month. Passage of this bill will show our people that we can and will govern responsibly, rise above inaction, and work together on their behalf.

"Although I would have preferred – as I am sure we all would have – to consider each of the 12 Appropriations bills under regular order, this is our best path forward under the circumstances. We face a very tight deadline, and if we do nothing, we will be turning our backs on our constitutional duty and on the American people.

"Before I close, I’d like to take a moment to recognize the many people who worked on this legislation.

"Thank you to the staff: You have all put in so much time and hard work on this bill – including sacrificing your holidays and time with your loved ones. We appreciate all that you do.

"Thank you to the Members of the Appropriations Committee who fought long and hard to ensure that we have the best bill before us today, notably the Ranking Member of the Committee, Mrs. Lowey.

"I’d also like to acknowledge six Members of the Committee in particular – Jack Kingston, Frank Wolf, Tom Latham, Jim Moran, Ed Pastor, and Bill Owens. It is fitting that for these six appropriators, their final vote on the House floor will be on a government funding bill.

"This nation is a better place because of your service, and I thank you all for your contributions to the Appropriations Committee and to the House of Representatives over your combined 120 years of service.

"I now call on the Members of this House – Republicans and Democrats alike – to support this legislation. It is good, it is bipartisan, and most importantly, it is necessary. Vote Yes. Thank you, and I yield back"

 

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Chairman Rogers Rules Statement on FY 2015 Omnibus Legislation

2014/12/10

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers today made the following remarks before the House Committee on Rules:

"Good afternoon, Chairman Sessions, Ranking Member Slaughter, and members of the Rules Committee. Thank you for having me here today on behalf of the amendment to H.R. 83 I have submitted that includes the bipartisan House and Senate agreement to fund the federal government for the rest of the 2015 fiscal year.

"I come before you to request an appropriate rule to provide for prompt consideration of this important measure. Our current funding mechanism expires on December 11, 2014 – Thursday. To avoid a costly and damaging government shutdown, we must pass this legislation before then.

"The funding measure abides by all the terms of the Ryan-Murray budget agreement, providing a total of $1.013 trillion. It includes full-year Appropriations legislation for 11 of the 12 annual Appropriations bills, weighing each agency and department individually, reflecting up-to-date budgetary needs, and prioritizing the most effective, most useful programs.

"This legislation also includes a short-term funding mechanism for the Department of Homeland Security, which expires on February 27, 2015. This holds funding for DHS programs at current levels to maintain essential security programs on our home front.

"Moving on to some of the highlights:

"National security is a top priority in this legislation. The measure provides $554 billion for the Department of Defense, including $64 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funding to support our troops in the field, to combat ISIL, to train and equip our Iraqi allies, and to counter Russian aggression.

"It also cuts more than $345 million from the IRS and $60 million from the EPA from last year’s levels.

"The legislation provides no new funding for ObamaCare, and holds the line on funding for the agency at HHS most responsible for implementing this law.

"It prohibits funds for the Army Corps of Engineers to act on two regulations that could have serious consequences for American industry: changing the definition of “fill material,” and regulating water in certain agricultural areas under the Clean Water Act.

"The legislation also protects farmers, ranchers, and other job creators from onerous regulatory burdens by amending Dodd-Frank swaps push out rules, and by adopting the House promise to stop the EPA from placing the sage grouse on the Endangered Species List. And it helps put a stop to improper behavior at federal agencies – prohibiting the IRS from targeting groups for scrutiny based on their political beliefs, from determining the tax-exempt status of an organization, and from holding inappropriate conferences.

"The bill also preserves the sanctity of life – maintaining all existing pro-life policy and funding provisions from previous Appropriations bills, as well as adding several new provisions that address conscience protection and the transparency of ObamaCare plans that provide abortion-related services.

"Although it is my preference to consider 12 individual Appropriations bills on time, under regular order, this is our best-case scenario as we face a short deadline. This legislation fulfills the Constitutional duty of the Congress to keep the lights on in the federal government, and will allow us to start with a clear deck in the 114th Congress to hopefully complete our Appropriations work for 2016 on time.

"I know the Ranking Member of the Committee shares my desire to return to regular order next year. I would like to thank Mrs. Lowey for her fairness throughout this process, as well as her hard work bringing this bill before you today.

"The Omnibus legislation is the result of weeks of hard negotiations between the House and the Senate. It reflects conservative priorities, but it is also a compromise – a bipartisan bill that can and should have wide support from both parties in both the House and the Senate.

"I hope we can pass it in short order, and send it on to the Senate and eventually the President for their quick approval as well. The American people deserve the stability and certainty of a functioning federal government, and it is high time we provide that to them. Thank you."

 

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