Appropriations

Committee on Appropriations

Rodney Frelinghuysen

Down Syndrome: Update on the State of the Science and Potential for Discoveries Across Other Major Diseases

2017/10/17


Oversight Hearing - The Role of Facilities and Administrative Costs in Supporting NIH-Funded Research

2017/10/17

Witnesses: Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, Vice President for Research, University of Oklahoma; Dr. Gary Gilliland, President and Director, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Read More

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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Chairman Frelinghuysen Statement on New Supplemental Funding Request for Hurricane Recovery and Wildfires

2017/10/04

The House Appropriations Committee today received a new request from the White House for emergency funding for hurricane recovery and wildfire aid.

The request includes $12.8 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) and $576.5 million for wildfire recovery. Also included is $16 billion for debt relief for the federal flood insurance program, which now needs additional funds to make necessary insurance claims payments to individuals.

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

“It is abundantly clear that the people of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are in need of more help – in dollars, in resources, in manpower, and in federal support. My Committee has already begun to move on this emergency funding request, and will put legislation forward as soon as possible.

“The hundreds of thousands of people affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria have suffered enough. Congress must provide whatever is necessary to get these families back on their feet and to rebuild their communities. This will be a long process, and this next round of funds certainly won’t be all that is needed. We will continue to monitor each disaster closely and will work to ensure that both short-term relief and long-term recovery funds are available and are being put to good use for those in need.”

 

 

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Chairman Frelinghuysen Statement on U.S. Territories Recovering from Hurricanes Irma and Maria

2017/09/25

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen today made the following statement on the U.S. territories recovering from Hurricanes Irma and Maria:

"The people of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands remain in our thoughts as they struggle to recover from successive Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The challenges they face are truly tremendous. But they should be reassured that they are entitled to equal treatment under the law, and the Appropriations Committee and House Leadership will assure that every step of the way."

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Chairman Frelinghuysen Announces Subcommittee Staff Changes

2017/09/21

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

“I am pleased to announce that three extremely professional women have agreed to fill senior roles on the Committee staff. Our Committee does a huge amount of crucial work on behalf of the American people – ensuring that all tax dollars are used as wisely and as efficiently as possible. It takes technical skill, political savvy, and a heroic work-ethic to get the job done. Donna, Angie, and Sue have these qualities in spades, and are more than up to the task. Their vast combined experience will benefit the Committee, the Congress, and the nation both now and in the future,” Chairman Frelinghuysen said.

Donna Shahbaz will move to the position of Clerk and Staff Director of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee. Ms. Shahbaz was previously the Clerk and Staff Director of the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee. Shahbaz, who has a Bachelor of Arts from Syracuse University and a Masters in Health Administration from Baylor University, has 30 years of service in the federal government, including 10 years with the Appropriations Committee.

Angie Giancarlo will move to the position of Clerk and Staff Director of the Energy and Water Subcommittee, where she currently serves as professional staff handling issues related to the Army Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the Department of Defense. Ms. Giancarlo is an 18-year veteran of federal service, and has been on Committee staff for six years. She is a graduate of George Washington University. 

Sue Quantius will move to the position of Clerk and Staff Director of the Military Construction/Veterans Affairs Subcommittee, where she currently serves as professional staff covering the Department of Veterans Affairs. Ms. Quantius has over 34 years of federal service, including 24 years on the Committee staff. She is a graduate of Smith College (B.A.), London School of Economics (M.Sc), and Harvard University (M.P.P.).

 

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Government-Wide Funding Legislation Approved by the House

2017/09/14

The House of Representatives today passed a package of funding bills (H.R. 3354) to provide all discretionary funding for the federal government for the 2018 fiscal year. The bill, also known as the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, was passed on a vote of 211-198.

The package of bills contains the full legislation and funding for all of the 12 annual Appropriations bills, and totals $1.2 trillion, including $87 billion in funding for Global War on Terror (GWOT)/Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO). This legislation funds critical federal programs such as our national defense, invests in proven and effective government activities, and helps reduce unnecessary and wasteful spending.

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

“The legislation approved by the House today funds important domestic and international programs that keep our people safe, that help our economy grow and thrive, that protect us from terrorists and those who want to do us harm, and that preserve America’s top role across the globe – both militarily and diplomatically.

“These investments are made responsibly. In each of the bills within this package, we have found savings, gotten rid of waste, fraud and duplication, and increased oversight to ensure that no taxpayer dollar is misspent.

“But we still have more work to do. This is the next step in the process, but it is not the end. Funding these important federal responsibilities and keeping the government open is our constitutional duty to the people we serve, and I look forward to the final completion of all these critical bills.”

Bill Information:

For a detailed summaries, please visit:

Agriculture Appropriations Bill 

Commerce/Justice/Science Appropriations Bill

Department of Defense Appropriations Bill

Energy and Water Appropriations Bill

 Financial Services Appropriations Bill

Homeland Security Appropriations Bill

Interior/Environment Appropriations Bill

 
Labor/Health and Human Services/Education Appropriations Bill

Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill

Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill

State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

Transportation/Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill

For the text of the legislation and the bill reports, please visit: https://rules.house.gov/bill/115/hr-3354

 

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Emergency Disaster Aid and Continuation of Government Funding Approved

2017/09/08

The House of Representatives today approved a final bill to provide additional emergency assistance to respond to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, to raise the debt ceiling to allow the United States to meet its financial obligations, and to allow for the continuation of vital government programs and services. The legislation will now be sent to the President for his signature.

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

“This legislation is the first step in what will be a long and difficult recovery from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. As our fellow Americans pick up the pieces and rebuild their lives, we all must come together to support the victims, volunteers, and first responders on the ground. And Congress must ensure that the federal government provides the help they need to continue to recover.

“In addition for emergency disaster funding, this bill extends the continuation of government operations until December 8, 2017. The federal government must remain open for business, and important programs and services must be maintained beyond the close of the fiscal year at the end of this month. It is imperative for all 12 Appropriations bills to be signed into law in the near future, so our nation avoids the uncertainty and instability caused by the threat of a shutdown or long-term stagnant budgets.

“I applaud the House and Senate for their bipartisan work on this much-needed legislation, and as I’ve said before, my Committee is ready and willing to address any additional funding needs that may arise as a result of Hurricane Harvey, Irma, or any other major disaster.”

The bill approved today, the Senate Amendment to H. Res 502, contains $15.25 billion in emergency funding to provide immediate response and recovery for hurricane-ravaged communities. Included in this amount is $7.4 billion for the Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) Disaster Relief Fund (DRF), $7.4 billion in emergency funding for Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to help those areas begin to rebuild, and $450 million for the Small Business Administration Disaster Loan program.

In addition, the legislation contains a “Continuing Resolution” – a temporary measure to allow time for final, year-long Appropriations funding legislation to be completed. This measure will allow government operations to continue until December 8, 2017. The bill also contains a temporary extension of the nation’s debt limit, and a temporary extension of the National Flood Insurance program, also until December 8, 2017.

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Chairman Frelinghuysen Floor Statement on Senate Amendment to H.R. 601

2017/09/08

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen today gave the following statement on the House floor to present the Senate amendment to H.R. 601 that will provide emergency relief for Hurricane Harvey and Irma, continue funding for the federal government, extend the debt limit, and reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program:

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to present a Senate amendment to H. R. 601.

As Texas and Louisiana begin the first steps of recovery from Hurricane Harvey, Congress must ensure that funding is readily available to meet the short- and long-term needs of the hundreds of thousands of victims of this terrible storm. And, as we all are seeing unfold before our eyes, the next storms could cause even more terrible devastation.

This legislation is the first step in what will be long and difficult recoveries.

As our fellow Americans pick up the pieces and rebuild their lives, we all must come together to support the victims, volunteers, and first responders on the ground. And Congress must ensure that the federal government provides the help needed to continue this recovery process.

With FEMA resources running low and Hurricane Irma on Florida’s and the South’s door, providing this additional funding is all the more important. As I’ve said before, my Committee is ready and willing to address any additional funding needs that may arise as a result of Hurricane Harvey, Irma, or any other major disaster.

In addition to providing this desperately needed emergency aid, this bill also extends funding for the entire federal government until December 8, 2017.

This continuing resolution will ensure that the federal government remains open for business, and that important programs and services are maintained beyond the end of the fiscal year on the 30th of this month

While I don’t believe that a continuing resolution is the best way to fund our government, it is imperative to give us time to go to Conference Committee and complete our 12 full-year appropriations bills with the Senate. It is essential that all of these bills be signed into law and that our nation avoids the uncertainty caused by the threat of a shutdown.

In addition, the bill also contains a clean hike of the federal debt limit and reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program. Both of these items will allow for more certainty and stability as those communities and families suffering from Harvey and Irma begin to rebuild.

I urge my colleagues to support this legislation.

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

 

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Chairman Frelinghuysen Floor Statement on the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act

2017/09/06

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen today made the following statement before the U.S. House of Representatives on the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, a bill funding the federal government for Fiscal Year 2018:

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to present H.R. 3354, the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act.

This legislation moves Congress one step closer to completing critical work on our Fiscal Year 2018 Appropriations bills – ahead of the end of the Fiscal Year on September 30.

This bill respects the American people, their priorities for our nation, and their hard-earned tax dollars, and it will help move our great country forward to a more stable and prosperous future.

This funding – totaling $1.2 trillion – supports important domestic and international programs that keep our people safe, that help our economy grow and thrive, that protects us from terrorists and those who want to do us harm, and that preserve America’s top role across the glove – both militarily and diplomatically.

Importantly, this bill continues the work started in the national security funding package that passed the House in July, the Make America Secure Act, and it prioritizes the safety of the American people, targeting funding toward critical law enforcement programs, securing our borders and our cyber networks, fighting terrorism, combatting opioid abuse, and stemming the flow of illegal drugs and goods.

Other funds are directed to programs that provide the greatest national benefit – including those that keep our food and drug supply safe, that support public health preparedness, fight devastating wildfires, invest in critical infrastructure, and otherwise protect and support our economy and freedoms.

All of these investments are made responsibly. In each of the bills within this package, we have found savings, gotten rid of waste, fraud and duplication, and increased oversight to ensure that no taxpayer dollar is misspent.

But we still have more work to do. This is the next step in the process, but it is not the end. 

We also must address any new needs arising from the terrible flooding and damage inflicted by Hurricane Harvey, which is affecting hundreds and thousands of people across Texas and Louisiana, as well as continue all government operations until a final Appropriations package can be conferenced with the Senate and signed into law. This legislation today represents the House priorities and shows the American people that this chamber is moving forward, governing effectively, and getting things done in Washington.

Before I close, I would like to thank the Members of the Appropriations Committee for their hard work over the past few months that allows us to consider this bill today, especially the 12 chairs.

The Committee drafted, considered, and marked up all 12 Appropriations bills in under 2 months – a record-breaking pace – and as a result, we have a fine package of solid bills on the floor today.

I particularly would like to thank the Chairs and Ranking Members of the bills we are considering today, as well as the Ranking Member of the Full Committee, Mrs. Lowey, for her partnership throughout this process. I would also like to extend my personal thanks to our staff for all their efforts on these bills.

This package is the product of not only the Committee’s work, but also the contributions of ALL members of this body.

While drafting the bills that compose this package, we took member submissions very seriously – creating a more representative bill that reflects the will of the American people.

In July, the House took the responsible step of providing funding for critical national security priorities; with this bill, we will complete work on all 12 of our Appropriations bills for the fiscal year. This morning, the House came together on an overwhelmingly bipartisan basis to pass desperately needed emergency funding for the victims in Texas and Louisiana whose lives were destroyed by Hurricane Harvey.

Funding these important responsibilities of the federal government is our constitutional duty to the people we serve. I urge my colleagues to vote “yes” on this bill.





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Full Committee Markup: FY2018 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill, FY2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill; and Interim Suballocation of Budget Allocations for FY2018

2017/07/14

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Full Committee Markup: FY2018 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, and FY2018 Interior Appropriations Bill

2017/07/13

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Full Committee Markup: FY2018 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill

2017/07/11

Mark up Appropriations Bill, FY2018 Read More

Full Committee Markup - FY2018 Commerce, Justice and Science & FY2018 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill

2017/07/10

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Subcommittee Markup - FY 2018 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations BIll

2017/07/10

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Subcommittee Markup - FY 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations BIll

2017/07/10

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Subcommittee Markup - FY 2018 Interior Appropriations Bill

2017/07/06

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Subcommittee Markup - FY 2018 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill

2017/07/06

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