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  • Hearing: Budgeting for Transportation: Financing Investment in Highways and Mass Transit
    Posted in Speeches and Statements on March 17, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Thank Chairman Spratt, welcome witnesses (Chairman Atkinson, Secretary Miller, and Tyler Duvall, the former Acting Under Secretary for Policy and the Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation). Across our country, federal highway and transit spending have played a vitally important role in the growth and productivity of our economy, and to our way of life. This year, Congress will likely consider multi-year legislation to reauthorize federal surface t... Read more

  • Hearing: Department of Education Fiscal Year 2010 Budget
    Posted in Speeches and Statements on March 12, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Thank you Chairman Spratt, Welcome Secretary Duncan and congratulate him on his recent confirmation. First, I want to commend President Obama for his emphasis on personal responsibility and accountability when it comes to our children’s education...for his reminder that we parents are the biggest factor in ensuring our children’s academic success -- and that often means turning off the tv and computer games, and helping with homework. I also commend Secretary Duncan for advocating such reforms a... Read more

  • Hearing: Treasury Department Fiscal Year 2010 Budget
    Posted in Speeches and Statements on March 5, 2009 | Preview rr

    Welcome Secretary Geithner. I want to start by acknowledging the very serious challenge you face: solving our banking crisis, and stabilizing our financial markets is critical to our economy and job growth. There is no perfect solution to this grave problem. While I have concerns with how the past and current Administrations have handled TARP, the best thing we can do for our economy is get credit markets functioning again – and I genuinely appreciate your efforts on that front. That said, you w... Read more

  • Hearing: The President's Fiscal Year 2010 Budget
    Posted in Speeches and Statements on March 3, 2009 | Preview rr

    Thank Chairman Spratt. Welcome back Director Orszag. For those of us who spend a good deal of our time focusing on the Federal Government’s fiscal policy, last week was quite a ride. It started out on a hopeful note. Monday: the President’s ‘Fiscal Responsibility Summit’ – a positive, bipartisan meeting. And on Tuesday: President Obama’s address to Congress. In this eloquent speech, the President outlined our nation’s greatest challenges, as well as a laudable set of goals. But then came Wednesd... Read more

  • Hearing: Building a Foundation for Families: Fighting Hunger, Investing in Children
    Posted in Speeches and Statements on February 12, 2009 | Preview rr

    Thank Chairman Spratt. Welcome witnesses. Our focus today is on American families struggling in the severely weakened economy – and specifically, the children of those families. The most obvious, and I know, well-intentioned response is to increase the size and scope of nearly every Government program on the books. And likely even add a few more. But what always seems to come as an afterthought – if at all – is what all these well-intentioned actions will mean for the future of those same childr... Read more

  • Hearing: Long-term Sustainability of Current Defense Plans
    Posted in Speeches and Statements on February 4, 2009 | Preview rr

    Thank you, Chairman Spratt. Clearly, the bulk of Congress’ attention has been – and remains – focused squarely on addressing the current crisis in our economy. But dealing with the economic crisis does not excuse – or even diminish – Congress’ responsiblity to the primary role of the Federal Government – and that’s our national defense. So, even as the economy has replaced the Global War on Terrorism on the front page, it does not replace our commitment to those on the front lines. Our job – as ... Read more

  • Hearing:The Economic Outlook and Budget Challenges
    Posted in Speeches and Statements on January 27, 2009 | Preview rr

    Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I, also, want to extend a warm welcome to our new CBO director, Doug Elmendorf. The need for today’s hearing is obvious. Job losses are mounting and each day we get fresh evidence confirming the fact that we are in the midst a severe economic downturn. Clearly, Congress must take action to address this situation. The hard part is deciding what we should do. The House will consider this week an $816 billion “economic stimulus” package – advertised as a focused plan to “ge... Read more