Space Launch Liability Indemnification Extension Actby Former Representative Frank R. Wolf
Posted on 2014-01-15
WOLF asked and was given permission to revise and extend his
Mr. WOLF. Madam Speaker, I rise in strong support of the bill and
want to acknowledge and thank Mr. Rogers. We came here together in
1981, and I think what Mr. Rogers and Mrs. Lowey have done, along with
Senator Mikulski and Senator Shelby, has been amazing.
I also want to thank my friend, Mr. Fattah, for his partnership and help. Thank you. You have done a great job.
I want to acknowledge the staff, Mike Ringler, Leslie Albright, Jeff Ashford, Diana Simpson and Colin Samples, as well as Bob Bonner and Matt Smith. They have done an incredible job. If the American people could have seen the hours--and I want to thank them.
This bill today totals $51.6 billion, which is $1.44 billion below the enacted 2013 level. We have reduced spending by more than $12 billion for agencies funded in the CJS.
There is no reason why anyone would vote against this bill. We are even $200 million below FY 2008. So they have done an incredible job.
The bill also includes $8.3 billion for the FBI to fight crime and protect the Nation from further terrorist attacks, and it expands the FBI's capabilities.
Also, in addition, there is $1 million for an independent review to report to Congress, to be conducted by an outside commission to look at the progress made over the last decade on the implementation of the 9/ 11 Commission.
I lost several hundred people from my district who died, and we lost 3,000 Americans. We want to find out what recommendations were made, how well the FBI is doing, and so that is very, very important. I expect the FBI to cooperate, and I know they will.
I appreciate Mr. Fattah, and also Mr. Mollohan, who is not here. We establish the Charles Colson, Chuck Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections.
We cannot put men and women in prison for years and do nothing, and I think this offers an opportunity to really reform the prison commission system. Then Mr. Goodlatte and the Judiciary Committee can do amazing things.
The bill also brings about repatriation programs to bring jobs back to America, not to have companies going abroad but to come back, and I appreciate the Secretary of Commerce Pritzker really cooperating and working on this.
Lastly, it funds the sciences at a very, very high level. With regard to NASA, the bill includes $17.65 billion for NASA, including funding for America's next generation space launch system, the Orion Crew Vehicle, as well as full funding for cutting-edge aeronautics and research to keep America competitive.
Again, I just want to close by congratulating and thanking Mr. Rogers. We came here in 1981. We were considered Reagan robots. I wasn't supposed to be here, and another guy who wasn't supposed to be here, Chris Smith, he is still here, and Mr. Rogers. They will be the leaders of the class that is left. We had 54.
I just want to thank him for what he has done, and the staff on both sides, and the Members, for bringing this bill and returning to regular order.
Again, Mr. Fattah, my fellow native Philadelphian, thank you for everything that you have done.
Madam Speaker, I rise today in support of this Consolidated Appropriations Act, which includes the fiscal year 2014 Commerce- Justice-Science appropriations act.
I would like to thank my colleague and Ranking Member, Mr. Fattah, for his support throughout this process. I would also extend my thanks to Chairman Rogers, Senator Mikulski and Senator Shelby.
I also want to thank the CJS subcommittee Majority staff--Mike Ringler, Leslie Albright, Jeff Ashford, Diana Simpson and Colin Samples--as well as Bob Bonner and Matt Smith on the Minority staff.
The final CJS bill before the House today totals $51.6 billion, which is $1.4 billion below the enacted fiscal year 2013 level.
Since Republicans assumed the majority in the House, we have reduced spending by more than $12 billion for agencies funded in the CJS appropriations bill.
The FY 2013 level is even $200 million below the FY 2008 level.
At the same time the bill also provides funding for a variety of critical national priorities, and prevents furloughs for federal employees this year.
The bill includes $8.3 billion for the FBI to fight crime and protect the nation from further terrorist attacks and expands the FBI's capability to investigate and attribute cyber intrusions, which the new Director has identified as his biggest challenge.
In addition, there is $1 million for an independent review and report to Congress to be conducted by an outside commission to look at progress made over the last decade on the implementation the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission as well as to look at how the FBI is responding to the evolving threat of terrorism, including the threat from domestic radicalization.
I expect the FBI to support this important effort by ensuring that the review has the independence, flexibility and resources necessary to produce an excellent and unbiased report to the Congress.
The bill establishes the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections to develop practical, data-driven policy options to increase public safety, reduce recidivism, and control the growth of spending on corrections.
In the Department of Commerce, the bill includes funding for the National Weather Service to provide critical weather information to the public.
We need to enhance efforts to bring good jobs back to America, especially manufacturing jobs. This bill continues a job repatriation task force established last year, and includes grant funding to enable encourage repatriations. It also calls on the department to hold a national repatriation conference this year, and I appreciate Secretary Priztker's proactive leadership in coordinating this conference.
The bill includes important funding for fundamental scientific research. $7.2 billion is included for the NSF. NIST research activities receive $850 million, an increase of $42 million.
Finally, the bill includes $17.65 billion for NASA, including funding for America's next generation Space Launch System and the Orion Crew Vehicle as well as full funding for cutting edge aeronautics research to keep America competitive.
Madam Speaker, I urge my colleagues to support this bill.