I want to begin by thanking the subcommittee chairman, Mr. Ryan, for presenting the fiscal year 2022 Legislative Branch appropriations bill.
I also want to recognize the ranking member, Ms. Herrera Beutler.
Over the last six months, I have seen the dedication you both have given to solving issues important to all Members of Congress. You have truly worked overtime, and we are grateful for your service on this subcommittee.
This bill before us today takes steps to make the House of Representatives more effective, efficient, and transparent on behalf of the American people.
This bill recognizes the service and sacrifice of our Capitol Police. It increases personnel benefits, grows the workforce of sworn and civilian personnel, and provides critical training and resources to safely carry out the department’s evolving mission.
This bill also allows the Architect of the Capitol to maintain and increase the lifespan of facilities and provide essential services, while also promoting the health and safety of the people who work and visit here.
Unfortunately, I do have some concerns about the bill in its current form.
Total spending for the Legislative Branch increases by more than thirteen percent, and there are riders that are more appropriately addressed by other committees.
I hope we can come together on these issues as the process moves forward.
In closing, I want to thank the subcommittee members for their work on this bill, as well as the Majority and Minority staff.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman, I yield back.
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