May 10, 2019 Vote Notes on Legislation
In what has become a tradition, H.R. 2157 uses emergency disaster relief as an excuse for loading up billions of dollars of non-disaster relief spending that normally would raise serious questions.
May 9, 2019 Vote Notes on Legislation
This measure is deceptively titled the "Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act of 2019.” It does no such thing.
The subpoena issued by this committee puts the Attorney General in a legal Catch-22: To comply with the subpoena, he must break the law. If he obeys the law, he must disobey the subpoena.
May 8, 2019 Speeches
The subcommittee meets today to consider nine bills dealing with various aspects of ocean resource management.
April 9, 2019 Speeches
I am afraid that both sides are losing sight of why we have a First Amendment? It is because the freedom to speak your mind is absolutely essential in a free society. Jefferson said, “Error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.” Speech can be ugly, disgusting, hateful, prejudiced and alarming. But it can never be dangerous to a free society as long as men and women of good will have the freedom of speech to dispute it, challenge it and reject it.
April 3, 2019 Speeches
I called for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate charges of collusion before Mr. Mueller was appointed. I believed the President was completely innocent of these outlandish charges and that a full and independent investigation would show that. Now it has. And I, too, want to see as much of the report made public as quickly as possible to put the lie to those politicians who have been telling us for more than two years that they held in their hands irrefutable evidence of coordination between the Russian government and the Trump campaign...
April 2, 2019 Speeches
The subcommittee meets today to consider “The State of Western Water Infrastructure and Innovation.” Central to this discussion is a simple question: which is better: abundance or shortage? The answer is so self-evident, it seems like a trick question.
March 28, 2019 Speeches
The Subcommittee meets today to consider the Colorado Drought Contingency Plan, agreed to by all of the states that draw from the Colorado River Basin. The dams on the Colorado have been the foundation of the prosperity of the Western states that rely on them to store water from wet years to assure abundance in dry ones. Forty million people and 5 ½ million acres of productive farmland now depend on the water stored behind these dams and 4,000 megawatts of hydroelectricity their turbines generate.
For 43 years, the President of the United States has had the statutory authority granted by Congress to declare a national emergency and to re-program unobligated military construction funds to meet that emergency. Fifty-eight times, previous presidents have invoked this authority to address such matters as civil unrest in Sierra Leone and Burma...
March 12, 2019 Speeches
For many years, our nations’ water policy was one of abundance and our nation’s lands policy was one of sustainable, scientific management. These policies served the betterment of both humanity and nature.