Many of you know that I am privileged to serve on the House Appropriations Committee, which is responsible for allocating hundreds of billions of federal dollars each year. Our country continues to face economic challenges, and all Appropriators share a tremendous responsibility to allocate precious tax dollars as efficiently as possible.
We are currently in the height of “appropriations season,” which is when our Committee considers the 12 bills that fund scores of federal departments and agencies. I am always on the lookout for ways to leverage my role on this Committee to funnel resources to Maryland to provide our families with good schools, safe streets and decent jobs.
Last week, I had a particularly successful day as the Committee considered the Commerce, Justice and Science spending bill, which funds the Departments of Commerce and Justice, NASA, the National Science Foundation and related agencies. In just one day, I passed several bipartisan amendments to benefit our state and our country.
My amendment to prevent the President from lifting sanctions on a Chinese telecommunications company that ignored trade embargoes with Iran and North Korea and poses an indisputable national security threat passed the Committee unanimously. Another successful amendment sets aside money to keep contraband cell phones from making it into prisons. I was able to revive discussions on relocating FBI headquarters to Maryland. And I helped protect a NASA earth science mission at Goddard Space Center that will help our efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay.
I will continue to take my role as an Appropriator seriously, seeking ways to reduce waste while investing in the priorities that matter to my constituents.