"I rise to speak about the Fiscal Year 2020 Appropriations Bill for the Labor,
"To start, let me recognize the ranking member,
"We have put together very strong and serious resources in the Labor-H bill. And, let me thank the chair of the full committee, Congresswoman
"The Labor-HHS-Education bill supports some of the nation's most critical programs.
"They touch individuals and families throughout their lifespan: from Early
"For 2020, the Subcommittee is providing a total of
"Our mission has been to advance a positive agenda; to look at issues where programs have been starved; and to reflect the oversight we have been conducting. I believe we have done so.
"To arrive at these figures, we hosted twelve hearings: on the budget, on predatory for-profit colleges, federal student loan servicing, the unaccompanied children program, wage theft and the administration's cost-increasing changes to the Affordable Care Act.
"We collected nearly 15,000 requests from Members. And, we fulfilled - in part or in whole - more than 90 percent of them.
"With this input, we produced what I believe to be historic investments in working people, in students, in parents, in children, in families, and in our future.
"We make an historic
"We also increase funding for K-12 education by
"And in postsecondary education, we make an additional investment of
"Then, health. We make a net increase of
"We held the first appropriations hearing on gun violence prevention research in two decades. Experts told us the
"And we are investing in women's health. That includes a
"We know this president is highly invested in continuing what we call attacks on women's health. And we know the power of the
"The Hyde Amendment is a discriminatory policy that makes access to basic reproductive health care contingent on your income. That is simply wrong, and I oppose it as do others. We will continue the long fight and we will win that fight in the near term to ensure that women of color, low income women and all women are on equal footing, with regards to reproductive rights.
"Finally, we invest in working people whose pay does not keep up with their rising costs. They struggle to deal with health care, prescription drugs, child care. We invest an additional
"I am also proud of the new initiatives we are introducing. We provide
"For too long, working people and middle-class families have been shortchanged. We are moving ambitiously to make sure that we provide every individual with a better chance at a better life. Because we believe that that is our obligation as members of the