tv Key Capitol Hill Hearings CSPAN April 21, 2016 12:51am-1:34am EDT
one of the things that i am really intent on is challenging you all to tell us where past congressional decisions at the time may have made sense or not made sense, and in times have changed, the sorts of things that we place on you, particularly in dealing with this, well-intentioned policy that do not add value, they add cost or constraint, we cost are constrained, we need your feedback so that we are not only adding some do good ideas that may be take the edge off of some of the old ones that are still in place but really help us to reform. so if you have a changing environment, your understanding of ptsd how to treat it, how to transition, how to keep track of our vets change over time. i want to committee where they come in here and they tell us we need to change this or this.
give us an opportunity to look at some of the things that you are currently doing that are no longer value added. i could deploy resources to better use in your professional opinion. >> thank you. >> anything else? >> i am moving all outside statements of the record be received in advance of the hearing should be included in the official record. without without objection, the hearing is adjourned, well done. >> [inaudible conversation] [inaudible conversation] [inaudible conversations]
>> mr. president for the next few minutes the senator and died will submit for this senate consideration the first appropriation bill of the year. in this is their appropriations bill the earliest it has been submitted since the budget act was passed 1974.sibie this is a good sign for the united states senate and that means you're serious about the basic constitutional responsibilities the setting of priorities in a way to allow every senator to participate her acquired privilege to work with senator feinstein that comes to a result she has a
background as a manager and chairman of the committees an ion channel - - privileged before i talk about the bill specifically since this is the first bill of rights is a few words about the money we're spending this year the budget control act which united states senate adoptedmouf passed by a the us senate $1 october 30th of last year the budget control act sets about $1,000,000,700,000.1 our build the energy and water bill but however mr.
president the entire budget is more than $1 trillion it is four times as much. the entire federal budget is 3.$9 billion. superior talking about appropriated dollars plus 3 trillion other dollars we will spend this year that is mandatory or automatic spending with interest onou the debt. federal health care spending is an example of $1 trillion the same amount of all those we are considering the center for medicare/medicaid services is in charge of spending about $886 billion
every year almost all mandatory spending so the part of the budget that we talk about today is one-fourth of the total federal spending and. democratic figure to the majority us on leader for making this a priority and the democratic leader to suggest that they also want to see us move to give the american people a chance how we spend their money. the american people care about how we spend their money because their resolve lot of talk about the debt of $19 trillion the total revenue is 3.36 billion but the spending is about 3.five so elementary school
mathematics will show you we're adding 5,304,000,000 more to the $19 trillion debt this year. it is important 2.0 the spending we talk about in this bill is not the problem. the i would like to ask the chair to look at the bottom line. that is the discretionary spending the money the appropriation committee works on and it is rising at the rate of inflation over the next ted years according to the cbo so the entire budget following the path is the money we are in charge of with the appropriations committee. where does that come from? that is an automatic i
mandatory spending that is not even include the interest of the federal debt. because i suggested to turn over to the appropriations committee because we're doing our job and the rest of the senate is not doing the job to run up the federal debt. we presented an amount of money by the committee that we allocate. we have set priorities and cut wasteful spending to get those projects under control to eliminate funding that saves $125 million. of the uranium processing facility that 90 percent designed before it is built
on time or on budget.ind o looking for the armed services committee. we have a red team working on the new mexico the senator and i have a bill that reduced that topline growth by $1 trillion over the next 10 years but we're not co-sponsors of the bill so we're not talking about that much although there may be an attempt to change the level of funding and i will talk about that at the time
but just so everybody thinks about that before he and we are following the law and number two the budget committee has begun to start that process based on the number in the appropriation bills are not the debt problem of the mandatory spending, is sooner or later. senator feinstein and i of the senate appropriations committee approved fiscal year 26 small dash 2017 appropriation bill 30 / o. as this bill includes items very familiar to the american people they would like for us such as flooda control and navigation of
the rivers whether california or charleston or savannah. whether ohio or kentucky or tennessee or the national labs are a secret weapon. or super computer where we leave the world on job growth and a big part of the budget has to do with nuclear weapons and national defence with our world is so unsafe we work together under challenging constraints to create a bipartisan bill.that was higher 37.5 billion, 355 million more than last year reaching a bipartisan consensus wasn't easy to receive an
allocation that was higher than last year but a million mower of those nondefense parts of the budget includes several federal agencies including u.s. department of energy the army corps of engineers the bureau of reclamation in the appellation regional commission backup the corps of engineers by 1.4 billion of new mandatory funding with the department ofof energy. in negotiating the support of though waterways to bring one step closer to energy research to resolve the nuclear waste stalemate one of the hazardous material to maintain a nuclear weapons stockpile.
we also conducted extensive oversight with the department of energy and eliminated the program to reduce waste saving $125 million. bil that was the experimental nuclear reactor in france with 1.$1 billion as i mentioned earlier we keep the projects on time and on budget. 90% desirable and also working with the facility in new mexico. man 77 senators submitted a request and we worked hard to accommodate for we had
many other senators but most have something that they think is important so they decide to send us letters suggesting what they would like to take out of thee bill., under the the last time the unitedwa states senate passed thisions pe bill under the regular order was 2009. i look forward to the regular appropriations to briefly highlight a few parts of the bill. waterways infrastructure. 1.4 billion with a level of funding for the core of many never just to do this. nothing has more support in
the army corps of engineers. to dredge our rivers and harbors with storm damage the recently approved the president's request from what congress appropriated 2,006 setting as back more than a decade and in tennessee we provide funding from fiscal year 2017. and then to beat available to the army corps of engineers only last month the core reiterated that they continue to be the fourth highest in though waterways to be rebuilt.ntenance also 1.three for the harbored maintenance is the third consecutive year refunded this consistent with those funding levels congress recommended this will permit
us with gulfport texas louisiana anchorage and savannah no basic energy restrictions the most important thing to unleash the three enterprises senator turbidite thatfr increase is the authorized funding levels that wouldey double the budget from a little over 5 billion today to 10 billion in 10 years that is the money the money they spent on energy energ research but the president proposes to spend even more and energy research with a pledge launched of them
climate summit in paris over the next five years to point to 5 billion of mandatory funding however his commitment for mandatory funding that this is best not helpful and misleading and wishful thinking sotr instead we focus on priorities for discretionary funding that is the bottom line that is under control and not the source of the federal debt problems.or those that include 5. in 4 billion, a 50 million more than last year that
sets a new record level of funding in the appropriations bill. h including of high impact energy technologies 1.7 more with those continued efforts including a total of 285 million for the next generation nuclear power provides 20 percent of the nation's electricity so we will have the abundance of clean cheap energy that we want and need to remove obstacles in its way. our legislation sends a signal for new technologiesillin in the next generation of nuclear power.
we included 94.5 million for advanced reactors more than the president's budget request. one way the bill helps to make important steps to solve the stalemate over what to do of that a bipartisan issue that wein agree on and have beenrs working hard. our legislation includes senator feinstein suggestion consolidated nuclear waste storage it would not take the place of yucca mountain we have more than enough space to fill to legal capacity but it would complemented.e also
with a private facility approved by the regulatory commission such as the one in west texas. rasa supporting research to safely extend the license is between 60 and 80 years in my view that is the easiest way to having a large amount of carbon free electricity in the near-term. providing a total of 12. 9 billion for the national securityhe administration and the life extension program for the nuclear weapons council of the ohio class replacement submarine also those facilities related to national security for the rhenium process in oak ridge. $6. mickey yu -- keeps the
project on track with a costls t of no more than 6.$5 billion. the legislation to advance his effort to clean up hazardous material of a total of 5.4 billion that is 144 million of thehe president's budget request. budt and at a police funds the energy priorities to fully comply with those limits established by the budget control act that continues a line of spending that is the bottom-line that has been flat since 2008 italy grows with the rate of and / ones dash inflation with the cbo is not the source of the federal debt problem but the risk which spends three times as much of the amount of money we're spending that
we're devoting for the next two weeks. thank you to senator feinstein cast to support the bill we're working with amendments and voting on some of this afternoon to approve that process and f that it works. mrs. feinstein: m, i rise today to speak in support of the fiscal year 2017 energy and water development appropriations bill. firstly, i'd ask unanimous consent that tim dykstra a detailee for the energy and water subcommittee, have full floor privileges during the consideration of this bill. mr. president? the presiding officer: without objection. mrs. feinstein: thank you very much, mr. president. much, mr. president. mr. president.
>> with a lot of objections. >> thank you very much. i want to begin by thinking my friend said colleague senator alexander. we have served together ass chairman or ranking memberis of the subcommittee for the past five years.d i just want i know nobody in this body who was more intelligent work wh with the greater sense of fairness and i want you to know what a treat it has been to work with you we have the bill that will stand the test of time we each have different views of different parts thank you for being who you are as a chairman mentioned this bill
has reached the floor for the first time since 2009. it is also considered as an appropriation bill on the floor i just want to say faq to our leadership of both sides to get back to regular order and i would like to thank all of mine colleagues to support this during the markup of the vote was 30 / nothing so thank you very much. worked a good bill that does create trade-offs obviously the chair is the chair but in
radiation spread i have never quite gotten over and that nuclear weapons are bad for this world if ec countries like north korea practicing test and a high likelihood of terrorist also seeking a radioactive materials. years so i am very concerned about the use of this missile. "beyond the undersecretary of defense said the following
the armed bomb resource provides with uniquely flexible option in this suggestion fish to be a flexible option is a learning but henry should never lower that threshold in fact, we could further reduce the role well still maintaining instead of relying on conventional non-nuclear weapons. agree this is a point of disagreement in this is why i am thankful to the chairman who has agreed to include language requiring energy secretary to provide
more information including the military justificationt in the sense to which they meet the same objective.n i am also grateful to hold the subcommittee hearing on the nuclear cruise missile. it has not received what it deserves so actually i am happy thank you mr. chairman and. million it is funded at the president's request levela this is a $120 million
decrease in the hope that we can do better next year. the facility is in the country at home and abroad b we should be investing more. the highest it has been in many years of 5. 4,126,000,000 increase above last year. the importance this subcommittee has placed on contamination near mexico and south carolina with that
decommissioned reactorsh was right on the coast of thead pacific rim where we see earthquake's happening not the least of ecuador and japan. the nondefense collocationmr. p, is roughly 100 million decrease mr. president one of the anomalies of this portfolio is defense goes up the crowds out non-defense non-f the the army corps of engineers so all non-defense allocations the bill maintains levels basic
scientific research in energy technology development and infrastructure. year. the office of science sees a modest increase the office of science is the largest single funder of research in s the united states of all 50 states than 24,000 researchers each year. equal to f weiss 16. of and touche develop that technology to make those
factories more efficient.w of which we could have funded mission climate change and what my colleague so we did the best we could but we're unable to make it work with the allocations that we received. this is really the federal infrastructure program a historic high to maintain level funding and in particular the estimated 1. payi 3 billion the highest level ever to pay into the
fund is up to us to appropriate the money and this has been a challenge to leave because of approximately 40 percent of those funds received each year are shortchanged by the disbursement they have agreed to provide an additional 50 million like long beach and seattle-tacoma that otherwise see little benefit but once again includes 100 million ted of the 70
reclamation states are currently suffering from severe to the agricultural industry without any water ford drinking your bathing stors to another catastrophic wildfires season. california we hope to the storms would fill the reservoir. end of april 1 and the snowpack 87% of the historical average fell 100 million is critical to