08.04.21

Leahy Holds First Markups As Chair Of Appropriations Committee

…Committee Advances Agriculture, Energy and Water, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Bills With Strong Bipartisan Support…

WASHINGTON (Wednesday, August 4, 2021) – Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Wednesday held the first markups of the Senate Appropriations Committee as Chairman, advancing the Agriculture, Energy and Water, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs fiscal year 2022 appropriations bills through the Committee with strong bipartisan support.

Leahy said: “These bills make important investments in mitigating the climate crisis, our veterans, and our farmers.  I’m also glad to announce that we have included more than $7 billion in emergency spending to address the devastating climate disasters that have wreaked havoc on crops, livestock, and communities across the country.  I again want to thank my friend Vice Chairman Shelby and chairs Feinstein, Baldwin, and Heinrich and ranking members Hoeven, Boozman, and Kennedy for their work on these bills.”

For months, Leahy has called for bipartisan, bicameral negotiations on topline spending between defense and non-defense programs.  Wednesday, Leahy reiterated those calls and pointed to the bipartisan bills as evidence that the Committee stands ready to complete its work.

Leahy said: “Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee proved that it can work together in a bipartisan way to do the work of the American people.  Now it is more important than ever to complete bipartisan, bicameral negotiations with the White House on topline spending between defense and non-defense programs so that the Committee can finish its work.”

The Fiscal Year 2022 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill was reported out of Committee on a vote of 25 to 5.

  • A summary of the bill can be found HERE.
  • Leahy’s statement can be found HERE.

The Fiscal Year 2022 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill was reported out of Committee on a vote of 25 to 5.

  • A summary of the bill can be found HERE.
  • Leahy’s statement can be found HERE.

The Fiscal Year 2022 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill was reported out of Committee on a vote of 25 to 5.

  • A summary of the bill can be found HERE.
  • Leahy’s statement can be found HERE.

Leahy’s opening statement can be found HERE.

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