Nita Lowey

Americans have been shortchanged. House Democrats want to change that
House’s fiscal 2020 spending bills are an important step to make up for lost ground

OPINION — Former Speaker Sam Rayburn once said that “a jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build one.” For too long, Congress hasn’t been the carpenter in this analogy.

But things are changing — at least in the House, with our Democratic majority’s ambitious agenda For the People. The Appropriations Committee, which I am proud to chair, is leading this charge to give every American a better chance at a better life.

Common Denominator in Spending Bills: Attacking Reproductive Health
Language would erode Americans' family health coverage

When you hear the Republican majority talk about “liberty,” watch out. Because they just may be referring to the liberty of employers, health insurers, or the federal government to intrude into Americans’ most personal health choices.

Throughout the fiscal 2017 appropriations process, the Republican majority has deepened considerably its longstanding fixation with restricting access to reproductive health services. Empowering these unprecedented intrusions imperils enactment of responsible spending bills and invades Americans’ personal liberty to make their own health choices as never before.

Administration of Iraq Must Be Worth Cost

The president’s request for $87 billion for Iraq and Afghanistan was received with shock and awe by the American people. The enormity of the price of our efforts in Iraq quickly drew anger and a demand for answers.

The questions came rapidly on Capitol Hill: Could we afford to invest $87 billion overseas when so many needs at home remain underfunded? Would the money secure the lives of our troops? Did the administration have an effective plan for spending these funds, and how much more would be needed next year?