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McCollum Confirmed as Chair of Defense Appropriations Subcommittee

January 26, 2021
Press Release
Will also serve as Vice Chair of the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement today after her confirmation as Chair of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee by the House Democratic Caucus:

“The national security threats facing our nation are real and multifaceted, including near-peer adversaries, terrorist groups, cyber warfare, and climate change. My focus leading the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee is to ensure the more than 2 million men and women in uniform and civilians serving our nation have the training, tools, and support to keep America safe, secure, and successful. I intend to work with my colleagues – Democrats and Republicans alike – to pass a Fiscal Year 2022 appropriations bill that makes smart investments in our security priorities, eliminates waste, and reestablishes responsible U.S. leadership on the global stage.”

Background:

  • In Fiscal Year 2021, the bill funded:
    • 1.35 million active duty U.S. service members;
    • 764,000+ civilian employees;
    • 336,500 Army National Guard and 108,100 Air National Guard troops;
    • 14 University Affiliated Research Centers leading the way in innovation, cybersecurity, renewable energy, and more;
    • A $33.3 billion defense health care program
  • After serving as Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies in the 116th Congress, McCollum looks forward to continuing this important work as Vice Chair of the Subcommittee. She will also serve as a member of the Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee. 

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