Congressional Committee Paper: Senate Appropriations Committee In the Senate Appropriations Committee there are a total of 30 members. There are 16 majority members led by Chairman Barbara Mikulski, senator of Maryland and 14 minor members led by ranking member Richard Shelby of Alabama. The Committee, chaired by Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland), writes the legislation that allocates federal funds to the numerous government agencies, departments, and organizations on annual basis.12 subcommittees are tasked with drafting legislation to allocate funds to government agencies within their jurisdictions. These subcommittees are responsible for reviewing the President's budget request, hearing testimony from government officials, and drafting the spending plans for the coming fiscal year. Their work is passed on to the full Senate Appropriations Committee, which may review and modify the bills and forward them to the full Senate for consideration. They control all legislative spending in the senate and control all jurisdictions for it. This is also known as a standing committee.
On the first meeting of the 113th congress on February 14, Senator and Chairman Barbara Mikulski announced her goals and future accomplishments towards the sequester that happened this past March 1st. She also spoke for explaining and revealing the impacts of sequester and how cuts on government spending can affect taxpayer money. She advocates the public‘s right to know and understand the how the services of our government will be affected greatly by the sequester. She says that sequester will also affect those who work because of the federal government. Sequester devastates education and health care. For example, she announced that there will be cuts on federal special education support for 7,200 school staff including teachers, aides and administrators for special education students, shifting these costs to state and local taxpayers. She also stated that Nearly 7,400 patients with HIV will...
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