Nita Lowey

Hal Rogers Celebrated at Portrait Unveiling
Barbara Mikulski says she developed 'affinity' for cigar smoke

House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers poses for pictures at the unveiling of his official portrait. (Niels Lesniewski/CQ Roll Call)

House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers has to get the government funded before surrendering his gavel at the end of the Congress, but Thursday night was for reminiscing.

No shortage of former members, from House Minority Leader Robert H. Michel of Illinois to Appropriations Chairman David R. Obey to more recently retired colleagues filled the Appropriations panel's hearing room with friends, family and staff for the Rogers portrait unveiling Thursday evening.

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

Congressional Republicans have a longstanding fixation with restricting access to reproductive health services, writes New York Rep. Nita Lowey, seen speaking at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

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.

Foreign Aid Bill Omits UN Family Planning, Climate Change Funds
Democrats also criticize cap on funding for resettling refugees

An amendment offered by Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan requiring funding for the U.N. to provide contraceptives to people living in Zika-affected countries was rejected. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House appropriators on Tuesday advanced the $52 billion fiscal 2017 foreign aid spending bill, as amended, which includes Republican policy riders that would block funding for a U.N. climate change fund and limit financial assistance for family planning programs.  

The appropriations measure was advanced by a voice vote after Republicans defeated a number of Democratic amendments to provide funding for the U.N. Green Climate Fund and slightly increase levels of funding for bilateral and multilateral assistance for family planning activities.  

House Democrats to Demand Action on Zika
Senators say compromise proposal coming soon

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

House Democrats announced on Tuesday their intention to file a discharge petition for a $1.9 billion emergency supplemental funding package to combat the Zika virus.  

The emergency supplemental measure, introduced months ago by Appropriations Committee ranking member Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., would fully fund the Obama administration’s funding request.