Budget Hearing - Drug Enforcement Administration and State of Research on Drug Abuse in America, Hearing Before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, April 2, 2014   [open pdf - 568KB]

This testimony compilation is from the April 2, 2014 hearing on "Drug Enforcement Administration and State of Research on Drug Abuse in America" held before the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations. From the opening statement of Hal Rogers: "Administrator Leonhart, Dr. Volkow, thank you both for taking time this morning to discuss your respective leadership roles in our country's fight against the terrible scourge of drug abuse. While your backgrounds are certainly very different, your jobs are equally important in employing a multi-faceted anti-drug strategy at the national level that incorporates law enforcement, treatment, education and research. Administrator Leonhart, DEA [Drug Enforcement Administration] has the critical task of implementing our country's federal response to illicit drug use. Your budget request for Fiscal Year 2015 is $2.018 billion. While the request is essentially flat from last year, I am concerned that you've proposed to absorb some $75 million in mandatory pay and retirement increases and foreign operations expenses with unspecific, amorphous 'administrative reductions.' I certainly understand that we must all make difficult decisions in this tough budgetary environment, but the reality is that you've sent your budget over with a $75 million hole that the Committee will have to fill. This is critically important as we strive to provide the men and women on the front lines with the tools, training, equipment and support necessary to carry out vital anti-drug missions domestically and abroad." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Hal Rogers, Michele M. Leonhart, and Nora D. Volkow.

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