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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Maryland Newsletter for Sunday August 04, 2019 ( 63 items )  

Cardin Hails Bipartisan Budget Agreement
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) lauded passage of the two-year Bipartisan Budget Agreement as a reasonable agreement that brings much-needed predictability to our economy. Cardin's floor speech on the budget, delivered after the 67-28 vote, can be seen at this link. The text is below. "First, I want to compliment the leadership on being able to come together on a budget agreement. This was a good day fo  more

Cardin Urges Governor to Fulfill Commitment to Include Bike, Pedestrian Lanes on New Bridge Over Potomac River
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator underscores regional economic importance of protected crossing for hikers and bikers on Harry W. Nice/Senator Thomas "Mac" Middleton Bridge * * * U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), today urged Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to honor the state's original commitment to include a protected lane for bicycle and foot  more

Cardin, All Senate Democrats Introduce Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Democracy for All Amendment, introduced by entire Senate Democratic Caucus, would help get big money out of politics and put power back in the hands of the American people * * * U.S. Senator Ben Cardin joined Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), along with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and the entire Senate Democratic Caucus in introducing the Democracy   more

Cardin, Civil Rights Leadership Groups Call for Passage of End Racial & Religious Profiling Act
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) hosted key civil rights organizations Wednesday for a briefing on the End Racial and Religious Profiling Act of 2019 (S. 2355). Cardin also introduced legislation that would ban discriminatory profiling by federal, state and local law enforcement nationwide. The bill is designed to promote best practices in community-based law enforcement with the goal of strengthening enfo  more

Cardin, Colleagues Call on Kazakh President to Release Political Prisoner
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined a bipartisan group of colleagues today in addressing a letter to President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev of the Republic of Kazakhstan to convey their concerns about the detention of businessman Iskander Yerimbetov. Mr. Yerimbetov was arbitrarily detained on politically motivated charges with limited access to his   more

Cardin, Portman Move to Protect Retirement Security for American Workers
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Outdated IRS Rules to Encourage Retirement Saving a Threat to Older Workers * * * U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), both members of the Senate Finance Committee, today introduced the Retirement Security Preservation Act of 2019 (RSPA)--legislation to protect the retirement security of American workers in closed defined benefit plans. The bill amends and modernizes the   more

Cardin, Young Condemn Violence in Cameroon, Urge Cameroonian Government to Respect Human Rights
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.), with Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ed Markey (D-Ma.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Or.) introduced S. Res. 292, a resolution that calls on the Government of Cameroon and armed separatist groups to respect the human rights of all Cameroonian citizens, to end all vi  more

Congressman Mo Brooks Defends Tennessee Valley From Cnn Mean-Spirited and Dumb Fake News Attack
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Alabama, issued the following news release: Tuesday morning, CNN's John Berman drew Alabama's Tennessee Valley into the President Trump versus Congressman Cummings/Baltimore fray. Today, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) responded to CNN's mean-spirited, bad "Fake News," and rather dumb attacks on the Tennessee Valley. While interviewing Republican Party Chair Ronna McDaniel about President Trump's ruckus with Congressman Elijah Cummings and Baltimore, Berma  more

GAO Denies Protest by Safal Partners of Houston, Texas
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a decision denying a bid protest filed by Safal Partners of Houston, Texas. protests the issuance of a task order (TO) to Manhattan Strategy Group, LLC (MSG), of Bethesda, Maryland, under request for quotations (RFQ) No. 91990018Q0023, issued by the Department of Education for support of the Charter Schools Program (CSP). Safal contends that the agency engaged in improper discussions when it permitted MSG to make material ch  more

GAO Issues Report on Cybersecurity
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on federal agencies' cybersecurity risk management programs. The report (GAO-19-384) is titled "Cybersecurity: Agencies Need to Fully Establish Risk Management Programs and Address Challenges". The report was sent to Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ranking member of the Hou  more

GAO Issues Report on Federal Information Security
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on federal agencies' information security policies and practices. The report (GAO-19-545) is titled "Federal Information Security: Agencies and OMB Need to Strengthen Policies and Practices". The report was sent to Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman, Sen. Gary C. Peters, D-Michigan, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman, and  more

GAO Issues Report on Nuclear Security
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the International Atomic Energy Agency's nuclear security program. The report (GAO-19-429) is titled "Nuclear Security: The International Atomic Energy Agency Could Improve Priority Setting, Performance Measures, and Funding Stabilization". The report was sent to Sen. James E. Risch, R-Idaho, chairman, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Sen. Benjamin   more

House Oversight and Reform Committee Seeks CBP Documents in Investigation Into Secret Facebook Groups
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, issued the following news release: Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, sent a letter (https://oversight.house.gov/sites/democrats.oversight.house.gov/files/2019-07-31.EEC%20to%20Morgan-CBP%20re%20Secret%20Facebook%20Group.pdf) to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan requesting documents relating t  more

IG Investigation Requested by Chairs Cummings, Grijalva of Ex-Secretary Zinke's Email Use is Part of Justice Department Criminal Probe
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, issued the following news release: The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of the Interior (DOI) has confirmed that its investigation of former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's email use - an investigation requested by Committee on Natural Resources Chair Raul M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) - has been   more

Majority Leader Hoyer Issues Statement on July Jobs Report
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following statement after the Department of Labor released its jobs report for July: "The July jobs report tells the story of American economic resilience in the face of serious challenges and a failure by the current Administration to build on the policies that brought about our recovery from the Great Recession. While it continues a near decade long upward trend, it is important to note this report is a consistent  more

Majority Leader Hoyer Issues Statement on Pierluisi's Appointment as Puerto Rico's Secretary of State
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following statement on the appointment of Pedro Pierluisi to be Puerto Rico's Secretary of State: "I support the appointment of former Congressman Pedro Pierluisi to be Puerto Rico's new Secretary of State, and I urge the Puerto Rican House and Senate to approve his nomination quickly. "The people of the island deserve leaders they can trust. "I believe Pedro is someone who has earned their trust through years   more

Majority Leader Hoyer Issues Statement on President Trump Withdrawal of Rep. Ratcliffe From Consideration as Director of National Intelligence
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following statement after President Trump withdrew Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, from consideration as the next Director of National Intelligence: "The President's planned nomination of Rep. Ratcliffe was based totally on his loyalty to the President and not on any qualifications or experience that would have prepared him for the job. "The President's withdrawal of that consideration, allegedly because of the diffi  more

Majority Leader Hoyer Issues Statement on Rep. Ratcliffe's Nomination as National Intelligence Director
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following statement in response to President Trump's nomination of Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, for Director of National Intelligence: "Dan Coats has served this country with devotion as a legislator and the head of our intelligence community, and while we may have stood at opposite sides of the aisle, I always respected him as a fellow public servant. I was saddened to learn of his decision to step down as Direc  more

Majority Leader Hoyer Issues Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on Border Wall
WASHINGTON, July 27 -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following statement on the Supreme Court's ruling on the border wall: "I am deeply alarmed by the Supreme Court's ruling, and I strongly disagree with the President's efforts to take funds from the military to build an expensive and ineffective wall at our border. "His reprogramming of funds subverts the will of Congress and undermines the power of the purse. "As litigation continues, I believe the courts will  more

Rep. Bass Issues Statement on President Trump Attack Rep. Cummings on Twitter
WASHINGTON, July 27 -- Rep. Karen Bass, D-California, issued the following statement after President Trump attacked Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, on Twitter: "Congressman Cummings had bottles and rocks thrown at him when he was among the first to integrate his local pool. "Your words can't touch him. "He's not scared of you. He will continue his work. "I'm proud to call him a mentor and a friend and I look forward to continuing to work alongside him."  more

Rep. Cummings Commemorates National Whistleblower Day
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, issued the following news release: Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, released a video (https://youtu.be/JacD1mPtCpc) commemorating National Whistleblower Day 2019 on the 241st anniversary of America's first whistleblower protection law. Chairman Cummings has championed the rights of whistleblowers for many years, sponsoring the A  more

Rep. Cummings Issues Statement on Safeguarding Student Veterans Act
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on July 25, on the Safeguarding Student Veterans Act: I rise to discuss the Safeguarding Student Veterans Act. In recent years, we have seen a wave of abrupt closures of colleges in Maryland and around the country, particularly those operating for profit. When a college closes, students are the ones that bear the burden and are left asking "what's next?" Studen  more

Rep. Cummings Supports Coast Guard Authorization Act
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on July 25, supporting the Coast Guard Authorization Act (H.R. 3409): I thank you as well as Chairman Maloney, Ranking Member Graves, and Ranking Member Gibbs, for your leadership. I rise in support of H.R. 3409, and applaud the inclusion of Title VIII, the Coast Guard Academy Improvement Act. I have been honored to work closely with Chairman DeFazio and Chairm  more

Rep. Cummings: Democratic Health Leaders Seek Answers From Trump Administration on Refusal of Care Rule
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, issued the following news release: * * * - Change Permits Expansive Category of People to Refuse to Provide Health Care Services Based on Any Personal Belief * * * Democratic Health leaders sent a letter (https://energycommerce.house.gov/sites/democrats.energycommerce.house.gov/files/documents/HHS.2019.8.1..pdf) to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex   more

Rep. Cummings: New Documents Show Corporate and Foreign Interests Seek to Influence U.S. Nuclear Policy
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, issued the following news release: * * * - WH, Agencies Still Refuse to Produce Documents in Committee's Investigation * * * Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, issued a second interim staff report (https://oversight.house.gov/sites/democrats.oversight.house.gov/files/Trump%20Saudi%20Nuclear%20Report%20July%202019.pdf) in the Com  more

Rep. David Trone Celebrates New Opioid Prescription Guidelines for Federal Employees
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Rep. David Trone, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, Rep. David Trone (MD-06) celebrated the new opioid prescription guidelines recently announced by the U.S. Department of Labor. In May, Trone questioned then-Labor Secretary Alex Acosta on the issue and urged him to change the guidelines. The new guidelines restrict an initial prescription of opioids to seven days for federal employees under the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program, helping to red  more

Rep. Harris Announces Two Federal Aviation Administration Awards for Eastern Shore Airports
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- Rep. Andy Harris, R-Maryland, issued the following news release: On Monday, July 29th, Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced two Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awards: $173,578 for the Ocean City Municipal Airport, and $315,355 for the Cambridge-Dorchester Regional Airport. The awards will fund removal of tree obstructions from runway approach surfaces at each airport. Congressman Harris made the following statement on the FAA awards: "I support efforts to gro  more

Rep. Lawrence Issues Statement in Support of Rep. Cummings
WASHINGTON, July 27 -- Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-Michigan, issued the following statement in support of Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, after a Twitter post by President Trump: "My colleague and Chairman Congressman Elijah Cummings is a man who serves the citizens of Baltimore with honor and integrity. "He is caring and continuously fights for his constituents working to provide them with affordable healthcare and housing. "Congressman C  more

Rep. Raskin Calls on ICE to Protect Rights of Transgender Asylum Seekers
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) joined Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) in sending a letter to Acting Director Matthew Albence at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) regarding inhumane and illegal treatment of transgender asylum seekers. The Trump Administration has refused to uphold its legal duty to provide protection for transgender migrants who have a credible fear of persecution and ha  more

Rep. Raskin Joins Delegation to U.S.-Mexico Border
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: On Thursday, Aug. 1, and Friday, Aug. 2, Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) will join Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16), House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08), and a delegation of 22 additional Members of Congress to investigate the impact of the Trump Administration's immigration policies in El Paso, Texas. The delegation will meet with immigration advocates, visit migrant shelters a  more

Rep. Raskin Recognizes Congressional Research Service Specialist Schneider
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on July 25, recognizing Judy Schneider, specialist at the Congressional Research Service: I rise today to recognize a distinguished and enormously popular constituent, Judy Schneider, who is well-known and beloved to the Members of this body. After nearly 43 years of devoted service to the American people, she is retiring her post as a Specialist on the Congress at   more

Rep. Raskin Seeks Full Explanation of Department of Homeland Security Policy Of Family Separations Based on 'Communicable Diseases'
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Border Chief testified that HIV status is a "communicable disease" that would trigger a family separation * * * Today Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) led a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan seeking a full explanation of DHS policy and practice of separating children from parents who are HIV positive at the southern border. House Judiciary Chairman J  more

Rep. Raskin Urges Acting DHS Secretary McAleenan to Immediately Rescind 'Safe Third Country' Agreement With Guatemala
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Guatemala is one of the most violent and impoverished countries in the world--not a safe place for vulnerable asylum seekers to seek refuge * * * Today, Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) joined Representative Norma J. Torres (D-CA) and a group of 14 additional Members of Congress in sending a letter to Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan voicing strong objections  more

Rep. Raskin: 44 Members of Congress Urge Transparency From Trump Administration on Removal of Eritreans
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) joined Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and 42 Members of Congress, including seven committee chairs and the House Majority Whip, in sending a letter today to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan requesting information and transparency on the planned removal of hundreds of Eritreans living in the United States. In 2017, the Trump Administration announced t  more

Representatives Demand Answers on Coal Ash From EPA
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Thirty-one Members of Congress send letter to force agency to deal with toxic ground water contamination * * * In response to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposal to weaken criticial health and environmental protections against coal ash contamination, Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) joined Reps. Steve Cohen (TN-09), Bobby Rush (IL-01), John Sarbanes (MD-03), and David Price (NC-04  more

Reps. Cummings, Scott and Norton Seek Compliance in D.C. School Voucher Investigation
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA), the Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, and Oversight and Reform Committee Member Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) sent a letter (https://oversight.house.gov/sites/democrats.oversight.house.gov  more

Sarbanes Condemns Trump's Racist Attacks on Rep. Cummings and Baltimore City
BALTIMORE, Maryland, July 29 -- Rep. John P. Sarbanes, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - On CNN, Congressman Sarbanes Strongly Rebuked the President and Highlighted Trump's Failure to Deliver on Key Promises for the American People * * * During an interview on CNN's 'Right Now with Brianna Keilar,' Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) denounced President Donald J. Trump's racist Twitter rant about Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) and the City of Baltimore. "It's a great cit  more

Sarbanes Reacts to Mueller's Testimony and Discusses House Democrats' Efforts to Hold President Trump Accountable to American People
BALTIMORE, Maryland, July 29 -- Rep. John P. Sarbanes, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: During an interview on CNN's 'Right Now with Brianna Keilar,' Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) shared his perspective on Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III's appearance before Congress and discussed House Democrats' efforts to hold President Donald J. Trump accountable to the American people. "I thought Mueller's testimony was effective ... He reenergized all the investigative committees t  more

Sarbanes Urges Trump EPA to Reverse Polluter-Friendly Policies and Clean Up Coal Ash Groundwater Contamination
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Rep. John P. Sarbanes, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Sarbanes Leads Letter with 31 Members of Congress Calling on EPA to Prevent, Monitor and Mitigate Coal Ash Pollution and Protect Groundwater in Hundreds of American Communities * * * Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined Congressmen Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), David Price (D-N.C.) and 27 other Members of Congress in calling out the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  more

Sarbanes Votes to Curb Robocalls and Crack Down on Abusive Telephone Scams
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. John P. Sarbanes, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Bipartisan Bill Would Require Phone Carriers to Provide Consumers with Free Technology to Block and Authenticate Calls * * * Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act (H.R. 3375), a bipartisan bill that would require phone carriers to provide consumers with free call-authentication capabilities and call-blocking technology to help curtail unwanted ro  more

Sarbanes Votes to Subpoena Trump White House for Hidden Government Emails Sent on Personal Accounts
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. John P. Sarbanes, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - At an Oversight and Reform Committee Markup, Congressman Sarbanes Said Requests for Documents and Information Will Hold President Trump and His Administration Accountable to the American People * * * During a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) voted to subpoena the Trump White House for emails and text messages about official business sent by  more

Sen. Cardin Introduces Legislative Package to Empower Entrepreneurs in Underserved Communities
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, issued the following news release: Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today introduced two bills to empower entrepreneurs in underserved communities. The Closing the Credit Gap Act would make the Small Business Administration's (SBA) 7(a) Community Advantage Pilot Program (CA) permanent, providing st  more

Sen. Cardin Issues Statement on 54th Anniversary of Medicare & Medicaid
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement in commemoration of the 54th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing Medicaid and Medicare into law: "As we celebrate the 54th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, let us also celebrate our continued commitment to the fight to provide affordable, quality health care to all Americans. "On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law t  more

Sen. Cardin Issues Statement on Failed Veto Override to Block Saudi Arms Sales
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on failure of the Senate to override three vetoes by President Trump regarding arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates: The president has falsely used emergency authority to continue arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE despite congressional objections. "Today, by voting against the override of the President's vetoes of bipartisan  more

Sen. Cardin Speaks About Legislation to Establish Office of Emerging Markets
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on July 31, on legislation (S. 2360) to establish an Office of Emerging Markets within the Small Business Administration that will strengthen the development of small business concerns in emerging markets, including those owned by women, minorities, veterans and those located in rural areas: Today I am introducing the Unlocking Opportunities in Emerging Markets  more

Sen. Cardin: Senate, House Democrats Unveil Resolution to Save Pre-Existing Condition Protections
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Senate And House Democrats Unveil Resolution To Undo Trump Administration 1332 Waiver Rule, Which Would Erode Pre-Existing Condition Protections For Millions Of Americans And Would Allow Providers To Offer Junk Plans That Cost More And Cover Less - Under The Congressional Review Act, Senate Democrats Can Force A Majority-Threshold Vote On This New Resolution Within 60 Legislative Days of July   more

Sen. Van Hollen Issues Statement on Bipartisan Budget Agreement
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following statement regarding his support for the bipartisan budget agreement passed by the Senate: "Today's bipartisan budget agreement will allow the Senate to get to work investing in the priorities of the American people. "With this compromise, we can move forward on appropriating funds to the many crucial federal programs that serve our country - including those necessary to modernize our infrastructure, support educatio  more

Sen. Van Hollen: Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces $1.1 Million for Canton Railroad Company
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representatives Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) issued the following statement announcing $1.1 million in federal funding for the Canton Railroad Company from the Department of Transportation (DOT). These funds will go towards the Canton Railroad Company's Switch Replacement Project which will benefit the surroundi  more

Sen. Van Hollen: Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces $1.9 Million for Community College of Baltimore County
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representatives Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) issued the following statement announcing $1.9 million in federal funding for Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) from the U.S. Department of Labor's Scaling Apprenticeship Through Sector-Based Strategies grant program. This funding will go towards the training  more

Senate Passes Van Hollen Bill to Authorize Honorary Promotion of Bethesda Veteran Charles McGee
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) announced the Senate passage of his legislation to authorize the honorary promotion of Colonel (Ret.) Charles E. McGee, United States Air Force to Brigadier General. Col. McGee, a resident of Bethesda, Md., served with the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II, completing 136 combat missions. He completed an additional 100 combat missions in the Korean Conflict and  more

Senate Small Business Committee Sets Hearing on Frederick's Diverse Small Businesses
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 -- The Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee issued the following hearing information: Federal and local government serving Frederick's diverse small businesses at Winchester Hall, Frederic, Maryland at 2 p.m. on Aug. 8: Witness Panel 1 * Stephen Umberger, District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration * Richard Griffin, Director of Economic Development, City of Frederick Department of Economic Development * Kathie Callahan Brady, President and CEO, F  more

Sens. Barrasso, Carper, Capito, Cardin Issue Statements on America's Transportation Infrastructure Act
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Ranking Member Thomas Carper, D-Delaware, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, chairman of the Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Ranking Member Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following statements on the full committee passage of the America's Transportation Infrastructure Act (S. 2302): The legislation as amended passed the committee by a vote  more

Sens. Barrasso, Carper, Capito, Cardin Issue Statements on America's Transportation Infrastructure Act
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Sen. Tom Carper, D-Delaware, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Chairman John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, chairman of the Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Ranking Member Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following statements on the full committee passage of the America's Transportation Infrastructure Act (S. 2302): The legislation as amended passed the committee b  more

Sens. Carper, Barrasso, Cardin, Capito Issue Statements on America's Transportation Infrastructure Act
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Delaware, issued the following statements with Sens. John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, Ben Cardin, D-Maryland, and Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee's passage of the America's Transportation Infrastructure Act (S. 2302): The legislation as amended passed the committee by a vote of 21 to 0. The bill authorizes $287 billion over five years, including $259 billion for formula programs to maintain and r  more

Van Hollen Raises Concerns About Inconsistent Details From USDA on ERS/NIFA Move
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen wrote to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue raising concerns about inconsistent details about their planned move of USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Senator Van Hollen spoke with Secretary Perdue on July 14th, and the Secretary assured him that staff would have additional time to d  more

Van Hollen, All Senate Democrats Introduce Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, along with the entire Senate Democratic Caucus in introduced the Democracy for All Amendment, a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United v. FEC and other disastrous court decisions, help get big money out of politics, and put power back in the hands of the American people. The full text of the amendment is available HERE (https://www.tomudall.senate.gov  more

Van Hollen, Colleagues in Renewed Call for FCC to Protect Community Television Channels
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), this week joined his colleagues urging the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) to protect public, educational, or governmental (PEG) stations as it proposes changes to the rules governing agreements between Local Franchising Authorities and cable operators. Currently, towns and cities across the country are permitted to require as part of cable franchise agreeme  more

Van Hollen, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Require That Ex-Im Bank Financing of Nuclear Projects in Saudi Arabia Meet Strict Conditions
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) introduced legislation to require that Ex-Im Bank financing of any nuclear projects in Saudi Arabia meet strict conditions. The bill would ensure that any Saudi nuclear power projects are held to the nonproliferation "gold standard" for nuclear cooperation. It also strengthens congress  more

Van Hollen, Rubio Push for DETER Act in NDAA Conference Negotiations
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) sent a letter to the leadership of the Senate and House Armed Services Committee, urging them to include the DETER Act in the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report. "As conference negotiations begin, we urge you to ensure that the final conference report includes language to prevent future efforts by forei  more

Van Hollen, Scott Introduce Landmark Legislation to Address Skyrocketing Prescription Drug Costs
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - We PAID Act Would Ensure Drugs Based on Taxpayer Funded Research are Fairly Priced * * * Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Rick Scott (R-Fla.) introduced first-of-its-kind legislation to address skyrocketing prescription drug costs. The We PAID (Protect American Investment in Drugs) Act of 2019 will ensure that the prices of drugs developed using federally funded research (lik  more

Van Hollen, Senators Reintroduce Legislation to Protect Native Plant Species
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and his Senate colleagues introduced legislation that would promote native plant use, research, and protection. The Botanical Sciences and Native Plant Materials Research, Restoration, and Promotion Act would encourage federal land management agencies to hire botanists, establish a collaborative grant program to support efforts to keep rare plant species from  more

Van Hollen, Senators Secure $3.25 Billion to Create Bridge Repair Grants in Highway Package Passed Out of Key Committee
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) along with Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Rob Portman (R-OH) and Ed Markey (D-MA) secured their Bridge Investment Act in the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee Highway package that passed the Committee today. The EPW package includes $3.265 bill  more

Van Hollen, Young Introduce Legislation to Preserve Limits on Russia's Strategic Nuclear Arsenal
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) have introduced bipartisan legislation urging the Trump Administration to maintain limits on Russia's strategic nuclear arms. The Senators' legislation calls for extending the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) until 2026, which would preserve crucial caps on Russia's nuclear capabilities, unless Russia violates the Treaty or unt  more