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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Maryland Newsletter for Sunday September 22, 2019 ( 80 items )  

50+ Members Launch Bipartisan Congressional Caucus to End Youth Vaping Epidemic
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, Members of Congress launched the Congressional Caucus to End the Youth Vaping Epidemic at a press conference with allied advocacy groups and numerous individuals who have been impacted by the growth of youth e-cigarette use. Rep. Jamie Raskin (MD-08) is one of the 52 original members of this bipartisan and bicameral coalition, which is co-chaired by Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), Rep. Peter King (  more

Cardin Says Trump Rollback of Auto Emission Standards Prioritizes Polluters' Profits Over Public Health
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Transportation Subcommittee, called the actions by the Trump Administration to strip states of their ability to protect their citizens from dangerous air pollution "absolutely the wrong thing to do." Cardin: "President Trump continues to prioritize polluters over public health. Automakers have signed on to strong  more

Cardin, Brown Visit Child Development Center at Joint Base Andrews After President Trump Cut Funding for New Facility
WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 -- Rep. Anthony Brown, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - The child care center was scheduled to be replaced with a larger, more secure and modern facility until President Trump cancelled funding for the project to pay for a wall on our border with Mexico * * * U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Congressman Anthony G. Brown (Both D-Md.) toured the oldest child care center at Joint Base Andrews on Friday. The center, built in 1941, has endured sewage backup,   more

Cardin, Democrats Oppose Labor Department Proposal to Create Duplicative, Lower-Quality Unregistered Apprenticeships
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - In letter, 45 Senators urge Department to reconsider proposed rule and extend comment period Senators: "The Department's proposal is yet one more attempt to undermine the Nation's registered apprenticeship system, which has existed for 80 years and enjoys broad support from Congress, workers, and industry alike." * * * Forty-five Democratic Senators, including U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.)   more

Cardin, Van Hollen Applaud $50,000 for American Legion Dorchester Post 91
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) applauded the awarding of $50,000 in federal funds for the American Legion Dorchester Post No. 91 in Cambridge, Md. The funding, provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Economic Impact Initiative Grants program, will be used to purchase new furnishings and equipment for the Post, to replace those damaged by a fire in   more

Cardin, Van Hollen, Raskin Announce Over $760,000 for Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment in Montgomery County
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representative Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) announced $760,875 in federal funding for volunteer fire departments in Montgomery County. The funding includes $536,195 for the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire-Rescue Association and $244,680 for the Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department to support their volunteer recruitment and training efforts. The   more

Cardin, Van Hollen, Raskin, Trone Announce Nearly $5.6 Million for Firefighters and Paramedics in Western Maryland
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representatives Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced more than $5,585,000 in federal funds for Western Maryland through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program. Frederick County will receive $5,498,500 for additional staff  more

Cardin, Van Hollen, Sarbanes Announce More Than $238,000 for Odenton Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment and Retention
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today announced more than $238,400 in federal funds for the Odenton Volunteer Fire Company through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant. Through this four year award, the Department will work to attract n  more

Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone Call on CSX to Prioritize Repairs to Cumberland Bridges
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Rep. David Trone, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Congressman David Trone, who represents Allegany County, Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, and Senator Chris Van Hollen, a member of the Environment and Public Works and Appropriations committees (All D-Md.) are asking CSX to take responsibility for repairs to bridges in Cumberland that have created safety risks and im  more

Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone Call on CSX to Prioritize Repairs to Cumberland Bridges
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, Senator Chris Van Hollen, a member of the Environment and Public Works and Appropriations committees, and Congressman David Trone, who represents Allegany County (All D-Md.) are asking CSX to take responsibility for repairs to bridges in Cumberland that have created safety risks an  more

Committee Passes Ruppersberger's Bill to Help Coastal Communities Prepare for Storms, Floods
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. C.A. 'Dutch' Ruppersberger, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: The U.S. House of Representative's Committee on Natural Resources has passed bipartisan legislation authored by Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) that will help local and state governments protect the country's 95,000 miles of shoreline. The Committee unanimously passed the bill yesterday, setting the stage for a vote for passage by the full House of Representatives. The Digital Co  more

Foreign Affairs Subcommittee Chairmen Issue Joint Statement on White Nationalist Terrorism Hearings
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, issued the following news release: Today, Rep. Ted Deutch, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Middle East, North Africa, and International Terrorism, and Rep. Max Rose, Chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism, and Reps. Stephen F. Lynch and Jamie Raskin, Chairmen of the Oversight and Reform Subcommittees on National Security  more

GAO Denies Protest by Semper Valens Solutions of Canyon Lake, Texas
WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a decision denying a bid protest filed by Semper Valens Solutions of Canyon Lake, Texas. According to the GAO, Semper Valens Solutions "protests the award of a contract to NavQSys, LLC, of Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, under request for proposals (RFP) No. W56KGY-17-R-0020, issued by the Department of the Army, Army Materiel Command, for systems engineering and technical assistance (SETA) support services. SVS argues t  more

GAO Dismisses Protest by ServeFed of Frederick, Maryland
WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a decision dismissing a bid protest filed by ServeFed of Frederick, Maryland. According to the GAO, ServeFed "protests the issuance of a task order to Distinctive Health Spectrum Care JV, LLC, a small business of Bowie, Maryland, under task order request for proposals (RFP) No. FA2823-19-R-6016, issued by the Department of the Air Force, for the provision of one emergency services mid-level provider at the Eglin Air Force B  more

Government Operations Subcommittee to Examine CIGIE 10 Years After Its Creation
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, issued the following news release: On Wednesday, September 18, 2019, Rep. Gerry Connolly, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, will hold a hearing to examine the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) on the 10th anniversary of its creation. WHERE: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building WHEN: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 TIME: 11  more

Majority Leader Hoyer Issues Remarks on Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following floor remarks in support of the Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act: "Some of you may recall that Christa's motto as the teacher in space was 'I touch the future, I teach.' And she was looking forward with such excitement, not only to leave the bounds of Earth but to return to Earth and engage with her students, to share her experience, to share the excitement and adventure of going into a new front  more

Majority Leader Hoyer Issues Statement on Attack Against Saudi Arabian Oil Facilities
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following statement on the attack against two oil facilities in Saudi Arabia: "The attack on the Saudi oil facilities is not only an attack on Saudi Arabia but on the stability of the world economy. "That may well be its intent. We do not yet know who perpetrated this attack, but whoever did this ought to suffer consequences after a proper investigation of what actually happened. Any response must be well thoug  more

Majority Leader Hoyer Issues Statement on Beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following remarks on the beginning of the Hispanic Heritage Month: "Hi - I'm Congressman Steny Hoyer of Maryland and the Majority Leader in the House of Representatives. I'm proud to join with you in celebrating 2019's Hispanic Heritage Month. "When we celebrate Hispanic heritage, we are celebrating a broad and diverse set of cultures and traditions. Together, they are an expression of the millions of Americans   more

Majority Leader Hoyer Issues Statement on Death of Journalist Roberts
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following statement on the death of journalist Cokie Roberts: "I was stunned and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my great friend Cokie Roberts. She was a wonderful person, a leading journalist, and a great student of the Congress. "I join in mourning with her husband Steve, their two children, their six grandchildren, and the entire Roberts and Boggs extended families. I got to know Cokie well when I   more

Majority Leader Hoyer Issues Statement on Death of Rep. Clyburn's Wife
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following statement on the death of Emily England Clyburn, wife of Rep. Jim Clyburn: "Jim Clyburn and I have been friends for more than half a century, and I was deeply saddened to learn of Emily England Clyburn's passing. I had the privilege of knowing her for many years as well, and like so many others I saw the love, devotion, and true partnership she and Jim shared for nearly six decades. "I am grateful to h  more

Oversight Committee Launches Investigation of Ethics Allegations Against Chao
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- 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, and Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, sent a letter requesting information and documents regarding troubling questions about whether Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao is using her office to benefit   more

Oversight Committee Requests IG Review of Ethics Investigation of WMATA Chairman Jack Evans
WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 -- Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, issued the following news release: Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Rep. Gerry Connolly, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, sent a letter to the Inspector General of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) requesting a review of the circumstances surrounding the investigation conducted on   more

Raskin Seeks Testimony From Top USCIS, ICE Officials After DHS Breaches Agreement With Committee
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Administration Blocked Lower Level Officials From Answering Questions on Policy to Deport Critically Ill Children, Citing Baseless "Litigation" Claim Rejected by Supreme Court * * * Today, Rep. Jamie Raskin, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, sent a letter demanding that Acting USCIS Director Ken Cuccinelli and Acting ICE Director Matthew Albence personally tes  more

Raskin, Cummings Demand Turnberry Documents Withheld by Pentagon, Emails Referred to White House
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Pentagon Spent at Least $184,000 in U.S. Taxpayer Funds at President Trump's Turnberry Resort * * * Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Rep. Jamie Raskin, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, sent their third letter demanding documents being withheld by the Department of Defense in response to the Committee's  more

Rep. Brown Issues Statement on Delay of Military Construction Projects in Order to Build Border Wall
WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 -- Rep. Anthony Brown, D-Maryland, vice chair of the House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement after being notified by the Defense Department that the Pentagon will delay important construction projects at military installations in Maryland, including at Joint Base Andrews, in order to build President Trump's border wall: "It is outrageous that President Trump is abusing his power to cancel military construction projects in Maryland and around the world   more

Rep. Brown Issues Statement on Jammu & Kashmir
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- Rep. Anthony Brown, D-Maryland, vice chair of the House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement on Jammu and Kashmir: "I am deeply concerned regarding the recent activity in Kashmir. The increasing militarization of the region has created a situation in which a miscalculation can have devastating repercussions. "The reports that the Kashmiri freedom of expression, assembly and movement have been restricted are troubling, and these rights must be restor  more

Rep. Brown Pays Tribute to Miller for His Service to House
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Anthony Brown, D-Maryland, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on Sept. 16, paying tribute to Louis Miller for his service to the House: I ask my colleagues to join me in recognizing Louis Miller of District Heights, MD on his retirement on September 30, 2019 after more than 31 years of service to the United States House of Representatives. During Lou's tenure of 31 years, he has worked for the House Catering Office, the Off  more

Rep. Cummings: Administration Appears to Reverse Decision to Deport Critically Ill Children After Pressure From Oversight Committee
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- 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, and Rep. Jamie Raskin, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, issued public statements after receiving word that the Trump Administration appears to have reversed its misguided policy of deporting critically ill children and their   more

Rep. Cummings: Maryland Delegation Urges USDA to Reconsider Food and Nutrition Benefit Changes
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Under Proposed Rule 50,000 Marylanders Could Lose SNAP Benefits * * * Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) wrote to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue urging him to reconsider a recently proposed change to the S  more

Rep. Cummings: New Documents Show Pentagon Spent at Least $184,000 in U.S. Taxpayer Funds at President Trump's Turnberry Resort
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, issued the following news release: * * * - Oversight Demands Documents Withheld by Pentagon and Emails Referred to White House * * * Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Rep. Jamie Raskin, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, sent their third letter demanding documents being withheld by the De  more

Rep. Cummings: Oversight Committee Holds 'Historic' Hearing on D.C. Statehood
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, issued the following news release: Today the Committee on Oversight and Reform held a historic hearing on H.R. 51, the Washington, D.C. Admission Act--the first on DC statehood in over 25 years. H.R. 51 has 220 cosponsors, and both Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer have strongly endorsed the bill. "The testimony presented today from District officials and expert  more

Rep. Harris Announces $1.1 Million Grant to Salisbury-Ocean City Regional Airport
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Andy Harris, R-Maryland, issued the following news release: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced the award of a $1.1 million federal grant to the Salisbury-Ocean City: Wicomico Regional Airport. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation and will fund rehabilitation of the apron, taxiway and lighting. The airport supports more than 1600 local jobs. Rep. Andy Harris made the following statement: "As a member of the Committee on Appropriation  more

Rep. Harris Announces Grant to Crisfield-Somerset County Airport
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Andy Harris, R-Maryland, issued the following news release: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced the award of a $670,074 federal grant to the Crisfield-Somerset County Airport. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation and will fund removal of tree obstructions to meet Federal Aviation Administration design standards. Rep. Andy Harris made the following statement: "As a member of the Committee on Appropriations, I applaud the award of this  more

Rep. Harris Announces Grant to Wor-Wic Community College
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Rep. Andy Harris, R-Maryland, issued the following news release: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced the award of a $64,655 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to Wor-Wic Community College in Salisbury. The award is a discretionary grant through the Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training Grant Program. The goals of the grant program include expanding the number of commercial driver license (CDL) holders possessing enhanced operator safety tra  more

Rep. Harris Announces Grants for Crisfield Firefighters
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Andy Harris, R-Maryland, issued the following news release: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced the award of a federal grant to the Crisfield Fire Department on the Eastern Shore. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded $200,000 to Crisfield through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. The funds will be used to enhance and support operations and safety. Rep. Andy Harris made the following statement: "As a member of the Committee on App  more

Rep. Harris Announces Grants to Eastern Shore Firefighters
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Andy Harris, R-Maryland, issued the following news release: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced the award of federal grants to volunteer firefighter departments on the Eastern Shore. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded $169,809 to the Queenstown Volunteer Fire Company, $228,928 to the Denton Volunteer Fire Company, and $335,000 to the United Communities Volunteer Fire Department in Stevensville. The grant monies will be provided through the A  more

Rep. Hoyer Celebrates the Beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) released a video in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. Below is a transcript of his remarks and a link to the video. Click here (https://iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx?&cid=MD05SH&crop=14278.7220579.5622184.7842541&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2furldefense.proofpoint.com%2fv2%2furl%3fu%3dhttps-3A__majorityleader.us9.list-2Dmanage.com_track_click-  more

Rep. Hoyer Issues Remarks at Hearing on D.C. Statehood Legislation
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following remarks at the House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on a legislation (H.R. 51) introduced by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., to admit D.C. as the 51st state: "Madam Chair, thank you very much. Madam Mayor, Chairman [Phil] Mendelson, and others who are here at the table, thank you very much for your presence. I want to thank the Chairman Cummings and Ranking Member Jordan and certainly [Congresswoman] Elean  more

Rep. Hoyer: Maryland Delegation Urges USDA to Reconsider Food and Nutrition Benefit Changes
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05), Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, and Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all D-MD) wrote to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue urging him to reconsider a recently proposed change to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that would hurt   more

Rep. Hoyer: Maryland Delegation Urges USDA to Reconsider Food and Nutrition Benefit Changes
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05), Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, and Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all D-MD) wrote to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue urging him to reconsider a recently proposed change to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that would hurt   more

Rep. Raskin, Three Representatives Issue Statement on White Nationalist Terrorism Hearings
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, issued the following joint statement with Reps. Ted Deutch, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Middle East, North Africa and International Terrorism, Max Rose, chairman of the House Homeland Security subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism, and Stephen F. Lynch, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform subcommittees on National Security and Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, regarding the hearings on the transna  more

Rep. Raskin: Administration Appears to Reverse Decision to Deport Critically Ill Children After Pressure From Oversight Committee
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Rep. Jamie Raskin, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, issued public statements after receiving word that the Trump Administration appears to have reversed its misguided policy of deporting critically ill children and their families. Earlier today, the Department of Homeland Securi  more

Rep. Raskin: Maryland Delegation Urges USDA to Reconsider Food and Nutrition Benefit Changes
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Under Proposed Rule 50,000 Marylanders Could Lose SNAP Benefits * * * Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) wrote to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue urging him to reconsider a recently proposed change to the Supp  more

Rep. Raskin: Oversight Seeks Testimony From Top USCIS and ICE Officials After DHS Breaches Agreement With Committee
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, issued the following news release: * * * - Administration Blocked Lower Level Officials From Answering Questions on Policy to Deport Critically Ill Children, Citing Baseless "Litigation" Claim Rejected by Supreme Court * * * Today, Rep. Jamie Raskin, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, sent a letter demanding th  more

Rep. Raskin: Subcommittees Hold Third Hearing on Confronting Violent White Supremacy
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, issued the following news release: Today, Chairmen Jamie Raskin and Stephen F. Lynch held a joint Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and Subcommittee on National Security hearing entitled, "Confronting Violent White Supremacy (Part III): The Transnational Terrorist Threat." TAKEAWAYS * Dr. Geltzer and Ms. Mulligan both called for U.S  more

Rep. Ruppersberger Issues Statement on Impeachment Investigation Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Rep. C.A. 'Dutch' Ruppersberger, D-Maryland, issued the following statement after members of the House Judiciary Committee marked up a resolution representing the next steps in its investigation to determine whether to recommend articles of impeachment against President Trump: "It appears to me that Trump has committed impeachable offenses. This includes apparent violations of the emoluments clause, obstructing the Mueller investigation, refusing to comply with Congressi  more

Rep. Ruppersberger: Maryland Delegation Urges USDA to Reconsider Food and Nutrition Benefit Changes
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Rep. C.A. 'Dutch' Ruppersberger, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Under Proposed Rule 50,000 Marylanders Could Lose SNAP Benefits * * * Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) wrote to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue urging him to reconsider a recently proposed chan  more

Rep. Sarbanes Demands Action From Senate Republicans to Reduce Gun Violence in America
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Rep. John P. Sarbanes, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - At Gun Violence Prevention Forum, Congressman Sarbanes Implores Majority Leader McConnell and Senate GOP to Quickly Vote on House-Passed Legislation to Strengthen the National Background Check System * * * During a House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force forum about the impact of gun violence on children, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) demanded that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell  more

Rep. Sarbanes, Colleagues Issue Statement on Election Security Grant Funding
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. John P. Sarbanes, D-Maryland, issued the following joint statement with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, and Reps. Nita Lowey, D-New York, chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, and Zoe Lofgren, D-California, chairperson of the House Administration Committee, after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, caved to Democratic pressure to support an appropriations amendment that would provide $250 million in election security grant fundin  more

Reps. Cummings, Schiff, Nadler, Engel Issue Statement on President Trump Attacks on Intelligence Community Whistleblower
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, issued the following joint statement with Reps. Adam B. Schiff, D-California, chairman of the House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee, Jerrold Nadler, D-New York, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and Eliot L. Engel, D-New York, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, in response to President Trump attacking an Intelligence Community whistleblower after the D  more

Reps. Engel, Schiff, Cummings, Nadler Issue Statement on President Trump Attacks on Intelligence Community Whistleblower
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Eliot L. Engel, D-New York, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following joint statement with Reps. Adam B. Schiff, D-California, chairman of the House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee, Elijah E. Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, and Jerrold Nadler, D-New York, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, in response to President Trump attacking an Intelligence Community whistleblower after the D  more

Reps. Lofgren, Lowey, Sarbanes, Speaker Pelosi Issue Statement on Election Security Grant Funding
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-California, chairman of the House Administration Committee, issued the following joint statement with Reps. Nita M. Lowey, D-New York, chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, John P. Sarbanes, D-Maryland, chairman of the Democracy Reform Task Force, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, caved to Democratic pressure to support an appropriations amendment that would provide $250   more

Reps. Raskin, Lynch Issue Statement on DHS Strategy to Counter Violent White Supremacy
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Reps. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, and Stephen F. Lynch, D-Massachusetts, chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, issued the following joint statement in response to the release by the Homeland Security Department of its strategic framework for countering terrorism and targeted violence after multiple hearings on violent white supremacy: "We are pleased that DH  more

Reps. Raskin, Lynch Issue Statement on Homeland Security Department Strategy to Counter White Supremacy
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, issued the following joint statement with Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, D-Massachusetts, chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, in response to the release by the Homeland Security Department of its strategic framework for countering terrorism and targeted violence: "We are pleased that DHS is finally taking steps to address the deadly threat po  more

Reps. Raskin, Van Hollen, Cardin Announce Over $760,000 for Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment in Montgomery County
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, Representative Jamie Raskin and U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (all D-Md.) announced $760,875 in federal funding for volunteer fire departments in Montgomery County. The funding includes $536,195 for the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire-Rescue Association and $244,680 for the Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department to support their volunteer recruitment and training efforts. The fun  more

Sarbanes Calls on Trump Education Department, Secretary DeVos to Fix PSLF Management Errors
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. John P. Sarbanes, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - At Education and Labor Committee Hearing, Congressman Sarbanes Urges the Trump Administration to Stop Carrying Water for Greedy Loan Servicers and Provide America's Public Servants with the Loan Forgiveness They Have Earned * * * During a House Education and Labor Committee hearing today about the Trump Administration's failure to administer the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program  more

Sarbanes Statement on House Committee Action to Advance the Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. John P. Sarbanes, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force Co-Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) issued the following statement today after the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee successfully advanced the Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization Act (H.R. 1620), a bipartisan bill that would increase investments in the successful Chesapeake Bay Program for the next five years: "I applaud Chairman DeFazio and my co  more

Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Urge USDA to Reconsider Food and Nutrition Benefit Changes
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Rep. John P. Sarbanes, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Under Proposed Trump Administration Rule, At Least 50,000 Marylanders Could Lose SNAP Benefits * * * Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Representatives Steny Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.), in urging U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Son  more

Sen. Van Hollen Issues Statement on Trump Administration's Decision on Maryland Emissions Standards
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following statement regarding the Trump administration's decision to revoke California's authority to set its own emissions standards - which 13 other states, including Maryland, follow - and require weaker standards across the board: "The Trump Administration's attack on our states' efforts to clean up our air and combat climate change is deeply disturbing. "The threat of climate change is becoming all the more present in   more

Sen. Van Hollen: Maryland Delegation Urges USDA to Reconsider Food and Nutrition Benefit Changes
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) wrote to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue urging him to reconsider a recently proposed change to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that would hurt Maryland familie  more

Senate Homeland Security Committee Sets Hearing on Countering Domestic Terrorism
WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 -- The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee issued the following hearing information: Countering Domestic Terrorism: Examining the Evolving Threat at 342 Senate Dirksen Building at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 25: Witnesses * William Braniff, Director, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism and Professor of the Practice, University of Maryland * Clinton Watts, Distinguished Research Fellow, Foreign Policy Research Institute   more

Speaker Pelosi, Reps. Lowey, Lofgren, Sarbanes Issue Statement on Election Security Grant Funding
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, issued the following joint statement with Reps. Nita Lowey, D-New York, chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, Zoe Lofgren, D-California, chairperson of the House Administration Committee, and John Sarbanes, D-Maryland, chairman of the Democracy Reform Task Force, after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, caved to Democratic pressure to support an appropriations amendment that would provide $250 million   more

Trone, Cardin, Van Hollen, Raskin Announce Nearly $5.6 Million for Firefighters in Western Maryland
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. David Trone, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative David Trone, Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Representative Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) today announced more than $5,585,000 in federal funds for Western Maryland through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program. Frederick County will receive $5,498,500 for addit  more

Trone, McKinley, Introduce Legislation to Reauthorize Appalachian Regional Commission
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. David Trone, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, Representatives David Trone (D-Md.) and David B. McKinley P.E. (R-W.Va.) introduced legislation to promote economic development in Appalachia. The Appalachian Regional Commission Reauthorization Act H.R. 4434 will reauthorize the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) through 2025. The bill will authorize funding for the ARC at a level of $180 million with $20 million of that specifically dedicated t  more

Van Hollen and Cardin Applaud $50,000 for American Legion Dorchester Post 91
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) applauded the awarding of $50,000 in federal funds for the American Legion Dorchester Post No. 91 in Cambridge, Md. The funding, provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Economic Impact Initiative Grants program, will be used to purchase new furnishings and equipment for the Post, to replace those damaged by a fire in  more

Van Hollen Announces $2.7 Million for Baltimore County Fire Department to Hire New Firefighters
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced $2.7 million in federal funding for Baltimore County to hire 28 new firefighters in 2020. The funding, awarded through Federal Emergency Management Agency's Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program, will support the department's expansion of services in Sparrows Point to  more

Van Hollen Introduces Bill to Prevent Unfair Corporate Insider Advantage in Stock Sales
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation Closes 8-K Trading Gap, Prevent Executives from Profiting Before Significant Problems are Disclosed to SEC * * * Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) introduced the 8-K Trading Gap Act of 2019 to prevent executives and other corporate insiders from profiting off the gap between the occurrence of a significant event, such as bankruptcy or an acquisition, and its legally ma  more

Van Hollen Secures $150 Million for WMATA in Senate Appropriations Bill
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) announced that he has secured $150 million for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) capital funding, as part of the Senate Appropriations Committee's FY 2020 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies funding bill. The legislation also includes clear instructions that the U.S. Secretary of Transportation must ensu  more

Van Hollen Secures $75 Million Increase in Program to Support B-W Parkway Repairs
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) has announced that he secured a $75 million increase in a program that can be used to support Baltimore-Washington Parkway repairs. Earlier this year, the National Park Service (NPS) struggled with timely repairs of the Parkway - creating pothole issues and poor driving conditions - due to a lack of funds in this account. Following Senator Van Hollen's efforts to a  more

Van Hollen Secures Funding for Poplar Island, Mid-Chesapeake Bay Islands, and Baltimore Harbor Projects Out of Key Senate Committee
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Funding Included in Legislation Passed by Senate Appropriations Committee * * * U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) has announced the passage of language to support and fund the Poplar Island, Mid-Chesapeake Bay Islands, and Baltimore Harbor projects within legislation approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee. "The projects to restore Poplar Island and the Mid-Bay Islands and maint  more

Van Hollen Secures Key Committee Support for Funding to Help Local Flood Mitigation Efforts
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) has announced the passage of funding to support local flood mitigation efforts within legislation approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee. Senator Van Hollen, as a member of the Appropriations Committee, fought to include this funding which Maryland communities, such as Ellicott City, can apply for. "Across our state, we've seen homes damaged, roads ruined  more

Van Hollen Secures Oyster Restoration Funding Out of Key Senate Committee
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) has announced the passage of his language to support and fund oyster restoration in the Chesapeake Bay, within legislation approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee. Senator Van Hollen, as a member of the Appropriations Committee, fought to include this language, which will prove crucial to rebuilding a healthy oyster population in Maryland. His work to suppo  more

Van Hollen Talks With CNBC's Joe Kernen on Trade, Huawei, 8-K Trading Gap
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) spoke to CNBC's Joe Kernen on trade, Huawei and protecting U.S. technology from China, and eliminating unfair corporate stock sales. Van Hollen and Kernen discussed two pieces of legislation the Senator is working on - 8-K Trading Gap Act and the Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act. The Senator's 8-K Trading Gap Act, which is being marked-up in the Hou  more

Van Hollen, Banking Committee Senators Urge CFPB to Protect Consumers' Access to Safe, Affordable Mortgages
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen joined the Senate Banking Committee Democrats in urging that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) maintain strong consumer protections and access to credit as it revises the Qualified Mortgage (QM) and Ability to Repay (ATR) rules under the Truth in Lending Act. The Dodd-Frank Act created the Ability to Repay and Qualified Mortgage standards to address predatory  more

Van Hollen, Cardin Applaud New Federal Resources for Support Worcester County's Fight on Drug Trafficking
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) applauded the announcement that Worcester County, Md. has been added to the counties designated as part of the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTAs). The designation will enable the County to receive federal resources to address the severe heroin and opioid threat facing the community. Additionally, the designation  more

Van Hollen, Cardin, Raskin Announce Over $760,000 for Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment in Montgomery County
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representative Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) announced $760,875 in federal funding for volunteer fire departments in Montgomery County. The funding includes $536,195 for the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire-Rescue Association and $244,680 for the Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department to support their volunteer recruitment and training efforts. The  more

Van Hollen, Cardin, Raskin, Trone Announce Nearly $5.6 Million for Firefighters in Western Maryland
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representatives Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced more than $5,585,000 in federal funds for Western Maryland through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program. Frederick County will receive $5,498,500 for additional s  more

Van Hollen, Cardin, Sarbanes Announce More Than $238,000 for Odenton Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment and Retention
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today announced more than $238,400 in federal funds for the Odenton Volunteer Fire Company through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant. Through this four year award, the Department will work to attract ne  more

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Call on CSX to Prioritize Repairs to Cumberland Bridges
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) are asking CSX to take responsibility for repairs to bridges in Cumberland that have created safety risks and impeded traffic. "Cumberland and CSX share a close and interconnected history that includes the city's bridges. Unfortunately, for the past two years, residents of Cumberland have endured the impacts of close  more

Van Hollen, Hassan, Kaine Introduce Legislation to Address Eviction Crisis
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) introduced legislation to address the eviction crisis. The Prevent Evictions Act - which is backed by Matthew Desmond, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning book Evicted - would support cost-effective solutions to keep families in their homes, including through landlord-tenant mediation programs and rent insuran  more