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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Maryland Newsletter for Sunday October 13, 2019 ( 40 items )  

Cardin, SFRC Dems Call on Chairman Risch to Convene Committee Hearings on Trump-Ukraine Scandal
WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today joined all Democratic members of the Committee in sending a letter to Committee Chairman Jim Risch (R-Idaho) to request that he immediately convene hearings on the Trump-Ukraine scandal. As the Senate committee of jurisdiction responsible for conducting oversight of the conduct of U.S. diplomacy and foreign policy, the Foreign Relations Committee Democrats requested prompt  more

Cardin, Van Hollen Press Hogan on Census Concerns
WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) sent a letter to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to press for an update on the status of Maryland's census preparations. The letter underlines a number of concerns the Senators have regarding Maryland's preparedness to ensure that all residents are counted. The Senators begin, "We are writing to request an update on the status of Maryland's   more

Cardin, Van Hollen, Congressional Leaders File Bipartisan Amicus Breif in Support of DACA in Supreme Court
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.), together with 49 senators and 123 U.S. Representatives and former lawmakers have filed a bipartisan amicus brief in the Supreme Court in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Supreme Court will hear arguments on DACA on November 12, 2019. President Trump terminated the DACA program on September 5, 2017, throwin  more

Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer Announce Over $121,000 for Volunteer Fire Departments in Prince George's County
WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.) announced $121,904 in federal funding for volunteer fire departments in Prince George's County. The funding includes $71,428 for the Berwyn Heights Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad to purchase and install two self-loading power cot stretcher units and two new stair chairs and $50,476 for the Brandywine Voluntee  more

Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone Announce $652,500 for Infrastructure Improvements in Garrett County
WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) announced the recent award of $652,500 in federal funding to support infrastructure improvement projects in Garrett County. The funding, awarded through the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), includes: - $455,000 to the Board of County Commissioners of Garrett County to help construct a new water treatment plant at   more

Hoyer Participates in Roundtable Discussion on Black Maternal Health Care
WHITE PLAINS, Maryland, Oct. 8 -- Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) participated in a roundtable discussion this afternoon on the importance of improving maternal health care for African American mothers and their children. As a founding member of the Black Maternal Health Caucus, Congressman Hoyer heard from stakeholders from throughout the Fifth District about disparities in maternal health care and how communities can work   more

Hoyer, Brown Meet With U.S. Census Bureau Employees
SUITLAND, Maryland, Oct. 8 -- Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) and Congressman Anthony Brown (MD-04) met with Census employees and representatives from AFGE to discuss preparations for the 2020 Census. They also spoke about the importance of ensuring the U.S. can recruit and retain the best civil service possible and protecting their pay and benefits. "I appreciated the opportunity to meet with Census employees and represen  more

Hoyer, Van Hollen, Cardin Announce Over $1 Million to Prevent Opioid Abuse in Maryland
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 -- Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) and Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) announced $1,099,865 in federal funding for the University of Maryland, College Park for their Strengthening the Capacity of Rural Maryland to Address Opioid Misuse project. The funding, provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), will go toward  more

Hoyer, Van Hollen, Cardin Announce Over $121,000 in Grant Funding for Volunteer Fire Departments in Prince George's County
WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 -- Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) and Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (D-MD) announced $121,904 in federal funding for volunteer fire departments in Prince George's County. The funding includes $71,428 for the Berwyn Heights Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad to purchase and install two self-loading power cot stretcher units and two new stair chairs and $50,476 for the Brandywine Voluntee  more

Majority Leader Hoyer Issues Statement on President Trump's Decision to Withdraw U.S. Forces From Northern Syria
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following statement in response to President Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. forces from northern Syria: "It is shameful that the Trump Administration would so recklessly abandon a reliable ally and allow for conditions that could return ISIS to power in parts of Syria. "Actions in Syria, as we have seen, have consequences that reach far beyond its borders, threatening our own country and our allies in Europe a  more

Majority Leader Hoyer Issues Statement on Retirement of Rep. Lowey
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following statement on the retirement of Rep. Nita Lowey, D-New York, chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee: "Nita Lowey has been a force in the Congress for thirty years. I was saddened to learn of her plans to retire, and I join in thanking her for decades of service to the House, to New York, and to our nation. "A trailblazer, Chairwoman Lowey served as the first woman to chair the DCCC and then the  more

Majority Leader Hoyer Issues Statement on White House Efforts to Obstruct Impeachment Inquiry
WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following statement in response to a White House letter asserting the Trump administration will continue to stonewall and obstruct the House impeachment inquiry: "No one is above the law, not even President Trump. The letter sent by the White House yesterday is the latest example of this Administration's efforts to stonewall an investigation into the President's abuse of power and obstruct justice. "The evidence   more

Oversight Committee Readies Subpoenas to USCIS and ICE on Deporting Critically Ill Children
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 -- 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 memo notifying Committee Members of his intent to issue subpoenas to Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Ken Cuccinelli and Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Matthew T. Albence for testim  more

Raskin, Levin Press DeVos on Department of Education's Efforts to Limit Free Speech
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08), Chair of the House Oversight Committee Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, and Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), Vice Chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, today sent a letter to Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos expressing concern about the Department's efforts to censor viewpoints that are critical of its work. The Members wrote: "We w  more

Rep. Cummings Issues Statement on Subpoena to Mazars USA for President Trump's Financial Records
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 -- Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, issued the following statement in response to an appeals court ruling that Mazars USA, the accounting firm that prepared financial statements for President Trump, must comply with the committee's subpoena for the President's financial records: "Today's ruling is a fundamental and resounding victory for Congressional oversight, our Constitutional system of checks and balances, and t  more

Rep. Cummings: Bipartisan Members of House Asthma and Allergy Caucus Introduce Family Asthma Act
WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 -- Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD-07), Eliot L. Engel (D-NY-16), Fred Upton (R-MI-06), and Pete King (R-NY-02), all members of the House Asthma and Allergy Caucus, introduced the Family Asthma Act, legislation that would expand federal, state, and local efforts to improve care for individuals with asthma. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) intends to introduce companion legislation in the Se  more

Rep. Cummings: Giuliani Associates Subpoenaed in House Impeachment Inquiry
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 -- Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, issued the following news release: * * * - Subpoenas Demand Documents Being Withheld by Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman * * * Today, Rep. Adam B. Schiff, the Chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Rep. Eliot L. Engel, the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, sent a letter   more

Rep. Cummings: Pentagon and OMB Subpoenaed in House Impeachment Inquiry
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 -- Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, issued the following news release: * * * - Subpoenas Demand Documents on President's Decision to Withhold Critical Military Assistance Provided By Congress To Help Ukraine Counter Russian Aggression * * * Today, Rep. Adam Schiff, the Chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Rep.   more

Rep. Cummings: Secretary Perry Subpoenaed in House Impeachment Inquiry
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 -- Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, issued the following news release: * * * - Subpoena Demands Communications Regarding Ukraine, Giuliani, Parnas, and Fruman * * * Today, Rep. Adam B. Schiff, the Chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Rep. Eliot L. Engel, the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, sent a  more

Rep. Cummings: Sondland Subpoenaed for Both Testimony and Documents
WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 -- Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, issued the following news release: Today, Rep. Adam B. Schiff, the Chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Rep. Eliot L. Engel, the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and 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/documents/2019-10-0  more

Rep. Hoyer Issues Statement on White House Efforts to Obstruct Impeachment Inquiry
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 -- Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following statement in response to a White House letter asserting the Trump administration will continue to stonewall and obstruct the House impeachment inquiry: "No one is above the law, not even President Trump. The letter sent by the White House yesterday is the latest example of this Administration's efforts to stonewall an investigation into the President's abuse of power and obstruct justice. "The evidence shows that th  more

Rep. Raskin: House Democrats Introduce SHIELD Act to Combat Foreign Interference in American Elections
WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Committee on House Administration Member Jamie Raskin (D-MD) joined Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) in introducing legislation to combat foreign interference in U.S. elections. H.R. 4617, the Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for a Lasting Democracy (SHIELD) Act will close loopholes that allow foreign spending in our elections, boost disclosure and transparency requirements, and create a duty to repo  more

Rep. Ruppersberger Issues Statement on Withdrawal of U.S. Troops From Syria
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 -- Rep. C.A. 'Dutch' Ruppersberger, D-Maryland, issued the following statement regarding President Trump's announcement that he will withdraw U.S. troops from Northern Syria: "Once again, President Trump is making national security decisions based on his impulsive whims and not the sound advice and expertise of our military and intelligence leaders. This isn't strategy, this is betrayal. "In his subordinates, the President prizes loyalty above all. But loyalty goes both ways  more

Rep. Sarbanes Issues Statement on Yom Kippur
WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 -- Rep. John P. Sarbanes, D-Maryland, issued the following statement in observance of Yom Kippur: "I want to wish a meaningful fast to those observing this solemn and introspective time of atonement in the Jewish community. "We can all benefit from the self-reflection, humility and renewal that Yom Kippur brings. "G'mar Chatimah Tovah, from my family to yours."  more

Rep. Sarbanes, House Democrats Introduce SHIELD Act to Combat Foreign Interference in American Elections
WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 -- Rep. John P. Sarbanes, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined Committee on House Administration Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and House Democrats to introduce the Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for a Lasting Democracy (SHIELD) Act, a bill to combat foreign interference in American elections. The SHIELD Act (H.R. 4617) will close loopholes that allow foreign spending in our el  more

Reps. Cummings, Schiff, Engel Issue Statement on Ambassador Sondland Testimony, Documents
WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 -- 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, and Eliot L. Engel, D-New York, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, on Ambassador Gordon Sondland's testimony and documents: * * * - Committees to Issue Subpoena to Sondland Today * * * "The House of Representatives is engaged in  more

Reps. Cummings, Schiff, Engel Issue Statement on Interview of Ambassador Yovanovitch
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 -- 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, and Eliot L. Engel, D-New York, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, on interview of Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch: "Last night, the Committees learned that the State Department, at the direction of the White House, directed Ambassad  more

Reps. Engel, Schiff, Cummings Issue Statement on Interview of Ambassador Yovanovitch
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 -- 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, and Elijah E. Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, on interview of Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch: "Last night, the Committees learned that the State Department, at the direction of the White House, directed Ambassad  more

Reps. Schiff, Engel, Cummings Issue Statement on Ambassador Sondland Testimony, Documents
WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 -- Rep. Adam B. Schiff, D-California, chairman of the House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee, issued the following joint statement with Reps. Eliot L. Engel, D-New York, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Elijah E. Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, on Ambassador Gordon Sondland's testimony and documents: * * * - Committees to Issue Subpoena to Sondland Today * * * "The House of Representatives is engaged i  more

Sen. Van Hollen, Issues Statement on Framework for Sanctions Against Turkey
WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following statement announcing a framework for sanctions against Turkey in response to its military aggression in northeastern Syria: "Today Senator Lindsey Graham and I are announcing a framework to place immediate sanctions on senior Turkish government officials, prohibit all U.S. military business and U.S. military transactions with Turkey, and immediately activate the 2017 CAATSA provisions passed by the Congress with respe  more

Trone, Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $168,000 for Allegany County First Responders
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 -- Rep. David Trone, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Representative David Trone and Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (all D-Md.) announced $168,000 in federal funding for fire departments in Allegany County. The funding, awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, includes: $95,238 for the Cresaptown Volunteer Fire Department to purchase a gear washer and to install a diesel exh  more

Van Hollen, Cardin Press FHWA on Highway Guardrail Safety
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have written to Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Administrator Nicole Nason to press for an update on improving highway guardrail safety. In June 2016, FHWA received number of recommendations from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to address this issue; however, three of the five recommendations have yet to be resolved. In February   more

Van Hollen, Cardin, Democrats Demand DeVos to Fix Mismanagement of Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Letter Follows GAO Report Showing Administration has Rejected 99 Percent of TEPSLF Applicants and Used Only Four Percent of Appropriated Funds * * * This week, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-MD) joined Senate Democrats, including Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Tim Kaine (D-VA), in sending a letter to Secretary of Educati  more

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer Announce Over $1 Million to Prevent Opioid Abuse in Maryland
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.) announced $1,099,865 in federal funding for the University of Maryland, College Park for their Strengthening the Capacity of Rural Maryland to Address Opioid Misuse project. The funding, provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' HHS) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), will go toward preve  more

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer Announce Over $121,000 for Volunteer Fire Departments in Prince George's County
WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.) announced $121,904 in federal funding for volunteer fire departments in Prince George's County. The funding includes $71,428 for the Berwyn Heights Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad to purchase and install two self-loading power cot stretcher units and two new stair chairs and $50,476 for the Brandywine Volunte  more

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce $168,000 for Allegany County First Responders
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representative David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced $168,000 in federal funding for fire departments in Allegany County. The funding, awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, includes: - $95,238 for the Cresaptown Volunteer Fire Department to purchase a gear washer and to install a diese  more

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce $168,000 for Allegany County First Responders
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representative David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $168,000 in federal funding for fire departments in Allegany County. The funding, awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, includes: * $95,238 for the Cresaptown Volunteer Fire Department to purchase a gear washer and to install a die  more

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce $652,500 for Infrastructure Improvements in Garrett County
WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $652,500 in federal funding to support infrastructure improvement projects in Garrett County. The funding, awarded through the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), includes: * $455,000 to the Board of County Commissioners of Garrett County to help construct a new water treatment plant at the Keyser's  more

Van Hollen, Congressional Leaders File Bipartisan Amicus Brief in Support of DACA in the Supreme Court
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (Both D-Md.), together with 49 senators and 123 U.S. Representatives and former lawmakers have filed a bipartisan amicus brief in the Supreme Court in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Supreme Court will hear arguments on DACA on November 12, 2019. President Trump terminated the DACA program on September 5, 2017, throwi  more

Van Hollen, Members of Congress Demand Bank Regulators Strengthen, Not Weaken the Community Reinvestment Act
WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, along with 28 members of Congress sent a letter to the heads of the Federal Reserve, OCC and FDIC demanding that the three banking agencies not issue a proposed rule unless it has the support of the community development and civil rights groups that represent the communities the Community Reinvestment Act was designed to serve. "Policies that restrict access to credit and   more