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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Maryland Newsletter for Sunday November 03, 2019 ( 60 items )  

Cardin, Bipartisan Colleagues Introduce New Legislation to Expand Telehealth Services, Improve Health Outcomes, Cut Costs
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, joined Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), John Thune (R-S.D.), Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) to introduce the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act of 2019. This bipartisan legislation would expand teleheal  more

Cardin, Collins Introduce Bill to Promote Girls' Leadership and Political Participation Around the World
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced the Girls Leadership, Engagement, and Advocacy in Development (LEAD) Act of 2019, legislation to promote girls' leadership and participation in civic and political processes through U.S. foreign assistance. "I am proud to support this bipartisan legislation, which seeks to strengthen girls' participation in democracy, human rights,   more

Cardin, Van Hollen Advance Maryland Priorities in Senate-Passed Spending Bill
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen lauded Senate passage Thursday of the Fiscal Year 2020 Appropriations for Agriculture & the Food and Drug Administration (FDA); Commerce, Justice & Science; Interior and Environment; and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development. The package, which provides funding for the EPA Chesapeake Bay Program and safe drinking water, funding for Mallows Bay, the fi  more

Cardin, Young Introduce Resolution Honoring Sikh Community
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) today introduced the first Senate resolution honoring Sikh Americans. The resolution works to further diversity and afford all Americans the opportunity to better understand, recognize, and appreciate the rich history and shared experiences of Sikhs. "This resolution honors Sikh Americans, a vital part of our Nation's rich culture and diversity,"   more

Cuccinelli and Albence to Testify on Trump Administration's Decision to Deport Critically Ill Children
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: On Wednesday, October 30, 2019, Rep. Jamie Raskin, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, will hold a hearing on "The Administration's Decision to Deport Critically Ill Children and Their Families." WHERE: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building WHEN: Wednesday, October 30, 2019 TIME: 10:00 a.m. EST The hearing will be broadcast here ()https://www.youtube.com/user/OversightDem  more

GAO Denies in Part Protest by Global Dynamics of Columbia, Maryland
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a decision denying in part and dismissing in part a bid protest filed by Global Dynamics of Columbia, Maryland. According to the GAO, Global Dynamics "protests the terms of task order proposal request (TOPR) No. FA2823-19-R-6022, issued by the Department of the Air Force for the provision of 11 health care workers to provide medical services at Eglin Air Force Base (AFB) Medical Treatment Facility Surgical Clinic. Global Dyn  more

GAO Denies Protest by NCI Information Systems of Reston, Virginia
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a decision denying a bid protest filed by NCI Information Systems of Reston, Virginia. According to the GAO, NCI Information Systems "protests the issuance of a task order to AECOM Management Services, Inc. (AECOM), of Germantown, Maryland, pursuant to request for proposals (RFP) RS3-18-R-0078, issued by the Department of the Army for systems engineering and technical assistance services. NCI challenges various aspects of th  more

House Judiciary Subcommittee Issues Testimony From Evan Starr
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- The House Judiciary subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law issued the following testimony by Evan Starr, assistant professor at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, at a hearing entitled "Antitrust and Economic Opportunity: Competition in Labor Markets": * This testimony represents my own views and not necessarily those of the University of Maryland or the Robert H. Smith School of Business. "Thank you for the opportunity  more

House Unanimously Passes Dignity in Aging Act, Includes Two Trone Provisions to Combat Social Isolation and Younger Onset Alzheimer's
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 -- Rep. David Trone, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the Dignity in Aging Act, which includes a provision authored by Rep. David Trone (MD-06) aimed at reducing social isolation among seniors as well as a provision led by Trone to expand access to care for those living with younger-onset Alzheimer's. The Dignity in Aging Act would reauthorize the Older Americans Act (OAA) to ensure aging seniors have  more

Hoyer on MSNBC: We're Going to Proceed and Do Our Constitutional Duty
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined MSNBC's "Meet the Press Daily" tonight to discuss next steps to set up the process and procedures for open hearings in the impeachment inquiry. Below are excerpts from the interview and a link to the video: Click here (https://www.facebook.com/LeaderHoyer/posts/10156932758142887) to watch the full remarks. "We are contemplating changing from   more

Hoyer Sends Letter to McConnell Urging Senate Republicans to Work With Democrats to Reach a Bipartisan Agreement on Appropriations
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) sent the following letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell today, urging him to work with Democrats to reach bipartisan agreement on 302(b) allocations for all twelve appropriations bills to facilitate responsible funding of government ahead of the November 21 deadline. "The Senate's unwillingness to do its job on appropriations is deeply i  more

Majority Leader Hoyer Issues Statement on Anniversary of Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting
WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following statement on the one-year anniversary of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting: "Today, we mark one year since the horrific and heartbreaking shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. That act of violent anti-Semitism continues to serve as a reminder that this vile and ancient form of bigotry still lingers even in the twenty-first century. "Along with a sharp rise in anti-Jewish hatred and Hol  more

Majority Leader Hoyer Issues Statement on Death of ISIS Leader Al-Baghdadi
WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following statement on the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: "The death of al-Baghdadi is a significant event in the fight against ISIS and its brand of violent extremism. I congratulate the American and allied personnel who played a part in this mission's success. I hope this raid brings a measure of comfort to the families of ISIS's victims. "It is important to remember that the death of one man does n  more

Majority Leader Hoyer Issues Statement on House Passage of PACT Act
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following statement on House passage of the Protect Against Conflict by Turkey Act, bipartisan legislation to impose sanctions on Turkey for its incursion into northern Syria: "Today, the House overwhelmingly passed the PACT Act, bipartisan legislation to hold Turkey accountable for its military incursion into Syria and its efforts to displace Kurdish residents from their homes. "It imposes sanctions on senior Tu  more

Raskin Remarks in Support of Resolution Outlining Process for Impeachment Inquiry
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) delivered the following remarks today during House Floor debate on House Resolution 660. The House passed the Resolution by a vote of 232-196: "Thank you, Madam Speaker. The House impeachment inquiry has discovered a substantial body of evidence that the President of the United States has violated the Constitution by placing his political interests above the interests of th  more

Rep. Hoyer Issues Remarks at Arrival Ceremony for Rep. Cummings at U.S. Capitol
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following remarks honoring Rep. Elijah Cummings, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, at the arrival ceremony at the U.S. Capitol: "Much has been said in recent days about our friend Elijah Cummings the man - the kind and gentle soul who, nevertheless, demonstrated a tenacity for justice and a boundless energy to fight for the causes in which he believed. "Today, as we gather to bid him a final fare  more

Rep. Hoyer Issues Remarks on Washington Nationals Winning World Series
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 -- Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following floor remarks regarding the Washington Nationals winning the World Series: "Today is a serious day. Last night was an extraordinary night. I rise for the millions of people who live in the Washington Metropolitan Area to congratulate and to exalt with all of our region on the extraordinary achievement of the Washington Nationals. "This morning in Washington, the heavens are crying tears of joy. In other words, it's rai  more

Rep. Hoyer Issues Statement on Resignation of Maryland State Senate President Miller
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following statement today after Maryland State Senate President Thomas V. "Mike" Miller Jr. announced he would step down as Senate President: "I join my fellow Marylanders in thanking Mike Miller for his thirty-two years of service as Senate President. Mike is a consensus builder, artful politician, and an institution in our state. Throughout his distinguished tenure as Senate President, Mike has been a champion for Maryland fa  more

Rep. Raskin: At Oversight Hearing, Cuccinelli Finally Admits He Made Decision to Deport Critically Ill Children
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, Rep. Jamie Raskin, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, held a hearing entitled "The Administration's Decision to Deport Critically Ill Children and Their Families." The hearing marked the first time that Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Ken Cuccinelli, and Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Matthe  more

Rep. Ruppersberger Issues Statement on Death of ISIS Founder Al-Baghdadi
TIMONIUM, Maryland, Oct. 27 -- Rep. C.A. 'Dutch' Ruppersberger, D-Maryland, issued the following statement after the announced death of ISIS founder and leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a joint operations mission in northwestern Syria: "The death of ISIS founder al-Baghdadi is long-awaited and welcome news that makes us all safer. Baghdadi was a ruthless monster who was responsible for the deaths of many innocent civilians, the displacement of millions and the formation of a barbaric, twisted ide  more

Rep. Sarbanes Commemorates Armenian Genocide
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- Rep. John P. Sarbanes, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: On the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) delivered remarks in support of H.Res. 296, a resolution affirming the United States' recognition of the Armenian Genocide. See below for a video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOpvqT7O1aI&feature=youtu.be) and a transcript of the Congressman's remarks. See here (https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/hou  more

Rep. Sarbanes Issues Statement on Diwali
WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 -- Rep. John P. Sarbanes, D-Maryland, issued the following statement in observance of Diwali: "I want to extend my best wishes to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists in Maryland, across America and all over the world as we celebrate Diwali. "This joyous and uplifting festival of lights reinforces our enduring conviction that good always triumphs over evil. "It also reminds us that the light of knowledge will always drive out the darkness of ignorance. "May the year ahe  more

Rep. Sarbanes Issues Statement on State Sen. Miller Decision to Step Down as Maryland Senate President
WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 -- Rep. John P. Sarbanes, D-Maryland, issued the following statement after State Sen. Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. announced that he would step down as Maryland Senate President: "For more than three decades, Mike Miller presided over the Maryland Senate with purpose and distinction. "From investing in our state's transportation networks to protecting the Chesapeake Bay and strengthening our state's public education system, Senator Miller's leadership has delivered meaningfu  more

Rep. Sarbanes Votes to Punish Turkey for Brutal Military Campaign in Northern Syria
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- Rep. John P. Sarbanes, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Sanctions Bill Would Impose Financial Penalties on Turkish Officials and Banks, Halt Arms Transfers to the Turkish Military and Require the Trump Administration to Protect America's National Security Interests and Prevent a Major Humanitarian Crisis in Northern Syria * * * Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined a large bipartisan majority of U.S. Representatives to pass H.R. 4695, the  more

Rep. Sarbanes: Senate Republicans Block Effort to Pass H.R. 1, the For the People Act
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Rep. John P. Sarbanes, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Historic Bill Would Clean Up Corruption in Washington, Expose Secret Foreign Money in Our Politics, Crack Down on Lobbying, Ensure the Right to Vote and Protect Elections from Foreign Interference * * * Today, Senate Republicans blocked an effort by U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) to pass S. 949, the For the People Act, a historic reform package to clean up corrupti  more

Rep. Trone Leads Bipartisan Introduction of Medication Access & Training Expansion Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 -- Rep. David Trone, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - This legislation is endorsed by the American Society of Addiction Medicine, National Council for Behavioral Health, The Kennedy Forum, National Safety Council, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids + Center on Addiction, Shatterproof, SMART Recovery, Faces and Voices of Recovery, and Young People in Recovery * * * Today, Congressman David Trone (D-MD) introduced the bipartisan Medication Access and Traini  more

Ruppersberger Votes in Favor of Open Hearings in Impeachment Inquiry
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. C.A. 'Dutch' Ruppersberger, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) today voted in favor of H.Res. 660, which provides the rules for open impeachment hearings and authorizes the public release of deposition transcripts. The resolution also establishes procedures for the transfer of evidence to the House Judiciary Committee as it considers potential articles of impeachment, and sets forth due process rights for Pres  more

Sarbanes Votes to Enter Next Phase of Impeachment Investigation
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. John P. Sarbanes, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Public Phase of Impeachment Inquiry Will Prompt Open Hearings About President Trump's Abuse of Power * * * Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted in support of H.Res. 660, a measure to advance into the next phase of the U.S. House of Representatives' impeachment inquiry. For the last several weeks, three House investigative committees - including the Committ  more

Sarbanes, Scott, Wittman Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Boost Resources for Chesapeake Bay Conservation
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. John P. Sarbanes, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force Co-Chairs Reps. John Sarbanes (D-Md.), Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Rob Wittman (R-Va.) introduced the Chesapeake Watershed Investments for Landscape Defense (Chesapeake WILD) Act, a bipartisan bill to provide more resources for Chesapeake Bay conservation efforts. The Chesapeake WILD Act will create a new grant program to help local entities work on the ground to   more

Sen. Cardin Introduces Legislation to Invest in Underserved Innovators
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, issued the following news release: U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today introduced legislation to invest in underserved innovators. The Ushering Progress by Leveraging Innovation and Future Technology (UPLIFT) Act of 2019 will foster innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems in underserved co  more

Sen. Cardin Issues Floor Statement on Climate Change
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 30, on climate change: I rise to sound the alarm on the Trump administration's expected announcement of its withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to limit global temperature increase in this century to 2 degree  more

Sen. Cardin Issues Floor Statement on Health Insurance Plans
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 29, on the health insurance plans: Today I wish to discuss this administration's perpetual actions to weaken protections for people with preexisting conditions. Last fall, the administration issued guidance for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act--ACA--that would loosen the statutory guardrails for 1332 State waivers. The guidance enc  more

Sen. Cardin Issues Statement on Death of Ex-North Carolina Sen. Hagan
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 31, remembering ex-North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan: I stand here today to mourn the loss of Kay Hagan. Kay was a warm, kind person with a wonderful sense of humor, and she was an inspiring public servant. I feel fortunate to have been her friend and colleague here in the U.S. Senate. I am deeply saddened to be among the many who will miss her profoundly.   more

Sen. Cardin: Regional Delegation Celebrates Washington Nationals, Will Introduce Resolutions Honoring World Series Win
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) to introduce resolutions honoring the Washington Nationals' first World Series title in franchise history. Beating the Houston Astros in Game 7 last night, the Nationals won all four away games to clinch the series. "The Washington Nationals have shown   more

Sen. Collins Speaks About Legislation on Political Leadership of Adolescent Girls
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 31, on legislation (S. 2766) to support and expand civic engagement and political leadership of adolescent girls around the world: Today I am pleased to be joined by my friend and colleague from Maryland, Senator Cardin, to introduce the Girls Leadership, Engagement, and Advocacy in Development, or Girls LEAD, Act. Our legislation would support and expand  more

Sen. Harris Honors Rep. Elijah Cummings With Statement in the Congressional Record
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- Sen. Kamala D. Harris, D-California, issued the following news release: * * * - Statement Honors the Life and Contributions of Congressman Elijah Cummings * * * U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday honored the life and contributions of U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD-07). Congressman Cummings passed away on October 17, 2019 in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland at the age of 68. Harris honored Cummings' many years of public service and tremendous  more

Sen. Harris Issues Statement on Death of Rep. Cummings
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Sen. Kamala D. Harris, D-California, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 29, remembering Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland: Our Nation mourns the loss of one of the country's greatest leaders, Representative Elijah Eugene Cummings, whose life's work as a fervent champion for civil rights and his beloved community in Baltimore, MD left an indelible mark on our Nation. Congressman Cummings died on October 17, 2019 in Baltim  more

Sen. Kaine Issues Floor Statement on Federal Contractors
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Virginia, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 29, on federal contractors: I thank my colleagues for their eloquent words on behalf of the Federal contractors. If you are a Virginia Senator, and if you are a Maryland Senator, you meet Federal contractors on any occasion all around the State. We often think of the Federal contractors as significantly located in the DC- Metro area or in Hampton Road  more

Sen. Van Hollen Issues Floor Statement on Federal Contract Workers
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 29, on federal contract workers: I also believe we should agree on this important initiative that has been brought before this body by Senator Smith to do justice and be fair to contract workers who perform a lot of thankless and often unnoticed tasks for the Federal Government but who are essential to its workings. These are cafeteria workers.   more

Sen. Van Hollen Issues Floor Statement on Trump Administration
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 29, on the Trump administration: I want to start by thanking our colleague, the Senator from Minnesota, Ms. Smith, for her steadfast support for this group of Federal contract employees who were left behind, and I plan to address my remarks to that subject in one moment. Before I do that, I just want to call on every Senator to stand up against  more

Sen. Van Hollen Issues Statement on House Turkish Sanctions Bill
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following statement on the House Turkish sanctions bill: "I applaud the House of Representatives for its plan to take decisive action this week to address the crisis in Syria. "Their bipartisan sanctions bill sends a strong signal that Congress will not stand by while Turkey and its proxies slaughter our Syrian Kurdish allies and fuel the revival of ISIS. "It is urgently needed, especially with reports from the region that   more

Sen. Whitehouse Issues Floor Statement on Climate Change
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 -- Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 30, on climate change: I am thrilled and delighted to follow my outstanding colleague from Maryland coming here to talk about climate change. That is the topic that brings me to the floor today as well. Those of us who are from coastal States not only have the experience of worse flooding in our coastal communities and those coastal communi  more

Senate Passes Cardin, Rubio Resolution Recognizing National Women's Small Business Month
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution from U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ranking Member and Chairman and of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, recognizing the month of October as "National Women's Small Business Month." The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has also been celebrating female entrepreneurship this month. The Rubio-Cardin  more

Senate Schedules Seven Committee Hearings for Oct. 30
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- The Senate scheduled seven committee hearings for Oct. 30: Committee on the Budget: to hold hearings to examine the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990, 2 p.m., SD-608. Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Water and Power, to hold hearings to examine the use of technology and innovation to increase water security and enable economic development in the West, 10 a.m., SD-366. Committee on Environment and Public Works: to hold hearings to examine the  more

Six Trump Nominees, Including HHS Assistant Secretary, Received by Senate
WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 -- The U.S. Senate received the nomination of six individuals for positions in the Trump administration on Oct. 30: Lanny Erdos, of Ohio, to be Director of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement. Robert J. Feitel, of Maryland, to be Inspector General, Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Sarah C. Arbes, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services. Todd C. Chapman, of Texas, to be Ambassador to the Federative Republic of Brazil. Micha  more

Trone Bills Pass Committee, Head to Floor
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. David Trone, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, Representative David Trone (MD-06) and members of the Education and Labor Committee passed the College Affordability Act (CAA) out of committee. The CAA is a comprehensive overhaul of the higher education system that would lower the cost of college, improve the quality of higher education by holding institutions accountable, and expand opportunity for students from all backgrounds. The landmark legis  more

Trone, Van Hollen, Cardin, Raskin Announce Over $484,000 for Construction and Repair of Low-Income Housing
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Rep. David Trone, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Representative David Trone, Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, and Representative Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) announced $484,541 in federal funding for the Interfaith Housing Alliance in Frederick, Md. The funding, awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Mutual Self-Help Housing Technical Assistance Grant program, will be used to assist low-income individuals build and rep  more

Van Hollen, Alexander Introduce Legislation to Reauthorize ARPA-E, Increase Funding for Advanced Energy Research and Development
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) have announced the introduction of their bipartisan legislation to reauthorize funding for the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). ARPA-E works to advance high-potential, high-impact energy technologies in the early stages of development. The bill would increase funding levels from $428 million in   more

Van Hollen, Cardin Advance Maryland Priorities in Senate-Passed Spending Bill
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin lauded Senate passage Thursday of the Fiscal Year 2020 Appropriations for Agriculture & the Food and Drug Administration (FDA); Commerce, Justice & Science; Interior and Environment; and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development. The package, which provides funding for the EPA Chesapeake Bay Program and safe drinking water, funding for Mallows Bay, the f  more

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $125,000 for Prevention of Youth Substance Misuse in Cecil County
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced $125,000 for Cecil County, Md. to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance misuse. The funding was awarded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Drug Free Communities Program (DFC). This funding will support the Cecil County  more

Van Hollen, Cardin Secure Senate Passage of Increased Funds for Chesapeake Bay Program
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) announced that they have secured an additional 3 percent increase in the Environment Protection Agency's Chesapeake Bay Program. This will provide $2.28 million more to the Bay Program, in addition to the $3 million increase that the Senators worked to secure within the Senate Appropriations Committee process. The Bay will receive a t  more

Van Hollen, Cardin, Raskin, Trone Announce Over $484,000 for Construction, Repair of Low-Income Housing
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representatives Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $484,541 in federal funding for the Interfaith Housing Alliance in Frederick, Md. The funding, awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Mutual Self-Help Housing Technical Assistance Grant program, will be used to assist low-income individuals build and repair t  more

Van Hollen, Cardin, Raskin, Trone Announce Over $484,000 for Low-Income Home Construction, Repair
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representatives Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $484,541 in federal funding for the Interfaith Housing Alliance in Frederick, Md. The funding, awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Mutual Self-Help Housing Technical Assistance Grant program, will be used to assist low-income individuals build and repair their  more

Van Hollen, Democratic Senators Urge CMS to Increase Childhood Lead Screenings
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Following National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week last week, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and a group of Democrats in urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to do more to address prevention, screening, and treatment of children affected by lead exposure. In a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, Van Hollen and his colleagues demande  more

Van Hollen, Murphy, Hyde-smith, Scott Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Designating October as Health Literacy Month
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) along with Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), and Tim Scott (R-S.C.), on Thursday introduced a bipartisan resolution designating October as "Health Literacy Month." "Ensuring Americans have the ability to access and understand basic health information will help patients and caretakers better understand their options and make more informed   more

Van Hollen, Senate Colleagues Urge the Administration to Reverse Decision to Restrict U.S. Commercial Air Travel to Cuba
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined a group of Senators in urging U.S. Department of State Secretary Mike Pompeo and U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to reverse the Administration's decision to prohibit U.S. commercial air travel from the United States to Cuban cities other than Havana. Van Hollen was joined on the letter by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Patrick Leahy (I-V  more

Van Hollen, Senate Democrats Demand CFPB Investigate Mismanagement of Student Loan Forgiveness Program
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) along with a group of Democratic Senators are demanding Consumer Financial Protect Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathy Kraninger investigate student loan servicer Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) for mismanagement of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. "We write to request that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) immediately ope  more

Van Hollen, Senate Democrats Slam Carson for Undercutting Transgender Rights
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) along with thirty two Senators are demanding Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson retract his statements about the rights of transgender individuals, following dismissive remarks he made during a staff meeting according to the Washington Post. "We are deeply concerned that your comments undercut protections provided to transgender people under H  more

Van Hollen, Senators Seek Information About State Department Policies to Protect Journalists
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined a group of Senators in writing the State Department to seek additional information about what practices and policies are in place to assist journalists who face threats to their personal safety while reporting overseas and "to encourage the Department of State to actively protect reporters from retaliation they may experience in the countries where they work."  more

Van Hollen, Warner, Cardin, Kaine, Norton Celebrate Washington Nationals, Will Introduce Resolution Honoring World Series Win
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Mark Warner (D-VA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced they will introduce a resolution honoring the Washington Nationals' first World Series title in franchise history. Beating the Houston Astros in Game 7 last night, the Nationals won all four away games to clinch the series. "A huge congratulations to t  more