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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Maryland Newsletter for Sunday November 10, 2019 ( 30 items )  

Cardin Introduces Legislation to Hold Private Prisons Accountable for Treatment of Federal Inmates
WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Expert panel discusses the urgent need to increase transparency for prisons that hold federal inmates and detainees and receive federal dollars. * * * U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) unveiled legislation Tuesday that will hold private prisons that receive federal funds to the same transparency standards as federal prisons. After welcoming an expert panel hosted by Open the Government, Citizens   more

Cardin, Cramer, Rosen, Rubio, Blumenthal Applaud Adoption of Holocaust Education Amendment
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), applauded the inclusion of their amendment (S.AMDT 1159) to support Holocaust education programs at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in the Senate-passed spending bill (H.R. 3055) that provides funding for the Museum. Their amendment would require the Museum to   more

Cardin, Portman Introduce Hospice Care Improvement Act to Address Lack of Transparency in Hospice Care
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) introduced new legislation - the Hospice Care Improvement Act - to address the lack of safety protocols and transparency in hospices across the country. Following the release of reports (found here and here) in July from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) highlighting specific insta  more

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $3.1 Million for Affordable Housing Developments Statewide
WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announce the award of $3.1 million for affordable housing developments around Maryland from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta (FHLBank Atlanta), one of 11 district banks in the Federal Home Loan Bank System. Through this investment, Maryland community developers will partner with local FHLBank Atlanta member financial institutions to build or   more

Cardin, Van Hollen, Senate Democrats Urge Trump Administration to Prioritize Children's Health, Keep Promise to Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - In a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar, Democrats slam the ongoing delay and reported weakening of Trump Administration's promised action to address epidemic of youth tobacco use * * * U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.) and two dozen Democratic senators sent a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar denouncing his delay in addressing the growing epidem  more

Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone Announce Nearly $85,000 for Garrett County Low Income Housing Improvements
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Ben Cardin, Chris Van Hollen and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) announced the recent award of nearly $85,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Housing Preservation Grant Program funds to repair and rehabilitate the homes of low and very-low income residents in Garrett County. The nonprofit corporation Garrett County Community Action Committee, Inc. will of  more

Cardin, Van Hollen, Warner, Kaine Resolution Congratulating Nationals on World Series Unanimously Passes Senate
WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Maryland and Virginia Senators celebrate the National's first-ever World Series championship * * * Today the U.S. Senate unanimously approved a resolution introduced by US Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.), and Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.) officially congratulating the Washington Nationals on winning the World Series for the first time in franchise history. "Th  more

GAO Denies Protest by JHC Technology of Oxon Hill, Maryland
WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a decision denying a bid protest filed by JHC Technology of Oxon Hill, Maryland. According to the GAO, JHC Technology "protests the establishment of a blanket purchase agreement (BPA) under the General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) with Govplace, Inc., of Reston, Virginia, under request for quotations (RFQ) No. 70SBUR19Q00000040, which was issued by the Department of Homeland Security, United Sta  more

Hoyer Discusses Next Phase of Impeachment Inquiry on CBS' Face the Nation
WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined CBS's "Face the Nation" this morning to discuss the next phase of the impeachment inquiry and the progress House Democrats have made for the people. Below are excerpts from his remarks and a link to the video: Click here to watch the full remarks: https://www.facebook.com/LeaderHoyer/videos/2364554947005183/ "I think every Member of Congress,  more

Majority Leader Hoyer Issues Statement on Republican Efforts to Reveal Whistleblower in Trump-Zelensky Phone Call
WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following statement today on Republican efforts to reveal the whistleblower on President Trump's phone call with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine: "Efforts by some Republican Members of Congress to 'out' the whistleblower who revealed President Trump's abuse of power are a blatant attempt at witness intimidation. "Not only does this shamefully put the whistleblower and his or her family at physical risk, it  more

Majority Leader Hoyer Issues Statement on Retirement of Rep. Visclosky
WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following statement on the retirement of Rep. Peter Visclosky, D-Indiana: "I was sad to learn that my friend Rep. Pete Visclosky, with whom I served for thirty-four years, will retire from the House at the end of the 116th Congress. He has been a champion for working families in Northwestern Indiana and across our country. "As Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, Pete has been instrumental in se  more

Majority Leader Hoyer Issues Statement on Trump Administration Formal Withdrawal From Paris Climate Accord
WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following statement after the Trump administration began its formal withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement: "By officially withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, President Trump is placing Americans' health, our environment, and our nation's economic competitiveness at risk. It's no surprise that more than three-quarters of Americans support taking action to address the climate crisis,  more

Rep. David Trone Hosts Gaithersburg Roundtable With Marylanders Struggling to Afford the High Cost of Prescription Drugs
GAITHERSBURG, Maryland, Nov. 5 -- Rep. David Trone, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, Representative David Trone (MD-06) hosted a roundtable in Gaithersburg, Maryland to discuss the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs. The roundtable included several constituents who wrote to Trone about the staggering cost of prescription drugs and federal, state, and local stakeholders. The roundtable comes as the House is poised to move forward with H.R. 3, the Elijah E. Cummings Lo  more

Rep. David Trone Hosts Rockville Roundtable With First Responders to Discuss Urgent Need for Mental Health Care
ROCKVILLE, Maryland, Nov. 6 -- Rep. David Trone, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, Representative David Trone (MD-06) hosted a roundtable in Rockville, Maryland to discuss policies to protect law enforcement, fire, emergency medical, and 911 dispatch professionals. The roundtable came in the wake of the death of Montgomery County Police Officer Thomas "T.J." Bomba, who died by suicide in October. The roundtable included a number of experts closely familiar with the mental h  more

Rep. Harris Announces Over $1.3 Million in Grants to Firefighters
WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 -- Rep. Andy Harris, R-Maryland, issued the following news release: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced over $1.3 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency grants to local fire departments in the First Congressional District. The grants were awarded through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) and the Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grant Program (SAFER). According to FEMA, "the primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant is t  more

Rep. Hoyer Tours 2U Headquarters
LANHAM, Maryland, Nov. 6 -- Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: This afternoon, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) toured the headquarters of 2U, Inc. The organization partners with colleges and universities throughout the country to deliver online degree programs. "I was glad to tour 2U, Inc. this afternoon in Lanham and learn more about the work they are doing to create jobs in Prince George's County and help students around the world," said Congressman Hoyer.  more

Rep. Hoyer Visits NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
GREENBELT, Maryland, Nov. 6 -- Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: This morning, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) visited NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center to receive an update on the different missions of the Center, including the James Webb Space Telescope and the RESTORE-L Mission. "Ensuring NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center has the resources it needs to effectively continue its ongoing missions remains a top priority of mine in Congress," said Congressma  more

Sen. Cardin Issues Statement on Equal Rights Amendment
WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following statement on the building momentum for the Equal Rights Amendment ratification by the states: "We will ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The question is no longer if, but when. "Today, we celebrate Virginians who are one step closer to making their state the 38th state, the final state needed, to complete ratification. Most Americans are surprised to learn that the ERA is not already part of the U.S. Constitut  more

Sen. Cardin Issues Statement on Veterans Day 2019
WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, ranking member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations, Finance and Environment and Public Works committees, issued the following statement in advance of Veterans Day: "I honor the service and sacrifices of our veterans and their families every day. As we approach this day, the 101st Veterans Day, I pay a special tribute to the men and women who have worn a uniform in defense  more

Sen. Van Hollen Issues Statement on Bipartisan Congressional Budget Reform Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following statement on the passage of the Bipartisan Congressional Budget Reform Act in the Senate Budget Committee: "I supported advancing the Bipartisan Congressional Budget Reform Act in the Senate Budget Committee to move the process forward on the impoundment control measures adopted by the committee on a bipartisan basis, but I have strong reservations about other aspects of this legislation that must be addressed before   more

Sen. Van Hollen: Resolution Congratulating Nationals on World Series Unanimously Passes Senate
WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Md. & Va. Senators celebrate the Nationals' first-ever World Series championship * * * Today the U.S. Senate unanimously approved a resolution introduced by U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-MD) and Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) officially congratulating the Washington Nationals on winning the World Series for the first time in franchise history. "The   more

Senate Passes Cardin, Rubio Resolution Recognizing National Veteran's Small Business Week
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 -- 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 of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, designating November 4 - 8, 2019 as "National Veteran's Small Business Week." The Cardin-Rubio resolution honors America's veterans and their continued service to our communities and economy through entre  more

Trone, Cardin, Van Hollen Announce Nearly $85,000 for Garrett County Low Income Housing Improvements
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 -- Rep. David Trone, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Congressman David Trone and Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (all D-Md.) announced the recent award of nearly $85,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Housing Preservation Grant Program funds to repair and rehabilitate the homes of low and very-low income residents in Garrett County. The nonprofit corporation Garrett County Community Action Committee, Inc. will off  more

Van Hollen Amendment to Reinstate Congressional 'Power of the Purse' Passes Budget Committee in Bipartisan Vote
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) has announced that yesterday the Senate Budget Committee passed his amendment to ensure that no president can refuse to carry out programs funded by the Congress. The amendment, applied to the Impoundment Control Act (ICA), would prevent any administration from permanently withholding funds for Congressionally-mandated programs, such as foreign aid to Ukraine. "The   more

Van Hollen Joins Senate Colleagues in Push to Renew Funding for Minority-Serving Institutions of Higher Education
WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), joined a group of his Senate colleagues in a new push to pass funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other minority-serving institutions (MSIs). In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the Senators called for the immediate passage of Senator Jones' bipartisan FUTURE Act l  more

Van Hollen, Beyer Introduce New Millionaires Surtax to Invest in Working Families
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Congressman Don Beyer (D-Va.) introduced a new tax proposal to help close the gap between the wealthy and everyone else, and raise significant revenue to make new investments that will grow the economy and protect working families. Their "Millionaires Surtax" would apply an additional 10-percentage point tax to incomes above $2 million for married couples  more

Van Hollen, Booker Urge Administration to Stop Federal Use of Private Prisons
WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General William Barr urging the Department of Justice to end the federal government's use of for-profit private prisons. It follows their efforts to push former-Attorney General Sessions on the same issue, which he refused to address. The Senator underline, "While the United States is home to less than 5  more

Van Hollen, Cardin, and Trone Announce Nearly $85,000 for Garrett County Low Income Housing Improvements
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 -- 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.) announced the recent award of nearly $85,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Housing Preservation Grant Program funds to repair and rehabilitate the homes of low and very-low income residents in Garrett County. The nonprofit corporation Garrett County Community Action Committee, Inc. wil  more

Van Hollen, Cardin, Brown Announce $125,000 for Prevention of Youth Substance Misuse in Prince George's County
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representative Anthony Brown (all D-Md.) announced $125,000 for Prince George's 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). T  more

Van Hollen, Graham Lead Bipartisan Letter on Turkey's Violations of Ceasefire Agreement
WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) wrote to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about reports of ongoing attacks against the Syrian Kurds by Turkey and its proxies outside of the designated safe zone. These attacks, if true, would violate the ceasefire agreements and should prompt immedia  more