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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Maryland Newsletter for Sunday November 24, 2019 ( 76 items )  

Cardin Announces New Cosponsors to Bipartisan ERA Resolution
WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - As Virginia nears ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, new cosponsors added to Senate resolution that would remove the deadline for ratification * * * U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) announced Friday the addition of 16 cosponsors for the bipartisan resolution to remove the deadline for the Equal Rights Amendment (S. Res. 6). Thirty-seven states, of the 38 needed, have already ratified t  more

Cardin, Casey, Van Hollen Call on USDA to Target Unspent Funds Toward Helping Farmers in Chesapeake Bay Watershed
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) have written to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue urging him to use his authority to transfer unspent funds to conservation programs that will help agricultural producers and landowners voluntarily improve their farms and private forests by reducing runoff pollution. The senators are asking that previously non-expen  more

Cardin, Rubio, Risch, Menendez Praise House Passage of Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Bill Now Heads to President's Desk for Signature * * * U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and and Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Chairman Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) praised the House passage of their Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act (S. 1838), sending the bill directly to President Trump's desk for signature. The amended b  more

Cardin, Rubio, Risch, Menendez Praise Senate Passage of Hong Kong Human Rights & Democracy Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Chairman Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) praised the Senate passage of their Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act (S. 1838). The amended bipartisan bill was unanimously reported by the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in September. "Both the United States Senate and H  more

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $1.1 Million for Anti-Heroin Task Force in Maryland
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced more than $1,100,000 in federal funding for the Maryland State Police to combat the illegal manufacturing and distribution of heroin and other opioids. The funding, awarded through the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF) program, will be used to conduct investigations and other activities related to the  more

Cardin, Van Hollen Urge MDTA to Support Nice Bridge Protected Bike/Pedestrian Lane
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- 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 Secretary of the Department of Transportation and Chairman of the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Pete Rahn, urging the Board's support of a bike/pedestrian path in the contract for the proposed replacement of the Nice Bridge. The MDTA Board plans to vote on this proposal at tomorrow's meeting. The Senat  more

Cardin, Van Hollen, EPW Democrats Announce GAO Report on Superfund Sites
WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Senators Cardin and Van Hollen join other Members of Congress in announcing GAO Report that finds Superfund sites across the country - including 7 in Maryland - are unprepared for climate impacts * * * U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.), both members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, joined EPW ranking member Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) to announce a  more

Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer Announce Over $98,000 for Newburg Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department
WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representative Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.) have announced more than $98,000 in federal funding for the Newburg Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department, Inc. to replace outdated rescue equipment, including the "jaws of life," spreaders, cutters, rams, jacks, and stabilizers. These tools are used for rescuing people from entrapment in vehicle crashes and oth  more

Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer, Sarbanes, Brown, Raskin, Trone Announce More Than $11 Million for Metrobus Upgrades
WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 -- Rep. Anthony Brown, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Maintaining a safe and reliable, multi-modal public transit system for the National Capital Region is a critical Maryland priority * * * U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny Hoyer, John Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all-Md.) today announced the award of $11,040,000 for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) for Metr  more

Cardin, Van Hollen, Maryland Congressional Delegation Announce Nearly $14 Million for Bus System Improvements Statewide
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. C.A. 'Dutch' Ruppersberger, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced the award of more than $13,866,000 for the improvement and modernization of bus systems throughout Maryland from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program  more

Cardin: GAO Says Failure to Prepare for Climate Change Impacts Will Cost Taxpayers
WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Since 2005, federal funding for disaster assistance is at least $450 billion * * * U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, announced Friday the results of a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) outlining how unprepared the federal government is for climate change and ex  more

Hoyer, Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $76,500 for St. Mary's County Bus Maintenance Facilities
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) and Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) today announced the award of $76,500 to the Maryland Transit Authority (MTA) for St. Mary's County bus system improvements from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program (49 U.S.C. 5339). Part of a nearly $14 million statewide investment, this federal funding  more

Hoyer, Cardin, Van Hollen, Sarbanes, Brown, Raskin, Trone Announce Over $11 Million for Metro Bus Upgrades
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05), and Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen along with Congressmen John Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all D-MD) today announced the award of $11,040,000 for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) for Metrobus system improvements from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities  more

Hoyer, Van Hollen, Cardin Announce Over $98,000 for Newburg Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department
WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 -- 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 (all D-MD) have announced $98,193 in federal funding for the Newburg Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department, Inc. to replace outdated rescue equipment, including the "jaws of life," spreaders, cutters, rams, jacks, and stabilizers. These tools are used for rescuing people from entrapment in vehicle crashes and other wrecka  more

Majority Leader Hoyer Issues Statement on 2020 House Floor Schedule
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following statement after releasing the House legislative schedule for 2020: "I am pleased to share with you the House schedule for the Second Session of the 116th Congress. "Over the past year, the new Democratic Majority hit the ground running with an ambitious schedule to allow for legislative work on the pressing issues affecting the American people. The calendar for the First Session this year allowed for the  more

Majority Leader Hoyer Issues Statement on Election of Rep. Maloney as Chair of House Oversight Committee
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following statement after Rep. Carolyn Maloney was elected as the chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee: "I join in congratulating Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney on being selected to lead the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. "All of us were deeply saddened by the passing of Chairman Elijah Cummings a few weeks ago, who presided over a Committee determined to get to the bottom of the Trump Administ  more

Majority Leader Hoyer Issues Statement on House Action on Protests in Hong Kong
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following statement after the House acted for the second time to respond to the Chinese government crackdown on the protests in Hong Kong: "Today, after having previously taken action of its own, the House passed two Senate bills strongly condemning the Chinese government crackdown on the protests in Hong Kong, authorizing sanctions against those who engage in human rights violations there, and prohibiting provisio  more

Raskin, Cardin, Van, Hollen, Hoyer, Sarbanes, Brown, Trone Announce More Than $11 Million for Metrobus Upgrades
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny Hoyer, John Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all-Md.) today announced $11,040,000 of federal funding for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) for Metrobus system improvements from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program (49 U.S.C. 5339).  more

Rep Van Hollen: Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces $1.65 Million for New Towson Circulator
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today announced the award of more than $1.65 million for Baltimore County to fund the Towson Circulator with a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program (49 U.S.C. 5339). Part of a nearly $14 million statewide investment, this federal fu  more

Rep. Brown Issues Statement on Death of Cameroon Citizen in ICE Custody
WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 -- Rep. Anthony Brown, D-Maryland, issued the following statement: * * * - This nation has a responsibility to treat asylum seekers with dignity and respect, and families deserve closure when they lose a loved one. * * * Congressman Anthony G. Brown (MD-04) released the following statement on the death of Nebane Abienwi in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody and the administrative barriers his family continues to face: "In October, Nebane Abienwi, a Ca  more

Rep. Harris Announces $1.8 Million Grant to Choptank Community Health System
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Rep. Andy Harris, R-Maryland, issued the following news release: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced the award of a $1,828,263 federal grant to Choptank Community Health System, Inc., located in Denton. The funds were awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services through the Health Center Cluster program. According to the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency under HHS, the Health Center Cluster Program is aimed at delivering "high quality  more

Rep. Harris Announces $7.1 Million in Water and Environmental Grants in Dorchester and Talbot County
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Rep. Andy Harris, R-Maryland, issued the following news release: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced the award of a $5,831,000 grant for the towns of Secretary and East New Market in Dorchester County and $1,278,000 for Talbot County. The grants were awarded through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Rural Development. According to USDA, the grant in Dorchester County "will be used to upgrade the Twin  more

Rep. Harris Announces Grant for Low Income Housing in Kent County
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 -- Rep. Andy Harris, R-Maryland, issued the following news release: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced the award of a $39,784 federal grant to Rebuilding Together, located in Chestertown. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Rural Development. Rebuilding Together Kent County is a local affiliate of Rebuilding Together, the nation's largest volunteer home repair and rehabilitation organization. The program utilizes donated building mat  more

Rep. Harris Announces More Than Million Dollars in Grants for Mass Transit on Eastern Shore
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- Rep. Andy Harris, R-Maryland, issued the following news release: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced the award of a $850,000 grant for Shore Transit, serving Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties, and a $248,000 grant for Delmarva Community Services, serving Kent, Caroline, Talbot and Dorchester counties. The grants were awarded by the Department of Transportation. According to the Department of Transportation, the grants will assist in the financing of buses an  more

Rep. Hoyer Issues Statement on Passage of Continuing Resolution
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following statement on the passage of a continuing resolution to fund government through Dec. 20: "I am disappointed that the House of Representatives was forced to pass yet another continuing resolution to fund the government because of the Senate's failure to complete their work on appropriations bills. "Rather than kicking the can down the road and passing short-term funding bills, we must work together to pass appropriation  more

Rep. Raskin Issues Statement on Metrobus Transit Strike in Virginia
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, issued the following statement on the 29th day of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 strike in Virginia: "I am concerned about the lengthy Metrobus worker strike and labor dispute regarding the unequal treatment of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) full-time employees and Transdev-contracted employees. "It is my understanding that Transdev-contracted employees drive the same WMATA Metrobuses and wear the same unifo  more

Rep. Raskin Opposes MLB Plan to Eliminate 42 Minor League Teams
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Frederick Keys and Hagerstown Suns among teams targeted for elimination * * * Today, Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD) joined Reps. Lori Trahan (D-MA) and David McKinley (R-WV) and a bipartisan coalition of 103 House Members in opposing Major League Baseball's (MLB) plan to eliminate 42 Minor League teams. This bipartisan effort follows recent reporting by the Boston Globe and others that the ML  more

Rep. Raskin Opposes Potential Cuts to Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Congressman Jamie Raskin joined Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (all D-Md.) and Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.) in writing to Defense Secretary Mark Esper to raise serious objections to any proposed cuts to the budget of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU). Based in Bethesda, Md., USU is a part of the military academy system and is the only medical and nursing school in the co  more

Rep. Raskin Supports Legislation to Protect Immigrant Workers Reporting Labor Violation Claims
WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - The bicameral POWER Act would protect workers who file or are a witness in a claim against an employer for labor violations from deportation * * * Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD-08) is a proud cosponsor of the Protecting Our Workers from Exploitation and Retaliation (POWER) Act, which was introduced today by Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA-27) and U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.). The bicameral le  more

Rep. Raskin: 100+ Democrats Demand Stephen Miller's Immediate Firing
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) today joined U.S. Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-NJ), Norma J. Torres (D-CA), Bill Foster (D-IL), and Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and more than 100 additional Members of Congress in demanding that the White House fire Senior Advisor to the President Stephen Miller. Their letter quoted fro  more

Rep. Raskin: 130+ Democratic House Members Urge Senate Action on House-Passed Bills in Wake of Deadly Shootings
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) joined Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Chairman Mike Thompson (CA-05) and more than 130 House Democrats in writing to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urging him to hold a vote on H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Check Act of 2019 and H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019. Both passed the House with bipartisan support more than 260 days ago a  more

Rep. Raskin: 18 Lawmakers Call on Highest-ranking U.S. Official in Chile to Support Human Rights
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Following massive protests across Chile and the repressive measures taken by the Chilean government over recent weeks, Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) joined Representative Susan Wild (PA-07) and 17 fellow Members of Congress in calling for the defense of the fundamental rights of the Chilean people and encouraging the pursuit of peaceful, democratic dialogue. "We are alarmed by President Pinera's stateme  more

Rep. Raskin: 200+ Members Call on EPA to Negotiate in Good Faith
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Bipartisan signers raise concerns over troubling reports of anti-worker provisions in imposed contract * * * Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) joined U.S. Representatives Paul D. Tonko (D-NY), Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH) and Energy & Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and more than 220 bipartisan Members of Congress in calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to negotiate in good   more

Rep. Raskin: 80+ Members Call on Trump Administration to Abandon Fee Hikes for Immigrants Applying for Citizenship
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) joined Reps. Grace Meng (D-NY), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Jesus "Chuy" Garcia (D-IL), and Norma Torres (D-CA), along with 80 other Members of Congress, in sending a letter to the heads of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) demanding that they abandon plans to hike up USCIS application fees. The Members' letter  more

Rep. Raskin: Maryland Congressional Delegation Announce Nearly $14 Million for Bus System Improvements Statewide
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced more than $13,866,000 in federal funding for the improvement and modernization of bus systems throughout Maryland from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program (49 U.S  more

Rep. Ruppersberger: Baltimore Delegation Announces $2.5 Million for Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation
WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 -- Rep. C.A. 'Dutch' Ruppersberger, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, along with Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) announced $2,550,000 for the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, based in Baltimore, Md. The funding, awarded though the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Mentoring Opportunities for Youth Initiative, will go towards the Foundation's Badges for Baseball program - a nationwi  more

Rep. Sarbanes Advances Several Bills to Tackle Youth Tobacco Crisis and Protect Marylanders From Toxic Chemicals
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. John P. Sarbanes, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation Would Take on Wealthy Special Interests and Fight Back Against Dirty Polluters by Addressing the Youth Vaping Epidemic, Banning Asbestos and Ensuring Safe Drinking Water in Communities Across the Country * * * Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined House Energy and Commerce Committee Democrats to advance several bills that protect public health and combat the Trump Adminis  more

Rep. Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Announce Nearly $14 Million for Statewide Bus System Improvements
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. John P. Sarbanes, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone to announce $13,866,000 in federal funding for the improvement and modernization of bus systems throughout Maryland. The grant comes from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) Grants for Buses and   more

Rep. Trone Introduces Legislation to Strengthen Worker Protections
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. David Trone, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation comes following the shutdown of Luke Mill in April * * * Congressmen David Trone (MD-06) and Tim Ryan (OH-13) today introduced legislation to strengthen worker protections. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) introduced the companion bill in the Senate. Reps. Trone and Ryan introduced the Fair Warning Act (H.R. 5205) which amends the Worker Adjustment and Retraining No  more

Reps. Trone, Thompson, Kuster, Guthrie Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Support Mothers and Their Infants Affected by Opioid Epidemic
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. David Trone, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, Representatives David Trone (D-MD), Glenn "GT" Thompson (R-PA), Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH), and Brett Guthrie (R-KY) introduced the bipartisan Supporting Healthy Outcomes for Mothers and Infants Act of 2019 to support mothers and their infants who are born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). This legislation improves the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)  more

Sarbanes Joins Effort in Congress to Address the Climate Crisis and Transition the United States to a Clean Energy Economy
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. John P. Sarbanes, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - The 100% Clean Economy Act Would Help Put the United States on a Path Toward a 100 Percent Clean Energy Economy by 2050 * * * Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined House Democrats to introduce the 100% Clean Economy Act, a bill to tackle the climate crisis and put the United States on a path toward a 100 percent clean energy economy. "We must take bold, meaningful and urgent action   more

Sarbanes, Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announce $2.5 Million for the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation
WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 -- Rep. John P. Sarbanes, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.), to announce $2,550,000 in federal grantmaking for the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation in Baltimore. The funding, awarded though the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Mentoring Opportunities for Youth Initiative, will support the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation's Badges  more

Sarbanes, Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer, Brown, Raskin, Trone Announce More Than $11 Million for Metrobus Upgrades
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. John P. Sarbanes, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.), to announce $11,040,000 in federal grantmaking for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) for Metrobus system improvements. Funding comes from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) Gran  more

Sarbanes, Cardin, Van Hollen, Ruppersberger Announce $1.65 Million for New Towson Circulator
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. John P. Sarbanes, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined Senator Ben Cardin, Senator Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.) to announce more than $1.65 million in federal funding for Baltimore County to fund the Towson Circulator. The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program. As part of nearly $14 million in statewide inves  more

Sarbanes, Scott, Van Hollen Lead Bipartisan, Bicameral Letter Urging House, Senate Appropriators to Increase Funding for Chesapeake Bay Program
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. John P. Sarbanes, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force Co-Chairs Reps. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-Va.) today joined U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) in leading a bipartisan, bicameral letter urging House and Senate appropriators to increase funding for the Chesapeake Bay Program. "As the House and Senate negotiate the final Fiscal Year 2020 funding bill, we urge you to accept the funding le  more

Sen. Barrasso Issues Remarks at Full Committee Business Meeting on EPA IG Nomination
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, issued the following remarks at the committee business meeting: At the business meeting, the committee advanced the nomination of Sean O'Donnell of Maryland to be inspector general of the Environmental Protection Agency by voice vote. "Today we will consider one nomination. "We will consider the nomination of Sean O'Donnell to be inspector general of the Environmental Protec  more

Sen. Cardin and Democratic Colleagues Call Out Trump Admin Efforts to Promote Junk Plan Coverage Under Questionable Legal Authority
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - The Senators' letter comes in response to links on the HealthCare.gov website that re-direct customers to third-party online brokers that sell junk plans on their websites * * * U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and 22 Senators in sending a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Inspector Genera  more

Sen. Cardin Issues Statement After Senate Passage of Continuing Appropriations Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, issued the following statement: U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), ranking member of the Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee and a member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement after Senate passage of the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020 that funds the federal government until December 20 and provides full-year f  more

Sen. Cardin Issues Statement Calling for Action on Gun Safety Legislation
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following statement into the Congressional Record calling for action on gun safety legislation following the mass shooting in Santa Clarita, California, where two Saugus High School students were killed: "Mr. President, I implore the Senate to take up legislation addressing America's gun violence epidemic. We must pass legislation requiring universal and completed background checks for individuals seeking to purchase a gun, to   more

Sen. Cardin Issues Statement on Major League Baseball to Scrap Its Minor League Scheme
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following statement: * * * - Teams in Hagerstown, Frederick and Salisbury would be at risk under the proposal * * * U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee and lifelong Orioles fan, issued the following statement in response to Major League Baseball's (MLB) new plan for its minor league affiliates. "I am opposed to this new scheme for minor league baseball. Frederick has had a professional   more

Sen. Cardin: Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces $1.65 Million for New Towson Circulator
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all-Md.) today announced the award of more than $1.65 million for Baltimore County to fund the Towson Circulator with a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program (49 U.S.C. 5339). Part of a nearly $14 million statewide investment, this federal fundi  more

Sen. Wicker: Senate Confirms Commerce Committee Presidential Nominations
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Mississippi, chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, issued the following news release: Today, the U.S. Senate confirmed a bipartisan nominations package. Eight of the nominees confirmed fall under the jurisdiction of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. These confirmations include nominees for key administration positions appointed by President Donald J. Trump and promotions in the United Stat  more

Sens. Cardin, Van Hollen Announce More Than $1 Million for Eastern Shore Bus Upgrades
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced the award of nearly $1.1 million to the Maryland Transit Authority (MTA) for Eastern Shore bus system improvements from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program (49 U.S.C. 5339). Part of a nearly $14 million statewide investment, this federal funding will support the replacement of ve  more

Sens. Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer Announce $76,500 for St. Mary's County Bus Maintenance Facilities
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- 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.) today announced the award of $76,500 to the Maryland Transit Authority (MTA) for St. Mary's County bus system improvements from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program (49 U.S.C. 5339). Part of a nearly $14 million statewide investment, this federal funding will b  more

Sens. Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer, Sarbanes, Brown, Raskin, Trone Announce More Than $11 Million for Metrobus Upgrades
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny Hoyer, John Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all-Md.) today announced the award of $11,040,000 for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) for Metrobus system improvements from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program (49 U.S.C. 5339). Pa  more

Sens. Cardin, Van Hollen, Maryland Congressional Delegation Announce Nearly $14 Million for Bus System Improvements Statewide
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced the award of more than $13,866,000 for the improvement and modernization of bus systems throughout Maryland from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program (49 U.S.C.  more

Sens. Cotton and Schumer Request Suspension of Licenses Allowing U.S. Exports to Huawei
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, issued the following news release: Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Chuck Schumer (D-New York) today led a letter to the president expressing deep concern that the U.S. Department of Commerce has begun issuing export licenses to U.S. firms looking to resume business with Huawei Technologies--despite the significant threats these license approvals pose to our national security. Senators Schumer and Cotton were joined on the letter by Senat  more

Trone, Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer, Ruppersberger, Sarbanes, Brown, Raskin Announce Nearly $14 Million for Bus System Improvements Statewide
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. David Trone, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Congressman David Trone, Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, and Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) today announced the award of more than $13,866,000 for the improvement and modernization of bus systems throughout Maryland from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program (  more

Trone, Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer, Sarbanes, Brown, Raskin Announce More Than $11 Million for Metrobus Upgrades
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. David Trone, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Congressman David Trone, Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Congressmen Steny Hoyer, John Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, and Jamie Raskin (all-Md.) today announced the award of $11,040,000 for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) for Metrobus system improvements from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program (49 U.S.C.   more

Van Hollen Introduces the Shutdown Guidance for Financial Institutions Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) introduced the Shutdown Guidance for Financial Institutions Act. This legislation requires federal financial industry regulators to immediately issue guidance encouraging financial institutions to work with individuals and small businesses impacted by a government shutdown. Right now, this is happening far too slowly. During the last Trump Shutdown, it took   more

Van Hollen Leads Letter Opposing Potential Cuts to Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), and Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) wrote to Defense Secretary Mark Esper to raise serious objections to any proposed cuts to the budget of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU). Based in Bethesda, Md., USU is a part of the military academy system and is the only medical and nursing school in  more

Van Hollen Legislation to Reauthorize ARPA-E, Increase Funding for Advanced Energy Research and Development Passes Key Senate Committee
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) announced the passage of his bipartisan legislation to reauthorize funding for the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) out of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. ARPA-E works to advance high-potential, high-impact energy technologies in the early stages of development. The bill, co-authored by Senator Lam  more

Van Hollen, Baltimore Delegation Announces $2.5 Million for Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation
WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, along with Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) announced $2,550,000 for the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, based in Baltimore, Md. The funding, awarded though the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Mentoring Opportunities for Youth Initiative, will go towards the Foundation's Badges for Baseball program - a nationwide youth m  more

Van Hollen, Brown, Warren Underscore Support of "FedNow" Real-Time Payments System in Letter to Fed
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), all members of the Senate Banking Committee, have written to Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell to underscore their support of the proposed "FedNow" service to support real-time payments. The Senators write, "Real-time payments would result in significant economic benefits for working families and small   more

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $1.1 Million for Anti-Heroin Task Force in Maryland
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have announced $1,100,576 in federal funding for the Maryland State Police to combat the illegal manufacturing and distribution of heroin and other opioids. The funding, awarded through the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF) program, will be used to conduct investigations and other activities related to the unlawful  more

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce More Than $1 Million for Eastern Shore Bus Upgrades
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today announced the award of nearly $1.1 million to the Maryland Transit Authority (MTA) for Eastern Shore bus system improvements from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program (49 U.S.C. 5339). Part of a nearly $14 million statewide investment, this federal funding will support the replacement of v  more

Van Hollen, Cardin Urge MDTA to Support Nice Bridge Protected Bike/Pedestrian Lane
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) sent a letter to Maryland Secretary of the Department of Transportation and Chairman of the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Pete Rahn, urging the Board's support of a bike/pedestrian path in the contract for the proposed replacement of the Nice Bridge. The MDTA Board plans to vote on this proposal at tomorrow's meeting. The Sena  more

Van Hollen, Cardin, Casey Call on USDA to Target Unspent Funds Toward Helping Farmers in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Reduce Runoff Pollution
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.) have written to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue urging him to use his authority to transfer unspent funds to conservation programs that will help agricultural producers and landowners voluntarily improve their farms and private forests by reducing runoff pollution. The senators are asking that previously non-expende  more

Van Hollen, Cardin, EPW Democrats Announce GAO Report on Superfund Sites
WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Senators Van Hollen and Cardin join other Members of Congress in announcing GAO Report that finds Superfund sites across the country - including 7 in Maryland - are unprepared for climate impacts * * * U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.), both members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, joined EPW ranking member Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) to announce   more

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer Announce $76,500 For St. Mary's County Bus Maintenance Facilities
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- 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.) today announced the award of $76,500 to the Maryland Transit Authority (MTA) for St. Mary's County bus system improvements from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program (49 U.S.C. 5339). Part of a nearly $14 million statewide investment, this federal funding will   more

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer, Sarbanes, Brown, Raskin, Trone Announce More Than $11 Million for Metrobus Upgrades
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny Hoyer, John Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all-Md.) today announced the award of $11,040,000 for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) for Metrobus system improvements from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program (49 U.S.C. 5339). P  more

Van Hollen, Cardin, Maryland Congressional Delegation Announce Nearly $14 Million for Bus System Improvements Statewide
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced the award of more than $13,866,000 for the improvement and modernization of bus systems throughout Maryland from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program (49 U.S.C  more

Van Hollen, Democrats Slam DeVos' Decision to Mask Educational Inequities by Halting Critical Elements of Civil Rights Data Collection
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- 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 slammed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' decision to stop collecting critical civil rights data. Since 1968, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Education has conducted Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) on key civil rights issues facing our nation's schools. The DeVos administration has proposed to elimi  more

Van Hollen, Sarbanes Lead Bicameral Letter Urging House, Senate Conference Negotiators to Include Increased Funds for Chesapeake Bay Program
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and U.S. Representative John Sarbanes (both D-Md.) led a letter to House and Senate leadership, urging conference negotiators to include significant increases in funding to the Chesapeake Bay Program within the final Fiscal Year 2020 funding bill. Senator Van Hollen, a member of the Appropriations Committee, and his Bay colleagues fought to pass an increase of $5.28   more

Van Hollen, Schatz, Whitehouse, Senators Demand Answers From Board Members on Chamber's Anti-Climate Agenda
WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Member Companies Publicly Claiming to Support Climate Action Have Remained Silent on Chamber's Anti-Climate Activities - U.S. Chamber of Commerce Members Set To Meet on Tuesday To Discuss Climate Policy * * * Today, ahead of a meeting at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce centered on climate policy, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)   more

Van Hollen, Scott Urge NASEM to Study Role of NIH in Drug Development and Patient Access
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Rick Scott (R-Fla.) wrote to the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) asking them to issue a report on its recent workshop examining the role of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the development of new drug treatments and the impact on patient access and pricing and issue a report. The Senators have introduced the We   more