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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Maryland Newsletter for Sunday January 12, 2020 ( 42 items )  

GAO Denies Protest by MindPetal Software Solutions of Vienna, Virginia
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a decision denying a bid protest filed by MindPetal Software Solutions of Vienna, Virginia. According to the GAO, MindPetal Software Solutions, Inc., a small business concern "protests the award of contracts to Centennial Technologies, Inc., of Leesburg, Virginia, iWorks Corporation, of Reston, Virginia, and PPS InfoTech, LLC, of Rockville, Maryland, under request for proposals (RFP) No. 910031-19-R-0003, issued by the Depart  more

GAO Denies Protest by NTT DATA Services Federal Government of Herndon, Virginia
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a decision denying a bid protest filed by NTT DATA Services Federal Government of Herndon, Virginia. According to the GAO, NTT DATA Services Federal Government Inc. (NTT). "protests the award of a contract to BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services, Inc. (BAE), of Rockville, Maryland, under request for proposal (RFP) No. HSFE30-16-R-0009, issued by the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (  more

Majority Leader Hoyer Issues Statement Calling on Trump Administration to Release Disaster Relief Aid to Puerto Rico
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following statement regarding the earthquakes in Puerto Rico and calling on the Trump administration to release its hold on disaster relief aid: "I am encouraged that President Trump signed an emergency declaration last night at the request of the Governor of Puerto Rico, which has seen damaging earthquakes over the past few days. However, declarations alone do not provide relief. Even more than two years after the  more

Majority Leader Hoyer Issues Statement on December Jobs Report
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following statement on the December jobs report: "December's jobs report marks the last report of a decade that began with unemployment near 10% as we reeled from the worst of the Great Recession. That decade now ends amid an economic expansion marked by 111 consecutive months - more than nine years - of job growth. While President Trump will continue to claim credit for a strong economy, this month's report caps   more

Majority Leader Hoyer Issues Statement on Iran Attacks Against Iraq
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following statement on Jan. 8 after Iran launched a retaliatory attack against military bases in Iraq and U.S. troops stationed there: "Like all Americans, I am appalled and outraged by Iran's attack against Iraq and our troops stationed there. I stand strongly and firmly with our men and women in uniform, who are doing their jobs with honor and courage to defend our freedom and the safety of our country and its al  more

Rep. Harris Announces $125,000 Substance Abuse Grant in Worcester County
WASHINGTON, Dec. 30 -- Rep. Andy Harris, R-Maryland, issued the following news release: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced the award of a $125,000 grant to treat and prevent substance abuse in Worcester County. The grant is through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the funds will be administered by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. The $125,000 federal grant is to Mosaic Community Services, Inc., located in Pocomoke City, for the Berlin Prevention Works   more

Rep. Harris Issues Statement on War Powers Resolution
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- Rep. Andy Harris, R-Maryland, issued the following statement on Jan. 10: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) voted "no" on H. Con. Res. 83 - Directing the President pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution to terminate the use of United States Armed Forces to engage in hostilities in or against Iran. Congressman Harris made the following statement: "Today I voted against the Democrats' purely political resolution seeking to tie the President's hands as he respo  more

Rep. Hoyer Attends Greater Prince George's Business Roundtable's Annual Meeting
CLINTON, Maryland, Jan. 7 -- Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: This afternoon, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) attended the Greater Prince George's Business Roundtable's annual meeting. The Greater Prince George's Business Roundtable is a non-profit business alliance of Chief Executives and works to foster a better economic environment in Prince George's County. Members of the Roundtable employ nearly 60,000 people in the region. "I appreciated the opportun  more

Rep. Hoyer Issues Statement on Opening of Maryland General Assembly
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 -- Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following statement on Jan. 8 regarding the beginning of 441st session of the Maryland General Assembly: "Today is a historic day in the state of Maryland. As we begin a new session of the Maryland General Assembly, I look forward to the critical work my colleagues in Annapolis will do under the leadership of Speaker Adrienne A. Jones, the first African American and woman to serve as Speaker of the House of Delegates, and Senate   more

Rep. Hoyer Receives Briefing on 2020 Census Preparations in Southern Maryland
CHARLOTTE HALL, Maryland, Jan. 6 -- Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) received a briefing this afternoon from the 2020 Census Complete Count Committees & Census Officials operating in Southern Maryland. Ensuring a fair and accurate Census is a priority for Congressman Hoyer and the Maryland Congressional Delegation. In October, Congressman Hoyer and Congressman Brown met with Census Bureau employees at their headquarters in Su  more

Rep. Hoyer, Sen. Hollen, Bay Members Press EPA on Enforcement of TMDL Pollution Reduction Targets
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) and Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) led a bicameral letter with 18 of their colleagues to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging the EPA to clarify its position on the enforcement of the Chesapeake Bay Agreement Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) pollution reduction targets. "We were deeply disturbed by reports that, at the January 3,  more

Rep. Raskin, Chesapeake Bay Members Press EPA on Enforcement of TMDL Pollution Reduction Targets
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - In light of Recent Comments, Letter Seeks Immediate Clarity on EPA's Position * * * Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) joined U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen in sending a bicameral letter with 18 of their colleagues to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging the EPA to clarify its position on the enforcement of the Chesapeake Bay Agreement Total Maximum Daily Load  more

Rep. Ruppersberger Issues Statement in Supports of War Powers Resolution
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- Rep. C.A. 'Dutch' Ruppersberger, D-Maryland, issued the following statement on Jan. 9: Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) issued the following statement after voting to support a War Powers Resolution directing the President to end the use of our military in hostilities against Iran unless Congress authorizes them or the use is necessary to defend against an imminent attack: "Since President Trump authorized the military airstrike targeting high-level Iranian mi  more

Rep. Ruppersberger, Bay Members Demand Answers From EPA on Chesapeake Bay Pollution Reduction
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- Rep. C.A. 'Dutch' Ruppersberger, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Letter seeks immediate clarity in light of recent comments from EPA leadership * * * Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger joined a bicameral letter with 19 of his colleagues to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging the agency to clarify its position on the enforcement of the 2010 Chesapeake Bay Agreement pollution reduction targets. The letter fol  more

Rep. Sarbanes Issues Statement on Vote to Pass War Powers Resolution
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- Rep. John P. Sarbanes, D-Maryland, issued the following statement on Jan. 9 after voting to pass the War Powers Resolution (H.Con.Res. 83): "After nearly two decades of endless war, the American people are wary of additional military entanglements in the Middle East. "In spite of this, the President's impulse is to heighten brinkmanship with Iran, and to do so without appropriate Congressional authorization and in violation of established protocols for consulting Congres  more

Rep. Trone Issues Statement on U.S. Airstrike Against Soleimani
WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 -- Rep. David Trone, D-Maryland, issued the following statement on the U.S. airstrike against Qassem Soleimani: "The U.S. airstrike that killed General Qassem Soleimani has escalated tensions in a volatile region. The lives of many Americans, including our soldiers and diplomats, our allies and partners, and innocent civilians are at stake. Soleimani was responsible for attacks that killed hundreds of Americans and thousands of Iraqis, Syrians, and others. The careful plotti  more

Rep.Trone, Sen. Hollen, Bay Members Press EPA on Enforcement of TMDL Pollution Reduction Targets
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- Rep. David Trone, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - In light of Recent Comments, Letter Seeks Immediate Clarity on EPA's Position * * * U.S. Representative David Trone (MD-06) joined U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen in sending a bicameral letter with 19 colleagues to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging the EPA to clarify its position on the enforcement of the Chesapeake Bay Agreement Total Maximum Daily Load (  more

Reps. Cardin, Trone, Van Hollen, Raskin Introduce Bicameral 'TRUE EQUITY Act' to Strengthen Federal-State-Local Educational Partnerships
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - New bill seeks to elevate Kirwan Commission recommendations for educational reforms in Maryland to national-priority status * * * U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (both D-Md.) announced legislation in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives that would provide an additional $1.4 billion in federal grant funding for states and local communities that commit to transformative p  more

Reps. Sarbanes, Haaland, Rouda Lead Effort to Prevent Trump EPA From Weakening Water Quality Standards
WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 -- Rep. John P. Sarbanes, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - New EPA Rulemaking Would Cripple the Ability of States and Tribal Communities to Set Strong Water Quality Measures That Protect Drinking Water and Improve the Health of Rivers, Streams, and Aquatic Ecosystems * * * Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) joined U.S. Representatives Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Harley Rouda (D-Calif.) in leading an effort to prevent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agen  more

Reps. Trone, Cardin Introduce Bicameral 'TRUE EQUITY Act' to Strengthen Federal-State-Local Educational Partnerships
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- Rep. David Trone, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - New bill seeks to elevate Kirwan Commission recommendations for educational reforms in Maryland to national-priority status * * * U.S. Congressman David Trone and Senator Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced legislation in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives that would provide an additional $1.4 billion in federal grant funding for states and local communities that commit to transformative po  more

Reps. Trone, Meuser, Sens. Gillibrand, Capito Introduce Family Support Services for Addiction Act
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- Rep. David Trone, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Representatives David Trone (D-MD) and Dan Meuser (R-PA), and Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced the Family Support Services for Addiction Act (FSSAA). The new legislation would create a $25 million grant program over five years to help national and local nonprofit organizations provide family support services for addiction treatment. The legislation comes as   more

Sarbanes Joins Effort Urging EPA to Enforce Pollution Reduction Targets and Improve the Health of the Chesapeake Bay
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- Rep. John P. Sarbanes, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) joined U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) in urging U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler to clarify his agency's position on enforcing the Chesapeake Bay Agreement Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) pollution reduction targets. "We were deeply disturbed by reports that, at the January 3, 2020 meeting of the Chesapeake Bay Commission,   more

Sarbanes Votes to Protect American Families and Communities From Toxic Chemicals
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- Rep. John P. Sarbanes, D-Maryland, issued the following news release on Jan. 10: * * * - PFAS Action Act Will Improve Public Health and Help Remove Dangerous PFAS "Forever Chemicals" from Contaminated Water, Air and Soil * * * Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) voted to pass the PFAS Action Act (H.R. 535), a bill to help protect drinking water, air and soil from highly toxic and long-lasting per- and poly-fluoroalkyl (PFAS) chemicals. "While the Trump Administration fo  more

Sen. Barrasso Issues Remarks at Hearing on Clean Water Act
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 -- Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, issued the following remarks on Jan. 8 at a hearing titled, "The Nonpoint Source Management Program Under the Clean Water Act: Perspectives from States": The hearing featured testimony from Jennifer Zygmunt, nonpoint source program coordinator at the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality; and Ben Grumbles, secretary of the environment at the Maryland Department of the Enviro  more

Sen. Cardin Announces Support for US-Mexico-Canada Free Trade Agreement
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D- Md.), a senior member of the Senate committees on Finance, Foreign Relations and Environment & Public Works, as well as Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, Tuesday announced his support for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which is intended to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The Senate Finance C  more

Sen. Cardin Issues Statement on Confirmation of Carranza as Administrator of SBA
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following statement: Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted 88-5 to confirm U.S. Treasurer Jovita Carranza as the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA): "Opening a business is one of the most rewarding endeavors a person can undertake, but it is also one of the most difficult, especially for entrep  more

Sen. Cardin Issues Statement on Confirmation of Carranza to Lead SBA
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, issued the following statement after the Senate voted 88-5 to confirm U.S. Treasurer Jovita Carranza as the Administrator of the Small Business Administration: "Opening a business is one of the most rewarding endeavors a person can undertake, but it is also one of the most difficult, especially for entrepreneurs from underserved communities. "As more w  more

Sen. Cardin Issues Statement on Guaido Election as President of Venezuelan National Assembly
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following joint statement on Jan. 8: U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), along with Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Ted Cruz (R-Tx.) issued the following joint statement in support of Juan Guaido's re-election as President of the Venezuelan National Assembly and as Interim President of Venezuela: "This week, the international community once again witnessed the criminality of dictator Nicol  more

Sen. Cardin Issues Statement on Local Infrastructure Projects
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- en. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following statement on Jan. 9: U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement condemning the Trump White House Council on Environmental Quality's proposal to degrade key features of the National Environmental Policy Act, announced. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), last year was the fifth consecutive year with  more

Sen. Cardin Issues Statement on President Trump's Speech to Nation Regarding Iran
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release on Jan. 8: U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a co-author of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, issued the following statement on President Donald Trump's speech to the nation regarding Iran. "The president's words today provide an opening toward de-escalation of the dangerous back-and-forth with Iran. Unfortunately, it has been President Tru  more

Sen. Cardin, Colleagues Introduce Comprehensive Legislation to Address Youth Tobacco Crisis
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Senators' Legislation Will Crack Down on Predatory Marketing Practices, Curb Use of Tobacco and E-Cigarette Products among Youth * * * U.S. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined his Democratic colleagues to introduce the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2020, comprehensive legislation to stop tobacco companies from targeting youth with marketing schemes, and to curb the rise in the use of tobac  more

Sen. Cruz Issues Joint Statement on Re-Election of Guaido as Venezuela National Assembly President
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 -- Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, issued the following joint statement on Jan. 7 with Jim Risch, R-Idaho; Marco Rubio, R-Florida; Ben Cardin, D-Maryland; and Tim Kaine, D-Virginia, in support of Juan Guaido's re-election as president of the Venezuelan National Assembly and as interim president of Venezuela: "This week, the international community once again witnessed the criminality of dictator Nicolas Maduro's regime and the lengths he is willing to go in order to maintain his ille  more

Sen. Van Hollen Issues Floor Statement on Further Consolidated Appropriations Act
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Dec. 19, on the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R.1865): Today the Senate passed H.R. 1865, one of two appropriations packages needed to fund the Federal Government for fiscal year 2020. Eight appropriations bills are part of this consolidated appropriations bill--eight bills that fund programs which impact every part of our lives--and I a  more

Sen. Van Hollen Issues Floor Statement on Iran
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Jan. 3, on Iran: Speaking of critical moments, I do want to say a word about the rapidly escalating conflict with Iran. General Soleimani was a violent man who died a violent death, but the question facing us is not whether the target of the attack was a good or bad man. The question is what will be the consequence of this action taken by the United   more

Sen. Van Hollen Issues Floor Statement on National Defense Authorization Act
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Dec. 19, on the National Defense Authorization Act: I rise to speak on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020. The National Defense Authorization Act conference agreement provides crucial resources to our Armed Forces and our national defense, including a pay increase for our men and women in uniform. I am proud that the Congress  more

Sen. Van Hollen Pays Tribute to Lewis
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Dec. 19, paying tribute to Yvette Lewis: I rise today to recognize Yvette Lewis for her excellent service as part of my team in support of the people of Maryland. Yvette has been our director of external relations and community outreach in my Senate office since I began my service in the Senate. In that capacity, she has organized forums throughout Ma  more

Senate Conducted 2 Committee Hearings for Jan. 8
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 -- The U.S. Senate conducted 2 committee hearings on Jan. 8, 2020: NONPOINT SOURCE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM Committee on Environment and Public Works: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the Nonpoint Source Management Program under the Clean Water Act, focusing on perspectives from states, after receiving testimony from Jennifer Zygmunt, Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, Cheyenne; and Ben Grumbles, Maryland Secretary of the Environment, Baltimore. NOMINATIONS Com  more

Senate Environment & Public Works Committee Sets Hearing on Nonpoint Source Management Program Under Clean Water Act
WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 -- The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee issued the following hearing information: "The Nonpoint Source Management Program Under the Clean Water Act: Perspectives from States" at 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building at 10 a.m. on Jan. 8: Panel 1: * Jennifer Zygmunt, Nonpoint Source Program Coordinator, Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality * Ben Grumbles, Secretary of the Environment, Maryland Department of the Environment  more

Senate Environment Committee Issues Testimony From Maryland Environment Secretary Grumbles
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 -- The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee issued the following testimony by Maryland Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles at a hearing entitled "The Nonpoint Source Management Program Under the Clean Water Act": Chairman Barrasso, Ranking Member Carper and distinguished members of the committee, thank you for the honor of participating in this important hearing on the section 319 nonpoint source pollution program under the Clean Water Act and state perspectives on ho  more

Sens. Cardin, Trone Introduce Bicameral 'TRUE EQUITY Act' to Strengthen Federal-State-Local Educational Partnerships
WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - New bill seeks to elevate Kirwan Commission recommendations for educational reforms in Maryland to national-priority status * * * U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (both D-Md.) announced legislation in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives that would provide an additional $1.4 billion in federal grant funding for states and local communities that commit to transformativ  more

Sens. Cardin, Van Hollen, Bay Members Press EPA on Enforcement of TMDL Pollution Reduction Targets
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen signed a bicameral letter with 18 of their congressional colleagues to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging the EPA to clarify its position on the enforcement of the Chesapeake Bay Agreement Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) pollution reduction targets. The Members write, "We were deeply disturbed by reports that, at th  more

Sens. Risch, Rubio, Cardin, Cruz, Kaine Issue Statement on Swearing-In of Guaido as President of Venezuelan National Assembly
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 -- Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following joint statement on Jan. 7 with four senators - Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, Ben Cardin, D-Maryland, Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Tim Kaine, D-Virginia, in support of Juan Guaido's re-election as president of the Venezuelan National Assembly and as interim president of Venezuela: "This week, the international community once again witnessed the criminality of dictator Nicolas Madur  more