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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Maryland Newsletter for Sunday January 19, 2020 ( 36 items )  

2 Trump Nominees, Including Fish & Wildlife Service Director, Confirmed by Senate
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- The U.S. Senate confirmed the nominations of two individuals for positions in the federal government on Dec. 12: Aurelia Skipwith, of Indiana, to be Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. John Joseph Sullivan, of Maryland, to be Ambassador to the Russian Federation.  more

Cardin Lauds SBA Announcement Seeking Proposals to Host New Women's Business Center in Maryland
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, chairman of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, issued the following news release: Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.) lauded the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) funding opportunity announcement for organizations interested in hosting another Women's Business Center in Maryland. The new WBC would provide greater geographic coverage in Maryland, which currently  more

Cardin Recognizes Eastern Shore's Oxford-Bellevue Ferry Service as Senate Small Business of the Week
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, issued the following news release on Jan. 16: Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today named the Oxford-Bellevue Ferry, the nation's oldest privately operated ferry service, the Senate Small Business of the Week. The Oxford-Bellevue Ferry began operating in 1683, more than 90 years before the foundin  more

Cardin Recognizes Eastern Shore's Oxford-Bellevue Ferry Service as Senate Small Business of the Week
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, chairman of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, issued the following news release on Jan. 16: Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today named the Oxford-Bellevue Ferry, the nation's oldest privately operated ferry service, the Senate Small Business of the Week. The Oxford-Bellevue Ferry began operating in 1683, more than 90 years before the founding of the United States  more

Cardin, Rubio Urge SBA to Prepare Small Businesses for Potential Cyber Threats
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, issued the following news release on Jan. 16: U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Chairman Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) and Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.) sent a letter to U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza urging her to take immediate action to help small businesses prepare for potential cybersecurity th  more

Economy Weekly: Week of January 13, 2020
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following economy weekly: The Majority Leader's Office is now sending a weekly e-mail highlighting economic statistics and news that Members can use as they discuss the state of the economy and how House Democrats are working to spur economic growth, support job creation, and raise wages for the people. QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "The phase-one agreement leaves many issues unresolved, so tensions between the two countries  more

House Small Business Committee Issues Testimony From The Brookings Institution
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- The House Small Business Committee issued the following testimony on Jan. 15 by Rashawn Ray, fellow at The Brookings Institution, at a hearing entitled "Enhancing Patent Diversity for America's Innovators": I am David M. Rubenstein, a Fellow at The Brookings Institution. I am also an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland and the Executive Director of the Lab for Applied Social Science Research (LASSR). LASSR is a research center that regularly par  more

Majority Leader Hoyer Issues Statement on GAO Opinion Confirming Violation of Impoundment Control Act by President Trump
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following statement on Jan. 16 after the Government Accountability Office released an opinion that the President Trump violated the Impoundment Control Act of 1974 when he withheld military assistance from Ukraine last year: "Today, the government's independent watchdog agency, the Government Accountability Office, confirmed that President Trump violated the law when he withheld Congressionally appropriated milita  more

Majority Leader Hoyer Issues Statement on President Trump Signing Major Disaster Declaration for Puerto Rico
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following statement after President Trump signed a major disaster declaration for Puerto Rico: "I'm glad that the President is finally signing a major disaster declaration requested by Governor Vazquez, but it should not have taken this long. Puerto Rico was rocked by damaging earthquakes more than a week ago. "I joined Rep. Serrano in calling for this disaster designation on January 10. This unnecessary delay co  more

Majority Leader Hoyer Issues Statement on Trump Administration Release of Disaster Relief Aid to Puerto Rico
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following statement on Jan. 15 after the announcement from the Trump Administration that it would release its hold on disaster relief aid to Puerto Rico: "Congress appropriated emergency disaster aid for the people of Puerto Rico, and it is up to the President to ensure that this aid reaches the those who need it - not to sit on it and refuse to disburse that aid to Puerto Ricans. After a serious of terrible disas  more

Majority Leader Hoyer: House Will Vote on Lee & Khanna Iran Bills the Week of January 27
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) announced Wednesday afternoon that the week the House returns from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. District Work Period, it will consider bills introduced by Reps. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Ro Khanna (D-CA) to repeal the 2002 Congressional authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) against Iraq and prevent taxpayer funding from being used to ta  more

Rep. Brown and Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Raise Concerns With the Potential Reduction of Forces in Africa
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- Rep. Anthony Brown, D-Maryland, issued the following news release on Jan. 14: House Armed Services Committee Vice Chair Anthony G. Brown (MD-04) and a bipartisan group of 10 lawmakers, sent a letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper expressing their concerns with a potential reduction of American forces in the African theater despite the heightened threat of terrorism and rising geopolitical competition on the continent. The Department of Defense recently announced a review  more

Rep. Hoyer Receives 'A' Rating From End Citizens United Action Fund for Government Reform Efforts
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Ahead of the tenth anniversary of the disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court ruling, which falls on January 21, the End Citizens United Action Fund announced that Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) has received a score of "A" for his leadership in the effort to remove the corrupting influence of dark money from our politics, strengthen our democracy, and reform government to make it work for the people   more

Rep. Raskin Cosponsors Oil-By-Rail Safety Bill
WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) joined Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), a senior member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, in introducing the "Crude by Rail Volatility Standard Act" (H.R.5553) with Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA13), Bill Foster (D-IL), Nita M. Lowey (D-NY) as original cosponsors. "Every day we delay the implementation of a stronger safety standard for the tra  more

Rep. Raskin Issues Statement Regarding President Trump Guidance on Prayer in Public Schools
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, issued the following statement on Jan. 16: Representatives Jared Huffman (CA-02) and Jamie Raskin (MD-08), founders of the Congressional Freethought Caucus, issued the following statement regarding President Trump's guidance on prayer in public schools: "President Trump and Attorney General Barr's guidance on school-sponsored prayer in the public education system is their latest attack on our Constitution. The separation of Church and Stat  more

Rep. Ruppersberger Issues Statement Vote to Transmit Articles of Impeachment to Senate
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Rep. C.A. 'Dutch' Ruppersberger, D-Maryland, issued the following statement on Jan. 15 after voting in support of transmitting the two articles of impeachment passed by the House to the Senate for trial: "My vote today in support of transferring the two articles of impeachment to the U.S. Senate is a vote in favor of transparency. My constituents have a right to hear the facts for themselves. When the Clinton impeachment proceedings began, Senators had the documents the  more

Rep. Sarbanes Voices Support for Medical Cannabis Research
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Rep. John P. Sarbanes, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: At a House Subcommittee on Health hearing, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) voiced support for medical cannabis research and highlighted the obstacles that current federal regulations pose to universities and research institutions hoping to study the health benefits of cannabis. "I've heard from schools in my state, such as the University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB), that have communicated to me the d  more

Reps. Hoyer, Sarbanes Participate in Roundtable Discussion Marking 10 Years Since Citizens United Supreme Court Decision
HYATTSVILLE, Maryland, Jan. 18 -- Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following news release on Jan. 17: This afternoon, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) and Congressman John Sarbanes (MD-03) participated in a roundtable discussion with stakeholders and advocacy groups ahead of the 10th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United v. FEC ruling, which falls on Tuesday, January 21. The Citizens United decision cleared the way for corporations to spend unlimited sums of money  more

Reps. Sarbanes, Hoyer Participate in Roundtable Discussion Marking 10 Years Since Citizens United Supreme Court Decision
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 -- Rep. John P. Sarbanes, D-Maryland, issued the following news release on Jan. 17: Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) participated in a roundtable discussion hosted by Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) ahead of the 10th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United v. FEC ruling, which falls on Tuesday, January 21. The Citizens United decision cleared the way for corporations to spend unlimited sums of money in politics, while opening ne  more

Reps. Sarbanes, Matsui, Fortenberry Lead Bipartisan Effort to Help Homeowners Plant More Trees and Reduce Energy Costs
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Rep. John P. Sarbanes, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - The TREES Act Would Help Lower Electric Bills, Reduce Stormwater Runoff and Mitigate the Climate Crisis * * * Reps. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.), John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) introduced The Residential Energy and Economic Savings (TREES) Act, a bill to help homeowners lower energy costs, reduce stormwater runoff and mitigate the effects of climate change by planting more tre  more

Sen. Cardin Issues Floor Statement on Iran
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Jan. 15, on Iran: Last week we were very close to an act of war between the United States and Iran. I must tell you, we have been talking about this potential threat for a long time. I am a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. We have held numerous meetings in our discussion about the fact that there is no authorization for the use of mil  more

Sen. Cardin Issues Joint Statement on Complete Ratification of Equal Rights Amendment
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following joint statement: U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) released the following joint statement in response to the recent opinion by the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) on the ongoing efforts in Congress and the states to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Senators Cardin and Murkowski are the lead sponsors of S.J.Res 6, which would remove the deadline for ratification   more

Sen. Cardin Issues Statement on 10th Anniversary of Jan. 12, 2010 Earthquake
WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following statement: U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere Issues, released the following statement for the 10th anniversary of the January 12, 2010 earthquake that killed nearly 250,000 people, injured over 300,000 and displaced more than 1.5 million. "Ten years later, the enormous loss of life in Haiti after the massive 7.0 magnitude earthquake and  more

Sen. Cardin, Senate Democrats Support Puerto Rico's Request for a Major Disaster Declaration to Respond to Earthquakes
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Reflecting The Island-Wide Damage From These Earthquakes, Governor Wanda Vazquez Garced Has Requested That The President Declare A Major Disaster In Puerto Rico * * * U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined his 34 of his Senate Democratic colleagues in sending a letter to President Donald Trump expressing strong support of Puerto Rico's request for a major disaster declaration for the widesprea  more

Sen. Cardin: 3 Senators Call on Trump Administration to Pledge Cooperation with Congressional Oversight of USMCA Environmental Provisions
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: In advance of Senate approval of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA), U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) have written to United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer urging robust implementation and enforcement of the environmental provisions included in the agreement. Senator Cardin is a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works  more

Sen. Van Hollen Issues Floor Statement on Impeachment
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Jan. 15, on impeachment: At this particular moment in our history, we are witnessing the convergence of three events. The Senate will likely be sworn in tomorrow for the impeachment trial of President Trump. One of the Articles of Impeachment that will be coming over from the House relates to the President's abuse of power-- the charge that he has u  more

Sen. Van Hollen Issues Statement in Support for U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following statement regarding his vote in support of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement: "I look at the terms of each proposed trade agreement and ask a basic question: will the agreement generate more good-paying jobs and improve the quality of life for Marylanders? The original agreement negotiated by the Administration failed that test but, as a result of changes demanded by many of us in the House and Senate, the final agree  more

Sen. Van Hollen Issues Statement on Independent GAO Report
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following statement: U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement in response to the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) report confirming that the Trump Administration broke the Impoundment Control Act in its withholding of aid from Ukraine. Senator Van Hollen requested GAO investigate this matter in a letter sent in December: "This bombshell legal opinion from the independent Government Accoun  more

Sen. Van Hollen Joins Others in Demanding Answers From Customs and Border Protection Following Reports of Screening for Americans of Iranian Descent
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined U.S. Senators Tom Carper (D-Del), senior Democrat on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), top Democrat on the Senate health committee, in writing a letter to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Acting Commissioner Mark A.   more

Sen. Van Hollen Joins Risch, Menendez, and Colleagues in Bipartisan Letter to Administration in Support of Burma's Elections
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release on Jan. 14: U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senators Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ron Wyden (D-Wash.), Cor  more

Sen. Van Hollen Pays Tribute to Frey
WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Jan. 9, paying tribute to congressional staffer Bridgett Frey: I rise to recognize an outstanding member of my staff who is moving on to pursue other opportunities, my long-time communications director, Bridgett Frey. Bridgett joined my office at the start of 2009, when President Barack Obama was first inaugurated and I was serving in the House of R  more

Sen. Van Hollen Seeks Insider Trading Probe into Report That President Trump Informed Mar-a-Lago Guests in Advance of Iran Attack
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Senators Raise Concern About Potential for Illegal Trading in Oil, Defense Company Stocks by Guests the President May Have Provided with Confidential Market-Moving Information * * * United States Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance, and Investment; and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ranking Member of t  more

Sen. Van Hollen, Colleagues Successfully Fight to Make Protections for Federal Health Benefits During Government Shutdowns Law of the Land
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Senators' Bills Protecting Federal Healthcare Benefits in the Event of a Government Shutdown Now Law * * * U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), and Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Mark Warner (D-Va.) fought to secure protections for federal healthcare benefits in the event of a government shutdown, and these measures were signe  more

Sen. Van Hollen, Leahy Urge Trump to Sanction Those Responsible for the Wrongful Detention and Death of American Citizen in Egypt
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - On Monday, American Citizen Mustafa Kassem Died in Jail, After Being Wrongfully Detained by the Egyptian Government * * * U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) wrote to President Trump urging him to immediately sanction the Egyptian government officials responsible for the wrongful detention and death of Mustafa Kassem, an American citizen. The letter follows the Se  more

Sens. Van Hollen, Markey, Rubio, and Warren Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Counter Chinese Government Policy Banning Americans From Exiting China
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Revokes and denies visas to Chinese officials implementing coercive policy * * * Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced legislation to enhance accountability for Chinese officials involved in unjustly banning American citizens from leaving China. In recent years, officials have kept U.S. citizens - not the  more

Two Trump Judicial Nominees for Maryland Confirmed by Senate
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- The U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of two individuals for positions in the judicial branch on Jan. 8: Matthew H. Solomson, of Maryland, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims for a term of fifteen years. Eleni Maria Roumel, of Maryland, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims for a term of fifteen years.  more