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  • Ruppersberger Votes in Favor of Funding Bill that Prevents Second Government Shutdown
    by 61 on February 14, 2019 at 5:00 am

    (Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) today voted in support of H.J. Res 31, which funds seven appropriations bills for the rest of the year and prevents another government shutdown. The legislation, which is the product of a bipartisan, bicameral Conference Committee agreement, passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 300 to 128. Congressman Ruppersberger issued the following statement:   “I always say, nobody gets 100 percent of what they […]

  • Ruppersberger Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Response to Cyber Threats
    by 189 on February 14, 2019 at 5:00 am

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressmen Michael T. McCaul (R-TX), Jim Langevin (D-RI), John Katko (D-NY), Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), and John Ratcliffe (R-TX) released the following after introducing H.R. 1158 — the Cyber Incident Response Teams Act.  This bill codifies and enhances Cyber Incident Response Teams at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) within the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) to elevate and prioritize DHS’s vital […]

  • Ruppersberger Supports Resolution Ending U.S. Support for Saudi-led Military Campaign in Yemen
    by 189 on February 13, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    (Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.J. Res. 37, which directs the removal of U.S. troops from hostilities in Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress. “Today, I voted without hesitation in support of H.J. Res. 37, of which I was a proud cosponsor. Its passage brings us one step closer to ending the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and marks the first time in the 45 years […]

  • Ruppersberger Introduces Bill to Reimburse Federal Workers After Shutdown – With Interest
    by 61 on February 7, 2019 at 5:00 am

    (Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger joined Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-AL) today in introducing legislation that would provide federal workers impacted by a government shutdown with back pay – plus interest.  While federal employees impacted by the most recent, 35-day government shutdown will receive compensation for lost wages, many workers were forced to incur additional costs, including fees for late payments on bills and loans. The Back Pay Fairness […]

  • Baltimore Sun: 'President needs to stop tweeting and start leading'
    by 189 on February 6, 2019 at 5:00 am

    The National Security Agency is 31.2 miles from the front door of the White House.  When President Trump first came into office, I invited him to tour the agency located in my district at Fort Meade, Maryland, at his convenience.  I often take new Members of Congress to NSA – I’m taking a group of freshmen next week, in fact – and it would make sense for our new Commander in Chief to want to see our country’s signals intelligence headquarters and meet some of […]

  • Ruppersberger Joins Bipartisan, Bicameral Letter on Death of CPO Shannon Kent
    by 189 on February 4, 2019 at 5:00 am

    WASHINGTON – Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Congressman Walter Jones (R-N.C.) led a letter with Senators Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Congressmen C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) and Anthony Brown (D-Md.) to the Acting Secretary of Defense Shanahan and Secretary of the Navy Spencer about the case of Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Shannon Kent, a chief cryptologic technician in the United States Navy, who was recently killed […]

  • Ruppersberger Supports Bills to Reopen Government
    by 61 on January 16, 2019 at 5:00 am

    (Washington, DC) – Yesterday, Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger voted for a seventh time on legislation that would end the partial government shutdown and provide relief for the 800,000 Americans who are either furloughed or working without pay. Legislation considered in the House of Representatives yesterday would have funded the government until February 1, providing President Trump and Congressional leaders time to reach a compromise on border security funding without holding […]

  • Ruppersberger, Carter Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect Energy Grids from Cyber Attack
    by 61 on January 16, 2019 at 5:00 am

    (Washington, D.C.) – Congressmen C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) and John Carter (R-TX) today re-introduced legislation to protect critical infrastructure such as electric grids from cyber attacks. The “Securing Energy Infrastructure Act” aims to develop solutions to defend the U.S. energy grid using a “back to the future” approach requiring systems to have analog back-up switches. It was inspired, in part, by a 2015 attack on the Ukrainian grid affecting more than […]

  • Ruppersberger, Himes, Conaway, Hurd Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Fight Digital Threats from China, Others
    by 61 on January 16, 2019 at 5:00 am

      (Washington, DC) –  Congressmen C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), Jim Himes (D-CT), Mike Conaway (R-TX) and Will Hurd (R-TX) today introduced bipartisan legislation that will toughen the United States’ position against national security threats posed by technology competitors like China.   The bill will create a new office within the White House that will serve as a central coordinator to combat the assault on American innovation which threatens our national […]

  • Ruppersberger: Give Climate Committee More Teeth
    by 61 on January 11, 2019 at 5:00 am

    (Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02) today issued a statement on the announced select committee to explore climate change policy: “I applaud Speaker Pelosi in agreeing to form a select House committee on climate change. As I stated earlier, we need to work harder and faster to become a carbon-neutral nation and world. The consequences of waiting any longer are too great, not just for our environment, but our economy and security. If we are going to […]

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  • Some States Look to Address Concerns About Money in Politics
    by 234 on February 19, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    Democrats in the nation’s capital have made an overhaul of campaign finance, ethics and political laws a top priority, but movement may well come first in statehouses from Albany, N.Y., to Salem, Ore…. Rep. John Sarbanes, a Maryland Democrat and chief sponsor of the House Democrats’ overhaul package, says he’s been tracking state and local efforts, including New York City’s longtime public matching program for people running for city offices, parts of which are […]

  • Simplifying Student Aid Is Goal of Congressional Legislation
    by 234 on February 15, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    Maryland lawmakers are proposing a bill to simplify the process of applying for federal aid for students who have no contact with their parents. Reps. John Sarbanes, D-Towson, Elijah Cummings, D-Baltimore, and Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Timonium introduced the FAFSA Fairness Act of 2019 in the House, while Maryland Sens. Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin will introduce companion legislation in the Senate…. The bill would apply to students who do not have contact with their parents because they […]

  • Simplifying Student Aid Is Goal of Congressional Legislation
    by 219 on February 15, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    Maryland lawmakers are proposing a bill to simplify the process of applying for federal aid for students who have no contact with their parents. Reps. Elijah Cummings, D-Baltimore, Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Timonium, and John Sarbanes, D-Towson, introduced the FAFSA Fairness Act of 2019 in the House, while Maryland Sens. Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin will introduce companion legislation in the Senate.... The bill would apply to students who do not have contact with their parents because they […]

  • House Democrats Decry 'Junk Plans'
    by 219 on February 14, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    Democrats blasted attempts by the Trump administration to "sabotage" the Affordable Care Act during a House Energy & Commerce Health subcommittee hearing on Wednesday. "We're inviting people back into a world with mirrors and trap doors, which was exactly the place we wanted to get away from when we passed the ACA," said Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.), who called on his colleagues to "push back against these junk plans." House Democrats introduced four bills to roll back administration efforts […]

  • House Democrats Decry 'Junk Plans'
    by 234 on February 14, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    Democrats blasted attempts by the Trump administration to "sabotage" the Affordable Care Act during a House Energy & Commerce Health subcommittee hearing on Wednesday. "We're inviting people back into a world with mirrors and trap doors, which was exactly the place we wanted to get away from when we passed the ACA," said Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.), who called on his colleagues to "push back against these junk plans." House Democrats introduced four bills to roll back administration efforts […]

  • Sarbanes Exposes GOP Efforts to Undermine High-Quality and Affordable Health Care
    by 219 on February 13, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – At a House Subcommittee on Health hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) slammed efforts by the Trump Administration and Congressional Republicans to undermine the Affordable Care Act and make it harder for Americans – including patients with pre-existing conditions – to access high-quality and affordable care. “It is incompatible, it seems to me, to claim – as we’re hearing from a lot of the [Republican] Members from the other […]

  • Sarbanes Statement on the Passing of U.S. Representative Walter Jones
    by 219 on February 11, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today on the passing of U.S. Representative Walter Jones of North Carolina: “I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Congressman Walter Jones. He was a kind and committed public servant for the people of North Carolina and a tireless advocate for our servicemembers and veterans. While Walter and I sat on opposite sides of the aisle and disagreed on many issues, we were likeminded when it […]

  • McConnell Steps Out of the Shadows and Becomes Top Democratic Enemy
    by 234 on February 11, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    Democrats’ new congressional Enemy Number One, thanks to his opposition to the party’s effort to expand voting rights for everyone: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Democrats who took control of the House last month are pushing a sweeping ethics and voting rights package. McConnell declared it dead in his chamber even before it was formally introduced, and went to the Senate floor on four different days to call the proposal a “power grab.” So Democrats are […]

  • The Tech Industry’s 2020 Trump Trap
    by 219 on February 9, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.), chairman of the House Democracy Reform Task Force, pressed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg last year on whether his company’s on-site campaign tech support could be considered an unfair donation that violates campaign finance law. Sarbanes told POLITICO he's pleased about the company's move to pull back from the embed program, but said he'll continue to scrutinize the social network. “Facebook made the right decision to shut down its flawed […]

  • Capitol Hill Panels Reorganized, New Leaders Named
    by 219 on February 8, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    In another sign of the changed priorities for Congress with the House now under Democratic control, the main committee there has reorganized its subcommittees and has named new leadership. The retitled House Oversight and Reform Committee now has five subcommittees: civil rights and civil liberties; economic and consumer policy; environment; government operations and national security. Only the last two of those had direct counterparts under Republican control, with former subcommittees on IT […]