Baltimore County Council Pending Legislative Updates

  • Ruppersberger Issues Statement on Shutdown
    by 61 on January 20, 2018 at 5:00 am

    (Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today issued the following statement on the government shutdown:   “When one party has control of the House, the Senate, and the White House, you would expect that it would be easy to keep the government open. I am disheartened and frustrated that it has come to this.   As we learned in 2013, the effects of this shutdown will be severe here in Maryland, which is home to more than 60 federal agencies and at least […]

  • Ruppersberger Praises Passage of Cyber Diplomacy Act
    by 174 on January 17, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    (Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02) today applauded passage of the bipartisan Cyber Diplomacy Act of 2017 in the U.S. House of Representatives. Congressman Ruppersberger was an original cosponsor of the legislation, which creates an ambassador-level cyber coordinator at the State Department. Like other ambassadors, the new cyber envoy would be nominated by the President with consent of the Senate. The bill also establishes new cyber policies that require the […]

  • Ruppersberger Issues Statement on Reauthorization of Section 702 of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
    by 174 on January 11, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    (Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today issued the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to renew authorities to collect communications of foreign targets located overseas. The statutory authority for the program, known as Section 702, expires January 19. “Today, I voted in favor of the bipartisan FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017 because it makes critical reforms to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), […]

  • Ruppersberger Votes ‘No’ on Continuing Resolution
    by 174 on December 21, 2017 at 5:00 am

    (Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today issued the following statement after voting against a short-term Continuing Resolution: "Today, I made the difficult decision to vote against a continuing resolution (CR) that would fund the federal government. This is something I have done only rarely throughout my time in Congress and reflects the irresponsibility of the bill place before us today. Funding the government is the most basic responsibility of Congress, yet […]

  • Ruppersberger Votes ‘No’ on Tax Reform Bill
    by 174 on December 19, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    (Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today issued the following statement after voting against H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. “This bill was a missed opportunity to provide meaningful tax relief for American families. I am disappointed that, today, the House passed a bill opposed by the majority of our constituents. And I am worried for the tens of millions of families who will eventually see a tax increase under it, according to the non-partisan Tax […]

  • Ruppersberger Issues Statement on Net Neutrality
    by 174 on December 14, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    (Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today issued the following statement on Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit V. Pai’s decision to hold a vote on the repeal of net neutrality rules today. “I am strongly against Chairman Pai’s hasty and misguided decision to move forward with a vote to repeal net neutrality rules. I am deeply concerned that Chairman Pai’s current path for the FCC will result in an Internet environment that […]

  • Ruppersberger Announces Winners of 2017 High School “App Challenge”
    by 174 on December 11, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    (Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today announced that an all-girls team of students from Randallstown High has won his fourth-annual high school “App Challenge.” The academic competition, which is open to all high school students in Maryland’s Second Congressional District, requires students to create an original software application for mobile, tablet or other device on a platform of their choice. The winners – Aaliyah Philippe-Auguste, […]

  • Ruppersberger Issues Statement on Guilty Plea of Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn
    by 174 on December 1, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    (Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today issued the following statement after former National Security Advisor and Trump transition team member Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about conversations with Russian officials: “We should all be concerned that one of President Trump’s top campaign consultants – and the man he eventually seated at the head of the National Security Council under his Administration – has now pleaded […]

  • Joint Statement from Baltimore Congressional Delegation on the Investigation into the Death of BPD Detective Sean Suiter
    by 61 on December 1, 2017 at 5:00 am

    (Washington, DC)  – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, Congressmen Elijah Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) released the following joint statement:   “We support the request of Baltimore City Police Commissioner Kevin Davis for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to take the lead in investigating the murder of Detective Sean Suiter. We also have heard personally from Mayor Catherine Pugh, who requested federal support for […]

  • Ruppersberger Issues Statement Following “No” Vote on House Tax Reform Bill
    by 61 on November 16, 2017 at 5:00 am

    (Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today issued the following statement after voting against H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The bill passed the House of Representatives 227 – 205 in a party-line vote. “Since last November, I have listened with hope to President Trump and Congressional Republicans’ promises for real tax reform. The goal of a simple and modern tax code focused on rebuilding the middle class is one that I share with many of my […]

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  • Democrats Call Trump's Obscene Comments 'Racist' at MLK Dinner in Glen Burnie
    by 219 on January 13, 2018 at 1:37 am

    Van Hollen, followed by U.S. Reps. Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and Anthony Brown, addressed the crowd at La Fontaine Bleue in Glen Burnie. Along with the congratulations to organizers of the award dinner and the 10 people being recognized, all four took repeated aim at the president.... The comments from the congressmen were met with applause an occasional shout of, “He’s not my president.” ... Sarbanes echoed that comment when he qualified his remarks about […]

  • Sarbanes Statement on Trump’s Repugnant Comments about Immigrants
    by 219 on January 12, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after news reports of President Donald Trump’s meeting on immigration: “Like many Americans, I’m deeply offended by President Trump’s profane and derogatory comments. His views do not represent the ideals and values of our nation, and are beneath the Office of the Presidency. As is the case with so many of this President's comments, this is yet one more occasion to recommit […]

  • Sarbanes Statement on Trump Administration Announcement to End Protected Status for Salvadoran Immigrants
    by 219 on January 9, 2018 at 12:23 am

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s decision to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for  immigrants from El Salvador in September 2019: “The Trump Administration’s plan to end humanitarian protections for roughly 200,000 Salvadorans – including nearly 20,000 Salvadorans who reside in Maryland – not only cuts against American values but also harms our economy. […]

  • Sarbanes Statement on Trump Administration Decision to Expand Offshore Drilling
    by 219 on January 4, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chesapeake Bay Task Force Co-Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) issued the following statement today after the Trump Administration announced a plan to significantly expand offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and the Arctic, including in permanently protected areas: “The Trump Administration’s decision to dramatically expand offshore drilling ignores the risks that drilling poses to local ecosystems and economies. This plan […]

  • Sarbanes Statement on Dissolution of Trump Administration’s "Election Integrity" Commission
    by 219 on January 4, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) issued the following statement today after President Donald Trump disbanded his administration’s so-called Election Integrity Commission: “The primary goal of this sham commission was to validate – however spuriously – the President’s false claim of voter fraud in the 2016 election and to encourage “reforms” that would result in voter suppression in future elections. […]

  • Sarbanes Discusses Infrastructure, DACA and Protecting the Mueller Investigation
    by 219 on December 23, 2017 at 7:54 pm

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  • The GOP Tax Scam
    by 219 on December 20, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    Dear Friend, The massive tax giveaway just passed by the Republican-controlled Congress is a broken promise of historic magnititude. Broken Promise #1: Americans were promised, "a simpler, fairer tax code." Yet, the tax bill relies on a series of gimmicks and expiring provisions that will undoubtedly complicate tax filing for millions of American households for years to come. Broken Promise #2: Americans were promised the tax plan would provide economic relief to our nation's middle-class. […]

  • Sarbanes Condemns Another GOP Special-Interest Giveaway to Wall Street [Video]
    by 219 on December 20, 2017 at 1:58 am

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – On the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) spoke out against H.R. 3312, a partisan special-interest bill that would allow Wall Street and Big Banks to return to the same risky practices that led to the 2008 financial crisis. “This is crazy,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “This is a case of amnesia at best, or cynical capitulation to Wall Street at worst.” Sarbanes continued, “Americans are […]

  • House Democrats Demand Ryan Take Action on Election Security
    by 219 on December 19, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    A group of 21 House Democrats are asking Speaker Paul Ryan to take immediate steps to protect future elections from foreign interference.... "When a sovereign nation attempts to meddle in our elections, it is an attack on our country," the group said today in a letter to Ryan.... The group — inclding Democracy Reform Task Force Chair John Sarbanes and composed of lawmakers from 18 of the 21 states the Homeland Security Department has disclosed were targeted during the last year's election […]

  • Sarbanes Urges Speaker Ryan to Take Bipartisan Action to Protect U.S. Elections from Foreign Hacking and Cyber Attacks
    by 219 on December 19, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today, along with Members of Congress from 18 of the 21 states targeted by Russian hackers in 2016, called on House Speaker Paul Ryan to take immediate action to protect state voting systems from cyberattacks and to bolster state election infrastructure. In a letter, the Members asked Speaker Ryan to request a briefing from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation […]