Baltimore County Council Pending Legislative Updates

  • Maryland Congressional Delegation Urges EPA to Reconsider Good Neighbor Petition, Provide Air Pollution Relief
    by 189 on July 24, 2018 at 4:00 am

    WASHINGTON – The Maryland congressional delegation is calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reconsider its denial of Maryland’s petition requesting that action be taken to provide relief against out-of-state air pollution stemming from neighboring states. In particular, the delegation’s letter to the EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler noted 36 electric generating units located upwind of Maryland’s border that – due to prevailing wind […]

  • Ruppersberger, Fitzpatrick Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Reaffirming Intelligence Community’s Assessment on Russian Interference in Elections
    by 61 on July 23, 2018 at 4:00 am

    (Washington, DC) – Congressmen C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) today introduced a bipartisan resolution that reaffirms to the American people and the world that the U.S. House of Representatives stands with the American intelligence community’s assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 elections – despite recent assertions from President Trump to the contrary.  At a joint press conference last week following his summit in Helsinki with […]

  • Maryland Congressional Delegation Urges DHS to Evaluate Statewide Electoral Systems
    by 61 on July 19, 2018 at 4:00 am

    (Washington, DC)– Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today joined the rest of the Maryland federal delegation -- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Senator Chris Van Hollen as well as Representatives Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, John P. Sarbanes, Andy Harris, John Delaney, Anthony Brown and Jamie Raskin in urging Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to respond favorably to Maryland’s request for technical assistance to review and protect the state’s […]

  • Ruppersberger Issues Statement on Trump-Putin Summit
    by 61 on July 16, 2018 at 4:00 am

    (Washington, DC) — Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger tonight issued the following statement in response to comments made by President Donald Trump at a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier today: “Our U.S. intelligence community has consistently affirmed that Russia deliberately interfered and influenced the 2016 election. In fact, 12 Russian intelligence officers were just indicted by the U.S. government for hacking our election. This was the […]

  • Team Maryland Urges Trump to Consider Capital Gazette Hero for Presidential Medal of Freedom
    by 189 on July 16, 2018 at 4:00 am

    (Washington, DC) — Today, members of Maryland’s Democratic Congressional delegation urged President Donald Trump to consider Wendi Winters – a victim of the mass shooting in the Capital Gazette newsroom last month – for the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The nation’s highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom is awarded by the President to men and women who have made meritorious contributions to the security of the United States, to world peace, to culture or to […]

  • Ruppersberger Sends White House Letter on Behalf of Federal Workers
    by 61 on July 12, 2018 at 4:00 am

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  • Ruppersberger Issues Statement on Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court
    by 189 on July 10, 2018 at 4:00 am

    (Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger today issued the following statement after President Donald Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy: “President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court could have a profound impact on American life for the next generation. Our founding fathers created the Supreme Court to be a check and balance against the other two branches of government. […]

  • Federal Disaster Declaration and Assistance for Ellicott City, Howard County and Baltimore County Approved by FEMA
    by 61 on July 3, 2018 at 4:00 am

    (Washington, DC) – The Maryland Congressional delegation today praised the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for issuing a disaster declaration for the devastating storm and flooding that hit Ellicott City, broader Howard County and Baltimore County, in late May. A request for a disaster declaration for Baltimore City for the same storm is still pending. “Disasters like the flooding our state experienced in late May demand that we come together as one united community, and […]

  • Maryland Congressional Delegation Urges Approval of Federal Disaster Declaration and Assistance for Flood Recovery Efforts in Ellicott City, Howard and Baltimore Counties, and Baltimore City
    by 61 on July 2, 2018 at 4:00 am

    (Washington, DC) – The Maryland Congressional delegation sent a joint letter to President Trump on Friday urging the Administration to move swiftly to approve the state’s request for federal major disaster declaration and supplementary assistance following the mid-May flash-floods that devastated Howard County, Baltimore County and Baltimore City.    “We are writing to express our strong support for Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s request for the declaration […]

  • Congressman Ruppersberger Supports Defense Appropriations Bill, Blocks Effort to Move Fort Meade Jobs
    by 189 on June 28, 2018 at 4:00 am

    (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Defense Appropriator Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger supported the $674.6 billion Fiscal Year 2019 Defense Appropriations Bill that passed the House of Representatives in an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote. The bill funds a 2.6 percent pay raise for troops, restores force readiness, promotes modernization and innovation and increases the end-strength of our Active Duty and Guard/Reserve forces by 16,400. The bill provides $245.9B for critical training and […]

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  • Sarbanes Announces Federal Grants for Howard County and Annapolis Fire Departments
    by 219 on August 15, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    TOWSON, Md. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today announced that the Howard County Department of Fire Rescue Service and the City of Annapolis Fire Department will receive a total of more than $100,000 in grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to improve fire prevention and safety efforts in Maryland communities. The grant funding comes from FEMA’s Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Program, which helps city and county fire departments educate local […]

  • Fixing Our Democracy – in Baltimore and Across America
    by 219 on August 11, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Dear Friend, On Wednesday, I held a panel discussion in Baltimore to highlight the many exciting democracy reform initiatives taking place around the country at the local, state and federal levels. Maryland has led a nationwide effort to fix our democracy, reduce the corrosive influence of wealthy and well-connected special interests and return power to the people – where it belongs. Across our great state – including in Montgomery County, Howard County, and most recently, in […]

  • Sarbanes Statement on One-Year Anniversary of White Supremacist Violence in Charlottesville
    by 219 on August 11, 2018 at 2:21 am

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today on the one-year anniversary of white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, and ahead of another planned white supremacist rally this weekend in Washington, D.C.: “With the one-year anniversary of the white nationalist march in Charlottesville bearing down upon us and those same hateful elements planning to rally again, we must stand in solidarity for a different vision of America. The […]

  • Chris Collins' Indictment Shines Light on Inadequacy of Stock Trading Law
    by 219 on August 10, 2018 at 12:00 am

    “Congress absolutely can, and should, explore new rules to tighten our securities law and shut down any sort of insider trading, including by members of Congress,” said Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., in a statement to the Washington Examiner.... Sarbanes pointed to a resolution he introduced earlier this year that touted several reforms to campaign finance that include overturning Citizens United, the Supreme Court decision that led to the creation of super PACs. […]

  • Team Meade Welcomes New Commander
    by 219 on August 9, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    In a ceremony that drew both a Maryland senator and congressman, Col. Erich C. Spragg assumed command of the Fort Meade garrison from Col. Tom Rickard.... Soldiers, family members, colleagues and government officials filled Club Meade on Friday morning to honor both Rickard and Spragg.... Dignitaries included Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, who was the guest speaker, and Rep. John Sarbanes..... Sarbanes also noted the installation’s important role in Maryland and in national security efforts.... […]

  • Democrats Demand White House Reveal Details of Outside Businessmen’s Influence on VA Policy
    by 219 on August 9, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Congressional Democrats are demanding the White House clarify who is leading veterans policy efforts for the administration after a ProPublica investigation found evidence a trio of executives with personal ties to President Donald Trump have been privately influencing department decisions.... Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., said the confusion was further evidence that the White House needs to make public its visitor logs and membership information for Trump’s private resorts. […]

  • Commuting Troubles for Many Feds, and What’s Next for a Pay Raise
    by 219 on August 8, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    A group of seven Democratic lawmakers from the Washington, D.C., area demanded Wednesday that House leadership add reforms and funding for the city’s public transit service to a pending infrastructure bill to improve federal employees’ commute to work.... In a letter to House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Penn., and ranking member Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., a group of Democrats representing a large number of federal workers in the D.C. region […]

  • Forget Left and Right. This Is What Will Determine Midterms.
    by 219 on August 6, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    A program to renew self-rule is coming to a congressional campaign near you. In late June, Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) introduced a resolution outlining a broad agenda that has been co-sponsored by 163 House Democrats. It is a promissory note to the electorate, outlining areas where the party is working on legislation it pledges to enact should it win a majority.… A high priority would involve creating a campaign-finance regimen aimed at encouraging congressional candidates to […]

  • Democrats Introduce Bill to Combat Telework Reductions
    by 219 on July 31, 2018 at 12:00 am

    In the face of recent administration efforts to cut back on federal employee telework, Reps. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., and John Sarbanes, D-Md., introduced legislation July 26 that would prevent agencies from instituting policies that limit telework participation.... “Federal government telework programs not only improve productivity, but also save taxpayer money by increasing efficiency, strengthening employee retention and reducing costs for federal office space, as numerous studies […]

  • Sarbanes Statement on Baltimore’s Progress Toward Citizen-Owned Elections
    by 219 on July 30, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh approved a ballot question that would give voters the opportunity to amend the City charter and create Baltimore’s first citizen-owned election system: “Today, Baltimore took a huge step toward joining the ranks of cities, counties and states around the country – including Montgomery County and Howard County in […]