Baltimore County Council Pending Legislative Updates

  • Ruppersberger Joins Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Help Homeowners and Businesses Prevent Flood Damage
    by 61 on April 18, 2018 at 4:00 am

    (Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger joined U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (IL) and Marco Rubio (FL) as well as Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05),  Tammy Duckwroth (IL)  and John Culberson (TX-07) in introducing the bipartisan, bicameral Flood Mapping Modernization and Homeowner Empowerment Pilot Program Act of 2018 to improve urban flood mapping and prevent associated damage. The legislation will help give cities and towns the tools […]

  • Ruppersberger Issues Statement on Firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
    by 174 on April 12, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    (Washington, DC) — U.S. Representative C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, a State Department Appropriator, today issued the following statement after President Trump announced he will be replacing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with current CIA Director Mike Pompeo: “I have always said that intelligence is the best defense against terrorism, but diplomacy is a close second. Now more than ever, we need qualified and consistent leadership at the State Department. Mike Pompeo is a solid […]

  • Maryland Congressional Delegation Urges Gov. Hogan to Take Necessary Steps to Secure State Election Security
    by 174 on April 9, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John Delaney, Anthony Brown and Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.), in sending a letter to Governor Larry Hogan, pressing him to allocate the required state matching funds to improve Maryland’s election infrastructure ahead of the 2018 midterms. “As you know, the Maryland State election […]

  • Baltimore Sun: School resource officers can help prevent shootings
    by 61 on April 5, 2018 at 4:00 am

    In 1998, Baltimore County was experiencing a sharp spike in crime, nearly one third of it committed by juveniles. As Baltimore County Executive, I met with our police chief and pitched an idea to put police officers in our public schools. I was met with resistance from the county school board, administration and parents. It was understandable: though school resource officers have been around since the 1950s, the concept was relatively new here in Maryland. And it was expensive, costing about […]

  • Ruppersberger Issues Statement on Passage of 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Bill
    by 174 on March 22, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    (Washington, D.C.) – U.S. House of Representatives Appropriator Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger issued the following statement on the $1.3 trillion Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2018, which passed today in a 256-167 vote.  “After months of inaction, the House today had an opportunity to come together and make a real difference and I am glad that we took advantage of that,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “Legislation is always better when Republicans and Democrats […]

  • Ruppersberger Accepts ‘President’s Award’ From National League of Cities
    by 174 on March 13, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    Ruppersberger is former Baltimore County Executive and Council Member (Washington, DC) — U.S. Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today accepted the 2018 President’s Award from the National League of Cities (NLC) before more than 2,000 mayors, city council and county council members from across the country. Ruppersberger and Congressman Randy Hultgren, an Illinois Republican, were selected for their bipartisan work protecting critical financing tools used for local infrastructure […]

  • Ruppersberger Issues Statement on House Intelligence Committee’s Conclusion of Russia Investigation
    by 174 on March 13, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    Ruppersberger is former Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee  (Washington, DC) — U.S. Representative C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today issued the following statement following the House Intelligence Committee Republicans’ announcement that they have concluded their Russia investigation: “I am increasingly concerned that Majority leadership on the House Intelligence Committee has lost sight of our primary responsibility as Members of Congress, which is […]

  • Ruppersberger Helps Local Students Invest Hypothetical $100,000
    by 174 on March 12, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    (Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today visited with local high school students investing a hypothetical $100,000 in the stock market as part of a national competition promoting financial education.   The students at Dulaney High School in Maryland’s Second District are competing in the Stock Market Game™ Capitol Hill Challenge (CHC), a 14-week financial education competition that pairs members of Congress with public schools in every Congressional […]

  • Dutch Helps Secure $20 Million for Sparrows Point Redevelopment
    by 174 on March 7, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, along with U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (all D-MD), today announced that Baltimore County will receive $20 million in federal funding through the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program to help TradePoint Atlantic redevelop the former Sparrows Point steel mill site in southeastern Baltimore County. This project is expected to bring more than 21,000 jobs to the Baltimore area and […]

  • Federal Lawmakers Formalize Opposition to Oil & Gas Drilling off Maryland’s Coastline, Urge Fellow Marylanders to Voice their Concerns Before Upcoming Deadline
    by 174 on February 27, 2018 at 10:32 pm

    “We urge you to consider the voices of our constituents and their elected representatives and remove Maryland from the five-year plan.”   WASHINGTON – Pushing back on the Trump plan for risky oil and gas drilling off the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland’s coastline, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, with Representatives Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, John K. Delaney, Anthony G. Brown and Jamie Raskin (all […]

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  • Sarbanes Joins 170 Members of Congress Calling on EPA Administrator Pruitt to Resign
    by 219 on April 19, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined a group of 170 Members of Congress who introduced a resolution calling on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to resign. The resolution comes after Administrator Pruitt’s repeated ethical violations, abuse of taxpayer dollars and regulatory actions that fundamentally undermine the mission of the EPA – favoring big polluters at the expense of science, our environment, and the […]

  • Sarbanes Joins Bipartisan Georgetown Law Forum on Congressional Oversight of the Justice Department and FBI in the Trump Era
    by 219 on April 19, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today spoke at a bipartisan Georgetown Law forum entitled, “Congressional Oversight of the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation in the Trump Era.” The forum examined President Donald Trump’s attacks on the Department of Justice and the FBI – a break from the practices of his predecessors – as well as the role of Congressional oversight in ensuring an […]

  • How Experts and One Congressman Reacted to 2 Days of Mark Zuckerberg’s Testimony
    by 219 on April 12, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.). Sarbanes asked Zuckerberg to explain how Facebook embeds its employees in political campaigns and what kind of help the social media giant provides to those campaigns. This is why he pursued those questions: “It all goes to the broader issue of Facebook’s ability, because it is such an important commodity in the communications space, to offer up benefits to clients, including political clients ― including potentially sitting elected […]

  • Sarbanes Statement on Yom HaShoah
    by 219 on April 12, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today in observance of Yom HaShoah: “Every year, Yom HaShoah brings together our diverse communities to remember the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. It is our shared responsibility to remember the innocent victims. And it is our sacred duty to continue passing down their stories and the stories of those who survived the atrocities of the Shoah – one of the darkest periods in […]

  • Zuckerberg: We Apply the Same Standard to All Campaigns We Offer Support To
    by 219 on April 12, 2018 at 2:04 pm


  • Zuckerberg Faces Hostile Congress as Calls for Regulation Mount
    by 219 on April 12, 2018 at 12:42 am

    Representative John Sarbanes, Democrat of Maryland, cut off Mr. Zuckerberg several times as he tried to answer a question about Facebook employees who sit with political campaigns as “embeds” and seek to get the campaigns to use the site for advertising. […]

  • Was Facebook’s Work With the Trump Campaign Illegal?
    by 219 on April 11, 2018 at 10:52 pm

    Among the more painful moments for Mark Zuckerberg in his second day of Capitol Hill grilling was the angry dressing-down he got from Rep. John Sarbanes. The Maryland Democrat zeroed in not on Facebook’s relationship with the data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica, but on the fact that Facebook (like Twitter and Google) had employees embedded with the Trump campaign to help craft its digital advertising strategy. For free.... That arrangement may have violated long-standing campaign […]

  • Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg says Cambridge Analytica Got His Personal Data Too
    by 219 on April 11, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) asked if Facebook offered the Trump campaign stronger assistance than the Clinton campaign by providing an embedded sales staff... Sarbanes cited statistics that showed the Trump campaign placed 5.9 million ads on Facebook in the run-up to the election while the Clinton campaign placed 66,000.... "Can you say with absolute certainty that Facebook or any of the Facebook employees working as campaign embeds did not grant any special approval rights to the Trump […]

  • House Grills Zuckerberg on Facebook Data Breach for Five Hours
    by 219 on April 11, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    Democrats questioned Zuckerberg Wednesday about political advertising on Facebook, given the Trump campaign's extensive use of the site during the 2016 campaign.... "I think that's something that hasn't gotten as much attention," Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Maryland, said before the hearing. "There needs to be much more transparency about what those set of tools is." […]

  • Sarbanes Grills Zuckerberg About Facebook’s Controversial “Campaign Embed” Program and the Company’s Potential Campaign Finance Violations [Video]
    by 219 on April 11, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing today, Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) questioned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about potential campaign finance violations and conflicts of interest posed by Facebook’s “campaign embeds” program for political candidates. “It could be a serious problem if these kinds of services were provided … because that could result in violation of campaign finance law […]