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  • Baltimore Sun: Farm Bill Vote Broke My Heart
    by 61 on December 14, 2018 at 5:00 am

    There are tough votes, and then there are votes that break your heart. My vote yesterday in support of a procedural rule to advance what’s known as the Farm Bill was one that broke my heart. That’s because members of the Republican Party’s most conservative wing — with the approval of House Speaker Paul Ryan — snuck in a last-minute provision that would make it harder for Congress to end U.S. support of the Saudi coalition at war with Yemen. A war that is causing […]

  • Maryland Federal Delegation Receives $91 Million Commitment from CSX for Howard Street Tunnel Project
    by 189 on December 14, 2018 at 5:00 am

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, Andy P. Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown and Jamie B. Raskin, met Thursday at the U.S. Capitol with CSX CEO Jim Foote to discuss a path forward on replacing the Howard Street Tunnel, which has widely been described as “ancient.” The meeting comes almost exactly one year after Foote met with the Maryland […]

  • Ruppersberger Issues Statement on Vote in Support of Rule Advancing Compromise Farm Bill
    by 61 on December 12, 2018 at 5:00 am

    (Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today issued the following statement after voting to support a rule advancing the compromise Farm Bill: “I supported today’s rule because my vote was needed to counter the effort by the Freedom Caucus to derail the Farm Bill, which contains critical investments for priorities ranging from bioenergy to the opioid crisis to the Chesapeake Bay restoration. The nutritional assistance program funded by the Farm Bill (SNAP) […]

  • Ruppersberger Announces Stivers as New Co-Chair of Bipartisan Municipal Finance Caucus
    by 189 on December 10, 2018 at 5:00 am

    (Washington, DC) — Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02) today announced that Congressman Steve Stivers of Ohio will serve as the Republican co-chair of the bipartisan House Municipal Finance Caucus in the next Congress. Stivers, who serves on the House Financial Services Committee, has been a licensed securities trader and bank executive and has been active on municipal policy throughout his time in office. “Municipal bonds are the single most important tool in the country […]

  • Ruppersberger Announces Winners of 2018 High School “App Challenge
    by 189 on December 7, 2018 at 5:00 am

    (Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today announced that a team of seniors from Eastern Tech High School in Essex has won the fifth-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 – Jeffrey Cai, Paulo […]

  • Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces $6.5 Million in Federal Funding for Port of Baltimore
    by 189 on December 7, 2018 at 5:00 am

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, John P. Sarbanes, Andy P. Harris, M.D., John K. Delaney, Anthony G. Brown and Jamie B. Raskin have announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $6,554,575 in federal funding for the Maryland Port Authority. The grant will be used to construct a second berth capable of serving ultra large container ships and cargo, as part of the […]

  • Maryland Delegation Urges University System of Maryland to Ensure Health, Safety of Every Student
    by 189 on December 6, 2018 at 5:00 am

    (Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Elijah Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes yesterday met with the University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents Chair Linda Gooden and USM Chancellor Bob Caret. The meeting was requested in the aftermath of the Board’s investigation into and recommendations regarding the football program at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD). After the meeting, the […]

  • In Capitol Hill Meeting, Maryland Federal Delegation Calls on GM CEO Mary Barra to Reconsider Closing White Marsh Facility
    by 61 on December 5, 2018 at 5:00 am

    (Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Elijah Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (All D-Md.) met Wednesday evening with General Motors Chair and CEO Mary Barra in an effort to gain clarity and reverse the decision to close the GM facility at White Marsh. The lawmakers released the following joint statement on the meeting: “This evening, we met with General Motors (GM) Chair and CEO Mary Barra and again reiterated […]

  • Maryland Lawmakers Call General Motors Closure Announcement “Poor Corporate Citizenship”
    by 61 on December 3, 2018 at 5:00 am

    (Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Elijah Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and Jamie Raskin (all D-MD) have sent a letter to General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Teresa Barra requesting a meeting to discuss the company’s decision to terminate operations at its White Marsh facility, calling it an “example of extremely poor corporate citizenship.” The company announced it will cease production at the […]

  • Baltimore Sun: Md. congressman drafts violence prevention program bill because 'even small actions are better than thoughts and prayers'
    by 189 on November 16, 2018 at 5:00 am

    You may have heard about the social media firestorm that erupted earlier this week between the National Rifle Association and doctors around the country. Responding to a position paper from the American College of Physicians that suggested a public health approach to gun violence, the NRA took to Twitter to urge “self-important” physicians to “stay in their lane.” I’d urge the NRA to talk to some of the emergency room surgeons here in Maryland — […]

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  • Midday Newsmaker: Rep. John Sarbanes, on Reforming American Democracy
    by 219 on December 18, 2018 at 12:43 am

    For nearly two years, Sarbanes has chaired the House Democracy Reform Task Force, a group of legislators seeking to minimize the influence of special interests on elections. He is the principle author of H.R. 1, a bill that addresses ethics and campaign finance reform as well as voting rights protections. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who will likely be the new Speaker of the House, said the bill will be the first order of business when the House reconvenes on January 3rd, 2019. […]

  • Sarbanes Statement on Latest GOP Assault on Americans’ Access to Affordable Health Care
    by 219 on December 15, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement after a Texas district court judge struck down the Affordable Care Act (ACA): “After many failed attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act in Congress, two losing efforts to undermine the law through the Supreme Court and a historic midterm election where the American people overwhelmingly rejected Republicans’ repeated attacks on people with pre-exiting conditions, the GOP has once again […]

  • The Democratic House Is Taking on Ethics Reform First. We Need It.
    by 219 on December 15, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    House Democrats won a majority in the next Congress not because they are unified behind Medicare-for-all — they are not — or because they favor an infrastructure plan — which President Trump does, too. They won in some previously GOP-friendly areas because they promised an alternative to Mr. Trump’s undignified, cynical behavior.... They appear to have received voters’ message. The first major action the new Democratic majority plans to […]

  • From Day One, Democrats Will Fight to Restore Ethics to Politics
    by 219 on December 14, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    As we speak with newly elected members of Congress from across the country, we hear one loud, clear, and consistent refrain — that many of them decided to run for office to restore faith in our democratic institutions and return us to a government of, by, and for the people.... Democratic leadership in Congress has heard this call too, and has stated unequivocally that the very first order of business in the 116th Congress will be to introduce and pass a comprehensive reform […]

  • Big Washington Clean-Up Bill Leads House Democrats' List
    by 219 on December 14, 2018 at 9:42 pm

    When the Democrats take over the U.S. House of Representatives in three weeks, their first order of business is expected to be a wide-ranging bill about political corruption, voter disenfranchisement and cleaning up campaign finance.… H.R. 1 is about putting a positive set of reforms out there to fix some of the systemic problems we have,” said Democratic Representative John Sarbanes, who is leading the effort.… The bill is expected to be introduced soon after the 2019-20 […]

  • Sarbanes Statement on the Farm Bill
    by 219 on December 12, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after voting for the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (H.R. 2): “This year’s farm bill delivers on many important priorities for Marylanders. “Among its many positive provisions, the bill increases funding to maintain the health and vitality of the Chesapeake Bay and includes several key pieces of the Chesapeake Bay Farm Enhancement Act – a bill that I cosponsored to […]

  • Republicans Are Rigging Democracy. We Will Fix It, With or Without Them
    by 219 on December 11, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    The first legislation that the new Democratic House majority will pass next year in the 116th Congress is a sweeping package of changes to our campaign finance, ethics and voting laws. We will shine a light on the dark money in our politics, and empower small donors to own elections and drive the agenda in Washington. We will demand that public servants work for the public interest, not the special interest. We will make it easier, not harder, to vote. Together, these bold reforms will […]

  • No Tea Party Here: House Democrats Can't Wait to Govern
    by 219 on December 11, 2018 at 1:00 am

    As House control is about to switch, it serves as a reminder about Democrats: They like government. And governing.... Democrats say the goal is not necessarily a return to big government or to quickly start impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump — but to reassert Congress' ability to govern, which they say diminished under Republicans.... “We really do want to restore the Democracy, make it work for people,” said Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., who is […]

  • Maryland Politicians Meet with Minority Business Leaders Over Breakfast
    by 219 on December 7, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    The Minority Legislative Breakfast brought together politicians throughout Maryland to hear the legislative priorities of minority business leaders. Indeed, the African American Chamber of Commerce of Montgomery County, the Asian American Political Alliance, and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Montgomery County hosted this event, which featured speeches from federal, state, and county level politicians.... Additionally, U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D), Rep. Jamie Raskin (D), Rep. John […]

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Secure $6.5 Million Grant for Port of Baltimore
    by 219 on December 7, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, Andy P. Harris, M.D., John K. Delaney, Anthony G. Brown and Jamie B. Raskin in announcing that the Port of Baltimore will receive a $6,554,575 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to improve Baltimore’s shipping capacity. The federal funding will help the Maryland Port Authority […]