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  • Cardin, Van Hollen, Ruppersberger, Sarbanes, Delaney Seek Relief for Maryland Crab Shacks
    by 61 on June 14, 2018 at 4:00 am

    (Washington, DC) — U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, and John K. Delaney (all D-MD), yesterday asked federal regulators to provide assistance and flexibility to Maryland seafood retailers – mostly small businesses that sell steamed crabs – that have been hit with new restrictions on the use of nutrition assistance benefits.   Under new rules, retailers are only allowed to accept Supplemental […]

  • Ruppersberger Issues Statement on North Korea Summit
    by 61 on June 12, 2018 at 4:00 am

    (Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today released the following statement on the historic meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un last night in Singapore: “I encourage and respect all efforts toward diplomacy that could lead to the denuclearization of North Korea. I have said from Day One of this Administration: if Trump succeeds, America succeeds. In this case, if Trump succeeds, the world succeeds. But we have no reason to […]

  • Ruppersberger to Present Export Achievement Award to Local Manufacturer
    by 61 on June 8, 2018 at 4:00 am

    (Timonium, MD) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) on Monday will present an “Export Achievement Award” to a Second District manufacturer that exports its products to 26 countries. The awards are bestowed by the U.S. Commercial Service – a unit under the U.S. Department of Commerce – to small and mid-sized businesses that utilize its international trade services. The agency helped Edgemere-based Chesapeake Specialty Products open doors in Germany, […]

  • Ruppersberger Announces Strategy to End Family Separation at the Border
    by 61 on June 7, 2018 at 4:00 am

    (Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger today announced a legislative strategy to stop border agents from separating children and parents at the United States border. An Appropriator, Ruppersberger will submit language preventing the Administration from using funds allocated to the Department of Homeland Security to separate immigrant families after apprehension, absent an immediate threat from the caretaker to the child. The proposal aims to encourage alternatives such as […]

  • Ruppersberger Issues Statement on Proposed HUD Rent Increases, Cut Benefits
    by 61 on June 4, 2018 at 4:00 am

    (Washington, DC) — Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) today issued the following statement on President Trump’s proposed budget for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD):   “I have heard from many constituents concerned about proposals to raise rents and cut housing benefits for some of our country’s most vulnerable citizens. I share their alarm. Rather than promote self-sufficiency, the Administration’s proposed HUD budget, as well […]

  • Ruppersberger: Joppatowne Sweeps Second District Congressional Art Contest
    by 61 on June 4, 2018 at 4:00 am

    (Timonium, MD) - Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) announced today that three students at Joppatowne High School took first, second and third place in the 2018 Congressional Art Contest for Maryland’s Second District. Junior Nicholas Galie, of Joppa, won with his prisma color submission of a pool table entitled, “Cueing Up.” The piece will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol complex for one year, providing inspiration to more than 12,000 Capitol visitors and Members of […]

  • Ruppersberger Issues Statement on Reported Trump-China Deal to Prop ZTE
    by 61 on May 22, 2018 at 4:00 am

    (Washington, DC) — Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) today issued the following statement amid reports that the Trump Administration is moving forward on a deal to ease sanctions placed against Chinese telecom company ZTE in April: “When the United States enacts sanctions, we should stand behind them. We are a nation of laws. The rules of the game are simple: conduct your business pursuant to the law. Renegotiating the terms of sanctions in place against ZTE sends a […]

  • Team Maryland Brings Federal Law Enforcement Leaders to Washington for Frank Discussion on Crime and Safety in Maryland
    by 61 on May 17, 2018 at 4:00 am

    (Washington, DC) – During the height of National Police Week, Team Maryland gathered as a bipartisan delegation Wednesday for a dialogue with federal law enforcement partners based in Maryland, including the newly-confirmed U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, Robert K. Hur. Also joining the meeting were the Maryland Special Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Drug Enforcement Administration […]

  • Ruppersberger Amendment Blocking ZTE Bailout Passes Committee
    by 61 on May 17, 2018 at 4:00 am

    (Washington, DC) — An amendment blocking President Trump’s bailout of Chinese telecom company ZTE offered by Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) unanimously passed the House Appropriations Committee today. The amendment will be included in the Fiscal Year 2019 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Bill when it comes under consideration by the full House of Representatives next month.   Congressman Ruppersberger has long […]

  • Wall Street Journal: Trump Shouldn’t Give ZTE a Pass
    by 61 on May 17, 2018 at 4:00 am

    By Dutch Ruppersberger and  Mike Rogers Nobody cheered louder than we did when the Trump administration in April announced that Chinese telecom company ZTE was officially on the U.S. government’s trade blacklist. We have been sounding the alarm about ZTE since 2012, not because we feared they were secretly selling American-made equipment to Iran and North Korea—although that didn’t surprise us—but because we have long suspected the Chinese government uses ZTE to […]

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  • Sarbanes Slams House GOP for Sham Hearing on GOP Tax Scam, Calls on President Trump and Congressional Republicans to Take Immediate Action to Stop Separating Families at the Border
    by 219 on June 20, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing today on the GOP Tax Scam, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) slammed House Republicans for ignoring the separation of children from their parents at the border and failing to take immediate action to stop this cruel and inhumane Trump Administration policy. See here for the full video. See below for a full transcript. “We’re here talking about a tax bill that gives power to the powerful when we really […]

  • Sarbanes, E&C Democrats Demand Hearing on Trump Administration’s Child Detention Centers
    by 219 on June 20, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined all House Energy and Commerce Committee Democrats in demanding that Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and Health Subcommittee Chairman Michael Burgess (R-Tex.) immediately hold a hearing on the wellbeing of children being forcibly separated from their parents by the Trump Administration and placed into the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR).  […]

  • Sarbanes Defends Mueller Investigation
    by 219 on June 19, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a joint hearing today held by the House Judiciary Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) defended the Mueller investigation from baseless attacks by the Trump Administration and House Republicans. “… Thinking about those kinds of standards on how an investigation should proceed, you’ve actually left me in a position of having a lot of confidence in the way […]

  • Sarbanes, House Democrats Introduce Bill to Stop the Trump Administration from Separating Families
    by 219 on June 19, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined more than 100 House Democrats in introducing the Keep Families Together Act, a bill to end the Trump Administration’s family separation policy. The bill is the House companion to Senate legislation introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). “The unconscionable practice of detaining children at the border and separating them from their families has no place in our country,” said Congressman […]

  • All Democratic Members from Maryland Back CARE Act to Combat Opioid Epidemic
    by 219 on June 18, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined all Democratic Members of the House of Representatives from Maryland in co-sponsoring landmark legislation to address the opioid crisis, H.R. 5545, The Comprehensive Addiction Resources Emergency (CARE) Act. The Maryland co-sponsored include Rep. Steny Hoyer, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, Rep. John Delaney, Rep. Anthony G. Brown and Rep. Jamie Raskin. In addition, both U.S. Senators from Maryland, Ben […]

  • Sarbanes Statement on Trump Administration Policy to Separate Families at the Border
    by 219 on June 18, 2018 at 1:53 am

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes released the following statement today after joining Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in calling on Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) to investigate and hold hearings on the Trump Administration’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy of separating immigrant children from their parents at the border and referring family members for criminal prosecution: “I am strongly opposed to the Trump […]

  • Maryland Lawmakers Seek Relief for Crab Shacks from Food Stamps Rule
    by 219 on June 15, 2018 at 2:46 am

    Maryland Democrats in Congress asked the Trump administration on Thursday to grant crab shacks temporary relief from a new rule that is preventing many from accepting food stamps for steamed crabs.... Officials warned carryout shops in the Baltimore area last year that they could no longer accept food stamps for crabs unless they sold them live or raw. The shops were also told that they had to provide a variety of food staples, not just the Chesapeake Bay delicacy, to […]

  • Sarbanes Leads Bipartisan Effort to Prevent Turkey from Acquiring F-35 Fighter Jet
    by 219 on June 14, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today led a bipartisan group of 44 Members of Congress in urging Defense Secretary James Mattis to block the sale and delivery of the F-35 Lightning II fighter jet to Turkey. The move comes in response to several troubling developments, including Turkey’s belligerent military actions in Syria, its plan to purchase Russian-made missile systems, its crackdown on democratic institutions and its turn toward authoritarian rule. […]

  • Democrats Ratchet Up Pressure on Facebook Over Unanswered Privacy Questions
    by 219 on June 14, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    House Democrats are working to keep a flame to Facebook’s feet ahead of the company’s anticipated responses to lingering concerns over the handling of user data, as well its ongoing efforts to weed out foreign-bought political ads targeting American voters.... “The midterm elections get closer with each passing day, and Facebook has many important questions to answer—without further delay—about how its platform impacts our democratic process,” said Rep. John […]

  • Sarbanes’ Opioid Addiction Treatment Bill Passes U.S. House of Representatives
    by 219 on June 12, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Act (H.R. 5102), a bipartisan bill co-sponsored by Congressman Sarbanes that would help recruit and retain more addiction treatment workers around the country by offering student loan debt relief for physicians, nurses, social workers, recovery coaches and other professionals who work in the substance use disorder field. “To fight the opioid epidemic and help our […]