Baltimore County Council Pending Legislative Updates

  • Baltimore Congressional Delegation Asks USDA to Investigate Withdrawal of SNAP Eligibility for Lexington Market Vendors
    by 61 on June 17, 2019 at 4:00 am

    (Washington, DC) — Baltimore's Congressional delegation including Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger have sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service Administrator Brandon Lipps asking USDA to investigate the withdrawal of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility for vendors in Baltimore’s historic Lexington Market.  Lexington Market has served as a public market since 1782 and is the oldest of its kind in […]

  • Ruppersberger Provides Direction for New Funds to Help Cities Prevent Ransomware Attacks
    by 61 on June 11, 2019 at 4:00 am

    (Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today guided new federal funding to help U.S. cities prevent cyberattacks like the recent ransomware attack in Baltimore. The House Appropriations Committee adopted a $10 million increase for this purpose in the annual funding bill for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that now goes before the full House of Representatives for a final vote. The bill includes $25 million total for cybersecurity advisors employed by the federal […]

  • Maryland Delegation Members Issue Statement Following Briefing on Baltimore Ransomware Attack
    by 61 on June 4, 2019 at 4:00 am

    (Washington, DC) –Members of the Maryland congressional delegation, including Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and David Trone, yesterday received a classified briefing from senior employees of the National Security Agency regarding the recent cyberattack on Baltimore. They issued the following statement:   "We are all concerned about the reported leak of cyber tools and the potential for serious damage […]

  • Baltimore Congressional Delegation Applauds the City’s Selection for the National Public Safety Partnership Program
    by 61 on June 3, 2019 at 4:00 am

    (WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John P. Sarbanes (all D-Md.) applauded the selection of Baltimore for the National Public Safety Partnership program. This Federal program provides cities and states with support to address violent crime. Baltimore’s congressional delegation has urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) to select Baltimore and questioned the agency’s motives behind […]

  • Ruppersberger: EternalBlue Not a Factor in Recent Baltimore Ransomware Attack
    by 61 on May 31, 2019 at 4:00 am

    (Timonium, MD) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) on Friday met with senior leaders of the National Security Agency, located in his district, to discuss recent malicious cyber attacks throughout the country, including the City of Baltimore. He issued the following statement:   “I have been told that there is no evidence at this time that EternalBlue played a role in the ransomware attack currently affecting Baltimore City. I’m told it was not used to gain […]

  • Baltimore Congressional Delegation Requests FBI Briefing on Baltimore Ransomware Attack
    by 61 on May 22, 2019 at 4:00 am

    (Washington, DC) – Today, Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger joined U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representatives Elijah E. Cummings and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) wrote to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) thanking them for their work on the City of Baltimore ransomware attack and requesting a briefing on the attack once operations conclude.   They went on to highlight questions regarding the attack, including:   1. The identity of the […]

  • Ruppersberger Helps Boost Chesapeake Bay Funding to Historic $85 Million
    by 61 on May 22, 2019 at 4:00 am

    (Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and his colleagues on the House Appropriations Committee have passed two bills funding key investments to the Chesapeake Bay, including a historic $85 million for the Chesapeake Bay Program once slated for the chopping block.   The committee this week passed the $46.4 billion Energy and Water Development bill, which funds programs that address climate change, improve water infrastructure and protect against a nuclear threat. […]

  • Ruppersberger: Defense Spending Bill includes $209 million for Maryland
    by 61 on May 21, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    (Washington, DC) – Today, Defense Appropriator Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger supported a bipartisan $690 billion Fiscal Year 2020 Defense funding bill that includes $209 million for Maryland – $192.5 million of which will support military activities in the Second District alone. The bill, which now goes to consideration by the full House of Representatives, provides a 3.1 percent pay raise for our troops, supports force readiness and improves quality-of-life programs for […]

  • House Appropriations Committee Adopts Ruppersberger’s Amendment Ending U.S. Support for Saudi-led Military Campaign in Yemen
    by 61 on May 21, 2019 at 4:00 am

    (Washington, DC) – The House Appropriations Committee today adopted language proposed by Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger that will end U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition against Houthi rebels in Yemen. The amendment, which passed the committee in a 30-22 party line vote, will be included in the Fiscal Year 2020 Defense Appropriations Bill that now goes to the House floor for a full chamber vote. “This amendment brings us one step closer to ending the horrific […]

  • House Appropriations Committee Adopts Ruppersberger’s Amendment Ending U.S. Support for Saudi-led Military Campaign in Yemen
    by 61 on May 21, 2019 at 4:00 am

    (Washington, DC) – The House Appropriations Committee today adopted language proposed by Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger that will end U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition against Houthi rebels in Yemen. The amendment, which passed the committee in a 30-22 party line vote, will be included in the Fiscal Year 2020 Defense Appropriations Bill that now goes to the House floor for a full chamber vote. “This amendment brings us one step closer to ending the horrific […]

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  • Sarbanes Statement on Sixth Anniversary of Shelby County v. Holder Decision
    by 292 on June 25, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today to mark the sixth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder decision, which struck down key provisions of the Voting Rights Act: “Six years ago today, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority gutted the Voting Rights Act and weakened critical protections for American voters. Almost immediately after this misguided decision, […]

  • Sarbanes Secures Additional Federal Funding for Maryland Families
    by 292 on June 25, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today helped secure millions more federal dollars for Maryland by passing H.R. 3055, an appropriations bill that would help communities tackle the opioid crisis, improve affordable housing, invest in highways, airports, bridges, railways and seaports, enhance public safety, help hardworking families put food on the table, provide veterans with the care, respect and services they deserve, ensure clean air and clean water, protect public […]

  • Sarbanes Statement on House Natural Resources Committee’s Unanimous, Bipartisan Support for Chesapeake Bay Gateways Bill
    by 292 on June 19, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after the House Natural Resources Committee voted unanimously, in bipartisan fashion, to advance the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Reauthorization Act, a bill led by Congressman Sarbanes to increase recreation, education and public access to the Chesapeake Bay Watershed: “As a national treasure and economic driver, the Chesapeake Bay plays a critical role in the lives of all […]

  • Sarbanes Slams Trump Administration Attacks on Title X Health Care Services [Video]
    by 292 on June 19, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) highlighted the threat to public health posed by the Trump Administration’s Title X “Gag Rule,” which would block federal funding to health centers that provide family planning and reproductive health services. Congressman Sarbanes called attention to the harmful effects of the Gag Rule on underserved communities, which rely on Title X […]

  • Sarbanes Secures Millions of Dollars in Federal Funding for Maryland
    by 292 on June 19, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today helped secure millions of federal dollars for Maryland by passing H.R. 2740, an appropriations bill that would strengthen the state’s health care system, increase funding for lifesaving medical research, enhance education and job training programs and help protect the Chesapeake Bay. “This infusion of federal resources will help hardworking Maryland families and communities across our state,” said Congressman […]

  • Senator McConnell: Protect U.S. Elections
    by 412 on June 18, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell does not shame easily. Ask anyone — including Jon Stewart, the former Comedy Network star who has found a second life as an impassioned advocate for the victims of the 9/11 attacks…. Mr. McConnell recently expressed support for fully funding the Victims Compensation Fund as Mr. Stewart has sought, but legislation to do so remains stalled in the Senate. Still, if the embarrassment Mr. Stewart heaped on the majority leader actually did the job, […]

  • McConnell's Blockade of House Legislation Is About to Face Its Toughest Test
    by 412 on June 18, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    In the struggle between Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Democratic-controlled House, the immovable object may finally have met an irresistible force. McConnell has been the immovable object: He's frustrated House Democrats by systematically blocking Senate votes so far on the lengthening list of bills they have passed, from gun control to additional protections for patients with preexisting health problems. But McConnell's blockade faces a new challenge as the House […]

  • Sarbanes, Baltimore Congressional Delegation Ask USDA to Investigate Withdrawal of SNAP Eligibility for Lexington Market Vendors
    by 292 on June 17, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings and Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.), in sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service Administrator Brandon Lipps asking USDA to investigate the withdrawal of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility for vendors in Baltimore’s historic Lexington Market. […]

  • Changes in Food Stamp Rules Result in Drop in Sales for Some Lexington Market Vendors
    by 412 on June 17, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Mary Mervis Delicatessen used to serve a daily rush of 1,000 customers, who lined up for the Lexington Market stall’s meats and cheeses, corned beef sandwiches and shrimp salad. But traffic, already down to about 400 people a day since the Freddie Gray riots, has plummeted by at least half again since the century-old deli lost food stamp eligibility…. The deli is among a group of Baltimore public market vendors who have lost or are in danger of losing eligibility to take payments […]

  • Baltimore Congressional Delegation Wants Investigation of SNAP Eligibility Withdrawal for Lexington Market Vendors
    by 412 on June 17, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Five federal lawmakers representing Baltimore sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture asking for an investigation into the withdrawal of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program eligibility for vendors at Lexington Market. The lawmakers, including Congressmen John Sarbanes, Elijah Cummings, and Dutch Ruppersberger, as well as Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, said a number of retailers in the public market have been denied eligibility for SNAP, commonly known as food […]