November 20, 2019
Turkey’s Targeting of Minorities Highlighted on Capitol Hill
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Speaking at the Ninth Annual St. Andrew’s Human Rights and Religious Freedom Reception on Capitol Hill, Director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights David L. Phillips addressed the subject of “Turkey’s Targeting of Ethnic and Religious Minorities in Syria,” reported the Armenian Assembly of America.
“I want to thank David for coming and taking part in this event. His outstanding scholarship in this area and his experience as a practitioner of diplomacy and foreign policy is well-documented,” Congressman John Sarbanes (D-MD) said in his welcome statement.
November 20, 2019
Fort Meade: Covenant signing presents a unified voice
Fort Meade Public Affairs, The Capital Gazette
A number of community leaders gathered together Nov. 7 for the signing of the Fort Meade Community Covenant.
The covenant is the guiding document for signatories who “commit in the spirit of collaboration to build relationships, identify and combine resources, and address critical needs,” according to the document.
November 15, 2019
Alumni in Congress speak on service, policy
Yael Marans and Naomi Hess, The Daily Princetonian
The Daily Princetonian spoke to members of Congress who are University alums, and asked them how they believe they work “in the Nation’s Service.”
In the News: ‘We Lost Our Champion For Social Justice’ | Md. Lawmakers Reflect On The Life Of Rep. Elijah Cummings
October 25, 2019
‘We Lost Our Champion For Social Justice’ | Md. Lawmakers Reflect On The Life Of Rep. Elijah Cummings
Pat Warren, WJZ-TV (CBS)
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Thousands gathered at New Psalmist Baptist Church in Baltimore Friday at a funeral for Rep. Elijah Cummings.
The funeral brought former presidents and ordinary people alike to the Baltimore church where the congressman worshipped for four decades.
October 24, 2019
Baltimore says goodbye to Cummings at Morgan State University tribute
Capital News Service
Marking the passing of Rep. Elijah Cummings last week, community leaders, elected officials and friends gathered together Wednesday night to honor the former congressman at Morgan State University, where Cummings served as a member of the Board of Regents for 19 years.
“I have lost a friend,” Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) said. “Our nation has lost a booming voice for truth, fairness and liberty.”
October 22, 2019
Metro hours, fares, ethics scandal focus of Capitol Hill hearing
Max Smith, WTOP-FM (Online)
A potential return of at least some of the hours Metro cut a few years ago and possible fare increases or naming rights sales were among issues that came up Tuesday at a congressional oversight hearing on the transit agency.
Members also questioned Metro’s General Manager Paul Wiedefeld, Board Chairman Paul Smedberg, Inspector General Geoff Cherrington and Washington Metrorail Safety Commission CEO David Mayer about safety and security issues, the need for additional customer service improvements, Silver Line concrete concerns and the botched handling of an ethics probe into then-Metro Board Chairman Jack Evans.
In the News: U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, Key Democrat In Trump Impeachment Inquiry, Has Died At The Age Of 68
October 17, 2019
U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, Key Democrat In Trump Impeachment Inquiry, Has Died At The Age Of 68
Mike Hellgren, WJZ-TV (CBS)
BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Representative Elijah Cummings died early Thursday morning at the Gilchrist Hospice Care, a Johns Hopkins affiliate, according to his office.
He was 68.
October 11, 2019
House to vote this month on legislation to combat foreign interference in elections
Maggie Miller, The Hill
The House will vote on legislation later this month aimed at limiting foreign interference in U.S. elections after a bipartisan report from the Senate Intelligence Committee this week called on Congress to take action on the issue.
The move by House Democrats is likely to place additional pressure on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), whom Democrats have targeted on election security.
October 2, 2019
Your Voice: Rep. John Sarbanes
September 27, 2019
Sarbanes on Impeachment and Ukraine
Maryland Public Television (‘State Circle’)
September 27, 2019
Democrats press Senate to take up overhaul of campaigns and ethics
Kate Ackley, Roll Call
As House Democrats pursue an impeachment inquiry based largely on possible campaign finance violations against President Donald Trump, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other House Democrats sought a fresh spotlight for their stalled political money, ethics and elections overhaul measure.
The House passed the bill by a vote of 234-193 along party lines on March 8, 200 days ago, the California Democrat noted.
September 26, 2019
Baltimore Is Getting $9.7M To Eliminate Lead-Based Paint In Low-Income Households
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore will receive $9.7 million to address lead-based paint in low-income households from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes announced the funding Thursday, which will be awarded through HUD and will work to eliminate lead-based paint hazards in low-income private housing.
September 26, 2019
Update On Impeachment With Rep. John Sarbanes
Tom Hall, Cianna B. Greaves and Kathleen Cahill
It’s been quite a week in the nation’s capital, even by standards of the chaotic Trump Administration.
On Tuesday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that Congress would begin an impeachment inquiry. On Wednesday, the White House released what they described as an “unclassified memorandum” that summarizes a call between President Trump and President Zelensky of Ukraine on July 25, 2019. The memorandum was prepared by note takers who were listening to the call in the White House Situation room. And this morning, just before acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire testified in open session to the House Intelligence Committee, the Whistle Blower report that set an impeachment inquiry in motion was released. Admiral Maguire began his testimony shortly after 9:00 this morning. That testimony will continue in closed session later today.
September 24, 2019
Maryland Lawmakers React To Call For Impeachment Inquiry Into President Trump
Ava-joye Burnett, WJZ-TV (CBS)
A growing number of Maryland lawmakers are coming out in support of official impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.
Tuesday evening, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an official impeachment inquiry into the president, CBS News reported.
September 19, 2019
House Holds Hearing On DC Statehood For First Time More Than 25 Years
The House Oversight Committee held a hearing Thursday on a bill that would pave the way for the District of Columbia to become the country’s 51st state.
The hearing on H.R. 51, the Washington, D.C. Admission Act, was the first hearing of its kind in more than 25 years, the Oversight Committee’s Democratic press office said.
September 19, 2019
Lawmakers Demand Answers about Nevada Telemarketer and His Clients
Sarah Kleiner and Chris Zubak-Skees, The Center for Public Integrity
A Nevada congresswoman called on federal authorities to investigate political action committees that raise funds for a cause — but plow most of what they raise back into their own paychecks and committee fundraising efforts.
The Justice Department should hold those who run such PACs “accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” and the Federal Election Commission should have increased authority to “punish bad actors,” said Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev.
September 17, 2019
Democrats press for action on election security
Maggie Miller, The Hill
Congressional Democrats renewed their call for election security legislation during a national day of action on Tuesday, as a Senate Appropriations subcommittee left out funding for it in its annual spending bill.
Democrats including Sens. Richard Blumenthal (Conn.) and Ron Wyden (Ore.) argued on Tuesday that time is running out to implement election security upgrades such as replacing outdated voting machines with just over a year left prior to the 2020 elections.
September 12, 2019
FDA readying ban on flavored e-cigarettes amidst health scare
Dan Novak, Capital News Service
The Trump administration has announced plans to ban flavored electronic cigarettes, the culmination of a nationwide crackdown on vaping following a spike in respiratory illnesses connected to e-cigarette use.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said banning flavored vaping products like menthol and mint was essential in slowing the surge of youth nicotine addiction.
September 11, 2019
Md. Members Divide Along Party Lines as House Votes to Ban Offshore Drilling
Allison Winter, Maryland Matters
U.S. House lawmakers approved bipartisan legislation Wednesday that would block new offshore drilling off the majority of the U.S. coast – despite pushback from many Republicans.
The legislation would put in place far-reaching new protections, blocking drilling off most of the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Lawmakers are scheduled to vote Thursday on a similar ban for drilling in the Arctic Ocean.
September 10, 2019
Md. Officials Press DeVos to Fix Flawed Loan Forgiveness Program
Danielle Gaines, Maryland Matters
More than three dozen Maryland lawmakers are calling on U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to answer questions about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, which has attracted attention in recent months for nearly universally denying applications from federal workers.
Del. Lesley Lopez (D-Montgomery) spearheaded the leader to DeVos, noting the heavy presence of eligible government and nonprofit workers in Maryland.