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  • In the News: Baltimore Is Getting $9.7M To Eliminate Lead-Based Paint In Low-Income Households

    Baltimore Is Getting $9.7M To Eliminate Lead-Based Paint In Low-Income Households
    WJZ-TV (CBS)

    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.

     

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  • In the News: Update On Impeachment With Rep. John Sarbanes

    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.

     

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  • In the News: Maryland Lawmakers React To Call For Impeachment Inquiry Into President Trump

    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.

     

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  • In the News: House Holds Hearing On DC Statehood For First Time More Than 25 Years

    House Holds Hearing On DC Statehood For First Time More Than 25 Years
    WJZ-TV (CBS)

    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.

     

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  • In the News: Lawmakers Demand Answers about Nevada Telemarketer and His Clients

    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.

     

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  • In the News: Democrats press for action on election security

    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. 

     

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  • In the News: FDA readying ban on flavored e-cigarettes amidst health scare

    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.

     

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  • In the News: Md. Members Divide Along Party Lines as House Votes to Ban Offshore Drilling

    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.

     

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  • In the News: Md. Officials Press DeVos to Fix Flawed Loan Forgiveness Program

    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.

     

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  • My interview with The Montgomery County Sentinel's Paul Schwartz

    In my interview with The Montgomery County Sentinel's Paul Schwartz, we discuss the progress that House Democrats have made #ForThePeople and how we will continue to hold President Trump and his Administration accountable — because no one is above the law.

     

  • In the News: $3.7 Million Of HUD Funding To Help Baltimore Combat Youth Homelessness

    $3.7 Million Of HUD Funding To Help Baltimore Combat Youth Homelessness
    Pat Warren, WJZ-TV (CBS)

    Millions of dollars from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development was allotted to Baltimore to help meet the needs of Baltimore City’s homeless youth.

    Mayor Jack Young, Senators Ben Cardin, and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman John Sarbanes announced $3.7 million in federal funding from HUD’s Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program.

     

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  • In the News: Connect to Congress: Congressman Sarbanes

    Connect to Congress: Congressman Sarbanes
    Brandi Procto, WBFF-TV (FOX)

     

  • In the News: Maryland communities and DC receive youth homelessness grants

    Maryland communities and DC receive youth homelessness grants
    Gabrielle Wanneh, WTOP-FM (Online)

    Baltimore, Prince George’s County and the D.C. are among 23 communities receiving a total of $75 million in federal funds to combat youth homelessness.

    The $75 million was awarded as part of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program, which started in 2016.

     

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  • In the News: Ensuring elections 'free from foreign intrusion'

    Ensuring elections 'free from foreign intrusion'
    John Sarbanes and Brian Frosh, THE BALTIMORE SUN (OP-ED)

    On July 4, Americans of all political stripes join together to celebrate our nation’s independence from overseas monarchs, from foreign influence, from interference in our democracy.

    This is the moment to apply the lessons of 2016, when our election infrastructure — the core of American democracy — was attacked by a foreign adversary in a choreographed and coordinated effort. State and local election systems across the country were probed and, in some cases, breached. Outsiders exploited digital platforms to wage a full-scale disinformation campaign. And secret foreign money was deployed to influence the electoral outcome.

     

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  • In the News: Senator McConnell: Protect U.S. elections

    Senator McConnell: Protect U.S. elections 
    The Editorial Board, THE BALTIMORE SUN

    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. His wilting denunciation of Congress and Senator McConnell, in particular, became must-watch viewing on a wide array of social media platforms last week. But has it softened the Republican leader’s heart? Hard to say. 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, perhaps the former “Daily Show” host can be recruited to express similar outrage that Congress has so far done so little to protect the upcoming 2020 election from foreign interference. Maryland’s own Rep. John Sarbanes is looking to rectify that situation shortly. He’s at the vanguard of the effort by House Democrats to strengthen election security — and address many of the criticisms contained in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report that have been echoed by U.S. intelligence agencies. There’s simply no question that Russian agents attempted to interfere in the 2016 election and are expected to be at it again next year.” 

     

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  • In the News: Sarbanes: Need to ‘prepare against the Russians coming again in 2020’

    Sarbanes: Need to ‘prepare against the Russians coming again in 2020’
    MSNBC (Meet the Press with Chuck Todd)

     

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  • In the News: Leader McConnell, let us vote

    Leader McConnell, let us vote 
    John Sarbanes and Vanita Gupta, THE HILL(OP-ED)

    The day after our nation commemorated the 54th anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Selma, Ala., the House of Representatives passed H.R.1, the For the People Act, to strengthen voting rights, take big money out of politics, and clean up corruption on Capitol Hill.

    Before the vote on March 8, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a foot soldier for civil rights who marched in Selma, implored lawmakers to recognize their moral responsibility to restore access to democracy. He asked his colleagues, “If not us, then who? If not now, then when?” 

     

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  • In the News: Trump obstruction is ‘disrespecting American public’ – Dem Congressman

    Trump obstruction is ‘disrespecting American public’ – Dem Congressman
    MSNBC (The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell)

     

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  • In the News: It's been a busy 100 days for House Democrats

    It's been a busy 100 days for House Democrats 
    Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer, CNN (OP-ED)

    In November, the American people elected Democrats to take back the reins of power in the House of Representatives and put it back to work on their behalf. In our first 100 days in the majority, we have begun to deliver on that promise. With a dynamic, diverse and energized freshman class of 63 new members, Democrats are moving ahead with our agenda for the people: Lower health care costs and the price of prescription drugs, increase paychecks by rebuilding the infrastructure of America in a green, modern and job-creating way, and clean up corruption in Washington so that the government works for the public interest, not the special interests.

    One of the first acts of our new majority was to enable the House to defend the Affordable Care Act in court against efforts by Republican-led states and the Trump administration to dismantle it. This was soon followed by the introduction of a comprehensive bill to stabilize our health care system and lower health care costs for consumers. Already, committees are holding hearings and marking up legislation to keep Democrats' promises to take action to make health care and prescription drugs cheaper. 

     

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  • In the News: To Clean Up the Planet, Clean Up Washington

    To Clean Up the Planet, Clean Up Washington 
    John Sarbanes and Michael Brune, COMMON DREAMS(OP-ED)

    For decades, majorities of Americans have favored swift, meaningful action on climate change. They understand that we must transition away from dirty fuels and toward clean, renewable energy. Yet despite this overwhelming support, Congress has repeatedly failed to act.

    This jarring disconnect between what the public wants to see and what Washington is prepared to deliver doesn’t just threaten the health and safety of everyone in our country—it undermines the very principle of representative democracy. 

     

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