Baltimore County Council Pending Legislative Updates

  • Ruppersberger Issues Statement Opposing Termination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program
    by 174 on September 5, 2017 at 4:00 am

    (Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today released the following statement after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative by the Trump Administration: “President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program does little to solve the very real problems inherent in our current immigration system. We need to prioritize immigration enforcement to the few […]

  • Ruppersberger Applauds Decision to Elevate U.S. Cyber Command to Full Combatant Command
    by 174 on August 18, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    (Washington, DC) –Congressmen C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02) today applauded President Trump’s decision to elevate the U.S. Cyber Command – based at Fort Meade in Maryland’s Second District – to a full Unified Combatant Command.   Our Armed Forces are currently organized into nine combatant commands – six are geographic plus three that focus on specialized capabilities: Special Operations, Nuclear or Strategic Forces, and Transportation. The Cyber Command, which was a […]

  • Maryland Congress Members Investigate Reports of Kushner Companies Engaging in Abusive Rental Practices
    by 174 on August 18, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Today, Rep.  Dutch Ruppersberger, along with U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Reps. Elijah Cummings, John Sarbanes and Anthony G. Brown, sent a letter to Kushner Companies LLC requesting documents relating to multiple reports that the company and its subsidiaries may be violating the requirements of a federally funded housing program operated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). “If these reports are accurate, they raise very serious and troubling […]

  • Baltimore Congressional Delegation Calls Sessions’ Threat to City Funding for Fighting Violent Crime “Unconscionable”
    by 61 on August 4, 2017 at 4:00 am

    (Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, as well as Representatives Elijah Cummings and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) in responding to a letter Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent to Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis threatening to reject the city from the Public Safety Partnership (PSP) program, run by the Department of Justice and designed to help cities combat violent crime.  “The Justice Department’s mission […]

  • Ruppersberger Issues Statement on Failure of “Skinny Repeal” of Obamacare in U.S. Senate
    by 174 on July 28, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    (Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate failed to pass a limited repeal of the Affordable Care Act early this morning: “While I am relieved the so-called “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act failed in the U.S. Senate last night, I share the frustration many Americans feel at the status quo. The ACA was not designed to reduce premium increases, but dramatically slow their rate of growth. Clearly, we have not […]

  • Ruppersberger: Border Wall Must Hinge on Real Reform
    by 174 on July 25, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    (Washington, DC) – Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger today urged his colleagues to support his amendment making any border wall funding contingent on enactment of bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform that passed the U.S. Senate four years ago. The House this week is set to vote on an Appropriations package made up of the Defense, Military Construction & VA, Legislative Branch, and Energy & Water Appropriations bills, including $1.6 billion to begin construction of President […]

  • Ruppersberger to White House on Plans to Close State Dept. Cyber Office: ‘Better Have a Damn Good Reason’
    by 61 on July 19, 2017 at 4:00 am

    (Washington, DC) – Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger tonight spoke in strong opposition to White House plans to shutter the U.S. State Department’s primary cybersecurity diplomacy office. His comments come amid reports the department’s Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues – which coordinates cyber issues with other countries – will soon close at the direction of the White House and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Current Cyber Coordinator Christopher Painter – a highly […]

  • Ruppersberger Joins Cardin, Van Hollen and Delaney in Calling on President to Protect America’s Chemical and Biological Defenses
    by 174 on July 13, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    “The risk of biological and chemical agents being used is increasing. This is not the time to be weakening our defenses against such weapons.” Maryland lawmakers will be pursuing all options to reverse this decision by the administration WASHINGTON – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, with U.S Senator Ben Cardin, Senator Chris Van Hollen, and Congressman John K. Delaney, have written to President Trump urging him to prioritize protecting our nation from the real threats of […]

  • Ruppersberger Issues Statement on Decision to Cancel Plans for New FBI Headquarters
    by 61 on July 11, 2017 at 4:00 am

    (Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger issued the following statement in response to the Administration’s decision to cancel plans by the General Services Administration and the FBI to build a new FBI headquarters. The agencies had narrowed their list of potential sites to three, two of which are in Maryland’s Prince George’s County. “I can’t think of one good reason to cancel plans for a new FBI headquarters, potentially in Maryland. This decision by the Trump […]

  • Ruppersberger Supports Priority Enforcement, Opposes Penalties on Sanctuary Communities in Immigration Votes
    by 61 on June 30, 2017 at 4:00 am

    (Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger issued the following statement following yesterday’s votes on key immigration-related legislation:   “My votes yesterday reflect my goal of prioritizing immigration enforcement to the few bad apples that endanger the otherwise law-abiding immigrant community. I voted against legislation that targets sanctuary cities – including those in my district – who rightly refuse to take on the expense and public safety consequences of […]

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  • Sarbanes Statement on Trump’s DACA Repeal
    by 193 on September 5, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after President Donald J. Trump rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: “At a time when rebuilding and reconciliation should be at the top of our national agenda, it is shameful that the President has decided to terminate a program that embodies the best of American values. DACA recognizes the incredible contributions being made to our country by young people – the […]

  • Catonsville Residents Denounce Hate Groups at Unity Rally
    by 193 on September 2, 2017 at 2:48 am

    Dozens of people gathered Thursday night on the grounds of Catonsville’s Immanuel United Church of Christ for a rally and prayer vigil to denounce hate groups and white supremacy…. U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Dist. 3, made an unscheduled appearance, taking the podium to declare: “There is no place for white supremacy in civilized society. Period.” […]

  • Sarbanes Statement on Hurricane Harvey
    by 193 on August 28, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    TOWSON, MD – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) issued the following statement today about the flooding in Texas wrought by Hurricane Harvey: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of southeast Texas during this catastrophic storm. As this unprecedented downpour continues, we are hearing by the minute the inspiring stories of first responders and ordinary citizens alike who are risking their lives to help friends and neighbors in need. Marylanders are ready to step up in any way we […]

  • Team Maryland Applauds the Signing of the Full Funding Grant Agreement for the Purple Line
    by 193 on August 28, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), along with Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05), John Sarbanes (MD-03), John K. Delaney (MD-06), Anthony G. Brown (MD-04) and Jamie Raskin (MD-08) praised action by the Federal Transit Administration to sign the Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) with the Maryland Transit Administration for the Maryland National Capital Purple Line project. “I am very pleased that the Federal Transit Administration has […]

  • Maryland Lawmakers Demand AG Sessions Explain Why He Is Holding Funds for Fighting Violent Crime in Baltimore Hostage to Extreme Immigration Agenda
    by 193 on August 24, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Representatives Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) are among 53 members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives who are demanding that Attorney General Jeff Sessions explain why he is holding critical violence prevention funds used by Baltimore, Chicago and other American cities hostage to the Trump Administration’s extreme immigration agenda. The Department of Justice […]

  • Belair-Edison Neighborhood Goes Solar
    by 193 on August 22, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    Some residents of the Belair-Edison neighborhood are all smiles today. They’re seeing a big drop in their utility bills because of the sun.... Solar energy has come to the community. Six weeks ago, Wade Watkins has 14 solar panels installed on his roof.... “My energy bill went from basically from a little over $200, down to maybe like $80,” he tells WJZ. “So that’s a great savings to me.” ... What’s happening in Baltimore is part of a growing solar industry.... “Baltimore is […]

  • Md. Democrats Ask for Records on Kushner Properties
    by 193 on August 19, 2017 at 12:54 am

    Democratic lawmakers have requested thousands of pages of documents pertaining to Jared Kushner’s properties in Maryland.... U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and U.S. Reps. Elijah Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and Anthony Brown, sent a letter to Kushner Companies LLC, owned by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, on Friday.... News outlets have recently reported that the company routinely seeks to arrest tenants who owe money, and that tenants […]

  • Maryland Congress Members Investigate Reports of Kushner Companies Engaging in Abusive Rental Practices
    by 193 on August 18, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Reps. Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and Anthony G. Brown (all D-Md.) sent a letter to Kushner Companies LLC requesting documents relating to multiple reports that the company and its subsidiaries may be violating the requirements of a federally funded housing program operated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). “If these reports are accurate, they raise very serious […]

  • Sarbanes Statement on Violence in Charlottesville
    by 193 on August 14, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    TOWSON, MD – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the violent events in Charlottesville, Va. over the weekend: “My thoughts are with the victims of the unconscionable violence committed by white nationalists in Charlottesville, as well as with every American who is rightfully distressed and repulsed by their extremist ideology. The behavior on display this past weekend cuts against every core American value. It is yet another jolting reminder that […]

  • Sarbanes Announces $530,000 Grant to Montgomery County Volunteer Fire-Rescue Association
    by 193 on August 10, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today announced that the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire-Rescue Association will receive a $530,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help recruit new volunteer firefighters. Funding comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program, which helps local fire and emergency response services improve firefighting capabilities and overall […]