Baltimore County Council Pending Legislative Updates

  • Ruppersberger Joins Cardin, Van Hollen and Delaney in Calling on President to Protect America’s Chemical and Biological Defenses
    by 61 on July 13, 2017 at 5:27 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 chemical […]

  • Ruppersberger Issues Statement on Decision to Cancel Plans for New FBI Headquarters
    by 61 on July 11, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    (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 […]

  • Bicameral, Bipartisan Effort of Lawmakers from Maryland, Virginia and Delaware Seeks to Preserve Successful Chesapeake Gateways Partnership
    by 61 on June 28, 2017 at 4:00 am

    (Washington, DC)  – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today announced his cosponsorship of legislation to reauthorize the Chesapeake Gateways and Watertrails program run by the National Park Service. The bipartisan, bicameral effort would continue a successful program that helps visitors appreciate the far-reaching role the Chesapeake Bay has had in our region's culture and history while boosting our tourism economy. The Chesapeake Gateways and Watertrails Network is a state, local, and […]

  • Maryland Congressional Delegation Lauds $9M Federal Grant to Implement Positive Train Control on MARC Trains
    by 61 on June 2, 2017 at 4:00 am

    (Washington, DC)  — Today, Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger joined with his colleagues in the Maryland Congressional Delegation in announcing that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a $9 million grant to the Maryland Transportation Administration (MTA) to install Positive Train Control (PTC) technology—a crash-avoidance rail-safety system that can automatically prevent collisions—along the MARC Train Penn Line, which connects Baltimore and Washington, DC:    […]

  • Ruppersberger Issues Statement on Decision to Withdraw from Paris Climate Agreement
    by 61 on June 1, 2017 at 4:00 am

    (Timonium, MD) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) today issued the following statement on President Donald J. Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change: “When the United States became one of the first countries to sign the historic Paris Agreement, we sent a strong message around the world that climate change is real, it is serious and it requires international cooperation. By turning our backs on this agreement today, […]

  • Ruppersberger Introduces “OOPS Act” to Control Damage From Classified Disclosures by POTUS
    by 61 on May 25, 2017 at 4:00 am

    (Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today introduced the “Oppose Oversharing by Presidents Act” – or “OOPS Act” – to mitigate disclosures of classified information from the President of the United States. The bill comes amid reports that President Donald Trump has revealed closely-guarded military information to foreign leaders. The OOPS Act directs the National Security Council, in consultation with the Director of National Intelligence and the Attorney […]

  • Ruppersberger: Patapsco ‘Trifecta’ Takes First, Second and Third in Congressional Art Contest
    by 61 on May 22, 2017 at 4:00 am

    (Timonium, MD) - Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) announced today that three students at Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts in Dundalk took first, second and third place in the 2017 Congressional Art Contest for Maryland’s Second District. Junior Alexandra Cargile, of Essex, won with her digital media submission of an “animal deity” entitled “Deity of Creativity.” The piece will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol complex for one year, providing inspiration to more […]

  • Ruppersberger Joins Effort to Force House Vote on Independent Trump-Russia Commission
    by 61 on May 17, 2017 at 4:00 am

    (Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today joined an effort to force the House of Representatives to vote on bipartisan legislation establishing an independent, outside commission to investigate alleged connections between the Trump Administration, his campaign and Russia. The move comes on the heels of revelations that President Trump may have tried to shut down an FBI investigation into the allegations. Recent polling shows 78 percent of Americans want an independent […]

  • Ruppersberger Delivers Meals on Wheels to Local Seniors, Fights Proposed Cuts to Domestic Programs
    by 61 on May 15, 2017 at 4:00 am

    (Timonium, MD) – Today, Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) delivered Meals on Wheels to Second District seniors to highlight proposed cuts to domestic federal programs that benefit Marylanders. Congressman Ruppersberger helped load vehicles and met volunteers before departing on a 6-mile delivery route with stops at the homes of four Rosedale homeowners.  He made his first delivery to Carol Bath-Stehle, who was rescued by a Meals on Wheels volunteer who was the first to arrive at […]

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  • House Bill Would Ramp Up Punishment for Feds Who Discrimination
    by 193 on July 12, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    Federal employees victimized by discrimination would receive stronger protections under a bill agreed to unanimously by the House on Tuesday, while those found to have discriminated would face stronger repercussions…. Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., said the bill was one of many he would support to give federal employees the “workplace protections they deserve.” … “This bill is a tremendous win for our nation’s civil servants, and an important step forward in providing federal employees […]

  • Sarbanes Statement on Federal Employee Antidiscrimination Act
    by 193 on July 12, 2017 at 11:46 am

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement in support of the Federal Employee Antidiscrimination Act (H.R. 702), which passed the House of Representatives:  “This bill is a tremendous win for our nation’s civil servants, and an important step forward in providing federal employees with equal protections under the law. The Federal Employee Antidiscrimination Act will strengthen Equal Employment Opportunity safeguards for federal employees, […]

  • D.C. Should Make This Needed Campaign Finance Reform a Reality
    by 193 on July 6, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Big plays an increasingly corrosive role at many levels of politics in the United States. One response that has shown some success is public financing of campaigns. We hope the D.C. Council decides to join the ranks of local and state governments that have pioneered this useful tool…. Now before the council is a bill that would offer limited public matching funds to candidates who meet certain qualifications, including forgoing corporate or political action committee contributions. The […]

  • Sarbanes Statement on Resignation of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub
    by 193 on July 6, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) issued the following statement today after the Office of Government Ethics’ Director, Walter Shaub, announced his resignation: “Supporters of accountable and transparent government lost a steadfast ally today. Throughout his tenure, Director Shaub worked tirelessly to ensure that elected officials and federal employees were held to the highest ethical standards. As we reckon with a Trump Administration that […]

  • Democracy Reform Task Force Update
    by 193 on July 5, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Dear Friend, I know that many Marylanders are deeply concerned by the Trump administration’s unprecedented conflicts of interest and ethical violations. As chair of the Democracy Reform Task Force, I am keenly focused on this issue, and I am committed to holding President Trump accountable. In the News Sarbanes Discusses Emoluments Lawsuit on POTUS Morning Briefing (Sirius XM)​ Trump Administration Moves to Limit Congressional Oversight of Agencies (NPR) Democrats Take on […]

  • How Health Care Bill Could Hurt a Program Beloved in Trump Country
    by 193 on July 3, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    One of the unintended effects of the Senate’s Obamacare repeal bill would be to slash money that pays for a project popular among Republicans — using long-distance video hookups called telemedicine to connect sick kids in rural schools to big-city medical experts…. In poor and rural areas, the school nurse is not just handing out bandages anymore; she’s become a de facto medical guide, marshaling medical care for poor kids with obesity, asthma and diabetes, while on the lookout for […]

  • Sarbanes Statement on GOP Anti-Immigrant Bill
    by 193 on June 29, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) issued the following statement today after voting against H.R. 3003: “Instead of putting forward comprehensive reform proposals that would make our nation's immigration policies more effective and humane, the President and Congressional Republicans are again pursuing an agenda that divides the country. The National Fraternal Order of Police opposed this bill because it threatens public safety, victimizes immigrant communities and […]

  • Maryland Congressional Delegation Holds Bipartisan Meeting on the Chesapeake Bay
    by 193 on June 28, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Maryland’s bipartisan congressional delegation today gathered in the U.S. Capitol to review the state of the Chesapeake Bay and the essential role that partnerships have played in restoring the health of this national treasure, the economic heart of the region. Participating in the meeting were U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) and Representatives Steny H. Hoyer (Md.-05), Elijah Cummings (Md.-07), Dutch Ruppersberger (Md.-02), John Sarbanes […]

  • Bicameral, Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers from Maryland, Virginia and Delaware Introduce Bills to Preserve Successful Chesapeake Bay Program
    by 193 on June 27, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Representative John Sarbanes (D-Md.-03), a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and Representative Rob Wittman (R-Va.-01), a member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, have introduced legislation in both the Senate (S. 1430) and the House of Representatives (H.R. 3063) to reauthorize the National Park Service’s Chesapeake Gateways and Watertrails […]

  • Sarbanes Statement on Secret Senate “Health Care” Bill
    by 193 on June 23, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) issued the following statement today after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell revealed the details of his so-called health care bill: “Senator McConnell’s bill – which was concocted behind closed doors and kept secret from the American people for weeks – is just as cruel, immoral and inhumane as the bill crafted by House Republicans. It will force millions of Americans to lose their health insurance, with a disproportionate […]