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  • Ruppersberger Issues Statement Following “No” Vote on House Tax Reform Bill
    by 61 on November 16, 2017 at 5:00 am

    (Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today issued the following statement after voting against H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The bill passed the House of Representatives 227 – 205 in a party-line vote. “Since last November, I have listened with hope to President Trump and Congressional Republicans’ promises for real tax reform. The goal of a simple and modern tax code focused on rebuilding the middle class is one that I share with many of my constituents and […]

  • Ruppersberger to Attend Medicaid Town Hall
    by 174 on November 14, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    (Timonium, MD) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) on Thursday will be joined by Senator Chris Van Hollen at a town hall to hear from constituents who have benefitted from Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. These programs cover 74 million low-income children, pregnant women, adults, seniors and people with disabilities, including nearly 1.3 million Marylanders. The House of Representatives earlier this year passed healthcare reform legislation that would have […]

  • Ruppersberger Issues Statement on New York City Terrorist Attack
    by 174 on November 1, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    (Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today issued the following statement on the tragic terrorist attack in New York City.  “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families affected by this heinous and cowardly act of terrorism, and I would like to recognize the brave first responders who subdued the terrorist, and treated those who were injured. This perpetrator was obviously a coward who was radicalized by extremist ideology – his goal was to inflict […]

  • Ruppersberger Bill Ensures Tax Reform Protects Middle Class, Stays Transparent
    by 174 on October 30, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    (Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today announced legislation designed to promote transparency and regrow the middle class as the U.S. House of Representatives prepares to consider massive tax reform measures in the coming weeks. The Trump Administration has proposed a reform package that is expected to reduce taxes for the country’s wealthiest citizens, according to nonpartisan budget experts. Congressman Ruppersberger’s bill requires  all major tax reform […]

  • Alliance for Biosecurity Honors Congressman Ruppersberger with Biosecurity Champion Award
    by 174 on October 19, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Gaithersburg, MD – The Alliance for Biosecurity presented Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) with the Congressional Biosecurity Champion Award this morning. The award recognizes the leadership and actions taken by Members of Congress to improve U.S. national security, preparedness, and response for biosecurity threats.  “Public-private partnerships allow government and industry to work together to ensure the country is prepared for potential biothreats,” said Chris Frech, senior […]

  • Ruppersberger Issues Statement on Trump Administration Executive Order to End Cost Sharing Reduction Payments
    by 174 on October 13, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    (Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) today issued the following statement on President Donald J. Trump’s decision to end cost-sharing subsidies, effectively undermining the Affordable Care Act. “It is hard to fathom what President Trump is trying to accomplish by singlehandedly causing the biggest hike in healthcare premiums for middle class and poor families while taking away essential protections. The people who are going to suffer the most are middle class […]

  • Representatives Ruppersberger, Young, Esty, and Crist Introduce 2017 Digital Coast Act
    by 174 on October 13, 2017 at 4:00 am

    (Washington, DC) – Representatives C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), Don Young (R-AK), Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), and Charlie Crist (D-FL) today introduced bipartisan legislation that will help local and state governments build coastal resiliency along the United States’ 95,000 miles of shoreline. Geospatial mapping information can be complicated, expensive to collect, and difficult to use without in-house expertise. In the wake of devastating recent Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, the need […]

  • Ruppersberger Issues Statement on Trump Decision to Decertify Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action
    by 174 on October 13, 2017 at 4:00 am

    (Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) today issued the following statement on President Donald J. Trump’s decision to decertify the landmark Iran nuclear agreement. “In my many years as an elected official, I have worked as a bipartisan leader who fights for solutions that are best for our country, and my constituents, especially when it comes to our national security. President Trump’s decision to decertify the JCPOA shows how fundamentally inept and […]

  • Ruppersberger Introduces House Companion to Senate Energy Grid Security Measure
    by 174 on October 4, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    (Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02) and Congressman John R. Carter (TX-31) today introduced the Securing Energy Infrastructure Act of 2017, a House companion bill to legislation by the same name introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Angus King (I-ME) and Senator James E. Risch (R-ID). Congressman Ruppersberger said, “The serious threats to our critical energy infrastructure continue to escalate in cyberspace at an alarming rate. We know our adversaries are […]

  • Ruppersberger Praises Designation of Fort Meade World War I Memorial as Part of 100 Cities/100 Memorials Initiative
    by 174 on September 27, 2017 at 7:17 pm

      (Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02) today released the following statement on the designation of the Fort George G. Meade World War I Memorial as one of the first 50 “WWI Centennial Memorials” through 100 Cities/100 Memorials. “Over 400,000 soldiers were trained at Fort Meade after they were drafted during World War I. It is an incredible honor for the monument to receive this designation which will help preserve the history of Fort Meade’s ties to […]

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  • Democracy Reform Task Force Releases Third Report Compiling Trump Administration Actions to Flood the Swamp in Washington
    by 219 on November 16, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today led House Democrats in releasing a new report, “300 Ways in 300 Days: How the Trump Administration Keeps Flooding the Swamp in Washington.” The report builds on previous reports unveiled in April and in August by the Democracy Reform Task Force. The new report shows 300 ways that the Trump Administration has widely and unabashedly disregarded ethics laws and norms – all just 300 days into President […]

  • Sarbanes Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Help Restore the Chesapeake Bay
    by 219 on November 16, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chesapeake Bay Task Force Co-Chair Rep. John Sarbanes today joined Congressmen Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Rob Wittman (R-Va.) to introduce the bipartisan Chesapeake Bay Farm Bill Enhancements Act of 2017. The bill increases mandatory funding for the Bay, strengthens the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCCP) and provides more opportunities for effective conservation efforts. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) introduced the Senate companion measure with bipartisan […]

  • Sarbanes Statement on FEC Action to Help Protect U.S. Elections from Foreign Interference
    by 219 on November 16, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) issued the following statement today after the Federal Election Commission (FEC) voted unanimously to proceed with a rulemaking on internet advertising disclaimer rules: “I applaud the FEC for advancing new guidance on internet communication disclaimers. While we must do more to safeguard our democracy from foreign interference and to promote greater transparency, this is an important step forward.” In […]

  • Sarbanes Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Expand Access to Public Service Loan Forgiveness
    by 219 on November 15, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined Congressmen Brendan Boyle (D-Penn.), Ryan Costello (R-Penn.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Penn.) to introduce the PSLF Technical Corrections Act of 2017, a bipartisan bill that will help public servants – including teachers, social workers, public defenders, community health care workers and our nation’s service members – receive the loan forgiveness benefits they have earned. The bill will improve the Public Service Loan […]

  • Sarbanes Statement on Veterans’ Day
    by 219 on November 10, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) issued the following statement in observance of Veterans’ Day: “Today, we recognize the tremendous debt we owe the men and women of our United States Armed Forces and extend our heartfelt gratitude for their service. Our nation’s veterans, and their families, have made innumerable sacrifices to protect American values and interests around the world. And at home, our nation’s veterans continue to make important contributions to […]

  • House Dems Push FEC for Tougher Action on Foreign Election Meddling
    by 219 on November 9, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    House Democrats are pushing the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) to take more aggressive action in curbing foreign influence in U.S. elections.... Eighteen members of Congress led by Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) urged the FEC in a letter on Thursday to treat political advertisements on social media platforms in the same way that it treats TV or radio ads.... Sarbanes and company argued that with such measures in place, foreign manipulation of social […]

  • Democracy Reform Task Force Urges FEC to Take Broader and Stronger Action to Prevent Foreign Meddling in U.S. Elections
    by 219 on November 9, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today, along with several Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, submitted comments to support the Federal Election Commission’s (FEC) proposed rulemaking on internet advertising disclosure. The FEC is considering whether to proceed with a rulemaking that would, in part, prevent foreign agents from secretly buying ads on social media platforms in an effort to misinform American voters and undermine U.S. […]

  • Sarbanes Speaks Out Against GOP Special-Interest Hydropower Bill [Video]
    by 219 on November 8, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today spoke out against the so-called Hydropower Policy Modernization Act (H.R. 3043), a House Republican bill that could weaken the ability of states, like Maryland, to protect water quality and keep the Chesapeake Bay healthy. “Under the Clean Water Act, states have the right to protect their water by setting water-quality conditions on hydropower licenses.” said Congressman Sarbanes. “This bill would constrain that authority…. […]

  • Sarbanes Opposes GOP Tax Scam [Video]
    by 219 on November 8, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today rose in opposition to the House Republican tax plan, which would leave a $1.5 trillion hole in the federal budget to cut taxes for the wealthiest Americans and corporations, and take away tax benefits from hardworking, middle-class American families. “I rise today to oppose the Republican tax plan – a tax plan that is of, by and for the wealthy and well-connected,” Congressman Sarbanes said. “How do we know this? Well […]

  • Maryland Targeted by Russia Ads During Presidential Election
    by 219 on November 7, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    “With the 2018 midterm elections just around the corner, Congress must come together and advance bipartisan reforms to prevent foreign agents from undermining our electoral process,” said Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Towson, who chairs the Democracy Reform Task Force. […]