Maryland Delegation Lays Out Human Cost of Shutdown

January 9, 2019
In The News

Maryland Democrats assembled outside the U.S. Capitol Wednesday with their colleagues from Virginia and D.C., and with union leaders who represent federal workers. The lawmakers accused Trump of hurting employees as the political standoff continues…. Hoyer and four other Maryland lawmakers are co-sponsoring a bipartisan bill that would give back pay to impacted employees. The legislation’s Maryland backers also include Democratic Reps. Jamie Raskin, Anthony G. Brown, David J. Trone and John Sarbanes. Maryland Democratic Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen are co-sponsoring similar bipartisan legislation in the Senate. Sarbanes on Wednesday accused Trump of holding federal workers “hostage” in order to secure funding for a massive border wall. “We need a leader; we don’t need a demagogue in the White House. We need a president, we don’t need a grandstander,” he added. Sarbanes pledged to the federal workers “toughing it out” at home: “We’re going to make sure you get your back pay, we’re going to make sure that you’re respected. That is our mission here as your representatives.”