Md. Delegation Offers Bipartisan Support for Transportation Funding
President Donald Trump prepares to release a budget this week that will propose heavy limits on spending, Maryland's congressional delegation wants the administration to maintain a $4.5 billion transportation program that may have a significant impact on the state…. In a letter to Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao made public on Monday, the bipartisan group of lawmakers requested the department move quickly to award a second round of grants approved by Congress in 2015 that are geared toward freight and highway projects…. Maryland applied for three of those grants. One proposal is for the expansion of the 121-year-old Howard Street Tunnel in Baltimore…. The other projects involve accommodating increased port traffic on I-95 and a widening of I-81…. The letter was signed by Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen as well as Reps. Elijah E. Cummings, Steny Hoyer, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, John Delaney, Anthony G. Brown and Jamie Raskin -- all Democrats. It was also signed by Rep. Andy Harris of Baltimore County, the state's sole Republican representative in Congress.