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December 19, 2019

Maryland House members were among those who voted along party lines, issuing strong statements in favor of the House’s decision to impeach. “President Trump took direct aim at the heart of our democracy,” reads a statement from John Sarbanes of Maryland’s 3rd District. “I believe that Americans should decide our elections, not a foreign country. As long as the President continues to invite foreign inference into our democracy, the integrity of the 2020 election remains at risk. We had no choice but to impeach.”

December 19, 2019

Maryland lawmakers in Washington described as “sobering” a historic day that began with a House clerk solemnly reading a resolution urging that “Donald John Trump, president of the United States” be impeached. It ended with all six Democratic members of the state’s U.S. House delegation voting to approve two articles of impeachment — both were approved Wednesday night — after an impassioned debate on the floor. The Maryland delegation’s lone Republican, Rep. Andy Harris, opposed impeachment, calling the proceedings a partisan “sham.” “This does anchor you back to your oath of office in some ways more palpably than maybe anything else you might do here,” U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes, a Baltimore County Democrat, said in an interview. “You really feel it in a proceeding like this. It’s very sobering.”

December 19, 2019

In an effort to address public safety concerns, $4.6 million in public safety grants are coming from the U.S. Department of Justice to benefit Baltimore City and County, congressional delegates announced at a press conference held at the city police headquarters Monday, Dec. 16. Maryland Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (D), Baltimore Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young, Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski, Jr., City Police Commissioner Michael Harrison, and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger (D–District 2) and John Sarbanes (D–District 3) were in attendance. The largest allocation, $859,773, is earmarked to go to the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program. This program provides funding for law enforcement, drug treatment, and more.

December 18, 2019

Maryland’s congressional delegation voted along party lines as the U.S. House voted to impeach President Trump Wednesday night, making him the third president to be impeached in U.S. history. Trump was impeached on charges that he abused power and obstructed Congress. The charges surround allegations that Trump improperly pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate his political rival in an effort to interfere with the 2020 U.S. presidential election. No House Republicans voted to adopt either impeachment article. Two House Democrats voted against both articles of impeachment — Reps. Collin Peterson of Minnesota and Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey. Van Drew is reportedly planning to switch parties to become a Republican. Rep. Jared Golden (D-Maine) voted yes on the first article but against the obstruction of Congress article. Hawaii Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard voted “present” on both articles. Maryland’s delegation voted entirely along party lines.  Democratic Reps. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, Steny H. Hoyer, David J. Trone and Jamie B. Raskin supported both impeachment articles. Republican Andrew P. Harris voted against both articles.

December 18, 2019

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes announced Wednesday the award of $748,976 for Baltimore’s Public Housing Agencies through the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing program. The HUD-VASH program combines rental assistance for homeless veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Baltimore City will receive $285,978 and Baltimore County will receive $96,684 for direct rental assistance. Baltimore City has also been awarded $366,314 through the Administrative Fee Set-aside account for special fees, which allocates funding to local PHAs that need additional resources to implement the program. In total, these grants will provide services for 45 Maryland Veterans.

December 16, 2019

Baltimore is getting more than $4.5 million in federal funding to try to help drive down crime, the city’s congressional delegation announced Monday. The money will go toward 11 separate initiatives designed for programs in the city and in Baltimore County, including more body-worn cameras for officers, victim support services and services responding to the opioid crisis. “It’s our confidence that these dollars can be deployed in an effective way that makes us step up behind these grant applications,” Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) said at a news conference Monday morning. The grants will also focus on community policing efforts.  

December 16, 2019

The city of Baltimore got a needed boost in federal funding to fight crime when Maryland's congressional delegation announced a $4.6 million package Monday of grants for public safety initiatives for the region. The city will receive more than $2.9 million, while the rest of the money provided through the U.S. Department of Justice will go to surrounding Baltimore County and other stakeholders. Part of the city's money is meant to help law enforcement identify and track guns, support children who are crime victims of the opioid crisis and combat elder abuse. The announcement comes as the city has seen one of its most violent years on record, tallying 327 homicides so far. That's up from 309 in 2018. “We know this is a top issue for people in this region,” said U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes, a Democrat whose district includes parts of Baltimore and Baltimore County. “People want to feel safe. They want to feel safe in their homes, they want to feel safe on the streets, they want to feel safe when they go to public events.”

December 16, 2019

Local elected officials gathered today to tout a $4.6 million package of federal grant funding for public safety initiatives in Baltimore and Baltimore County, saying the money will help improve community policing, tackle problems like gun violence and the opioid epidemic, and create a more fair justice system. U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, Reps. C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr., Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison and Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt all heralded the package as a sign that local leaders are thinking regionally about public safety–and that the area’s representatives in Congress can still bring home the bacon.

December 16, 2019

Baltimore City and Baltimore County will receive $4.6 million in federal funding that is designed to help identify owners of guns used in violent crimes, provide services to children affected by the opioid crisis, fund body-worn cameras for police and serve other criminal justice needs. “We know keeping our communities safe is one of our most important responsibilities," Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. said at a news conference Monday. “We’re here because we understand the root causes of violence are complex. There’s no single cause or solution." Olszewski joined Baltimore area legislators, including U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, and U.S. Reps. John Sarbanes and C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, and Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young at the Baltimore Police headquarters downtown to discuss funding for programs in the city and county.

December 12, 2019

Sharpening their 2020 election message, House Democrats on Thursday pushed through legislation that would empower Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices and offer new benefits for seniors....In 2018, Cummings accused President Donald Trump of abandoning a campaign proposal to allow Medicare to directly negotiate lower prices with drug companies. That was the aim of the legislation in Cummings’ name — to empower the federal government to compel lower prices. “While we deeply miss Elijah, we can continue to keep his memory alive by advancing legislation like H.R. 3 and by working every single day to make life better for our fellow Americans,” said U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes, a Baltimore County Democrat.

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