Against backdrop of instability in Haiti, Cardin and Rubio press for more U.S. engagement

Senators Ben Cardin and Marco Rubio co-sponsored legislation from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to combat corruption, crime, violence and abuse of human rights.

Chesapeake Bay area lawmakers urge EPA to enforce pollution standards

Pennsylvania and New York fell short in meeting their pollution reduction goals to reduce Chesapeake Bay pollution sources by 2025. Lawmakers are pushing the Billion for the Bay Initiative to obtain more federal funding for Bay cleanup.

Cardin seeks to extend relief payments to farmers, ranchers and self-employed

Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Maryland, and a half dozen Democratic and Republican colleagues have proposed legislation that would allow farmers, ranchers and sole proprietors of businesses to apply retroactively for increased coronavirus relief payments. The original Paycheck Protection Program signed into…

Seafood industry visa fix collides with coronavirus, leaves great uncertainty

WASHINGTON – With the aid of lawmakers, seafood businesses in Maryland, Virginia, Alaska and North Carolina last month won federal approval of an additional 35,000 visas for non-immigrant workers, but the timing couldn’t have been worse. Within days, the coronavirus…

As Maryland reports three virus cases, officials seek to calm public and trace contacts

WASHINGTON – In the wake of three Maryland residents testing positive for coronavirus, officials sought to calm the public Friday as test kits were delivered across the country and more people in the state were being tested for possible exposure.…

House votes to end deadline for states to ratify the ERA

WASHINGTON-The House voted Thursday to remove the deadline for states to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. The ERA states that the “equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any…

Senators make their final cases ahead of Wednesday’s impeachment vote

WASHINGTON – Democratic and Republican senators spent the day before Wednesday’s impeachment verdict arguing whether the case has been made for convicting President Donald Trump on two articles of impeachment for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.  Signs pointed…

Equal Rights Amendment may be near ratification, but must overcome old deadline

WASHINGTON – The Equal Rights Amendment may be close to ratification following Democratic wins in Virginia’s House and Senate and proposed House and Senate resolutions to remove the ratification deadline. The ERA would guarantee equal constitutional rights to a person…

Officials warn Pentagon cuts could force closing of Bethesda military medical university

WASHINGTON- The military’s medical school in Bethesda, Maryland, has been targeted by the Defense Department for significant budget cuts that could force the closure of the university, officials say. As a part of a Pentagon-wide review of “time, money, and…

Immigrant advocates rally in Baltimore before crucial Supreme Court case

Immigrants’ rights advocates rallied in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Temporary Protected Status programs Nov. 8, 2019, in front of Baltimore City Hall. The rally represented a stop near the end of a march from the Statue of Liberty in New York City to the Supreme Court in Washington ahead of a Tuesday hearing that could decide the fate of the programs. The “Home Is Here” march began Oct. 26. Participants, many of them DACA beneficiaries, walked the whole way, sleeping in allies’ homes and church basements.