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.

Van Hollen, Sasse revive bill to protect U.S. intellectual property from foreign theft

Sens. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, and Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, have introduced a bill that would impose harsh penalties on companies and individuals found guilty of stealing American intellectual property. Their bipartisan Protecting American Intellectual Property Act requires sanctions for people…

D.C. statehood backers mobilize behind legislation that faces tough odds

Advocates for making the District of Columbia the 51st state have introduced bills with record numbers of sponsors in Congress, but it still will take a hefty effort to win a final victory on an issue that has dogged the…

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.…

Trump’s proposed Chesapeake Bay cleanup cuts draw fire

Members of Congress, state lawmakers and environmental groups are rallying against President Donald Trump’s 91% funding cut for Chesapeake Bay cleanup.

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…

Without witnesses, House Democrats open arguments in Trump impeachment trial

WASHINGTON – The House’s Democratic impeachment managers started the clock on their allotted 24-hour opening remarks in the Senate on Wednesday, moving forward with the second day of the trial without new witnesses or new documentary evidence.  Much of the…

Senate impeachment trial opens with fight over rules, but GOP prevails

WASHINGTON – The Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump started Tuesday with partisan fighting over the rules governing the proceedings. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell insisted he was following historical precedent, while Democrats argued that the Republicans were furthering…

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…