Cardin and Van Hollen aim for net-zero greenhouse gases by 2050

WASHINGTON — A bill aimed at achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in the United States by no later than 2050 has been introduced by Maryland Democratic Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen. The United States produced 16% of the…

Maryland congressional Democrats seek to shore up election security before midterms

WASHINGTON – All nine of Maryland’s Democratic lawmakers in Congress have asked Republican Gov. Larry Hogan to allocate the money needed to get federal aid to improve the state’s election system infrastructure and security. “With the 2018 midterm elections fast…

In Congress, only one Maryland lawmaker gets NRA money

WASHINGTON — As congressional gun talks ramp up, advocates for stronger safety laws have called for their representatives to stop accepting campaign finance donations from the National Rifle Association. The gun rights advocacy group has given $263,818 to candidates in…

Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay defenders hold breath, wait on Senate

WASHINGTON — If the Senate does not restore a deep, House-passed cut in federal funding to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Chesapeake Bay Program, the ripple effect on Maryland conservation efforts could be far larger than what the state would lose…

Critics oppose Trump mine agency pick from industry over safety issues

David Zatezalo, President Trump’s nominee to head the Mine Safety and Health Administration, had repeated safety violations at mines he managed as CEO of Rhino Resources, a coal company.

Trump’s defense plan would have mixed impact on Maryland

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 federal budget could be a boost to Maryland’s sprawling defense industry but negatively affect the state’s economy in other areas, according to analysts. The administration’s so-called “skinny budget,” unveiled in March, seeks to…

After United incident, Van Hollen wants protections for airline passengers

WASHINGTON – Responding to Sunday’s incident on a United Airlines jet, Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., is drafting a bill that would prohibit airlines from forcibly removing passengers after they have boarded a flight. Van Hollen’s proposed Customers Not Cargo…

Maryland lawmakers back U.S. strike on Syria, but many worried about what’s next

WASHINGTON – Maryland lawmakers on Friday supported the Trump administration’s decision to launch an airstrike on a Syrian airfield in response to that government’s recent chemical weapons attack. But most called on President Donald Trump to consult with Congress and…