Federal workers to get back pay, but tales of woe mount

WASHINGTON – Furloughed federal workers will be compensated for the time they spent working without pay, thanks to a bill sponsored by Maryland’s senators and signed into law Wednesday by President Donald Trump. The bill, sponsored by Maryland Democratic Sen.…

Chesapeake farmers target runoff reduction, lawmakers seek conservation funds

MIDDLETOWN, Maryland — A gaggle of excitable white turkeys gobbled and clucked in their pen at Open Book Farm on a chilly afternoon in late October. Most days, the birds roamed free in one of the farm’s pastures, scratching and…

Once in the majority, House Democrats will work through ‘to do’ list

WASHINGTON – Now that they’ve taken over the House, Democrats will try to follow a party blueprint for action that envisions protecting health care, Medicare and Medicaid, funding improvements to the country’s infrastructure, and creating more jobs. And the likely…

Maryland lawmakers will gain power in new Democratic House

WASHINGTON – Now that the Democrats have taken over the House of Representatives, some Maryland legislators stand to hold significantly greater positions of power and influence in the 116th Congress that convenes in January. Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Mechanicsville, formally announced…

Maryland Democrats: Trump health care curbs could affect 260,000 in state

BALTIMORE – As many as 260,000 Maryland residents could see higher premiums or lose their health care coverage altogether because of pre-existing medical conditions, age or gender under a new Trump administration legal strategy, state Democrats warned on Tuesday. Rep.…

As Maryland and other states struggle, Trump declares opioids a ‘public health emergency’

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Thursday announced before a packed White House East Room that the opioid epidemic is a public health emergency. “It’s time to liberate our communities from this scourge of drug addiction,” Trump said, flanked on…

Maryland immigrant rights supporters attack Trump move as cruel

By CONNER HOYT, ANGELA JACOB, J.F. MEILS, JOHNNY MOSEMAN, HELEN PARSHALL, ASHLEY CLARKE and CHANGEZ ALI Capital News Service WASHINGTON — Maryland’s congressional Democrats and various immigrant rights groups condemned the Trump administration’s decision Tuesday to rescind an order protecting…

Lawmakers blast Trump budget cutting Chesapeake Bay cleanup

WASHINGTON – Lawmakers from states surrounding the Chesapeake Bay on Wednesday expressed bipartisan criticism of President Donald Trump’s proposal to end federal support for cleaning up Chesapeake Bay. “The president’s budget that would zero out the Chesapeake Bay Program is…

Most Maryland Democrats think Sessions should resign

WASHINGTON – Most Maryland Democrats are calling for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign after failing to disclose to Congress conversations he had last year with the Russian ambassador to the United States. Sessions met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak…

Inauguration boycott includes two Maryland lawmakers; another undecided

WASHINGTON — As next Friday’s presidential inauguration of Donald J. Trump draws closer, speculation over who won’t be in attendance has become as much a talking point as the event itself, with more than 50 members of Congress already saying…