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B-CC students organize gun violence forum

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B CC ForumSen. Chris Van Hollen met with students Sophie Cobb, Gabriela Jeliazkov and Julien Cary at a forum at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School to discuss gun violence. PHOTO BY NEAL EARLEYWASHINGTON Members of Congress joined three Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School students Tuesday at a forum on gun violence, continuing the student-led debate over guns after a massacre at a high school in Parkland, Florida, and giving the students another opportunity to take their issues to those in power.

“I had my opinion and I had my beliefs and, obviously, I felt very discouraged by the recent presidential election, but definitely I’m seeing that we do have the power to make a difference because prior, I think, I just felt helpless,” said Sophie Cobb, a B-CC senior who helped organize the event with two fellow students, Julien Cary and Gabriela Jeliazkov

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Frosh and Van Hollen reassure consumers

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BETHESDA — Consumers in Montgomery County can count on regulations being enforced at the local, state and federal levels to protect their rights, Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Attorney General Brian Frosh (D) said while speaking at a consumer protection forum Thursday evening at Bethesda Chevy-Chase HS.

“Consumer protection involves having rules in place at the federal level, the state level, and at the local level to try to make sure that businesses … play by the rules,” Van Hollen said. “Those rules are important to have in place to protect consumers and they’re also important to have in place to protect those businesses that are playing by the rules.”

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Local environmentalists talk issues with Van Hollen, Moran

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Van Hollen meets with Audubon Naturalist Society members 1Sen. Van Hollen (D-MD) meets with local environmentalists Photo by Nickolai SukharevWASHINGTON — Local environmentalists from Montgomery County urged lawmakers Thursday to support environmental conservation policies in a lobby day that included meeting with numerous U.S. senators and congressmen. 

Members of the Chevy Chase-based Audubon Naturalist Society conservation group explained the importance of numerous existing environmental laws while visiting Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) on Capitol Hill. 

“From the politics of the day, each of the senators comes down on different sides of the fence,” said Lisa Alexander, Executive Director of the Audubon Naturalist Society. “I think the environment is a nonpartisan issue, so I think we should receive support from both sides of the fence.”

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Local politicians turn deaf ears to bipartisan pleas from Trump

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In Tuesday night’s State of the Union Address President Donald J. Trump called for my bipartisanship in hopes to unify the County – a message that local leaders did not receive.

“The first year of the Trump administration has been one of most significant tests of our democracy in our lifetime,” said Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) about Trump’s State of the Union speech. “In tonight’s State of the Union address, President Trump was eager to take credit for things he had nothing to do with and ignore the harm he has imposed on the country over the last year.”

The State of the Union, an annual speech that most modern presidents have given to a joint session of Congress, has become a platform for presidents to speak to the nation directly and talk about their policy achievements and goals. During his speech, Trump highlighted a tax cut he signed in December, decreasing unemployment and increasing economic growth as his main accomplishment. In response Democrats have criticized the Trump’s touted accomplishments saying the majority of the new growth has gone to the nation’s wealthiest citizens.

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