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Congress struggles to be more HONEST about transparency

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CAPITOL HILL – Republicans in Congress are having a second go at a measure they say will increase transparency of federal environmental regulations.

On March 29, the House of Representatives voted 228-194 to pass the Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment Act (HONEST Act), which prohibits the Environmental Protection Agency from proposing an action, including a new regulation, unless the scientific and technical information used to make that decision is “the best available science; specifically identified; and publicly available online in a manner that is sufficient for independent analysis and substantial reproduction of research results.”

Both Maryland Reps. Anthony Brown (D-4) and Steny Hoyer (D-5) voted against the measure.

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Promises, promises and the Dionne Warwick lament

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Oh, promises, their kind of promises, can just destroy a life
Oh, promises, those kind of promises, take all the joy from life
– by Burt Bacharach and Hal David

Elections, as we have all recently learned, have consequences. No one should be surprised that promises made by the elected candidate during the campaign run the risk of being implemented after the winner takes office.

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Maryland Congress members speak out against Trump in Silver Spring town hall

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SILVER SPRING – Members of Congress representing Montgomery County appeared at a town hall meeting to express their concerns Sunday about President Donald J. Trump’s choices on various issues, from healthcare to Syrian refugees.

Senators Chris Van Hollen (D) and Ben Cardin (D) as well as Congressmen John Delaney (D-6), Jamie Raskin (D-8) and John Sarbanes (D-3) spoke on a number of topics before taking questions from constituents in the audience. They said they did not believe Trump’s decisions and remarks on current challenges facing the U.S. coincided with community interests. 

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'How many more people have to die?'

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Congress grills Metro managers on ills

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WASHINGTON – Members of Congress pointed fingers at witnesses called to testify about Metro’s SafeTrack program Friday, including a federal safety official, Metro’s board chairman and a Metro union representative.

"How many more people have to die before we get you to act?" Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) asked Federal Transit Administration Executive Director Matthew Welbes.

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John Sarbanes wins sixth term to House

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Election Night 2016 4Rep. John Sarbanes (D-3) PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

The election for the Maryland’s third congressional district came to a close with Rep. John Sarbanes (D-3) winning a sixth term, defeating Republican nominee Dr. Mark Plaster 62.7 percent to 34.4 percent.

In Montgomery County, voter percentages for Sarbanes totaled 72.4 percent with 34,328 votes while Plaster won 25.1 percent with 11,888 votes.

Sarbanes has been active politician in the area compared to the newcomer Plaster. His issues address climate change, jobs in the economy, improving the affordable care act, and veteran issues.

“For me it wasn’t so much about my opponent, it was about reinforcing the important things that I think I’ve done in this election campaign,” said Sarbanes.

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Delaney defeats GOP’s Hoeber for third term in sixth district

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GAITHERSBURG – Representative John Delaney (D-6) won a third term to the House of Representatives Tuesday defeating Republican nominee Amie Hoeber.

“I’m so blessed to have such amazing supporters, friends, and volunteers,” Delaney said. “We’re going to have to, as a country move on from this, [people] don’t like the dark money, the partisan political gains.”

“I’m humbled, the thing about the House [of Representatives] is that the constituents have to decide if they like the job you’re doing,” Delaney added.

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County's congressmen talk gerrymandering

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Representatives from Maryland’s congressional delegation said they are working on ending gerrymandering in the state after a three-judge panel decided to allow a lawsuit against the state’s congressional district boundaries to go forward.

The case Shapiro v. McManus alleges that Maryland’s sixth congressional district violates the rights of Republicans to freely associate after the state legislature redrew the congressional districts in 2011.

After the two-one vote by a panel of federal judges on Aug. 24 in Baltimore, the case will go to trial and could potentially end up being heard by the United States Supreme Court.

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Oh hypocrisy let me count the ways

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We live in the age of the "Do nothing Congress", a Congress whose favorability rating has hovered around nine percent for quite some time. It is a Congress whose inability to get things done has directly contributed to the rise of Donald Trump as an anti-establishment candidate in today's politics.

Why, then, would Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the other Republican senators choose not to allow President Obama's nomination to the Supreme Court a full review on the Senate floor and, by not doing so, continue to feed the image of futility by this Congress? The answer: HYPOCRISY!

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State Democrats and Republicans clash over congressional gun violence sit-in

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After nine of Maryland’s 10 congressional members participated in the June 22 Democratic sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives, some Republicans decried the move as a “stunt.”

The three Republican candidates running for the House districts that include Montgomery County all said they opposed the sit-in, though they varied on what to do to prevent future mass shootings.

Democrats, led by Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), protested Republican leaders not calling for a vote on any gun control bills after four of those bills died in the Senate.

Local Reps. Chris Van Hollen (D-8), John Delaney (D-6) and John Sarbanes (D-3) all joined their Democratic colleagues on the House floor last week, along with Sens. Ben Cardin (D) and Barbara Mikulski (D).

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