House passes Trumpcare bill
- Here are reactions from Representative Sarbanes (MD-3), Representative Ruppersberger (MD-2), and Representative Cummings (MD-7).
- Senator Cardin and Senator Van Hollen vowed to fight the ACA repeal in the Senate, and Van Hollen put out a call on Facebook for personal stories about the need for access to healthcare.
- Here’s more coverage.
Government shutdown averted (for at least a few more months)
- Representative Cummings’s (MD-7) committee passed a trio of bills to expand Office of Special Counsel access to personnel files and ensure whistleblowers have broader access to courts.
- Representative Sarbanes (MD-3) co-sponsored the Equality Act, which would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in education, employment, housing, credit and other consumer transactions. Info on the bill is here.
- Senator Van Hollen co-sponsored bipartisan legislation aimed at preventing suicides by military veterans.
- Senator Cardin and Senator Van Hollen co-sponsored legislation to ban discrimination against LGBT Americans.
- Days after President Trump signed an executive order expanding offshore drilling, Senator Van Hollen co-sponsored legislation to ban the practice in the Atlantic Ocean
Senate confirms Wall Street lawyer to lead SEC
The Senate voted largely along party lines to confirm Jay Clayton’s nomination to lead the SEC. Senator Cardin and Senator Van Hollen both voted against the confirmation.
Michael Flynn investigation
- Appearing on “Hardball” with host Chris Matthews, Representative Cummings (MD-7), senior Democratic member of the House Oversight Committee, said former acting-Attorney General Sally Yates’ upcoming testimony may expose when and how much President Donald Trump knew about former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn’s Russian dealings.
- Representative Cummings (MD-7) issued a statement implicating Vice President Mike Pence, who apparently lied to the American people about his involvement in the Michael Flynn cover-up scandal.
Investigation into TSA personnel practices:
House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and ranking member Representative Cummings (MD-7) are demanding the acting head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) comply with the committee’s subpoena related to its investigation into the agency’s personnel practices
Out and about
- Representative Sarbanes (MD-3) participated in the climate march last week
- Senator Cardin stopped by Dan Rodericks’s podcast to discuss Trump’s first 100 days