News Digest – September 8, 2017

This week in the news, Baltimore delegation responds to Trump adminstration’s decsision to rescind DACA, Senators warn of unilateral action in North Korea and Iran, and Representative Cummings (MD-7) after a months-long absence due to his health.

DACA Repeal

Maryland’s congressional Democrats condemned the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects immigrant children who were brought to the United States illegally.

  • Senator Cardin: “It will break families and drive many underground, out of work and into poverty.”

  • Senator Van Hollen: “Ending this program will cost our economy over $460.3 billion over ten years and displace over 685,000 workers vital to businesses in Maryland and across the nation.”

  • Representative Cummings (MD-7): “President Trump is breaking his promise to hundreds of thousands of DREAMers who were brought here as children — through no fault of their own — and today know only America as their home.  Our children are the living messages we send to a future we will never see and eliminating DACA sends a terrible message.”

    “”It’s cruel. I think it’s very, very unfair, and very, very unfortunate. DACA children who I have met usually come to me with tears because America is all they’ve known.”

  • Representative Sarbanes (MD-3statement: “At a time when rebuilding and reconciliation should be at the top of our national agenda, it is shameful that the President has decided to terminate a program that embodies the best of American values.”

  • Representative Ruppersberger (MD-2) via Facebook:  “I’ve heard from many of you about the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, and I’ve also heard a lot of misconceptions about just who DREAMers are and what they contribute to our country. This article from The Baltimore Sun is a more detailed look at the lives of DREAMers in #MD02 and across our state.”

Flood policy

Senator Van Hollen and two other Democratic senators are pushing legislation to ensure that federally funded projects are built to withstand catastrophic flooding.

Foreign affairs

  • North Korea: Senator Van Hollen talked to MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell about North Korea.

  • Iran: U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley laid out a case for President Trump to back away from the Iran nuclear deal, prompting Senator Cardin to warn against taking unilateral action to leave the agreement for political purposes.

  • Myanmar: Senator Cardin is among a handful of lawmakers calling attention to escalating violence in Myanmar.

  • Turkey: The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a measure — co-sponsored by Senator Van Hollen — that would block the United States from supporting the sale of weapons to security forces protecting Turkey’s president.

Government Shutdown

Representative Cummings (MD-7): GOP failure to avert shutdown would ‘highlight their inability to govern effectively’

Democratic Agenda

Representative Sarbanes (MD-3) pens op-ed describing the Democracy Reform Task Force’s By the People Project.  The goal is to enlist everyday Americans in reforming our democracy to serve the many, not the money.  The Project calls for campaign finance reform, strengthening of ethics laws, and ensuring every vote counts.

Other news:

  • Representative Cummings (MD-7), who has been recovering from a heart procedure for months, expects to return to Capitol Hill on Sept. 11.
  • Senator Cardin stopped by Midday on WYPR to talk about Charlottesville, DACA, tax reform, and North Korea.

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