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Rep. Elijah Cummings’ Capitol Hill office was shrouded in black on Thursday.
The Maryland congressman’s death stunned and saddened his colleagues in Congress, some of whom had difficulty speaking about him on Thursday morning after his death was announced earlier in the day.
Cummings was 68.
U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) asked the members of the crowd to raise their hands if they were immigrants or descendants of immigrants. Nearly everyone raised their hand.
“That’s who we are in America,” Raskin said.
Activists and journalists gathered outside the Saudi Embassy in Washington, D.C., Wednesday evening to hold a vigil marking the first anniversary of the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
SILVER SPRING – Volunteer firefighter departments in Montgomery County received about $780,000 of federal grant money to fund and retain their recruits. The grant was presented by members of the Maryland delegation in Congress, with U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-8th) stating that he was “grateful” for county firefighters and “for all that they do to keep the public safe.”
Maryland members of Congress wrote a joint letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) opposing a proposed change to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) where 50,000 Marylanders would be at risk for losing their SNAP benefits.
House Democrats are increasingly looking for ways — inside the Beltway and out of it — to fill perceived gaps in reaching the nation’s hardest to count.
“The White House is now treating the census like an extension of campaign politics. So just as GOP voter suppression tactics have endangered elections, their suppression tactics are endangering the census, too,” Raskin said.
Firefighters in Frederick County have been award around $5.5 million to pay for 38 additional firefighters positions.
For the first time since 1993, the House held a committee hearing Thursday on a bill that would make Washington, DC, the 51st state. Republicans weren’t having it.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of Aug. 27, there have been 215 possible cases in 25 states of severe pulmonary disease associated with using e-cigarettes.
Over half a million dollars in federal funding will go to reimburse the costs of repairing damaged roads in Frederick and Washington Counties, caused by heavy rains and flooding in May and June 2018, leaders representing Maryland announced.