Thursday, April 18, 2013
The congressman accused lawmakers of bowing to special interests after the Senate rejected expanded background checks on firearms. Do you agree?
The U.S. Senate rejected expanded background checks on firearm sales Wednesday, rejecting bipartisan legislation endorsed by President Barack Obama. The bipartisan effort of Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA), failed 54-46, falling short of the 60-vote threshold needed to break a filibuster, The Huffington Post reported. The measure would have expanded the current check system to cover sales of weapons on the Internet and at gun shows. Opponents said the expansion would have set the stage for a national registry of gun owners and said that it would not have prevented tragedies such as the Newtown shootings, HuffPo reports (see Gun Bill Background Check Amendment Fails, Other Key Provisions Follow). In response, U.S. Rep. …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
The Maryland Public Service Commission issued an order on Wednesday directing electricity companies to improve service reliability and resiliency.
Potomac's congressional representative, Rep. Christopher Van Hollen, praised the Maryland Public Service Commission for its order, issued Wednesday, requiring the state's utility companies, such as Pepco, to improve the reliability and resiliency of electric service. "I commend the Maryland Public Service Commission for continuing to hold utilities accountable for their restoration efforts as a result of last summer’s derecho," he said in a statement. The commission, "using valuable input collected from affected residents, will order Pepco and other Maryland utilities to provide short-term and long-term plans that address sub-standard infrastructure, slow restoration efforts and lack of communication with customers," he continued. The …
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Maryland's newest member of Congress says he's ready to "get things done."
Sunday, January 27
By JEREMY BARR Capital News Service Rep. John Delaney of Potomac, Maryland’s newest member of Congress, has bolstered the state’s already outsized influence on the Hill. Delaney, who unseated 10-term Republican Congressman Roscoe Bartlett in November, was named senior whip and elected as one of three presidents of the House Democratic freshman class earlier this month. As a member of the Democratic Whip team, Delaney “will participate in weekly strategy meetings with Democratic leadership on upcoming legislation," according to a news release announcing the appointment, as well as wrangle votes on key issues. “I want to get things done. If becoming a leader helps me do that, then I’ll do that,” Delaney said recently about his …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Van Hollen was unanimously re-elected Thursday to serve as ranking member of the House Budget Committee by the House Democratic Caucus.
The U.S. House of Representatives' Democratic Caucus unanimously reelected Rep. Christopher Van Hollen (D, District 8) on Thursday to serve as ranking member of the House Budget Committee. "It has been a privilege to serve as ranking member of the Budget Committee for the last two years, and I am honored that my colleagues have reelected me to continue to serve in the 113th Congress," Van Hollen said after his reelection. The House Budget Committee is chaired by Rep. Paul Ryan (R, Wisconsin). In the 112th Congress (2011 to 2012), the committee consisted of 22 Republicans and 16 Democrats. As ranking member, Van Hollen is the most senior member of the committee from the minority party (which, in the case of the House of Representatives, is …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Maryland's U.S Senator Barbara Mikulski, Rep. Steny Hoyer and Rep. Chris Van Hollen will also speak Wednesday night. View the schedule of notable speakers on opening night at the Democratic National Convention.
Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC, is in the book and Day 2 has many notable speakers, headlined by former President Bill Clinton. Clinton is scheduled to speak during the 10-11 p.m. timeslot. Also speaking Wednesday from the Maryland is Sen. Barbara Mikulski (7-8 p.m. timeslot), Rep. Steny Hoyer (8-9 p.m. timeslot) and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (closing the 9-10 p.m. timeslot). The list of notable speakers for Wednesday evening is below: The full schedule for Wednesday evening at the Democratic National Convention can be found on The Wall Street Journal.
Friday, August 17, 2012
Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland's 8th District will stand in for VP GOP candidate Ryan, according to news reports.
Friday, August 17, 2012
Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-MD, will play the role of GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan in practice verbal sparring with Vice President Joe Biden, who will face Ryan in a televised debate before the November election, two television networks reported late Thursday. Van Hollen, who represents Maryland's 8th District, routinely confronts Ryan in exchanges on Capitol Hill where Van Hollen is the ranking member of the House Budget Committee, which Ryan chairs. The two often clash over the same issues that will likely come up in the one televised debate between Biden and Ryan, CBS News and ABC News reported. Van Hollen may know Ryan's controversial federal financial plan better than anyone, ABC reported. "There's no place where Ryan …