As the longest-serving female Member of Congress, Senator Barbara Mikulski has always been a trailblazer and will now make history once more as the first woman to chair the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee. I’m proud to call Senator Mikulski my colleague and friend and to serve the State of Maryland with such an outstanding advocate for its communities. I join in congratulating her on this achievement, and I look forward to working with her as she continues to serve families in Maryland and across the country in this leadership role.
Thanks to the coordinated efforts of federal, state, and local partners, Prince George’s County has seen a historic reduction in crime rates over this past year. With a 7.1% decrease in overall crime, a 35% reduction in homicides, and 2,240 fewer victims of crimes compared to 2011, Prince George’s County residents are benefitting from safer and stronger neighborhoods.
As you conference with the Senate to reach an agreement on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2013, we urge you to retain provisionsin the Senate passed bill to reauthorize funding for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG), Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant (SAFER) and U.S. Fire Administration (USFA).
Today, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5) toured the Charles County Children’s Aid Society and delivered toys for their annual Christmas Connection, which helps provide children in need with Christmas toys and gifts.
Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5) met with members of the Charles County Chamber of Commerce leadership this morning to discuss the fiscal cliff, the Make It In America jobs plan, and other issues important to Charles County businesses.
In a sign of continuing progress in our recovery, the Bureau of Labor Statistics report released this morning shows that our economy added 147,000 private sector jobs in November, causing the unemployment rate to drop to 7.7%.
Today, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5) attended a luncheon with members of the Andrews Business & Community Alliance and representatives from Joint Base Andrews to discuss the fiscal cliff and other issues impacting the community.
Today, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5) visited Parkdale High School to tour Capital One Bank’s Student-Run Bank Branch located in the school and participate in a roundtable discussion with students on the Student Banking Program and the importance of financial literacy.
Today, the GSA issued a Request for Interest for the new location of the FBI headquarters, which lays out certain requirements for the project and will help identify sites available in our region. With a significant portion of the federal workforce living in Maryland and ample land available near Metro stations, it’s clear Prince George’s County is the right choice for the new headquarters.
Federal and postal employees and their families share our commitment to serving the American people in the most efficient, cost-effective manner, and, just like other taxpayers, they too are struggling during these tough times. Many face an uncertain employment future under almost any deficit reduction scenario. And to date, no other group has been asked to financially contribute the way they have. Our dedicated civil servants understand the principle of shared sacrifice and justifiably expect others will actually share in it.
Today's report marks the thirty-second consecutive month our economy has added private sector jobs – a strong sign that our recovery is continuing and that the economic policies of the Obama Administration are helping move America forward.
As members of the Maryland Congressional Delegation, we have been united throughout this process in urging the President to issue a Pre-Disaster Declaration for Maryland in the wake of such severe weather. We are pleased that the President recognized the full impact Hurricane Sandy is expected to have on our state and that he has taken action to help communities manage the storm.
A State of Emergency for Maryland has been declared in advance of Hurricane Sandy, and I’m working closely with Governor O’Malley and local officials to monitor the storm. We are communicating with residents regularly so they have the most up-to-date information and resources, and I encourage everyone to follow all safety precautions and evacuation orders if given. I will continue to work with federal, state, and local officials to ensure our communities are safe during and after the storm and that they have the resources they need to recover.
At the request of Governor O’Malley and the Maryland delegation, President Obama has signed a State of Emergency for Maryland. All residents should stay inside and off the roads for the next 36 hours and follow all safety precautions and evacuation orders, if given. For information on safety precautions to take, please click here. I also encourage you to follow @MDMEMA on Twitter for updates.
Congratulations to Career Recruit School Forty-six. I was honored to join them today to mark the end of their training, and the beginning of exciting and rewarding careers as firefighters and emergency responders.
As one of the school districts in our nation with the largest number of military-connected students, I’m pleased St. Mary’s County Public Schools has received this $2.5 million grant from the Department of Defense.
Today’s jobs report confirms that America’s economy is moving forward. With 104,000 private sector jobs added in September and our unemployment rate dropping below 8% for the first time in almost four years, more Americans are heading back to work for the thirty-first consecutive month as our recovery continues. After losing over 4 million jobs in the final year of the previous administration alone, our economy has turned a corner, adding nearly 2 million jobs over just the last 12 months.
During National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we must recommit ourselves to ending violence against women and improving the support we provide to its victims here in Maryland and across the country.
A new report from the Department of Health and Human Services highlights excellent news for seniors here in Maryland and throughout the country. It announced that Marylanders have saved nearly $65 million on prescription drugs since the Affordable Care Act was enacted and that Maryland seniors in the ‘donut hole’ have saved an average of $679 in the first eight months of 2012. Additionally, over 400,000 people with traditional Medicare in Maryland received at least one preventive service at no cost to them this year alone. The report also shows the average person with traditional Medicare in the U.S. will save $5,000 through 2022 because of new policies in the Affordable Care Act.
As we continue to recover from the worst economic period since the Great Depression, a lot of good, responsible people are having a tough time making ends meet. That’s why Senator Cardin and I partnered with the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development for this event today to ensure residents have the information and resources they need to stay in their homes. While our economy is getting better and we’re moving forward, there is still much work do and I will continue to advocate for solutions to help families in Maryland and across the country.
It’s hard to believe that Admiral Dave Architzel assumed command of NAVAIR just two-and-a-half years ago. But these past two-and-a-half years have been a time of great challenges for our country and, in particular, for our military – challenges ranging from the winding down of the War in Afghanistan to the continued pursuit of al-Qaeda, as well as a difficult budgetary environment.
Congratulations to Maryland Airport on receiving this grant, which will support expansion of a runway and taxiway, improve the safety of the airport, and boost our economic competitiveness in Charles County.
When it comes to cutting-edge research, much of the attention these days has focused on the information revolution. However, we forget that we are still far more dependent for survival on the technologies first developed during theagricultural revolution.
Investments in higher education, particularly in Historically Black Colleges and Universities, are critical to ensuring Maryland’s students have the education and skills needed for well-paying jobs. The Democratic-led Congress made record investments in Historically Black Colleges and Universities last Congress, and I remain committed to strengthening these institutions in Maryland and around the country.
On this solemn anniversary, we must never forget those who lost their lives in the most heinous terrorist attack in our country’s history. To the families of those who were killed on that tragic day in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania, we will always remember the victims and recount the stories of heroism that will be their legacy. To the Fifth District families who have suffered such a profound loss, we come together to heal as a community and offer our thoughts and prayers to each of them. To those who have served in our Armed Forces since 9/11, we remain grateful for their sacrifices. To all who have worked as first responders and kept our communities safe here at home, we offer our thanks for their steadfastness.
I’m pleased that the District of Columbia’s statue of Frederick Douglass will now be on display in the U.S. Capitol. Douglass, who was born in the state of Maryland, spent his entire life fighting injustice and demanding equality for all in our democracy. This statue will join the halls of the Capitol building as the third statue or bust of an African American, and is a wonderful tribute to a great Marylander and civil rights hero.
Congratulations to Whitehall Elementary School, Father Andrew White S.J. School, and all of the Maryland schools awarded the Blue Ribbon Award today. Thanks to Maryland’s strong commitment to education, our schools are leading the nation. I applaud the hard work and dedication of our students,teachers, and administrators, and remain committed to investing in our schools so that Maryland students continue to excel.
For the thirtieth month straight, our economy continued to add private sector jobs in August. With 103,000 more Americans back to work last month in the private sector and the unemployment rate dropping from 8.3% to 8.1%, our economic recovery is moving forward, and our nation is headed in the rightdirection.
As students return to the campus for the new school year, many are busy getting organized for the year ahead. Setting up dorm rooms, purchasing books, signing up for student activities — these are all big parts of any student’s back-to-school “to do” list. But this fall, another important item deserves to be near the top of that list: registering to vote.
I’m pleased to be part of today’s groundbreaking ceremonies for new facilities that will greatly augment two important missions at Webster Field – communications and unmanned aircraft. The Special Communications Engineering Facility will ensure Webster Field has the secure space needed to meet the needs of our defense community and the Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems Operation facility will support the important mission of the Maryland National Guard. Patuxent River Naval Air Station and Webster Field play strategic roles in our national security efforts, and I will continue to fight for the investments needed to strengthen these installations and support our local economy.
I’m pleased the University of Maryland has received this funding to support nine additional fellowships in the engineering and chemistry programs. These areas of study are critical to boosting American competitiveness and developing a highly-skilled workforce. The Make It In America jobs plan I am leading in Congress makes STEM learning in higher education a priority investment, and I will continue to work with our state’s higher education institutions so that we can out-educate and out-innovate our competitors and ensure our students have the education and skills needed for well-paying jobs.
Congratulations to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital on being awarded this critical funding to develop a Community Health Center Planning Network that will help meet health care needs in St. Mary’s County. Improving access to affordable, quality health care in the Fifth District is a toppriority. I will continue to work with the hospital so that they have the resources needed to develop comprehensive and coordinated health care services in our community and we can ensure all residents have access to the care they need.
I am deeply saddened by the loss of J. Frank Raley, a dear friend and a passionate public servant. He was a tireless advocate for our state and was dedicated to improving the quality of life in Southern Maryland, helping to transform this region into one of the most prosperous in the nation.
Already federal employees have agreed to pay freezes and pension changes that have brought $75 billion in deficit savings, and House Republicans have insisted on additional contributions from federal employees but refuse to ask the wealthiest in this country to contribute as well. It is simply unfair to continue singling out these middle-class workers at a time when they have been working harder than ever.
WMATA is critical to growing our local economy, keeping our nation safety and secure, ensuring our government can function, and making the District more accessible to all who visit it. However, in order to continue meeting the needs of our region, the Federal government must do its part to support WMATA, and I will continue working to ensure the system has the resources needed to provide safe and reliable service.
The annual Fifth District Congressional Art Competition is a wonderful opportunity to highlight the exceptional talent of Fifth District students. Each and every participant submitted outstanding artwork, and I’m pleased to see the dedication and creativity that went into each piece.
For nearly forty years, GBMS has provided Fifth District residents with access to affordable, quality health care, and I was pleased to join the staff and administration at Greater Baden Medical Services for a tour of their facilities and briefing to learn more about the services they provide.
While I am encouraged that our economy is continuing to add private sector jobs for the twenty-ninth consecutive month, with 172,000 private sector jobs created in July, more must be done to move our jobs recovery forward. That’s why I have been urging Congress to extend middle class tax cuts for America’sfamilies and small businesses and pursue the Make It In America jobs plan. Unfortunately, House Republicans have once again walked away from the Americanpeople when they left town for the summer with a long list of critical work left undone, including failing to provide economic certainty to families andbusinesses by providing tax relief for middle class Americans.
All of you are here at a pivotal moment for small businesses in Maryland and in our country. We have an opportunity to rebuild our economy in a way that helps entrepreneurs launch new ventures and helps small businesses grow, creating the new jobs our communities need. Much of the effort to do so can take place on the state and local level – and already has. But Congress will have to take a leading role in supporting that economic growth.
I want to thank President Loh for visiting NAS Patuxent River today so that he could see firsthand the talent and world-class capabilities of Pax River. The future of Pax River depends on a highly-skilled workforce, and I’m pleased President Loh and NAVAIR leadership could come together today to discuss growing opportunities for partnering on education and research efforts and how we can ensure our students have the education and training so they can find work and we can meet the needs of our local defense community.”
Thanks to this SAFER grant awarded to the Prince George’s County Fire Department, our community will have 18 additional firefighters on the job, responding to emergencies and keeping our residents safe.
This morning it was announced that over 15,000 Medicare beneficiaries in Maryland have saved money this year thanks to the Affordable Care Act, with the average senior saving $652 so far this year on prescription drugs.
I want to congratulate the University of Maryland and St. Mary’s College of Maryland on being awarded these highly competitive grants that will fund their important work in humanities research and education.
All veterans, no matter where they live, should have access to high-quality health care, and today’s announcement that the VA plans to open a new CBOC in Charlotte Hall will ensure that Southern Maryland veterans have access to the services they need close to home.
Thanks to this grant awarded to Three Oaks Center, nearly 200 veteran families in Southern Maryland will have the supportive services needed to stay in their homes or transition to permanent housing. We must do more to honor our commitment to veterans and their families here in Maryland and throughout the country, and I will continue working to ensure they have the support and resources they earned and deserve.
Manufacturing is a bright spot in our economy, and I am committed to strengthening this industry through Democrats’ Make It In America jobs plan. One component of the Make It In America plan calls for strategic investments that will allow us to out-innovate our competitors, and this grant will help fund research to do just that. By making investments in AGV research, we can help manufacturers become more efficient and reduce costs so that they can expand, create jobs, and remain competitive.
This week, I introduced additional Make It In America bills and I’m pleased I could update my Advisory Committee and discuss how these bills will help grow our economy and support job creation here in Maryland and throughout the U.S. I want to thank the Committee for all they do to help us Make It In America and for providing their guidance and feedback on how this comprehensive jobs plan can ensure Maryland businesses and families succeed.
With millions of Americans still out of work through no fault of their own, we must approach job-creation with the seriousness and urgency this challenge deserves. Unfortunately, the Republican leadership has chosen instead to hold a vote repealing health reform again – a vote the House has already held thirty times this Congress.
Recently, attacks on voters' rights in states across the country have threatened one of our most sacred constitutional rights – the ability for citizens to cast a ballot and make their voice heard. I am disheartened by these attempts to limit this right, which generations of Americans have fought to secure.
With the private sector continuing to create jobs for the twenty-eighth consecutive month, our economic recovery continues to push forward. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics report released this morning, private businesses added 84,000 jobs in June. However, this is still fewer jobs than we have recently seen created each month, and it is nowhere near where we need to be if we are to ensure quality, well paying jobs for all Americans who seek them.
The Accokeek Foundation has a long history of helping to sustain our region’s agricultural economy and preserve our rural character. This grant will ensure the Foundation has the resources needed to continue promoting sustainable agriculture and ensure our local farmers have the training and resources they need to be successful.
I want to thank our local defense contractors for meeting with me today to discuss the implementation of these directives and how it may impact the defense community. I am committed to the success of these businesses, and will continue working with these industry leaders so that we can protect and create jobs and ensure these businesses can grow and expand.
Unfortunately, far too many Fifth District residents are still without power following Friday’s storm. I encourage all Fifth District residents still waiting for service to be restored to visit a local cooling center and to stay cool and hydrated, given the extreme heat. I will continue to monitor the response, and work with officials to ensure the Fifth District has the necessary resources to recover from the storm.
Our highest court has weighed in, and its decision to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is a victory for all Americans who have ever worried about being able to access or afford the care they need. Democrats are proud to have worked hard to pass this landmark legislation in 2010 and of our efforts to make sure it is implemented in a way that continues to yield new benefits for patients, employers, and care providers.
I want to thank Richard Sarles for joining me today to discuss efforts to increase the safety and reliability of Metro for millions of residents, commuters, and visitors. Our regional economy depends on a strong Metro and making investments in our local infrastructure, and I am committed to ensuring we have the necessary resources as we move forward with the appropriations process.
Forty years ago tomorrow, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 was enacted to remove barriers to equal opportunity in education and school athletics. This was a milestone that enabled the achievements of the tens of millions of American women who have since participated in the full range of educational and athletic opportunities this country has to offer.
I’m pleased the College of Southern Maryland has received this critical funding so that we can intervene to keep juvenile offenders from reoffending and help reconnect them with their community. This project will help ensure these young adults have the education and skills needed to be successful, as well as benefit our community and help local businesses grow and expand as they hire trained workers.
Each year, students from the Fifth District submit exceptional artwork for the Congressional Art Competition, and I’d like to thank each of the participants for their outstanding submissions. I am pleased to announce that the selection panel has chosen ‘In the Hands of Liberty’ by Victoria Wolf to represent the Fifth District this year, a painting that features text of a section of the U.S. Constitution. It is a wonderful painting, and I’m proud of Victoria and all Fifth District participants for their talent and creativity.
I want to thank these business leaders for joining me today to discuss how we can strengthen our economy and support job creation. Maryland’s small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and I’m committed to ensuring they have the resources they need to expand and put more Marylanders back to work. Already, the Make It In America plan is helping small businesses in Maryland and throughout the country, and I am focused on moving this agenda forward so that more Maryland businesses and families can make it in America.
With 34 consecutive months of growth, the manufacturing sector is leading our economic recovery. I’m committed to building on that momentum and ensuring that local manufacturers like Aerolab can succeed. By supporting small businesses, increasing competitiveness, and prioritizing investments in key areas, the Make It In America plan will help manufacturers innovate, grow, and create good jobs here in Maryland and throughout the country.
With e-government services rapidly expanding, we have an important opportunity to make government more open, transparent, and accessible to the American people. This grant will ensure our students have the education and skills necessary to understand the nature of government information, manage its online presence, and help us better serve the public’s needs.
When taking stock of the health of the Patuxent River and our stewardship of the Chesapeake Bay, there’s no index more important than Bernie’s ‘Sneaker Index,’ which has been our leading non-scientific measure of the river’s health for 25 years. I want to thank Bernie for his dedication and moral leadership on the issue of water conservation in Maryland. We have a special responsibility to protect the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, and I join Bernie in fighting on behalf of its clean-up and conservation.
I rise today in support of the amendment offered by Mr. Runyan and Mr. Kissell and others, which seeks to ensure that our nation’s fire stations areadequately staffed and that firefighters have the tools they need to protect our communities safely and effectively. Specifically, this amendment willrestore the successful FIRE and SAFER grant programs to last year’s funding level of $337.5 million each.
Today is a very proud day for our students, their families, and our community. I am honored to recognize these outstanding students and I thank them for choosing to serve our nation. Each of these individuals have an incredibly bright future ahead, and I have great faith that they will make our nation stronger. Congratulations to them and their families, and I wish them the best of luck as they begin their course of study and the careers that will follow.
While our economy has seen twenty-seven consecutive months of private sector job growth, far too many Marylanders remain out of work. I’m proud to partner with these organizations to bring together Maryland businesses with potential hires, and provide our business community with networking opportunities and professional development workshops that will help grow their businesses.
While we continued to see the private sector add jobs for the twenty-seventh straight month, our unemployment rate has slipped back up to 8.2 percent from the three-year record low of 8.1 percent last month. While the President and Democrats in Congress have been promoting a jobs-first agenda to provide certainty to American businesses and workers, Republicans continue to avoid addressing serious job creation in favor of ideological bills.
Our nation’s veterans and military families deserve the best support and resources we can provide. I’m pleased the University of Maryland Center on Aging has received this critical funding to help provide that support, and I thank the AmeriCorps members participating in this program for their continued service to our country as they assist fellow veterans and military families in our communities.
am extremely disappointed that Republicans are asking federal employees to take a freeze in pay for a third year in a row. Federal employees have already accepted two consecutive pay freezes with the knowledge that the savings would be applied toward meeting our nation’s fiscal challenges. At the same time Republicans were asking federal employees to contribute, they refused to ask the same of millionaires and billionaires.
I was honored to join the President today as he signed into law a bipartisan bill that I helped negotiate to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank. The bill, which passed the House with a bipartisan vote of 330-93, is an important part of House Democrats' Make It In America plan for job creation and long-termeconomic competitiveness.
I'd like to thank these extraordinary teachers and principals for their hard work and dedication to our students. Maryland ishome to the best schools in the nation, and we have exemplary educators like these teachers and principals honored today to thank. I urge all Marylanders to join me in recognizing their contributions to our community, and helping to ensure they have the tools and resources they deserve.
I’m proud of the important work that is done all over Maryland by librarians, artists, educators, musicians, and our numerous museums and culturalorganizations, and I’m committed to ensuring these groups have the resources needed to support the great work they do.
I was pleased to see the progress that has been made since the oyster hatchery opened and hear firsthand how it is benefitting local watermen. I am committed to making the investments needed to continue this work. Restoring our oyster population is critical to the health of the Chesapeake Bay and is a boost to our local economy and job creation.
I was pleased to meet with farmers from the Fifth District to hear firsthand their concerns about reauthorization of the Farm Bill and other challenges theyface. With many of the provisions of the current Farm Bill set to expire, I am hopeful we can get a new bill done so we can give our local farm community the certainty they need as they plan for next year and beyond.
Each year, Congress has a duty to review and authorize defense programs that keep Americans safe and our troops supplied for their missions. This has traditionally been an area where Democrats and Republicans have come together, and I have consistently supported this important bill.
The CDC has done a tremendous job revitalizing the city of Hyattsville and I commend the Board for their efforts. From promoting the arts to rehabilitating commercial areas, the CDC plays a critical role in our community and I am committed to assisting them as they carry out their mission to ensure Hyattsville is a healthy, thriving city.
I was pleased Fifth District mayors could join me today so I could hear firsthand how the challenges of deficit reduction and economic growth are being felt at the local level. While Congress must bring down our deficit, we cannot jeopardize critical funding that helps sustain our communities. I’m committed to a comprehensive plan that reduces the deficit through a balanced mix of spending cuts and revenues, but also continues to make investments in our local communities.
The Prince George’s-Montgomery County Gang Initiative helps protect our communities and youth from the influences of gang activity. Addressing gang activity continues to be a top public safety priority, and I’m committed to supporting these coordinated efforts so that we can combat this threat to the stability of our communities.
I’m pleased I could join The Diamondback’s editorial board today to discuss the impact on millions of students and their families if Congress fails to extendlower interest rates on student loans. Democrats are committed to making higher education more accessible and affordable, and are focused on addressing this issue. I hope Republicans will work with us on an acceptable bill to keep rates low for students in Maryland and across the country.
I was encouraged that this appropriations bill included full funding of $628 million for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) at NASA Goddard SpaceFlight Center. The JWST is critical to local job creation and the future science research, and I am committed to ensuring we make robust investments inour space program.
I am pleased SMECO has been awarded FEMA funding to assist our community in recovering from the devastation caused by Hurricane Irene. Hurricane Irene had a tremendous impact throughout Southern Maryland, damaging our infrastructure and leaving tens of thousands of residents without power. This funding will help our community recover some of the costs associated with restoring power to our homes and businesses.
I rise in strong support of this resolution, which I am proud to sponsor. This resolution allows the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby Association tohold its 71st Annual Greater Washington Soap Box Derby on the Capitol grounds on June 16.
I am very disappointed that Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee once again called federal employees to contribute to deficit reduction while refusing to ask the same of millionaires and billionaires.
The State of Maryland is home to one of the nation’s top public school systems, and I am confident that under Dr. Lowery’s guidance, we will continue our strong commitment to public education, working to strengthen education policies and improve student performance.
We want to thank Chairwoman Hudgins and Members of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Board for meeting with the Washington Metro Area Delegation today to update Members on its ongoing plans for implementing needed infrastructure and safety improvements as identified in recent federal audits and oversight.
In the decade since the September 11th attacks, we have made significant progress on securing our ports, airports, and borders, improving the way we collect and share intelligence, and eroding al-Qaeda’s capability to act around the world.
Mr. Speaker, I rise to pay tribute to a man who put his life in harm’s way for our country as a member of the iconic 101st Airborne Division’s Easy Company during World War II. MSG Clarence Odell Lyall, a longtime resident of Leonardtown, Maryland, passed away on March 19.
I am pleased that Prince George’s County was awarded this grant, which will help reduce the number of homeless veterans in our community and provide them with the housing and resources necessary to put them on the path to success.
Two years ago today, the Affordable Care Act was signed into law. It was a major step forward in our efforts to provide access to affordable health care to more Americans. Today, millions of Americans are already seeing the benefits.
Today marks the second anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, a law that is already delivering greater access to high quality care, stronger patient protections, and more predictable health care costs to American families and businesses – all while reducing the deficit.
Today, I hosted a very productive meeting with the Fifth District Make It In America Advisory Committee to discuss how we can work together to promote job creation, grow the economy, and strengthen the manufacturing sector.
Today’s announcement comes at a time when many responsible Maryland families and individuals are still facing foreclosure due to circumstances out of their control, so I am very pleased that this settlement will provide some immediate relief to them.
CBO’s Budget and Economic Outlook released today reveals what Americans already know: we have to get Americans back to work, and we have to get our fiscal house in order by reaching a big and balanced deficit reduction plan this year.
I was pleased to hear from students and faculty about their experiences at the Calvert Career and Technology Academy, and how the high school is preparing students for the workforce and motivating them to seek degrees in these fields at higher education institutions.
I am always excited to be back at Pax River with some of the finest men and women in the Department of Defense. Today I am especially glad to be here with you to introduce a man I have known for over thirty years.
Today the Obama Administration released a proposal to adjust federal civilian salaries in 2013, allowing for 0.5% increase, which falls short of the 1.2% base pay adjustment provided for under current law for 2013.
I am pleased that the Second District Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad was awarded this grant, which will help bring the volunteer fire company in compliance with National Fire Protection Association standards and ensure our firefighters have every resource available to efficiently and safely undertake their mission.