As we continue to climb out of one of the worst economic recessions in American history, we must invest in working, middle-income families and small businesses. While big banks and the wealthy have regained their footing, too many Americans have been left behind. Ensuring all people have the chance to succeed is a key trait of the American Dream. Instituting sound fiscal policy and embracing a pro-innovation economy will enable us to overcome the challenges of the 21st century. By empowering minority owned firms and strengthening local businesses, we will build opportunities within the Fourth District and increase pathways to opportunity for hardworking Marylanders. Investing in development of employees and empowering entrepreneurs fuels the engine of our economy and propels us forward.
I have a long history of supporting minority and women-owned businesses in the State of Maryland. Investing in the future and livelihoods of smaller firms solidifies our local and national economy, and paves the road to stable middle class lifestyles. In addition, we need to ease the burden for community banks to provide credits to small, women and minority-owned businesses and families looking to invest in their futures. Furthermore, looking for ways for larger corporations located in the District to partner with local businesses to create sustainable relationships will increase the vitality of our local economy.
Anyone willing to put in the hard work needed to get ahead should not be left behind. Today, families are having to put in more hours just to stay afloat. We need to make it easier for working class families to file taxes, open businesses, and join unions. Instituting common sense workplace and employee protections does not hold us back, they allow businesses to attain sustainable growth over the long term. This also includes closing the gender pay gap, raising the minimum wage, and supporting paid family and sick leave. No American should have to choose between their job and their health or the health of a family member.
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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will consolidate its operations into a $265 million headquarters in Camp Springs, Maryland, in less than three years.
The federal agency, which oversees legal immigration to the country, will house 3,700 employees across the street from an apartment complex with another one under construction. A commercial lot will occupy land nearby with restaurants and other businesses.
The Branch Avenue Metro station is adjacent to all three properties.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Anthony G. Brown (MD-04) published an open letter outlining his reaction to the recently proposed magnetic levitation (Maglev) track alignments between Washington and Baltimore. The high-speed rail project promises greater regional connectivity and economic development. However, it has been met with community apprehension regarding costs, neighborhood disruptions and lack of sufficient local input.
In a commentary for Maryland Matters, U.S. Rep. Anthony Brown writes about the development of a new, modern headquarters facility for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in Camp Springs and the 3,700 well-paying jobs it will bring. USCIS, he writes, will be an economic catalyst for the surrounding community by providing critical daytime foot traffic and business activity.
For decades, Prince George’s County leaders have made great strides making the county more attractive to businesses and residents — even as Northern Virginia, Montgomery County, and the District of Columbia have experienced greater rates of economic growth and investment. The county also has long been overlooked, for inexplicable reasons, in terms of federal facilities and tenancies throughout the National Capital Region.
Another local congressman is trying another approach to convince his colleagues to give some federal employees more money in fiscal 2018.
Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Md.) introduced the Federal Employee Pension Act of 2017 that would repeal sections of the Middle-Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 and the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 that raised mandatory pension contributions of new federal employees to 4.4 percent.