July 27, 2017 Press Release
Reps. Anthony G. Brown (MD-04) and Alma Adams (NC-12) - members of the bipartisan HBCU Caucus - released the following statement after passage of an amendment to the “Make America Secure Appropriations Act” (H.R. 3219) allocated $40 million for the U.S. Department of Defense’s HBCU/MI STEM Program
July 27, 2017 Press Release
Commonsense legislation would direct the Secretary of the VA to publicly post the number of job vacancies & make measurable progress to reach full staffing capacity
Today, Congressman Anthony G. Brown (MD-04) introduced the VA Staffing and Vacancies Transparency Act of 2017 – a bill requiring the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to post the number of job vacancies at the VA and report to Congress on what steps the Department is taking to reach full staffing capacity. Currently, the Department has posted 2,300 openings despite having nearly 50,000 total vacancies, 92 percent of them are doctors, nurses, mental health counselors and other clinical professionals.
July 26, 2017 Press Release
Bill Co-Sponsored by Reps. Wittman and Ruppersberger Would Designate Official to Coordinate Government Response to Cyber Attacks on Federal Employees
Today, Congressman Anthony G. Brown (MD-04) along with Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) and Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02) introduced the Cyber VICTIM (Valuing Individual Cybersecurity Through Interagency Measures) Act (H.R. 3403). The bill directs the President of the United States to designate a federal official as the Interagency Cyber Victim Response Coordinator.
I am deeply disappointed in President Trump’s decision to withdraw such a fundamental right from American citizens. I firmly believe that all people, regardless of gender identification, should have the right, privilege and responsibility to participate in the defense of our country. Thousands of transgender Americans are honorably serving in the military, and I reject any action that diminishes their courage and sacrifice. This is a dark day for our Armed Forces and our nation.
July 25, 2017 Press Release
Project Creates 6,300 Construction Jobs, 27,000 Permanent Jobs; Connects 6,000 Small Businesses
Congressman Anthony G. Brown (MD-04) and members of the Maryland Congressional Delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Representatives Steny H. Hoyer, John P. Sarbanes, John K. Delaney, and Jamie Raskin (all D-MD), have written to Matthew Welbes, Executive Director of the Federal Transit Administration, urging him to immediately sign the Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) with the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) and move the Maryland National Capital Purple Line project forward.
July 24, 2017 Press Release
Members of Congress from Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia today excoriated a newly-filed amendment to the “Minibus” appropriations bills. The amendment would use the Holman Rule to target federal employees in the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), which delivers projections on proposed legislation.
July 18, 2017 Press Release
Bill Would Decrease Mandatory Pension Contributions for New Federal Employees From 4.4 Percent to 0.8 Percent
Yesterday, Congressman Anthony G. Brown (MD-04) introduced the Federal Employee Pension Act of 2017 (H.R. 3269). The bill 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. Brown’s legislation would roll back this requirement to pre-2012 levels, setting the mandatory contribution amount to 0.8 percent expanding the net take-home pay for federal workers. Cutting benefits and increasing mandatory pension contributions use dollars earned by federal workers to balance the budget.
Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) and Congressman Anthony G. Brown (MD-04) issued the following statement after Republican appropriators voted against an amendment to strike language from the Fiscal Year 2018 budget that would rescind $200 million from the fully consolidated FBI headquarters relocation project. Congressmen Hoyer and Brown sent a letter to House appropriators on Wednesday requesting their support for the amendment. On Tuesday, the Trump Administration announced their intent to cancel the current request for proposals to construct the new fully consolidated FBI headquarters.
July 13, 2017 Press Release
NDAA Amendment Supported by Reps. Adams and Johnson, and United Negro College Fund Would Authorize $40 Million in Competitive Grant & Scholarship Initiatives at the Department of Defense for Historically Black Colleges & Universities and Minority Institutions
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment offered by Congressman Anthony G. Brown (D-MD) to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018 (H.R. 2810) that authorizes record funding to the Department of Defense (DoD) Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI) program.
Last night, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) and Congressman Anthony G. Brown (MD-04) sent a letter to Congressional appropriators, requesting their support for an amendment that Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02) will offer this morning during a House Appropriations Committee markup, which would strike language from the Fiscal Year 2018 budget that would rescind $200 million from the fully consolidated FBI headquarters relocation project.