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Congressman Brown Champions Initiatives to Boost Diversity and Inclusion in 2021 NDAA

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Anthony Brown (MD-04), Vice Chair of the House Armed Services Committee and 30-year Army veteran, welcomed the passage of a number of his amendments to the FY2021 National Defense Authorization Act to promote and foster diversity within the military. The amendments passed with full bipartisan support. The military was a leading force for integration and advancing men... Read more »

Defying veto threat, House panel pushes to rename bases honoring Confederate leaders

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The House provision, approved by a 33-23 vote largely along party lines for inclusion in the annual defense authorization act, would require the bases be renamed within a year of the final bill passage. Iraq War veteran Rep. Anthony Brown, D-Md., sponsored the legislation and said the changes are needed to end the “pain and suffering” still caused by the memory of the Confederacy. Read more »

Confederate battle flag would be banned at all DOD sites under House plan

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A week after Army officials announced they would not ban Confederate flags from service installations, a House panel approved plans to prohibit the symbol at all military locations. On Wednesday, as part of the House Armed Services Committee’s debate over the annual defense authorization bill, lawmakers passed without objection language that would “prohibit the public display of the Confederate ba... Read more »

Trump Vows To Veto Defense Bill If It Removes Confederate Names From Military Bases

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"There's much greater awareness today of symbols and monuments and names," Brown said. "I think you'll have [a] higher percentage of men and women in uniform today who can tell you who Gen. Bragg was and why it's inappropriate to have his name on one of the major force projection platforms of the United States Army, an institution that should be taking pride in inclusion and diversity and unity, and not on symbols that have divided us over the years." Read more »

Maryland lawmakers say everyone on unemployment backlog should get immediate $1,200

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Congressman Anthony Brown (D-Md) is joining efforts to immediately pay thousands of people waiting for unemployment benefits. The backlog in Maryland is nearly 25,000 and some have been waiting since March. Del. Vaughn Stewart (D-Montgomery Co.) proposed the idea to send a check for $1,200 to everyone on the backlog. “It’s huge to have Congressman Brown’s support in this effort,” said Stewart. “I ... Read more »

Md. Democrats Back Reconciliation Commission to Address, Heal Racism

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Several Maryland Democrats are backing a plan to help the United States confront the legacy of centuries of racist policies: a reconciliation process used by South Africa after apartheid and by dozens of other countries after civil wars and other societal schisms. The proposal would establish a federal commission on “truth, racial healing and transformation.” It comes as protests demanding racial ... Read more »

House Democrats aim to tackle racial health disparities linked to disproportionate Covid-19 deaths

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Democratic lawmakers are introducing new legislation Thursday to begin addressing the health disparities that have led to a disproportionate number of minorities contracting and dying from the coronavirus. The Health Enterprises Zones Act seeks to incentivize health care providers to work in disadvantaged communities where longstanding problems with access to quality health care have put minority... Read more »

‘Daunting problem’: Black service members court-martialed up to 71% more than whites

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Black service members are put on trial more than whites, and Congress declared Tuesday that it wants an end to the racial disparity in the military justice system. “Consistent, persistent and getting worse, and then you do nothing about it,” fired Rep. Jackie Speier, a California Democrat, at Air Force Judge Advocate General Lt. Gen. Jeffrey A. Rockwell during testimony before the House Armed Serv... Read more »

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