Wednesday, January 11, 2012
The Republican candidate will launch his campaign in all three of District 8's counties.
Dave Wallace, a Republican businessman from Carroll County, is planning to run against Rep. Chris Van Hollen in the coming congressional election. Wallace will announce his candidacy in each of District 8's three counties Thursday, including a stop at the Social Security Administration in Rockville at 5:30 p.m. Van Hollen has won his last four elections with more than 70 percent of the vote, but that was before the state approved a congressional redistricting plan that splits much of Montgomery County between Districts 6 and 8 and brings parts of Frederick and Carroll counties into Van Hollen's district. Wallace said in a statement that the people of District 8 deserve a more reliable leader than Van Hollen. "Van Hollen is irresponsible, …
Monday, November 21, 2011
The Kensington Democrat says Congress missed a great opportunity.
The bi-partisan committee tasked with slashing the federal deficit will not be able reach an agreement before the Wednesday deadline, its leadership announced this evening. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, a Kensington Democrat, is a member of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction and said Congress has missed a great opportunity. "I am very disappointed that the Joint Committee was unable to develop a plan to boost job growth and reduce the long-term deficit in a predictable, balanced way," he said in a statement. Van Hollen said members of the public will likely blame both parties for the supercommittee's breakdown, but that wouldn't be a fair analysis. "That approach would be as easy as it would be wrong," he said. "... In the days ahead…
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Maryland representative is pushing for $4 trillion in cuts.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
By Jeffery Benzing Capital News Service WASHINGTON — Rep. Chris Van Hollen still wants to "go big" with the congressional "supercommittee," favoring $4 trillion in total deficit reduction over 10 years, even as he's unsure that the group can craft a plan to curtail the deficit by its Nov. 23 deadline. "This is a critical week. Everyone's going to be doubling down," said Van Hollen, who sits on the 12-member Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction and is the ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee. "I think the jury's still out as to whether we'll reach an agreement." And time is ticking away. The committee must decide how it might slash the deficit by at least $1.2 trillion with cuts to expensive programs like Medicare and …
Sunday, August 14, 2011
His appointment to the 'super committee' provides an opportunity for Maryland's up-and-comer.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recently appointed one of Maryland’s own, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. This is the so-called "super committee" that has been charged with finding $1.2 trillion to $1.5 trillion in federal budget deficit savings, to stave off the threat of severe automatic cuts that will be triggered if Republicans and Democrats fail to reach agreement. For Van Hollen, already a well-respected voice on budgetary issues and a rising star among House Democrats, the appointment carries both great opportunity and great risk. The opportunity is that his appointment underscores the rising position of influence he has attained within the House Democratic caucus. This can add to his …