Thursday, April 18, 2013
The congressman accused lawmakers of bowing to special interests after the Senate rejected expanded background checks on firearms. Do you agree?
The U.S. Senate rejected expanded background checks on firearm sales Wednesday, rejecting bipartisan legislation endorsed by President Barack Obama. The bipartisan effort of Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA), failed 54-46, falling short of the 60-vote threshold needed to break a filibuster, The Huffington Post reported. The measure would have expanded the current check system to cover sales of weapons on the Internet and at gun shows. Opponents said the expansion would have set the stage for a national registry of gun owners and said that it would not have prevented tragedies such as the Newtown shootings, HuffPo reports (see Gun Bill Background Check Amendment Fails, Other Key Provisions Follow). In response, U.S. Rep. Chris…
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Van Hollen was unanimously re-elected Thursday to serve as ranking member of the House Budget Committee by the House Democratic Caucus.
The U.S. House of Representatives' Democratic Caucus unanimously reelected Rep. Christopher Van Hollen (D, District 8) on Thursday to serve as ranking member of the House Budget Committee. "It has been a privilege to serve as ranking member of the Budget Committee for the last two years, and I am honored that my colleagues have reelected me to continue to serve in the 113th Congress," Van Hollen said after his reelection. The House Budget Committee is chaired by Rep. Paul Ryan (R, Wisconsin). In the 112th Congress (2011 to 2012), the committee consisted of 22 Republicans and 16 Democrats. As ranking member, Van Hollen is the most senior member of the committee from the minority party (which, in the case of the House of Representatives, is …
Friday, February 17, 2012
Eight of Maryland's 10 congressional representatives rejected the payroll tax cut, saying that the legislation's cuts to federal employees' pension programs were unfair.
Friday, February 17, 2012
By Mark Miller, Capital News Service Eight of the 10 members of Maryland's congressional delegation voted Friday to reject a bipartisan compromise on extending the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits, with leading Democratic members criticizing the legislation's cuts to federal employees' pension programs. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Kensington) and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) were members of the House-Senate conference committee that produced the agreement. Both supported the compromise language in committee, but both voted against it on the floor of their respective chambers. "While this conference report does many good things, it's time to send a message to stop scapegoating our federal employees," Van Hollen said on the House floor…