WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman David Trone (D-MD) today joined U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Bob Casey (D-PA), along with Representatives John P. Sarbanes (D-MD) and Bobby Scott (D-VA) and members representing the Chesapeake Bay region in a bipartisan letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) urging continued investment in the health of the Chesapeake Bay. The letter sent to Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Matthew Lohr, underscores the importance of supporting the region’s farmers in their efforts to reduce pollution and provides recommendations as the Department prepares a final rule on the implementation of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), which supports these efforts.
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S Congressman David Trone joined U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.), along with Representatives John P. Sarbanes (D-Md.) and Bobby Scott (D-Va.), led members representing the Chesapeake Bay region in a bipartisan letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) urging continued investment in the health of the Chesapeake Bay. The letter, sent to Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Matthew Lohr, underscores the importance of supporting the region’s farmers in their efforts to reduce pollution and provides recommendations as the Department prepares a final rule on the implementation of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), which supports these efforts. Major provisions from Senator Van Hollen’s bipartisan Chesapeake Bay Farm Bill Enhancements Act, including $300 million in mandatory funding for the RCPP, were included in the final 2018 Farm Bill and have led to increased investment in the Bay region under the program.
GAITHERSBURG, MD - Following the nationwide protests on Saturday in response to the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, Congressman David Trone released the below statement:
May 29, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Congressman David Trone, (D-Md.) led a letter with members of the Maryland delegation, including Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, and Jamie B. Raskin, (all D-Md.) urging Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to publicly release his plan on Maryland COVID-19 testing, which he is required to submit tomorrow to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As the members note in their letter, Maryland is receiving $205 million in federal funding to support testing efforts from the Congressionally-passed Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. This legislation, signed into law on April 24, 2020, requires all states utilizing the funding to submit a testing plan to the CDC.
WASHINGTON, DC - Yesterday, Congressman David Trone (MD-06) hosted a telephone town hall with Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and a panel of experts from Johns Hopkins University and AARP Maryland to discuss resources available to seniors during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Nearly 7,000 people tuned in for the event.
Denver – Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D) and Cory Gardner (R) and Colorado U.S. Representatives Jason Crow (D) and Doug Lamborn (R) led a bipartisan group of 125 Members of Congress, including Rep. David Trone (D), in a letter to President Donald Trump, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter Gaynor calling on the administration to ensure National Guard personnel who are serving on the front lines of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) response efforts across the nation receive the federal benefits they have earned.
Washington—Led by Chairman Eliot L. Engel, all Democratic members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs today called on the Trump Administration to reverse the President’s apparently retaliatory May 15 firing of State Department Inspector General Steve Linick. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed that he recommended Mr. Linick’s removal while the Office of Inspector General (OIG) was conducting investigations that directly involved the Secretary. In a letter to Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun, the lawmakers also underscored the serious conflict of interest caused by placing Ambassador Stephen Akard in charge of the OIG while he holds another high-ranking position in the Department.
May 27, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - On Friday, Congressman David Trone authored an op-ed in The Hill about how COVID-19 has exacerbated the mental health crisis in America. You can read the piece here, or below:
May 26, 2020 (Washington, D.C.) – Members of Congress representing the National Capital Region today wrote to the Secretaries of Defense and the Interior to state their strong opposition to President Trump’s plans to hold a second military parade in Washington D.C. on July 4th. Despite public health and social distancing precautions in the nation’s capital, which has seen one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the country, the Trump Administration is reportedly “continuing to plan” the event.
WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman David Trone (MD-06) and Members of the Maryland Congressional Delegation – including Senator Chris Van Hollen and Senator Ben Cardin and Congressmen Anthony G. Brown, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Jamie B. Raskin, and Steny Hoyer – sent a letter to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan urging him to use race and ethnicity data to develop a plan to address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color in Maryland. In their letter, the Members also asked the State to lay out their plans to expand testing throughout Maryland, maximizing community-based organizations, such as churches and other members of the faith-based community, as other states have done.