February 11, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON -- Today, Congressman David Trone (MD-06) and the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee passed its portion of the American Rescue Plan. Each of the House Committees is responsible for passing COVID relief legislation within its jurisdiction. The bills are then sent to the House Budget Committee to be combined into one comprehensive bill. The final bill will then receive a vote in the full House of Representatives.
WASHINGTON -- Today, Representatives David Trone (D-MD) and Paul Tonko (D-NY) announced that their bipartisan legislation to fight the addiction crisis among returning citizens, the Medicaid Reentry Act, has been included in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s budget reconciliation package. Additional co-sponsors include Representatives David McKinley (R-WV) and Mike Turner (R-OH).
WASHINGTON -- Today, Congressman David Trone (MD-06) held a conversation about Maryland’s Sixth District’s role in Black history with a panel of community leaders. During the conversation, the group discussed the role their organizations played in Black history and the importance of learning about the past, engaging in tough conversations, and coming together to make real progress.
WASHINGTON -- Today, Congressman David Trone (D-MD) announced that his amendment to the National Apprenticeship Act, which would help establish and strengthen workforce training programs in all federal correctional institutions, passed the House floor. The legislation now heads to the Senate. Justice-impacted individuals face significant barriers to employment when reentering the workforce, with an unemployment rate that is five times higher than the national average. This can often be attributed to the lack of vocational skills and work experience necessary to gain employment. Workforce training programs fill that skills gap, and individuals who participate in these programs while incarcerated are 28% more likely to be employed and 33% less likely to be reincarcerated than individuals who do not participate in these programs. Despite this demonstrated success, these programs are still relatively rare.
WASHINGTON -- Today, Congressman David Trone (D-MD), along with the Bipartisan Opioid Task Force Leaders Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Annie Kuster (D-NH), and Donald Norcross (D-NJ), led a bipartisan coalition of nearly 80 lawmakers to urge Congressional leadership to provide $10 billion in funding for mental health disorder and substance use disorder prevention and treatment. The funding would include $5 billion for the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant and $5 billion for the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant programs. The request follows previous funding approved by Congress for substance use and mental health disorders, including $4.25 billion in the December 2020 omnibus package that was signed into law.
WASHINGTON -- Today, Congressman David Trone (MD-06) released his conversation about COVID-19 vaccines with Dr. Ruth Karron, professor of International Health in the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Department of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine. This is the fifth conversation in a series hosted by Trone called Candid COVID Conversations, which feature periodic discussions covering some of the most pressing issues during the COVID-19 pandemic. He has previously held conversations on mental health with former Congressman Joe Kennedy III (MA-04), children’s health and wellbeing with Congresswoman Kim Schrier (WA-08), our nation’s health and higher education systems with former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, and nutrition with Chairman Jim McGovern (MA-02).
February 4, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Representative David Trone joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and U.S. Representatives Steny Hoyer, C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony Brown, and Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) in writing to United States Postal Service Postmaster General Louis DeJoy about the severe mail delivery delays Marylanders are experiencing. The members refer to specific examples from correspondence they’ve received from constituents and urge DeJoy to take advantage of federal support and to make operational changes immediately to improve service.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David Trone and Senators Ben Cardin today were joined by co-sponsors Senator Chris Van Hollen and Representatives Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kwiesi Mfume, Anthony Brown and Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) in announcing new legislation in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives that would provide an additional $1.4 billion in federal grant funding for states and local communities that commit to transformative policy changes and allocate significant additional resources to address education inequities.
February 3, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON -- Today, Congressman David Trone announced that he will serve on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs in the 117th Congress. Trone will also serve on the powerful House Appropriations Committee and the Joint Economic Committee. This appointment comes one week after Trone announced he was appointed to the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over the Department of Veterans Affairs. “It’s an honor to work on behalf of the millions of brave Americans who dedicated their lives to serving our country,” said Congressman Trone. “While we can never fully repay them for their service, we can provide them with high-quality health care and job opportunities and address the mental health and addiction crises -- it’s the least we can do. I’m confident that we will be able to make serious progress in these areas under Chairman Mark Takano’s leadership.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman David Trone, along with Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Congressmen Reps. Steny Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Jamie Raskin (all D-MD) in a letter to Governor Larry Hogan calling for his Administration to reform and improve vaccine distribution by adopting best practices from other states around the country. Maryland has consistently ranked in the bottom tier of states for vaccine distributions due to an ineffectual, fragmented approach. The members maintain a course correction is needed and requested that the Governor answer a series of questions addressing their specific concerns.