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All Marylanders Can Take Pride in Presidential Designation of Harriet Tubman National Monument

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President Obama recently marked the 100th anniversary of the death of Harriet Tubman by designating the establishment of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Dorchester County. I cannot think of a more fitting or compelling tribute to one of the most courageous, inspirational heroes in our nation’s history.

The Senate-Passed Farm Bill Protects the Bay and Helps Maryland Farmers

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In our nation, the agriculture industry provides more than 16 million jobs for Americans and is Maryland’s largest industry. For those reasons, I am pleased that the U.S. Senate once again overcame partisan differences to pass a new Farm Bill. The Agricultural Reform, Food and Jobs Act provides more effective agricultural support programs for family farmers while reducing the budget deficit by...

European News Causes Market Mood Swings

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The U.S. economy started to gain some momentum in the second half of 2011. 1 Nevertheless, investor confidence may depend in large part on how events unfold in Europe, as any deterioration in the two-year-old debt crisis could present a significant obstacle for an economic recovery here.

Deceptive Voter Practices Cannot Be Tolerated

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Voter suppression and intimidation are still very much alive in our nation. From misleading and fraudulent information about elections to voter intimidation and robocalls designed to suppress the vote, deceptive voting practices are often aimed at depriving minority communities of their voice in our democracy. The U.S. Constitution guarantees and protects the right of every American citizen to...

Our Fight against HIV/AIDS Continues.

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On this December 1, 2011, we celebrate the 23 rd anniversary of World AIDS Day. I say celebrate, because we have accomplished so much in the fight against this terrible disease, particularly in the last decade. However, much more remains to be done, and I stand committed to overcoming this disease, which has killed millions worldwide.

A message to the Budget Super Committee

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On November 23, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction – also known as the “Super Committee” -- will issue its recommendations on how to deal with our nation’s economic problems. As the Committee members work on a plan, I have two recommendations for its members: focus on job creation and develop a balanced approach that will result in real deficit reduction. President Obama has proposed...

Reducing Energy Costs by Developing a Comprehensive Energy Policy

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This spring, Americans struggled with high gasoline prices and unpredictable energy costs as gas at the pump soared to more than $4 a gallon. While these high gas prices have recently receded somewhat, no one should be lulled into a false sense of security that future energy prices will permanently stabilize at substantially lower prices.

Jackson - Vanik Law Suit

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The letter of Edward Lozansky, Forum Coordinator, Forum@RussiaHouse.org Dear Colleagues and Friends, On April 18, 2011 my partner, a former Reagan administration official Anthony Salvia, and I filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia demanding that U.S. president annuls the Jackson-Vanik amendment in relation to Russia.

We Cannot Allow Medicare & Medicaid to be Dismantled

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We can -- and we must -- develop a credible deficit reduction plan that is comprehensive and considers all options. A credible budget plan, however, does not hurt the weakest, most vulnerable Americans. Unfortunately, the House of Representatives has passed a budget plan developed by Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin that I believe does just that by turning Medicare into a voucher program and...

Remembering the Soviet Jewry Struggle and Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Washington, D.C. Vigil

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Would you believe that 40 years have passed since the alleged Leningrad plane hijacking and the birth of the Soviet Jewry movement? On December 10, 1970 a small group of activists gathered on the International Union of Electrical Worker’s plaza to protest the verdicts of treason and death for 11 Soviet citizens, 9 of them Jewish.

An overview of the Elena Kagan confirmation hearings

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As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I spent much of last week participating in the confirmation hearings of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to be Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. It was almost a year ago, that I also participated in Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearing and I consider both to be historic moments.

BP Oil Spill Is a Wake–Up Call to Our Nation

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As Americans continue to watch the failure of BP to turn off the oil spigot caused by the Deepwater Horizon explosion, we are distressed by the loss of life and sickened by the destruction to our Gulf Coast. Americans also are concerned about potential damage that could be caused as currents carry the oil eastward around Florida and possibly up the Atlantic Coast. As we watch and pray for a...

What Really Happened: "I Was There". Letter from an Israeli Soldier

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First of all, I want to apologize for the bad try to write in English. But its really important. If u heard or not, the Israeli navy took over 6 ships that try to get in to Gaza on Sunday. The media as usual, try to represent Israel as killers and cruel, but I was there, and I want u to know what really happens there. Friday morning we left Haifa port as a command ship to find the “peace activity...

It’s Time to Prohibit Airlines from Charging for Carry-On Baggage

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The summer travel season has started and many air travelers are planning ahead for what they may encounter. Unfortunately, over the years air travelers have become all too familiar with the additional fees that are often tacked on for traveling. From the cost of food to headphones to blankets, the number of amenities that often require an additional charge -- unfortunately -- has become common...

We Need a Permanent Moratorium on Drilling Off the Atlantic Coast

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Our nation is currently witnessing what could become the largest, most catastrophic environmental disaster in our history - a disaster that I do not want to see repeated along the Mid-Atlantic Coast, possibly threatening Ocean City, Assateague Island National Seashore, the Chesapeake Bay, and the economic health of Maryland.

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