Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards
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Commemorating Black History Month


The theme this year for Black History Month is “Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories.” Maryland has a rich history of places that played a significant role not only in African American history, but the nation’s history. I discuss this and more in the video above commemorating Black History Month.


Supporting my colleagues from Michigan in demanding answers and action regarding the Flint Water Crisis.

Applauding President Obama’s Executive Orders to Reduce Gun Violence


Gun violence is at epidemic levels throughout the United States. Whether from mass shootings, armed robbery, domestic violence, accidents, or suicide, hundreds of Americans are killed or injured every day, destroying families in communities across this country. Too many Members of Congress value the support of the National Rifle Association's organized gun lobby more than doing what’s right for American families. As a result, any attempt to pass legislation to curb gun violence has been met with fierce opposition and defeated.

The limited actions announced by President Obama seek to address loopholes and carve outs by the National Rifle Association and their friends in Congress who have weakened our nation’s firearm laws over the past thirty years, and put more lives in danger. For example, the Firearms Owners’ Protection Act of 1986 narrowed the definition of those ‘engaged in the business’ of dealing in firearms and therefore required a federal firearms license. By updating this vague term and clarifying that no matter where you operate your business you must have a license and conduct background checks, we will enhance the public safety. Additionally, by making substantial improvements to the current National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and closing loopholes that allow certain gun purchasers to avoid background checks altogether, we can prevent more of the criminals, domestic abusers, and the dangerously mentally ill from getting firearms.

Faced with the sad reality that Congress refuses to act, I applaud President Obama’s actions. By no means does this absolve Congress from taking comprehensive legislative action and providing increased funding for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to carry out their duties fully. While the President’s actions alone will not end gun violence, they are a step forward in keeping firearms out of the hands of dangerous individuals and will help make our communities safer and save lives.

My Reaction to President Obama’s 2016 State of the Union Address

President Obama struck the right balance in his seventh and final State of the Union address. Many forget, or choose to overlook, the fact that when President Obama took office, the nation’s economy was in turmoil. Through the leadership of President Obama and Congressional Democrats, the nation’s economy continues to strengthen. A recent example was the December jobs report, marking 70 consecutive months of private sector job growth, totaling 14.1 million jobs.

I am particularly proud to have stood with President Obama to pass the landmark Affordable Care Act, delivering health care to millions of Americans. The President’s unparalleled leadership also led to such historic achievements as the Paris Climate Deal, the Iran Nuclear Agreement, and renewing diplomatic relations with Cuba. But I also agree with the President that considerable obstacles remain, and that through the determination and ingenuity of the American people we will overcome those challenges. I applaud the President continuing to highlight the critical need to take substantive action on climate change, comprehensive immigration reform, criminal justice reform, campaign finance reform, and common-sense gun safety. Even in the 8th year of his term, it is important to continue to put forth and advocate for bold, progressive ideas. I look forward to working with the President to a reset on trade that takes the steps necessary to support American workers and ensure they can compete in a 21st Century, global economy with trade agreements that strengthen our economy and create jobs, while also ensuring worker safety protections, environmental standards, and an equal playing field for American workers and businesses.

President Obama’s optimism in the strength and endless possibility of the American spirit is infectious. It is my sincere hope that my Republican colleagues take this opportunity for bold action to move past the ideologies that divide us and focus on the values and priorities that made this nation strong.

Opposed GOP Reconciliation Bill That Attacked Health Care of Women and Working Families

Republicans picked right up where they left off in 2015 with a damaging Reconciliation bill. This irresponsible legislation would cause over 22 million hard-working Americans to lose their health care coverage. It would result in millions of women, many from low-income communities, being denied access to primary care, birth control, advice on family planning, and life-saving cancer screening services. This vote exemplifies the definition of insanity, marking the 62nd attempt by House Republicans to repeal or dismantle the Affordable Care Act and the 11th attempt to defund Planned Parenthood. This Republican obsession with attacking access to health care for women and working families is outrageous and unacceptable.

The American people want Congress to focus on real priorities, which include growing the economy, creating good-paying jobs, and improving the lives of working families. I continue to hope that House Republicans will recognize that the majority of Americans want them to end their attacks on the health care of women and working families, and join with House Democrats to make 2016 a year of progress for the American people.

Highlighting President Obama’s $1.1 Billion Funding Proposal to Combat Opioid and Heroin Abuse

I applaud President Obama’s proposal to include $1.1 billion in new funding to combat prescription opioid abuse and heroin use. With more people now dying from drug overdose than car crashes every year, this crisis is an epidemic that is devastating families and communities in Maryland and across the country.

Last summer I hosted a roundtable discussion where stakeholders in law enforcement, higher education institutions, nonprofit organizations, and federal, state, and local government highlighted the importance of a coordinated effort that includes treatment, prevention, and increasing the availability of the overdose reversal drug naloxone. Thankfully, the proposal announced recently provides additional funding in each of these areas.

Over six years ago, I first introduced the Stop Overdose Stat (S.O.S.) Act that would provide federal support for expanding the awareness and use of naloxone, improving epidemiological surveillance of overdose occurrences, and establishing a coordinated federal plan of action. It would do so in part by establishing a grant program that funds efforts to educate and train the public, first responders, and caregivers of those at risk of overdose on how to administer naloxone. We know that it works, as Baltimore police officers now carrying naloxone have already saved at least thirteen lives. I am grateful that a portion of approximately $500 million in funding would be used to increase the availability of naloxone and help save even more lives.





Hosted Roundtable on How Consumers Can Improve Their FICO Credit Score

Homeownership has long been central to Americans’ ability to amass wealth. However, since the great housing crisis, millions of consumers have been unable to purchase homes or secure business loans because they do not meet traditional credit risk requirements. Unfortunately, the inability to meet traditional credit requirements means that it may be decades before consumers are able to secure a mortgage or access credit worthy financing again. That is why I hosted a roundtable discussion to help consumers understand their FICO credit score and to learn how this impacts lending practices.

Attendees learned how they can benefit from consistent, on-time rent, utilities, phone, car insurance, and other monthly payments in the FICO score risk assessment; generate a credit score based on prompt payments and prudent financial management; access standard credit products enjoyed by millions of Americans; and avoid annualized interest rates for payday and similar loans.

Hosted Information Session on the Federal Personal Property Donation Program


The Federal Personal Property Donation Program enables certain non-federal organizations such as local jurisdictions (schools, city, county, towns, and villages) and nonprofit organizations to obtain surplus property no longer needed by the Federal government. Participants heard from the Maryland Department of General Services, Surplus Property division, on how to obtain surplus property including: communication and electronic equipment; furniture; hand and machine tools; construction equipment; office machines and supplies; and more. Despite the weather, we had great attendance and participants learned about valuable resources that will help their organizations. For more information, visit the DGS/Surplus Property division by clicking here.



2016 Calendars Available
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What:

Small Business Event

When:

February 23, 2016
  8:30 AM - 11:40 AM

Where:

Hillcrest Heights Community Center
2300 Oxon Run Drive Temple Hills, MD 20748
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What:

Environmental Challenges Round Table

When:

March 8, 2016
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Where:

Anne Arundel Community College
219 Cade
101 College Parkway, Arnold, MD 21012
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Department of Energy - Office of Science Office of Science
The Climate Model Development and Validation (CMDV) Activity in the Climate and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD), Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) of the Office of Science (SC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is a new effort to improve climate model architecture, software, and computational design to prepare for exascale computing, to develop scale-aware physics for climate systems, and to enhance methods for model validation. This solicitation focuses mainly on the development and validation of scale-aware physics parameterizations for the atmosphere, with the goal of including these in either the current or next generation version of DOE’s Accelerated Climate Model for Energy (ACME).

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