Delmarva Reacts to White House Student Loan Forgiveness Plan

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Elected officials and education leaders are reacting to President Biden’s action to forgive up to $10,000 in student loans for recipients who make less than $125,000, and up to $20,000 for Pell Grant recipients. Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Del. released this statement: ‚ÄúAs the cost of higher education has ballooned over the last three decades,…

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Md. Delegate: People Are Getting Second Jobs To Afford Gas

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Two Maryland Republicans are calling for short- and longer-term solutions to ease the pain of high gas prices and fuel taxes for Marylanders.Maryland’s gas tax is set to rise by about seven cents after July 1st under a state formula. Legislative leaders, who are Democrats, have refused calls to schedule a special session.Congressman Andy Harris,…

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Lawsuit Promised To Challenge Md. General Assembly-Approved Congressional Maps

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“Aggressive legal action” is being planned against a Congressional redistricting map passed by the Maryland General Assembly. Fair Maps Maryland describes itself as a nonpartisan grass roots organization. Spokesman Doug Mayer said the General Assembly ignored the will of the overwhelming majority of Marylanders and is violating state and federal law. The maps have also…

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Md. Legislative Redistricting Panel Approves Congressional Map Proposal Redrawing 1st District

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The Maryland Legislative Redistricting Advisory Commission has selected a proposed map of congressional districts for the 2022 elections, just over two weeks before a special session of the General Assembly. The panel Tuesday voted along party lines in favor of one of four maps that were released last week. The First District, currently Represented by…

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Pocomoke Firm Gets Army Armor Contract

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A Worcester County company has been awarded a task order for procurement of the US Army’s next generation Modular Scalable Vest, or MSV. Hardwire LLC, based in Pocomoke City, said the program will replace heavy body armor systems with new lightweight armor and carriers. The contract will last for nine years, with the goal of…

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Ocean City Beach To Be Replenished Over 2021/22

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Ocean City’s beaches will be built up thanks to a nearly $15.7-million contract between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Weeks Marine Incorporated. According to Maryland Congressman Andy Harris, R-Md. 1st, who represents the Eastern Shore, the project will pipe 1.3-million cubic yards of sand from the outer continental shelf to replenish 8.3 miles…

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OC Inlet To Be Dredged This Month

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The US Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to dredge the Ocean City inlet later this month. According to Congressman Andy Harris, R-Md. 1st, shoaling in the inlet will be addressed, and any obstacles that may have been stirred up by Tropical Storm Elsa would be removed. The dredging is expected to take part between…

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President Biden’s 1st 100 Days: Delmarva Reaction

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President Biden’s first 100 days in office generated excitement and optimism from Delaware’s delegation on Capitol Hill – all Democrats who knew or worked with Biden when he was in Delaware. Maryland Congressman Andy Harris, R-1st, saw the early part of the Biden Administration much differently. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del. released this statement: ‚ÄúPresident Biden…

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22,000 More H-2B Visas Approved By Homeland Security

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22,000 additional H-2B Visas have been released, which should make it easier for the seafood industry, tourism and other sectors that rely upon temporary seasonal workers. The Department of Homeland Security said demand for workers is a major reason for this decision. Congressman Andy Harris, R- Md. 1st who represents the Eastern Shore said the…

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What’s In The $1.9-Trillion COVID Rescue Package?

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What is in the $1.9-trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021? Plenty for Delaware, according to Senator Chris Coons. Coons said Wednesday that the measure which received final approval in the House of Representatives will deliver about $1.36-billion to The First State, including $1,400 direct checks to most people. It also supports vaccine distribution, school…

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Md. Approved For Disaster Aid Related To Storm Isaias

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President Joe Biden has approved a “major disaster” declaration for Dorchester, Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties in connection with damaged caused by Tropical Storm Isaias last summer. The Declaration makes federal funding available to state and eligible local governments and certain private non-profit organizations on a cost-sharing basis. ‚ÄúThis is great news for the State…

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Harris, Blunt Rochester Discuss Impeachment Vote

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The vote on the impeachment of President Donald Trump carried on without the presence of Maryland Congressman Andy Harris, who represents the Eastern Shore. Harris, MD, said in a statement that he spent his time caring for patients. He called the actions of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “divisive, hastily called and politically motivated.” Harris went…

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Harris: Election Debate Surrounded ‘Legitimate Constitutional Concerns’

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Maryland Congressman Andy Harris (R- Md.), who represents the Eastern Shore, said Thursday that he and his colleagues who disputed the Electoral College count “held legitimate Constitutional concerns about how the November election was conducted in certain states and felt compelled to highlight those concerns during the formal vote count.” “We did not call for…

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Coons, Blunt Rochester, Harris Begin New Terms

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A new Congress has been sworn in in Washington. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.) have begun their third terms. Also, Congressman Andy Harris (R-Md. 1st) has been sworn in to another term. Harris has held that seat since 2011. “It was an honor to be sworn in today to represent…

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FEMA Approves Flood Mitigation Grant For Crisfield

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Flood mitigation efforts in Crisfield will get support with a grant of more than $1.2-million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to the State of Maryland. According to Congressman Andy Harris, the grant will cover 90-percent of the projected costs of installing tide gates, replacing culverts, installing two pump stations and other flood-related projects. Crisfield’s…

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