Tuesday, March 12, 2013
A new poll released by Goucher College shows that Marylanders see negative effects on local and national economies but not always their own finances.
A majority of Marylanders say they are concerned about the effects of the federal sequester on state and national economies even if they aren't sure it will affect them personally, according a poll released Tuesday afternoon. The poll released by the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center at Goucher College found that 75 percent of those surveyed said the automatic federal spending cuts that went into effect March 1 will negatively impact the state economy while 68 percent said the cuts would hurt the national economy. National Issue, Local Effect Closer to home, only 47 percent of those surveyed said the cuts would negatively impact their own personal finances. Mileah Kromer, director of the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center, said the …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
"It's the first time we've ever had a congressional office within city limits," Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney A. Katz said.
Maryland's new 6th Congressional District leader will call Gaithersburg home for one of two district offices. Congressman John Delaney's team will work out of 9801 Washingtonian Blvd., Suite 330, in Gaithersburg. He also has offices in Hagerstown and Washington, DC. Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney A. Katz said at Monday evening's City Council meeting it is the first time the city has housed a congressional office within city limits. “We have long enjoyed a close relationship with those who represent us on Capitol Hill,” Katz said. “We’re delighted that Congressman Delaney will have an office in our community, allowing him and his staff to continue to provide the high level of accessibility and responsiveness that Gaithersburg residents have come…
Thursday, November 8, 2012
A Dec. 31, 2012, deadline looms for Congress on a number of significant financial issues.
- Ben Gross
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Now that the election is over, the most prominent problem facing the U.S. government is the “fiscal cliff.” You may have heard or seen the term in recent media coverage, but what, exactly, does “fiscal cliff” mean? If Congress fails to act, on Jan. 1, 2013, a number of financial policies will either expire or initiate, including $7 trillion worth of tax increases and spending cuts over the next 10 years. Some of the agencies and programs affected include: Defense cuts, air travel safety and food inspection cuts, income tax rates, the estate tax, marriage penalty relief, child tax credit, the alternative minimum tax, a drop in Medicare reimbursements, small business tax breaks and more. How do you feel about the country potentially going …
Friday, September 7, 2012
6th Congressional District candidate Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, R-Md., has since apologized for the remark.
U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, the Republican congressman campaigning to keep his District 6 seat, sparked controversy for comments he made to reporters Wednesday, stating that federally funded student loans were unconstitutional and that unconstitutional acts could lead down a "slippery slope" to an event like the Holocaust, several news outlets have reported. Bartlett, a 10-term incumbent from Frederick County, Md., could represent Germantown if he defeats Democratic challenger John Delaney, a financier from Montgomery County, during the Nov. 1 election. The Huffington Post and The Washington Post have posted YouTube clips of Bartlett’s comment. According to the video, Bartlett was asked about his stance on the government issuing student …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Reports say that the middle class' size and income level have diminished significantly over the past decade.
Recent reports show that the middle class is declining, both in size and wealth, while the economy appears to be sliding toward a major recession in 2013. According to a report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released Wednesday, the country will enter a recession if Congress allows a series of tax increases and budget cuts to become a reality in January. The report predicts that the economy will shrink by 2.9 percent in gross domestic product in the first half of 2013, and according to The Washington Post, unemployment could shoot up to 9.1 percent by the end of 2013. As of June 2012, the unemployment rate was at 8.2 percent nationally, 6.9 percent in Maryland and 5.5 percent in the D.C. Metropolitan suburbs, according to data…
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Cast your vote today.
At 7 this morning polls opened in Gaithersburg for the Presidential Primary Election. On the ballot are familiar names from the news—the Republican candidates running to campaign against President Barack Obama in November in the General Election. Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are vying for Maryland's delegates. The primary is closed, meaning only registered Republicans can cast ballots for these candidates. Voters can also cast ballots today for congress. On the Democratic ticket, voters can choose between John Delaney, State Sen. Rob Garagiola, Milad Pooran, and Ron Little. Republicans running include incumbent Roscoe Bartlett, Sen. David Brinkley, Robert Coblentz, Robin Ficker, Joseph Krysztoforski, Brandon …
Sunday, February 19, 2012
As it turns out, just about everybody.
According to a recent Gallup poll, public approval ratings for the U.S. Congress have plummeted to an all-time record low of 11 percent. The Washington Post did a fascinating — but somewhat scary — compilation this week of some of the other people and things Americans have found to be at least as popular as the U.S. Congress. It's a bit alarming to see so many things that most people find downright repugnant now surpass Congress in popularity, but given its performance of late, it comes as no surprise. Here’s a short synopsis: The one bright spot: Congress is more popular among Americans than one prominent world leader: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. The South American dictator had only a 9 percent approval rating in 2007, two points…
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Time is running out. What do you think?
Time is running out for a divided Congress to reach a deal on extending the payroll tax cut. Americans could see less in their paychecks if a deal isn't reached by the new year, and the economic recovery could be put in jeopardy, the Washington Post reports. What do you think will be the outcome? Take our poll.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
They had a big job to do, but they couldn't pull it off.
The special congressional supercommittee tasked by President Barack Obama with finding more than a trillion in federal spending cuts gave up and admitted failure yesterday. The result, after two months of negotiations, is that the country is now potentially facing $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts in January 2013 if another deal is not reached. Failure, members of the committee said in a statement issued yesterday, was due to partisan differences. “Despite our inability to bridge the committee’s significant differences, we end this process united in our belief that the nation’s fiscal crisis must be addressed and that we cannot leave it for the next generation to solve,” said the statement from Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Tex.) and Sen. …
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Kensington Democrat takes position on Budget Committee.
WASHINGTON, DC — Rep. Christopher Van Hollen Jr. pledged Wednesday to find common ground with the Republican leadership of the House of Representatives, just minutes after the GOP took the reins of Congress' lower chamber. "We need to find common ground wherever possible, but where there are insurmountable differences, and there are going to be times — we all know that — where people are going to have very different views about how to move the country forward ... where that is the case, we have to stand our ground and make clear what our choices are to the voters going forward," said Van Hollen (D-8th District). Van Hollen spoke to about 150 supporters in between votes on the House floor after taking the oath of office. Van Hollen, who …