March 2, 2021

Dear Neighbor:

I wanted to take a moment to share with you a brief update about how my staff and I have been working for the people of the 8th District. It is a surpassing honor to continue serving as your Representative in Congress.

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Stay close,


Celebrating Black History Month

As the nation celebrated Black History Month, I was honored to recognize Shirl Spicer, Montgomery Parks' Museum Manager, and David Key, President of the African American Resources-Cultural Heritage (AARCH) Society of Frederick County, as our 8th District Local Heroes. 

Click here to learn more about Shirl's work overseeing the Josiah Henson Museum restoration and bringing to life African-American history across Maryland.

Click here to learn more about David and AARCH's effort to build a vibrant Heritage Center to tell the amazing but unsung story of Frederick’s African-American community. 

Calling for Vaccine Equity

African-Americans make up 31% of our population in Maryland but make up more than 35% of our COVID-19 deaths. I'm committed to doing everything I can to improve vaccine equity and overcome vaccine hesitancy in communities of color. Click here to watch my Q&A with the expert witnesses who testified in our Coronavirus Oversight Select Subcommittee hearing about equity in coronavirus vaccinations.

Fighting for Federal Workers

I'm proud to represent tens of thousands of federal employees who live and work in the 8th District. In our Oversight hearing about revitalizing the federal workforce, I argued that the federal government must be an instrument of the common good, not self-enrichment, and Congress must protect federal workers. You can click here to watch my hearing remarks on the importance of restoring the civil service.

Launching the 2021 Congressional Art Competition

I was thrilled to announce the launch of our 2021 Congressional Art Competition for 8th District high school students! Entries must be submitted digitally by 5pm on Monday, April 12th. More than 120 students from 16 high schools across the District participated in last year’s competition and I'm looking forward to seeing all of the amazing artwork from this year's student artists. Visit my website for more information about how to participate and observe. 

Examining U.S. Postal Service Delays

In our Oversight Committee hearing about the USPS, I asked Postmaster General Louis DeJoy how his illogical plan to eliminate first-class two-day delivery, thereby doubling or tripling delivery times, would address the existing service problems that many of my constituents and Americans across the country have experienced. The Postmaster General’s proposed solution to problems he created is to surrender. You can watch our Committee exchange here.

Passing the Equality Act

Last week, the House just voted 224 to 206 to pass the Equality Act to end discrimination against LGBTQ Americans in housing, education, public accommodations and employment. This is thrilling progress for civil rights in America. Every year I've been in Congress, I've been a proud cosponsor of this bill and proudly voted YES.

Serving as Lead House Impeachment Manager

I recently served as Lead House Impeachment Manger in the U.S. Senate Impeachment Trial of former President Donald Trump. In the most bipartisan presidential impeachment vote in the history of the country, a powerful majority of both houses of Congress found that the former President incited violent insurrection against the Union and the Congress. I thank my constituents for engaging so passionately with this crucial process and for all of your messages.

Passing the American Recovery Act

Days ago, the House passed the American Rescue Plan to deliver stimulus checks to our people, revitalize our economy, and crush the deadly COVID-19 virus. Click here to see a breakdown of what's included in our House-passed bill. I urge the Senate to swiftly pass this legislation without further delay so we can provide urgently-needed relief to millions of struggling Americans.

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