C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger

Federal budget deal begins debate over bay funding, medical pot and other Maryland priorities

Federal budget deal begins debate over bay funding, medical pot and other Maryland priorities

The federal budget agreement approved early Friday will kick off an intricate debate over several Maryland funding priorities that have been unresolved since President Donald J. Trump took office.

The deal — which ended a brief government shutdown Friday morning — amounts to the first step in the process of deciding whether Congress will accept Trump’s call to eliminate money for the Chesapeake Bay, a pair of high-tech biodefense laboratories in the state and several programs at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

It could determine whether a congressman’s effort to block wind farms within sight of Ocean City’s beaches is successful, and whether Congress will continue to...

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