Without including a word in the bipartisan budget deal that reopened federal agencies on Thursday, Maryland Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin paved the way for a 1 percent pay raise for federal workers — the first such increase in three years.
Congress Wednesday night approved a bipartisan deal to reopen the government and extend the nation's $16.7 trillion debt ceiling into early next year, a measure that will send tens of thousands of federal employees in Maryland back to work.
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said Wednesday that the deal approved by Congress to reopen the federal government would also allow President Barack Obama to go foward with his plan to offer a 1 percent pay raise to federal employees.
Lawmakers in Congress were scrambling late Monday to settle on legislation to end the latest budget showdown even as federal agencies prepared to cut services and furlough hundreds of thousands of federal employees.
Republicans in the House of Representatives were set to approve a government funding bill Saturday that would delay the nation's health care law for one year — inching federal agencies closer to a shutdown analysts predict would have a significant economic impact in Maryland.
As the Oct. 11 release date of the new movie "Captain Phillips" approaches, Baltimore-based officials with the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots hope to capitalize on the publicity to highlight the importance of the merchant marine — and full funding of their mission.
Before a large crowd of supporters at Kahler Hall in Columbia this morning, District 1 County Council member Courtney Watson made the long-awaited announcement: She is, officially, running for Howard County executive.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Baltimore gave $64,000 in bonuses to its employees since 2010, even as the percentage of backlogged disability claims for Maryland veterans outpaced the national average by double digits.
In a letter sent Monday to the secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Maryland's senior senator calls on the VA's Baltimore office to develop an action plan within 10 days to improve its "lackluster" approach to an initiative designed to speed up the time it takes to process disability claims.
The beleaguered Veterans Affairs office in Baltimore excluded Maryland servicemen and servicewomen from a program designed to fast-track their disability claims, according to a senior American Legion official.
The dean of Maryland's congressional delegation and a prominent voice in the liberal wing of the Democratic Party, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, said on Monday that she supports giving President Barack Obama authorization to strike Syria.
Several dozen protesters rallied in Rockville and Ellicott City on Wednesday to deliver the message that even in Democratic Maryland — where six in 10 voted to re-elect President Obama last year — there are deep misgivings about U.S. involvement in another Middle East war.
The port of Baltimore won a $10 million federal grant to build more access to rail, expand storage at Fairfield Marine Terminal, and help widen the channel at Seagirt Marine Terminal to accommodate bigger ships.
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has raised nearly $500,000 in a federal campaign account he created last year and has made his first effort at spreading the cash around in early presidential primary states, a pair of campaign finance reports released Wednesday show.
Senate leaders struck a deal Tuesday to avoid a showdown over the use of filibusters, ending a political drama and clearing the way for Marylander Thomas E. Perez to win confirmation as head of the Labor Department.
The head of the nation's medical research agency and leaders of Johns Hopkins hospital and medical school warned Monday that progress in fighting diseases could be slowed, jobs lost and scientists driven overseas unless across-the-board federal funding cuts are reversed.
Del. Emmett C. Burns, Jr., a prominent opponent of same-sex marriage and other gay rights initiatives in Annapolis for the last two decades, is officially retiring from the state legislature next year -- capping a long political career in which his stances on gay issues have increasingly put him at odds with legislative colleagues and younger voters.
Reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act — as well as a more recent effort to amend the Constitution to ban same-sex marriage — has underscored just how dramatically lawmakers have changed their view on the issue in the course of 17 years.
A divided Supreme Court struck down a federal law Wednesday that prohibited the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage, a landmark decision that will make federal marriage benefits available to legally married same-sex couples for the first time in the nation's history.
As officials at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs look internally for solutions to a claims backlog that is drawing increasing fire from Capitol Hill, they are also reaching for outside help from some of the nation's best-known veterans groups.
White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough visited the Baltimore regional office of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on Friday to discuss efforts to address the agency's persistent backlog of veterans disability claims.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers pressed the Obama administration on Wednesday to reduce the backlog of disability claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs by improving cooperation between the agencies that have a role in the process.