A divided Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down aggregate limits on how much money wealthy donors may spend on elections, a decision that could pour vast sums of new cash into the nation's increasingly expensive system of campaign finance.
By By John Fritze and Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun
More than two months after Congress allowed federal unemployment benefits to lapse, tens of thousands of out-of-work Marylanders are hoping a bipartisan deal to restart the program will win approval when lawmakers return to Washington this week.
Is it possible that the adults in Congress are finally taking over? That prospect has reared its head in the decision of Republican leaders in both the House and Senate to back away from another threatened government shutdown, by swallowing an uncomplicated vote to raise the federal debt ceiling.
President Barack Obama told House Democratic lawmakers on the Eastern Shore Friday that Congress must focus on increasing the federal minimum wage and changing immigration laws ahead of a midterm election that he acknowledged could be difficult for his party.
Emergency unemployment benefits will expire Saturday for more than 25,000 out-of-work Marylanders, with thousands more projected to run out of the insurance in the first half of the year unless Congress decides to reverse course and approve an extension.
U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez said Congress left more than a million families a "lump of coal in their stocking" when it failed to address expiring federal unemployment benefits, and he joined a chorus of Democrats who are calling on lawmakers to approve a retroactive extension as their first order of business next month.
Congressional negotiators announced a $1.01 trillion budget agreement on Tuesday that would avoid another government shutdown but deliver an additional round of cuts to thousands of federal employees in Maryland.
By By John Fritze and Lisa Mascaro and The Baltimore Sun
Religious exemptions should never become a tool of discrimination. They should be narrowly tailored to reduce the burden on a person's free exercise of religion. They should not give license to some employers, under the guise of religious liberty, to treat LGBT people adversely in their jobs.
With millions of consumers getting cancellation notices for their current health plans, President Obama announced Thursday that he will encourage insurance companies to continue offering their customers the same health plans next year.
Maryland, like 34 other states, lacks laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity – laws that would protect transgender people and others who transgress traditional notions of male and female.
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.