Mika J. Cross, a human resources manager for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, sometimes uses a laptop issued by the agency. But she is far more likely to check email or collaborate with colleagues on one of her two personal computers.
WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives voted Friday to block a half-percent pay raise ordered by President Barack Obama for federal employees, the latest move by GOP lawmakers to trim budget deficits by attempting to cut the size of the government.
President Barack Obama used the first State of the Union address of his second term to try to breathe new life into his economic agenda, reviving modest measures to spur growth and trying to create fresh momentum in the all-but-stagnant talks over deficit reduction.
By By Kathleen Hennessey, Christi Parsons and John Fritze and Tribune Newspapers
Calling the failures at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Baltimore inexcusable, Maryland's congressional leadership on Monday demanded the beleaguered agency develop an immediate action plan to fix the local problems and assign a senior official to ensure progress is made.
Republican Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, who has represented Maryland's 6th District for nearly two decades, lost his bid for an 11th term Tuesday to a Democratic businessman who cast the closely watched race as a battle of different economic visions for the country.
Despite well-known challengers and widespread dissatisfaction with Washington, most of Maryland's incumbents in the House of Representatives appear to be cruising to reelection — a result of convoluted congressional districts and large Democratic majorities in most parts of the state.
Comptroller Peter Franchot has become the latest prominent Democrat to reject the congressional redistricting map drawn by Gov. Martin O'Malley and the General Assembly, urging Marylanders to vote it down at the polls Nov. 6.
Gov. Martin O'Malley and the ruling Democrats in Annapolis worked hard to draw a new congressional map that could force a Republican from office. But the result is such a contorted tangle of districts that even some Democrats have declined to support it.
The candidates for Maryland's District 3 and District 7, which include parts of Howard, took turns answering questions at the Howard County League of Women Voters forum, held Tuesday at the George Howard Building in Ellicott City.
U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes, a Towson Democrat who represents part of Howard County, has introduced a bill in Congress aimed to encourage politicians to choose to use grassroots donations to fund their campaigns instead of special interests.
One is a fourth-term state senator. The other, a small business owner. Though their political experience varies greatly, the two Republicans share the same goal: Unseat the Democratic incumbents in their Congressional districts and make changes in the Capitol.
The office, located in the Normandy Shopping Center, houses campaign signs, bumper stickers and literature for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, U.S. Senate candidate Dan Bongino, U.S. House of Representative candidates Frank Mirabile (District 7), Eric Knowles (District 3) and Nancy Jacobs (District 2) and Board of Education candidate Bob Ballinger.
Maryland's delegation predictably split along party lines over the House of Representatives' latest effort Wednesday to repeal President Barack Obama's national health care law -- with two state Republicans backing the repeal and six Democrats opposing it.
Lured by its hometown feeling, Arbutus residents, and many others who don't live in the area, endured the heat and 100-degree plus temperatures to enjoy Wednesday afternoon's annual Fourth of July parade.
As bad as it has been for federal employees this year in Congress, experts and lawmakers say it's about to get a lot more dicey because of the 'fiscal cliff' issues Washington must resolve by the end of the year.
Opponents of the congressional redistricting plan devised by Gov. Martin O'Malley and General Assembly leaders claimed to have passed the first test for putting the measure on the November ballot by gathering enough voters' signatures to keep their effort going.
A study suggesting that the sophistication of congressional floor speeches has declined by a full grade level since 2005 ranks Reps. Chris Van Hollen and John Sarbanes as the most eloquent ¿ or verbose, depending on your perspective ¿ members of Maryland¿s delegation to Washington.