Congressional Issues

Dear Friends,

Our nation is approaching the 10-year anniversary of the implementation of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. As a result of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, all U.S. citizens are required to present documentation of their citizenship and identity when entering the United States. This requirement created a surge in demand for passports beginning in 1995, and many of these passports will soon expire. The United States Department of State anticipates a spike in passport demand in the upcoming year.

WASHINGTON, DC: Congressman Andy Harris (MD-01) released the following statement after Speaker John Boehner announced that he would be retiring at the end of October:

“I would like to thank John Boehner for his almost 25 years of service in Congress and for leading Republicans as Speaker of the House for the last several years. I look forward to a robust discussion about what our new conservative leadership is going to look like in November.”




WASHINGTON, DC: Congressman Andy Harris (MD-01) released the following statement in response to Pope Francis’ historic address to a joint session of Congress:

“As a devout Catholic, I have been impressed by Pope Francis’ ability to communicate so effectively the traditional Catholic messages of mercy and forgiveness, as well as our obligation to take care of those in need. It was an honor to hear him address Congress today.  I am glad he included remarks on the importance of family, and ‘our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development.’”

WASHINGTON, DC: Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) congratulated several students from Maryland’s First District on the national recognition of their science fair project on cochlear implants. A group of students from Harford Day School in Bel Air were selected as regional winners in the prestigious, highly-competitive competition, the 2015 Toshiba/National Science Teachers Association ExploraVision Awards.  The students excelled in their idea for a better cochlear implant device.

Congressman Andy Harris Announces Congressional Art Competition Winner

WASHINGTON, DC: Congressman Andy Harris (MD-01) is pleased to announce the winner of the 2015 Congressional Art Competition: YeJin Han, a senior at Parkside High School in Salisbury, Maryland. YeJin’s oil painting, titled “2007 Summer,” depicts her and her friends standing on the beach and will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a year.

My district offices are hosting two Service Academy Resource Events for students in Maryland's First District. The events will be held at Bennett High School and Elkton High School in the month of April. All college-bound high school students and their parents are strongly encouraged to attend. 

We have invited representatives from West Point and the Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, and Naval Academies to attend.  Our staff will also explain the appointment process.

WASHINGTON, DC: Congressman Andy Harris (MD-01) is pleased to announce the 2015 Congressional Art Competition. Each spring, the House of Representatives sponsors the competition to recognize the artistic talents of high school students in each congressional district throughout the country.


WASHINGTON, DC: Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) released the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union tonight:

“Tonight, we heard the President outline his plan for the country and unfortunately we have heard it all before. More taxes, more spending. President Obama claims to want to help hard-working taxpayers, yet he continues to advocate for the failing policies that have hampered job creation and growth in the economy. He made it clear that he wants to raise taxes again, while continuing to spend even more money we do not have.



August 26, 2014


If you weren't able to attend my town hall in Salisbury on 8/7/14, you can watch the entire video here.