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Economy

We should not be satisfied with the historically low economic growth rate of the past decade. After years of soaring unemployment rates, runaway government spending, and a regulatory environment that is hostile to job creators, our economy is finally starting to recover. This recovery has been made possible by Congress working with President Trump to repeal burdensome regulations placed on employers by the previous administration. Government spending and regulation will not lead us to prosperity – only a vibrant private sector will.

Reforming the U.S. tax code is another key component to building economic momentum and growing our workforce. The United States has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world, and this tax rate is driving American companies to send their manufacturing and customer service jobs abroad. Lowering the corporate tax rate will keep large businesses from sending jobs overseas, and a simpler tax code would allow small businesses to save money and grow.  

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September 24, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D.

August 28, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced the award of a $1,305,919 federal grant from the Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to the Talbot County Council for a project at the Easton Airport, Newnam Field.  Funding originated from the Airport Improvement Program (AIP), and can be used for improvements related to enhancing airport safety, capacity, security, and environmental concerns.

Congressman Harris made the following statement on the award:

August 21, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced that Wor-Wic Community College on the Lower shore has been awarded a $64,804 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.  Funds originated from the Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training Grant Program, and specifically, these grants dollars will be used to recruit and enroll veterans and/or their family members in the college’s Commercial Driver License program.

Rep. Harris made the following statement:

August 6, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced the award of two federal grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to the Maryland Department of Transportation on behalf of the Carroll County Commissioners ($118,174) and Harford County Government ($3,437,370).  Funds were awarded through the DOT Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program, which makes federal resources available to states and direct recipients to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses and related equipment and to construct bus-related facilities.

July 28, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Members of Congress representing the Delmarva region led a bicameral and bipartisan letter to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) highlighting the severe impacts COVID-19 is having on the seafood industry and requesting that USDA consider establishing a short-term purchasing program for shellfish products. The letter was signed by U.S.

July 15, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Congressman Andy Harris (MD-01), in conjunction with Reps. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Henry Cuellar (D-TX) successfully inserted language in the 2021 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations bill that will allow DHS, in consultation with the Department of Labor, to release additional H-2B visas in fiscal year 2021 beyond the statutory cap of 66,000 should a labor shortage exist.

Congressman Harris made the following statement:

July 14, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Congressman Andy Harris (MD-01) announced that the Mid-Shore Regional Council and the Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore have each been selected to receive sizable grants from the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA).  Specifically, the Mid-Shore Regional Council will receive $400,000 and the Tri-County Council will receive $107,937.  Funding was provided through the CARES Act, which passed Congress this past Spring.  These grants are designed to provide supplemental financial assistance to help the councils respond to the unusual an

July 13, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) successfully passed an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2021 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill that would prioritize U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) dredging projects that are in close proximity to ongoing island replenishment projects.  This language would directly benefit Chesapeake Bay tributaries that are in desperate need of dredging, such as Slaughter Creek.  The specific amendment language is below:

July 9, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) successfully passed an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2021 Agriculture Appropriations bill that would provide $1 million in funding to pay for USDA mandated inspections of wild caught invasive species, including the blue catfish.  The blue catfish is threatening the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem and is not native to the Bay.

Congressman Harris made the following statement:

June 25, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced the award of a $491,700 federal grant from the Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Improvement Program

Congressman Harris issued the following statement: