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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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October 15, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced the approval of a $600,000 USDA loan to Talbot County to finance critical repairs at the Region II Wastewater Treatment Plant.  According to USDA “The ability to completely dry the sludge will result in increased processing efficiency at the plant and eliminate the need to have the unprocessed sludge sent off-site for treatment, which resulted in additional costs for hauling and disposal.”

September 29, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) today applauded a task order award from the U.S. Army to Hardwire, LLC in Pocomoke City, Maryland, for the procurement of the Army’s next generation Modular Scalable Vest (MSV).  The Army MSV program will replace heavy body armor systems with new lightweight armor and carriers.  The contract under which the task order was awarded runs through December 2029.  The Army’s top priority for the MSV program is to “lighten the load” on its troops with a tailorable vest.

September 28, 2021 In The News

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, the Beer Institute announced United States Representative Andy Harris (R-MD) as one of its “2021 Beer Champions.” The Beer Institute recognized Harris for his leadership in Congress to ensure the Dietary Guidelines for Americans continue to base its recommendations on the preponderance of scientific evidence.

September 28, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) today announced the award of $34,000 to the Wicomico County Government from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help fund a marketing and advertising study aimed at attracting new tourism to the region to support the local small business community.  The total study cost will run nearly $180,000, with the county and state funding the balance. 

August 3, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) today announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has awarded a nearly $15.7 million contract to Weeks Marine Inc. for the replenishment of beach sand in Ocean City.  The project is expected to procure approximately 1.3 million cubic yards of sand from the outer continental shelf to replenish 8.3 miles of beach.

Congressman Harris issued the following statement:

July 17, 2021 Press Release

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July 9, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has committed to stop and dredge in Ocean City in late July.  This plan will allow the Army Corps to address the known shoaling in the inlet as well as potentially remove other obstacles caused by Tropical Storm Elsa.  Specifically, the corps will be in town for 48 hours of inlet work between July 26th and 29th.

Congressman Harris issued the following statement:

June 28, 2021 In The News

Delmarva Chicken Association recently presented awards to four people – Rep. Andy Harris, Dr. Steve Fitz-Coy, Kurt Fuchs, and Jim Passwaters – whose work and advocacy spanning many years have been crucial to the success of Delmarva’s chicken community...

May 28, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) opposed President Biden’s $6 trillion Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Budget.  If enacted, this debt-busting budget would represent the largest budget as a percentage of the American gross domestic product since World War II.

Congressman Harris issued the following statement:

May 21, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Congressman Andy Harris, M.D., announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the Department of Labor (DOL), will next week formally issued a rule to release 22,000 supplemental H-2B visas for the 2021 Fiscal Year.  These visas will be available to employers starting on May 25th.  The release of supplemental H-2B visas by DHS is pursuant to the Harris Amendment to the Fiscal Year 2021 Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill passed into law in December 2020. 

Congressman Harris issued the following statement: