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Congressman Andy Harris

Representing the First District of Maryland

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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January 27, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) is leading an effort to urge the Administration to grant additional H-2B Visas.  Rep. Harris organized a bipartisan letter signed by 151 Members of Congress and 38 Senators, requesting the release of 64,716 additional visas.  These guest worker visas provide temporary, seasonal workers to employers who are unable to hire employees locally. The visas are utilized extensively by seafood processors and crab houses, among others, on the Eastern Shore.

December 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) today voted in favor of President Trump’s new trade agreement with Mexico and Canada.  

Rep. Harris made the following statement:

December 13, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) responded to today’s decision by the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) granting Ocean City’s petition to reconsider the U.S. Wind and Skipjack offshore wind projects.  The PSC will reconsider the use of Maryland taxpayer subsidies for the projects.

Congressman Harris made the following statement:

November 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced the award of a $850,000 grant for Shore Transit, serving Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties, and a $248,000 grant for Delmarva Community Services, serving Kent, Caroline, Talbot and Dorchester counties.  The grants were awarded by the Department of Transportation.   

October 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced the award of two federal grants for entrepreneurs on the Eastern Shore:  A $40,530 grant to the Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center in Easton and a $96,039 grant to Maryland Capital Enterprises, Inc. in Salisbury.  The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Rural Development. The funds will be dispersed through the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program. 

September 27, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced the award of a more than $42 million federal contract with Hardwire, LLC, located in Pocomoke City.  The contract will provide the Marine Corps with up to 982,749 Soft Armor Inserts.  Work will be performed in Pocomoke City and is expected to be completed by 2024. 

Hardwire has developed and fielded armor to protect against a variety of threats, including small firearms and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). 

Rep. Andy Harris made the following statement:

September 18, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced the award of a $1.1 million federal grant to the Salisbury-Ocean City: Wicomico Regional Airport.  The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation and will fund rehabilitation of the apron, taxiway and lighting.  The airport supports more than 1600 local jobs.

Rep. Andy Harris made the following statement:

September 18, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced the award of a $64,655 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to Wor-Wic Community College in Salisbury.  The award is a discretionary grant through the Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training Grant Program.  The goals of the grant program include expanding the number of commercial driver license (CDL) holders possessing enhanced operator safety training and to assist veterans and their spouses to receive training to transition to the commercial motor vehicle industry. 

July 23, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, July 23rd, Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced an award of $468,500 for the Farm-Fish-Food Program of the Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center, Inc.  The grant is provided by the Economic Development Administration (EDA). The Farm-Fish-Food Program intends to invest funds in eastern and southern Maryland to address agriculture, aquaculture, and environmental challenges.

July 19, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) made the following statement on raising the minimum wage to $15, an effort taken up by the U.S. House of Representatives this week:

“The CBO estimates we will lose up to 3.7 million jobs by increasing the minimum wage to $15 on a federal level. The last thing we need is to slow the economy.”