Growing up, I was taught that you should always try to leave a place better than the way you found it – and that’s my philosophy when it comes to the environment. The Chesapeake Bay is a national treasure that must be preserved for future generations to enjoy. My kids swim in it, our family catches crabs and rockfish out of it, and its economic impact on the Maryland’s First Congressional District is immeasurable.
Watermen, oystermen, crabbers, farmers, hunters, restaurants, and the tourism industry depend on a healthy, clean Chesapeake Bay for their livelihood. I am committed to commonsense, multi-state solutions that protect the Bay and its precious waterways. In order to make meaningful progress, we need to make sure that all of the stakeholders have a seat at the table, and that everyone has a voice in repairing our beautiful estuary. If we don’t receive “buy-in” from all active partners, we can never achieve the goal of a robust environment that our children will be able to appreciate. This does mean that other upstream states whose waters flow into the Bay must also do their part, and the federal government is a logical choice to make sure that happens.
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WASHINGTON, DC: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is starting work on two projects that will benefit residents of Smith Island in Somerset County, Maryland. The projects entail the construction of two jetties to improve navigation at Rhodes Point and dredging the Big Thorofare and Twitch Cove federal channels. Congressman Andy Harris (MD-01), who advocated for the projects, issued the following statement in support of the projects:
This week, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced that federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private nonprofit organizations located in Caroline, Dorchester, Wicomico and Worcester Counties as a result of the excessive rain between July 28 and Sept. 2, 2017.
WASHINGTON, DC: On September 6, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a $7.85 billion emergency funding bill for Hurricane Harvey response and recovery. Two days later, on September 8, the House passed an amended version of the relief package that included raising the debt ceiling. Congressman Andy Harris (MD-01) issued the following statement on his votes:
Local government’s fight to keep wind turbines out of sight of vacationers in Ocean City picked up support this week from Rep. Andy Harris (R-1st).
On Tuesday, the House Appropriations Committee adopted an amendment proposed by Harris for the Interior Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2018.
Harris’ proposition would prohibit the use of federal funding for reviewing site assessments or construction and operations plans for wind turbines located less than 24 nautical miles from Maryland shorelines.
WASHINGTON, DC: On July 18, the House Appropriations Committee adopted an amendment introduced by Congressman Andy Harris (MD-01) to the Interior Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2018. This amendment blocks the use of federal funds to conduct reviews of site assessment or construction and operation plans for wind turbines less than 24 nautical miles from the State of Maryland shoreline – the distance at which the turbines would not be visible from the shoreline and affecting the viewscape. Congressman Harris issued the following statement praising the amendment’s passage:
WASHINGTON, DC: On July 13, the House Appropriations Committee adopted an amendment introduced by Congressman Andy Harris (MD-01) to the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2018. This amendment prohibits the use of funds to implement or enforce the designation of any area of the Chesapeake Bay watershed as a “Critical Habitat” for the Atlantic Sturgeon. Congressman Harris issued the following statement praising the amendment’s passage:
WASHINGTON, DC: Earlier this week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the award of more than $4.2 million in grants supporting the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Congressman Andy Harris (MD-01) released the following statement in support of these grant awards:
Joining the $4.5 million in state funds already allocated for this year’s beach replenishment project, which is scheduled to start after Labor Day this year, is another $2.45 million from the Army Corps of Engineers, according to a release from Congressman Andy Harris’ office.
WASHINGTON, DC: On June 1, President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Accord. Congressman Andy Harris (MD-01) released the following statement regarding the President’s decision:
“Under the Paris Accord, the United States would pay trillions of dollars in economic costs and lose millions of jobs, while China is permitted to increase its emissions through 2030. President Obama made a bad deal, and President Trump can do better. Any new international climate agreement should be ratified by the U.S. Senate, as outlined in the Constitution.”
WASHINGTON, DC: On May 25, the Ocean City government received notification that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has allocated $2.45 million in federal funding for the beach replenishment project in Ocean City. Congressman Andy Harris (MD-01) released the following statement in praise of the project: