ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland congressman says the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services plans to investigate Maryland's troubled health care exchange.
Rep. Andy Harris confirmed in a statement Monday that his office has been notified that the inspector general will begin an investigation into the exchange.
Harris, the state's only Republican congressman, says he has confidence that the nonpartisan and independent inspector general will thoroughly investigate "one of the worst exchange roll outs in the country."
Representative Andy Harris says if the state does not implement the new phosphorous regulations for the agriculture industry properly he will take action on the federal level.
During a meeting with the Eastern Shore delegation in Annapolis last week the Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Republican congressman said if the new regulations hurt farmers then he will consider with holding money from the state of Maryland.
The phosphorous management tool would alter the way the amount of phosphorous is applied by farmers.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Republican Maryland congressman says he believes the investigative arm of Congress should look into problems with the state's health care exchange website.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office on Wednesday agreed to a request from a group of House Republicans to audit how $304 million in federal grants were spent on the Oregon health exchange website. A GAO spokesman says other states with troubled exchanges will be included as the investigation goes forward.
Congressman Andy Harris voted for a fiscal 2014 spending bill that would provide just over $1 trillion in federal government money after opposing a similar measure that he said did not emphasize savings.
The measure passed the house on a vote of 359-to67.
The Salisbury Daily Times reports that while the Eastern Shore Republican believes the spending caps are still too high he said in a statement that the measure preserved many of his fiscally conservative goals.
Harris was one of nine Republican who voted against the budget deal but then supported the spending bill.
Senator Chris Coons tried to make the case for a military strike against Syria during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” program saying that it would deter another chemical weapons attack.
He said that not to act would result in Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would continue to slaughter his people with chemical weapons.
The Delaware Democrat in the Senator Foreign Relations Committee voted to support authorization for military force and added an amendment with Senator John McCain to use military force to change the momentum on the battle field for the rebels.
Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md) says he backs tying the an increase in the debt ceiling with undoing the Affordable Card Act. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with the Eastern Shore Republican at a town hall meeting in Fruitland.
TIMONIUM, Md. (AP) - Eastern Shore realtor Diana Waterman has been elected chairwoman of the Maryland Republican Party.
The Queen Anne's County realtor and bookkeeper was elected Saturday at the party's spring convention in Timonium. Waterman will serve out the term of Alex Mooney, a former state senator who announced in February that he was stepping down from the post. Waterman has been serving as interim chairwoman.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Dr. John LaFerla is formally filing his candidacy for the Democratic primary next year to run in Maryland's 1st District congressional race.
LaFerla says he plans to file in Annapolis on Wednesday.
LaFerla barely lost the last primary for the 1st District to Wendy Rosen, who dropped out abruptly in 2012 after the state Democratic Party found out she had voted in Maryland and Florida in 2006 and 2008.
The budget cuts that will be coming from the sequester in Washington D. C. this Friday could have a major impact on the Eastern Shore.
$14.4 million would be slashed from primary and secondary education while $9.4 million would be cut from education for children with disabilities.
John Fredericksen, superintendent of Wicomico County public schools…told the Salisbury Daily Times Times, that the school system would be forced to cut staff, classroom supplies and some after-school program hours.
And, that, he added, is all before the end of the year.
Eastern Shore Congressman Andy Harris joined fellow House Republicans in casting a vote against the House’s $9.7 billion storm relief aid package.
The bill will help the mid-Atlantic region recover from Hurricane Sandy and was approved in the House by a vote of 354-67.
Harris, whose district represents hard-hit areas such as Crisfield and Ocean City, said he wanted the bill to include reforms for the flood insurance program and believed it did not have sufficient financial support.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Because his Democratic opponent has dropped out, Rep. Andy Harris is planning to hold town hall meetings in place of debates.
Kathy Szeliga, Harris' campaign manager, said Friday that with Democrat Wendy Rosen's exit, Harris would better serve his constituents by holding town hall meetings instead. She also notes there could be multiple write-in candidates.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Democratic congressional candidate Wendy Rosen has withdrawn her candidacy after the state's Democratic Party says she voted in Maryland and Florida in the 2006 general election.
Rosen told The Associated Press in a brief phone interview on Monday that she is withdrawing from her race against Republican Rep. Andy Harris.
In a letter to the state's attorney general, the chair of the Maryland Democratic Party says Rosen has been registered to vote in both Florida and Maryland since at least 2006.