Howard County Executive Calvin Ball sent a letter to President Trump, Senate Leaders McConnell and Schumer, Speaker of the House Ryan, and House Leader Pelosi, on behalf of the residents of Howard County, and, specifically, the nearly 50,000 federal workers and contractors who live in Howard County, to urge them to end the current federal government shutdown immediately. Here is additional information via the press release:

Howard County Executive Ball Statement Regarding Federal Shutdown

Media Contacts:
Scott Peterson, Director of Communications, Office of Public Information, 202-277-9412

ELLICOTT CITY – Howard County Executive Calvin Ball released the following statement regarding the current federal shutdown. Earlier today, County Executive Ball sent a letter to President Donald Trump, Senate Leaders Mitch McConnell and Charles Schumer, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, and House Leader Nancy Pelosi. A copy of that letter can be viewed here: https://www.howardcountymd.gov/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=vBxAri1T0GQ%3d&portalid=0

“Today, I sent a letter to President Trump, Senate Leaders McConnell and Schumer, Speaker of the House Ryan, and House Leader Pelosi, on behalf of the residents of Howard County, and, specifically, the nearly 50,000 federal workers and contractors who live in Howard County, to urge them to end the current federal government shutdown immediately. Approximately 11 percent of employed Howard County residents and their families are directly impacted by this shutdown and a prolonged shutdown will produce negative impacts to the county’s economy.

As I mentioned in my letter, I am grateful to Howard County’s Congressional delegation, Senators Cardin and Van Hollen, and Representatives Cummings, Ruppersberger, and Sarbanes, for representing their Howard County constituents, and our federal employees and contractors, with exemplary service and communication since the shutdown started. I thank them and their staffs for continuing to serve and advocate for us during this shutdown by offering routine updates and trying to resolve this standoff as soon as possible.

My administration will continue to monitor all impacts of this shutdown on Howard County families, federal workers, and contractors as we begin the start of the new year. We also will continue to support our Congressional delegation with any assistance they may need.”

I am happy to see that our County Executive has our back on this issue and was happy to see this letter sent to Washington. Hopefully we get many more of our elected officials locally and around the state do the same thing. Maybe if they get enough pressure to end this shutdown the elected officials in Washington will “find compromises and solutions” that will end this shutdown soon.

One of the things I am most upset about this shutdown is the fact that members of the U.S. Coast Guard may not get paid on January 15th if the shutdown is still going at that time. The Coast Guard does not fall under the Department of Defense (which was funded)…the US Coast Guard falls under the Department of Homeland Security…which is not currently funded at this time during the shutdown. Here is a story from the Tampa Bay Times about the US Coast Guard and concerned families.

OK Washington…Figure this out ASAP!!!

Scott E

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