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Announced via press release yesterday….Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has sent a second bipartisan letter to Washington calling for an end to the current government shutdown. Here is the text from the press release:

Governor Larry Hogan Joins Virginia Governor and D.C. Mayor in Call for End to Federal Government Shutdown

Regional Leaders Say Shutdown “Represents a Failure of Leadership”; Urges Administration and Congress to Seek Bipartisan Solutions

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today joined with Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to issue an impassioned call to federal leaders to end the partial federal government shutdown, which is currently in its 14th day.

In a letter to President Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the regional leaders write:

“As our federal employees and contractors experience a sudden loss of income, this not only causes financial hardship for individuals and families, but also deals a significant blow to our region’s economy. Hard-working federal employees and those who depend on them should not have to suffer because of this partisan standoff.”

Noting that their three jurisdictions are home to hundreds of thousands of federal workers and contractors, they continue: “A prolonged shutdown not only hurts our local economies and budgets, but also poses a threat to our natural resources, public health, and safety…The longer this shutdown lasts, impacts will be more compounded on state and local budgets, important government services, and the economy at large. Containing the damage starts with reopening the government as soon as possible.”

Referring to the current impasse as a “failure of leadership,” Governor Hogan, Governor Northam, and Mayor Bowser conclude with a call for bipartisanship and to seek common sense solutions:

“Imposing this unnecessary hardship on federal employees is unacceptable and represents a failure of leadership. We urge you to fully consider the impact that a shutdown has on the national capital region and the country. We ask that you reach across the aisle to find a path forward and end this stalemate today so the federal employees in our region and across the country can get back to work.”

Previously, on December 21, Governor Hogan joined with Governor Steve Bullock (D-MT) to call for an end to the shutdown on behalf of the National Governors Association. Governor Hogan is currently vice-chair and chair-elect of the NGA.

Regional Shutdown Letter

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The Governor of Virginia (Ralph Northam) and the Mayor of Washington DC (Muriel Bowser) are both Democrats…and they joined the Republican Governor of Maryland (Larry Hogan) to ask elected officials in Washington “reach across the aisle to find a path forward and end this stalemate today so the federal employees in our region and across the country can get back to work”.

Folks…this is what leadership looks like…and this is now twice our Governor has joined members of the opposing party to call out what is going on in Washington and call for an end to this shutdown.

While some make false assumptions or false statements on social media against the Governor…he is out there doing his job…and standing up for what is right for Maryland. You do not have to like his party or members of his party to like the actions he is taking for Marylanders.

And on a more local note…here in Howard County our County Executive (Calvin Ball) is taking actions to make sure residents are not negatively impacted by this government shutdown…learn more here: Howard County Government Steps Up During Current Government Shutdown

You can follow government shutdown updates on CNN here.

Scott E

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