Fire fighters and law enforcement officials put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe. I am proud to stand with them and work to ensure that they have the resources they need through the Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program, the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Firefighters Program, and the COPS Hiring Recovery Program. I will continue to be a strong advocate for these brave men and women, and I thank them for their support.
These hardworking men and women support the defense and well-being of our nation, which is why I have consistently opposed efforts to reduce their wages, benefits, and hours. If we are to recruit and retain the best civil service in the world, we must ensure they have fair pay and benefits. I thank AFGE, AFSCME, NAGE, and NTEU for their support, and I will continue to partner with them to advocate for our federal workforce.
I am honored to receive the endorsements of the National Education Association, the Maryland State Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers, and AFT Maryland. The great Marylander Frederick Douglas once said, ‘It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men,’ and that is what educators are working to do each and every day -- teaching our children and preparing them for a bright and successful future.
I was proud to cast my ballot today for Hillary Clinton. Secretary Clinton is extraordinarily able and has shown how strong, steady, and substantive she is throughout this campaign.
Throughout my career, I have worked hard to secure funding to clean up the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, restore our oyster population, and preserve our parks and open green space, which are important to our history and cultural heritage.
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Maryland has been successful in expanding health coverage to 278,000 additional residents, reducing the uninsured rate from 11.3% to 6.6% in just five years.
As co-chair of the Fire Services Caucus, it is my top priority to ensure that our first responders have the resources to do their jobs safely and effectively.
Inside the Arundel Center in Annapolis, Rep. Steny Hoyer and some of the state's leaders in technology work shopped the Democrat's jobs and technology modernization plan much like they would an idea to grow their own businesses.
While Hillary Clinton and Democrats in Maryland believe we are stronger together, Republicans up and down the ballot continue to tell the American people: 'you're on your own.' That's why we're working hard to ensure Democrats are elected this November, and I thank all of the volunteers who are making calls, knocking on doors, and getting our message out to voters so that they are fired up and ready to turn out the vote for Hillary Clinton, Tim Kaine, Chris Van Hollen, and Anthony Brown.
I was pleased to tour Mallows Bay today and discuss its nomination as a National Marine Sanctuary.