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February 2024 Update  

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Governor Moore's Service Year Option

Maryland's Department of Service & Civic Innovation (DSCI) invites you to connect with them to find out more about Governor Wes Moore's new initiative regarding an invaluable opportunity to help your clients and/or students determine the best next steps in their work or educational journey through a year of paid, full-time service.

According to State Delegate, Michele Guyton, "our service option is working well and being expanded."

Please utilize the following Service Year Option/Maryland Corps Info Session link to schedule your virtual 1:1 connection with DSCI and find out more. If you have an existing event that you would like for us to attend or have a group of potential participants you would like us to speak to in person, please let us know.

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    Headlines to know - Week of February 13th

    Headlines to Know

    New York's 3rd Congressional District Special Election:

    • The special election in NY-03 is a significant early electoral test for 2024, spotlighting the contest between former Democratic Rep. Tom Suozzi and Republican Mazi Pilip. This follows the controversy and legal troubles surrounding the former Republican holder of the seat, George Santos.
    • The district is a suburban area won by President Biden in 2020 but flipped by a Republican in the midterms, making it a critical battleground for both parties. Democrats aim to regain momentum, while Republicans seek to strengthen their slim majority.

    Campaign Highlights:

    • The campaigns of Suozzi and Pilip contrast in style and substance, reflecting broader themes of experience vs. change and the complex dynamics of party identity and policy positions within the race.
    • Observers are particularly interested in voter turnout in specific regions within the district, the impact of the Santos scandal, and whether the election's outcome will signal larger trends for the 2024 electoral landscape.

    Larry Hogan Runs for Senate in Maryland

    • Former Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Ben Cardin. Hogan's bid is seen as a significant recruitment win for the GOP in a state that leans heavily Democratic. Despite Maryland's strong Democratic preference, Hogan's popularity as a two-term governor and his critical approach to Trump could make the race competitive. The Democratic primary features notable candidates, including Rep. David Trone and Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks. Hogan's entry adds a high-profile dimension to the race, highlighting the Republicans' strategy to challenge Democrats in traditionally blue states during a critical electoral cycle.

    Mike Gallagher announces retirement from Congress 

    • Four term Wisconsin Republican Representative, Mike Gallagher (39), has announced that he is declining to run for reelection. This announcement from the chair of the House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party came just a few days after he was one of 4 House Republicans to break the party line by voting against the motion to impeachment United States Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas. His 8th district seat could be in play as a pickup for Democrats in the 2024 elections; for example, OBGYN Krystin Liverly is considering running as a Democrat.  

    Ukraine Aid Bill passes Senate 67-27 

    • The Senate voted 67-27 on Sunday, February 11th, 2024, to approve a $95.3 billion aid package for Ukraine, Israel, and other US allies. While former President Trump and some Republicans opposed the bill, ultimately 18 Republican senators joined Democrats in passing it.
    Republican Opposition Varied: Not all Republicans showed "increased restraint." While some softened their stance, others remained strongly against the bill.

    Breakdown of Aid: The $95.3 billion package is not solely for Ukraine. It allocates $8 billion to Ukraine, $14 billion to Israel, and $8 billion to Taiwan and partners in the Indo-Pacific.

    Concerns Raised: Some senators expressed concerns about the southern border crisis, US debt, and potential outcomes in the Ukraine War.

    Legislative and Policy Highlights

    Key Developments:

    • Senate Action on Foreign Aid and Border Security:
      • Senate Republicans blocked H.R. 815, aimed at providing aid to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan, with additional border security measures.
      • A scaled-back version of the bill advanced in the Senate with a 67-27 vote, despite opposition and calls against unconditional U.S. foreign aid by former President Trump. The revised bill, reduced to 82 pages, excludes the Border Security and Combatting Fentanyl Supplemental Appropriations Act and the Border Act, though provisions from the FEND OFF Fentanyl Act remain.
    • Government Funding and FAA Reauthorization:
      • With a looming deadline for government funding, efforts are underway to ensure timely appropriations for Agriculture-FDA, Energy-Water, Military Construction-VA, and Transportation-HUD.
      • The Senate Commerce Committee approved FAA reauthorization (S. 1939), concluding a markup process initiated last June.
    • National Security Supplemental Appropriations:
      • The Senate moved forward with a $95 billion national security supplemental package, excluding a bipartisan border agreement after opposition from Senate Republicans. This package includes substantial funding for Ukraine, Israel, and Indo-Pacific priorities but omits the anticipated Border Act provisions.

    Analysis and Upcoming Legislation:

    • Colorado River Negotiations: Climate change impacts necessitate significant water use reductions, especially in lower basin states. A short-term agreement has been reached, but long-term solutions are under negotiation.
    • Drug Pricing and FAA Reauthorization: Attention is drawn to ongoing drug pricing negotiations and the implications of FAA reauthorization.
    • National and Economic Security: Discussions include the National Security Act of 2024 and legislative proposals addressing AI-generated robocalls, utility fees, and border security.


    All times EST.

    Tuesday, February 13th


    • 8:30 AM
      • House Select Committee on the Strategic Competition Between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party
        • Topic: Growing Stakes: The Bioeconomy and American National Security


    • 4:00 PM
      • House Rules Committee
        • Topic: H.R. 7176 - Unlocking our Domestic LNG Potential Act of 2024

    Wednesday, February 14th


    • 10:00 AM
      • House Transportation and Infrastructure Hearing: Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Subcommittee
        • Topic: Disaster Readiness: Examining the Propriety of the Expanded Use of FEMA Resources
      • House Foreign Affairs Committee
        • Topic: AUKUS Implementation and Challenges to International Security and Arms Control in the 21st Century
      • House Space, Science and Technology Hearing: Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee
        • Topic: ISS and Beyond: The Present and Future of American Low-Earth Orbit Activities
      • House Budget Hearing
        • Topic: The Congressional Budget Office's Budget and Economic Outlook
      • House Small Business Hearing
        • Topic: Burdensome Regulations: Examining the Impact of EPA Regulations on Main Street
      • House Judiciary Hearing: Crime and Federal Government Surveillance Subcommittee
        • Topic: Oversight of the United States Marshals Service
      • House Agriculture Hearing
        • Topic: For the Purpose of Receiving Testimony from The Honorable Thomas J. Vilsack, Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture
      • House Financial Services Hearing
        • Topic: Oversight of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI)
    • 10:15 AM
      • House Natural Resources Hearing: Water, Wildlife, and Fisheries Subcommittee
        • Topics: Legislative Hearing on H.R. 3119, H.R. 6784 "ESA Flexibility Act", H.R. 6854 "Habitat Enhancement Now Act", and H.R. 7157 “Strengthen Wood Product Supply Chains Act”
      • House Veterans Affairs Committee
        • Topic: VA’s HR Office: Did Leaders Ignore and Perpetrate Sexual Harassment?
    • 10:30 AM
      • House Energy and Commerce Committee: Energy, Climate and Grid Security Subcommittee
        • Topic: Powered Up: State Utility Regulators on Challenges to Reliable, Affordable Electricity


    • 12:05 PM
      • House Veterans’ Affairs Meeting
        • Type: Business Meeting
    • 1:00 PM
      • House Veterans’ Affairs Meeting: Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee
        • Topic: Is VA Illegally Spending Taxpayer Dollars in its Compensation and Pension Programs?


    • 2:00 PM
      • House Foreign Affairs Hearing: Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia Subcommittee
        • Topic: Iran’s Proxy in Yemen: the Houthi threat to Middle East Stability and U.S. Interests
      • House Foreign Affairs Hearing: Africa Subcommittee
        • Topic: The Future of Freedom in Nigeria

    Thursday, February 15th


    • 8:00 AM
      • House Veterans’ Affairs Hearing: Technology Modernization Subcommittee
        • Topic: Electronic Health Record Modernization Deep Dive: Can the Oracle Pharmacy Software Be Made Safe and Effective?
    • 10:00 AM
      • House Science, Space, and Technology
        • Topic: Examining Federal Science Agency Actions to Secure the U.S. Science and Technology Enterprise
      • House Transportation and Infrastructure Hearing: Highways and Transit Subcommittee
        • Topic: Implementation of Buy America Provisions: Stakeholder Perspectives
      • House Homeland Security Hearing: Emergency Management and Technology Subcommittee
        • Topic: Examining Fire Hazards: Lithium-Ion Batteries and Other Threats to Fire Safety
      • House Natural Resources Hearing: Indian and Insular Affairs Subcommittee
        • Topic: Oversight Hearing on Economic Diversification to Create Prosperous Tribal Economies
      • House Veterans’ Affairs Hearing: Health Subcommittee
        • Topic: Artificial Intelligence at VA: Exploring its Current State and Future Possibilities
      • House Small Business Committee: Contracting and Infrastructure Committee
        • Topic: Leveling the Playing Field: Challenges Facing Small Business Contracting
      • House Oversight and Accountability Hearing: Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic
        • Topic: Assessing America’s Vaccine Safety Systems, Part 1 

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        Executive Branch

          Maryland General Assembly (446th session)

          • The Maryland General Assembly convened Wednesday, January 10, 2024. All bills that failed to make it across the finish line in 2023 will have to start again from scratch.
          • For a general overview and information on the 2024 session, visit the General Assembly's Tutorial page
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            Advocacy Affiliates

            MCDA is an affiliate of NCDA, ACA, and MCA and its advocacy work is linked to these organizations. Your MCDA membership automatically links you to the advocacy efforts of all four groups. However, all MCDA members are eligible to join these groups. 

            NCDA Federal Advocacy

            Top Issues - policy provisions, program developments or spending cuts impacting career practitioners nationwide:

            For additional information:

            ACA Federal Advocacy

            Agenda for Advocacy Power Hours (APH):

            1. Introduction of attendees and ACA staff
            2. State updates – ACA staff
            3. Federal updates – ACA staff
            4. State & regional updates – ACA members
            5. Final call(s) to action – ACA staff
            6. Q&A, wrap up, and important ACA administrative updates – ACA staff

            Meetings and an updated schedule for the 2024 FY will resume in September 2023.

              MCA Advocacy

              • Our Counseling Compact WELCOMEs New Hampshire! There are now 15 states  signed to the Counseling Compact including:  Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Ohio, Tennessee, Utah and West Virginia!
              • Click here to access the MCA Advocacy Committee web page.

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