U.S. Rep. Anthony Brown has lost a bid in a House committee to block Gov. Larry Hogan’s plan to widen portions of the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270.
The Hogan administration pitched the public-private partnership as a way to alleviate traffic congestion without relying on taxpayer dollars. Private contractors would recoup their investment through tolls charged on drivers who use the new lanes.
But Brown, a Democrat who represents parts of Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties, opposes the plan for so-called “luxury lanes.” He recently tweeted that he is “committed to addressing traffic by getting cars off the road, investing in transit-oriented communities, and developing a regional, multi-modal transit system.”
Brown authored an amendment to bar the federal government from paying for environmental impact studies for the road expansions. A second Brown amendment would have blocked using federal dollars to transfer the Baltimore-Washington Parkway from the National Park Service to the state of Maryland; that plan also proposes an arrangement between the state government and a private company to build toll lanes.
But the House Rules Committee declined early Wednesday to make the amendments “in order.” That means the full House won’t be considering them as part of appropriations measures.
The committee permitted nearly 300 amendments, but none involved local transportation issues such as Brown’s toll lanes language.
“I will continue to advocate for my constituents who feel as though they have not been heard, and who want transit to be considered as part of any congestion-relief plan,” Brown said after the committee action. “I will always champion future-focused solutions such as transit-oriented development, and solutions that create safe, green, walkable communities.”
Michael Ricci., Hogan’s communications director, responded to Brown’s statement.
““Here are the facts: Our administration has held dozens of public outreach events on this project, and the governor has invested a record $14 billion in transit—including the Purple Line to Prince George’s County,” Ricci said. “Meanwhile, Congressman Brown has never offered a real plan of any kind to address this decades-long traffic problem that the governor is working every day to solve.”
Maryland’s Board of Public Works on June 5 approved the use of private companies for Hogan’s plan, but agreed to delay work on the Capital Beltway after running into opposition. The Republican governor agreed to proceed first with adding toll lanes to Interstate 270, which connects the beltway and Frederick. Widening the beltway in Prince George’s County would come later.
Rep. Anthony Brown had a minor stroke Friday night but is “expected to make a full recovery,” his office said Tuesday.
The Maryland Democrat, who lost a gubernatorial bid in 2014, experienced the stroke just hours after leaving the funeral of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, a gubernatorial candidate this year who died suddenly last week.
Brown suffered the stroke at his home in Bowie, where he began feeling extremely dizzy and ill, spokesman Matt Verghese said in a statement. He was transported to University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital Center.
Brown stayed at the hospital until Sunday. He is now recovering at home, though his return date to Capitol Hill remains uncertain and “he will have a limited public schedule,” Verghese said. “He’s in good spirits, staying active at home and communicating with staff, and is eager to return to Washington.”
The 56-year-old Brown was elected to Congress in 2016 from Maryland’s 4th Congressional District. He previously served two terms as lieutenant governor and two terms as a state delegate. He is also a colonel in the Army Reserve.
“Congressman Brown and his family are grateful for the excellent care he received and the outpouring of support and well wishes,” Verghese said.
Brown’s fellow Maryland Democrat Elijah Cummings was missing from the House for three months earlier this year after a knee infection. He returned in April.
The Washington Post first reported the news about Brown.
Brown burst out of the gate as one of the Cowboys’ best corners in his rookie season, but suffered what many viewed as an overall sophomore slump that anchored his value. He got back to brass tacks in 2018, though, staving off talented challenger Jourdan Lewis to not only remain a starter, but to also become statistically one of the best nickel corners in the NFL. And while most others rest in the summer calm that exists between minicamp and training camp, Brown is instead going full steam at making sure his contract year in 2019 is one that will soon justify a solid payday.
He was recently seen working out with three-time All-Pro and Super Bowl-winning defensive back Aqib Talib, and looks laser-focused on getting his first pro bowl nod or better.
Talib was obviously working out and conditioning for his own season to come with the Los Angeles Rams, but made sure Brown learned a few things to help him level up.
What gives Brown tremendous value with the Cowboys isn’t simply how physically imposing he is versus opposing wide receivers, but also the fact he’s never gone a full season without at least one interception. The defense in Dallas is justifiably praised for its ability to get after the quarterback, yes, but has also struggle to take the ball away in the air. Brown has four interceptions on his three-year resume, and while that may not seem like a lot to some, it’s seriously attractive for a Cowboys’ team looking to fix what ails them in that category.
The 25-year-old is also durable, which isn’t to say he’s never battled injury, but the optimal word is he’s “battled” — having missed just one regular season game since being drafted.
Brown has delivered 149 combined tackles (120 solo) and 27 pass break ups to go along with his four INTs, and can also be used as an added pass rush option, as evidenced by his five career hits on the QB and three career sacks. Now entering his second year under passing game coordinator Kris Richard, who loves Brown’s length as much as anything else mentioned above, the stage is set for Brown to potentially be the next player on the Cowboys’ roster to land his first-ever trip to Orlando, FL when it’s all said-and-done.
That is, of course, not necessarily his main goal.
He’d rather be playing in the Super Bowl, and then signing a hefty contract shortly thereafter.
Will Speaker Nancy Pelosi ever come to a point where she is ready to lead her caucus in opening an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump?
The California Democrat hasn’t ruled it out, despite strong signals she wants to avoid the divisive move and let the voters decide in 2020 whether to punish Trump for his alleged misdeeds.
“The House Democratic Caucus is not on a path to impeachment. And that’s where he wants us to be,” Pelosi said Thursday of Trump.
Many House Democrats who support opening an impeachment inquiry — the number of which has grown exponentially this week — say they think Pelosi can be convinced.
“I think what’s swaying her is the same thing that’s swaying us,” Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Mark Pocan said. “Every time the president — basically he does another way to try to block us getting information — every time he tries to obstruct a witness from coming, every time he tries to cover up something that we’re trying to get from him, that just puts us one step closer and more members come on board.”
Democrats on both sides of the impeachment question have praised Pelosi for her cautious approach to the matter.
“She is rightfully a word of caution,” Virginia Rep. Gerald E. Connolly said. “You can’t rush into this. You can’t decide it’s a priority someone ought to be impeached and then try to fill in the blanks. And so I think I think that she’s exercising the mature judgment we hired her to exercise.”
Connolly said that while the president likely has committed impeachable offenses, he’d be hesitant to open an inquiry on the grounds of obtaining information that Trump is blocking from Congress because it could set a dangerous precedent about impeachment being the only recourse for executive branch stonewalling.