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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen[D] met virtually with the Southern Maryland Delegation in the General Assembly to answer questions about the running issues in Southern Maryland and to reassure the region of their importance. The meeting highlighted the regional impact of the American Rescue Act Plan.

“Bless Southern Maryland because Southern Maryland is where it all started many years ago, and we thank you for an abundance of Natural Resources that we have here in Southern Maryland,” Delegate Gerald “Jerry” Clark said.

The meeting started with Senator Van Hollen explaining that the meeting was to cultivate a relationship with Southern Maryland because local government is vital to helping the federal government keep track of the money.

“The federal government has been providing lots of resources to counties, municipalities, and the state,” Senator Van Hollen said.

Van Hollen continued to explain that the American Rescue Plan Act had two goals. One was to deploy vaccines quicker and in greater volumes, and the other was to provide a “safety net” for the economy. The American Rescue Plan helped the state and local regions receive funds. 

Charles County received $44 million. Calvert County received $26 million. St. Mary’s county received $26 million. Meanwhile, the state of Maryland will receive $3.7 billion overall. The first half of the money already came in, and the second half will come during the summer for the state and local governments, according to Van Hollen.

Besides the general funds, the federal government put $300 million towards the American broadband issue. Southern Maryland benefits from these specific funds through a rapid transit project.

After, C.T. Wilson mentioned there is a disconnect between improving the environment and the average citizens in Southern Maryland. The changes that help the environment become expensive if the federal government does not fund the plans, according to C.T. Wilson. Wilson used the example of the government raising gas prices by 17 cents to get people to buy electric cars.

“I believe there’s a disconnect between the average citizen and the environmental ideology,” C.T. Wilson said. “I would ask how I could create a committee that can work with your office to get access to the monies [infrastructure and transmission funds].”

Van Hollen responded that Wilson and his committee would have to work with the Maryland General Assembly since they gave the money to the state.

Last, Clark asked if there are any more ways to expand the use of nuclear energy, so they are more clean energy-based.

“Nuclear power needs to be part of the solution,” Van Hollen said. “Most of that is in the second Build back better agenda, but we are making it clear that clean power is again part of the solution. We are going to be pushing that it is not treated unfairly.”

At the end of the meeting, everyone thanked Van Hollen for appearing at their meeting. They had all their questions answered for the time being, and they look forward to working with him in the future. 

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  1. Totally useless- what else is new other than the usual blah blah. We pay highest taxes and only have one grocery store in Indian Head – Food Lion while in Waldorf every .5 mile radius there is more than one grocery store. Indian Head/La Plata is cluttered with pharmacies and liquor stores. These leaders should not be elected.

    1. The Federal Government does not determine where grocery stores go. Nor do your local or state taxes have anything to do with the availability of grocery stores.

    1. The article states that the 3 Southern MD counties received almost $100 million and the State of MD got $3.7 billion. But you claim “Nothing for the Marylanders!!!” ?

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