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Congress Andy Harris defended the proposed tax cut package now on Capitol Hill saying that it would ensure a vast majority of the middle class would get tax relief.

In addition, the Salisbury Daily Times reports Harris said he favored eliminating all deductions and moving to a flat tax.

The Eastern Shore Republican also defended the proposed cuts in the corporate tax rate saying that domestic corporations that compete in the international market are now at a disadvantage.

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A third Democratic candidate has entered the race to unseat Republican incumbent Congressman Andy Harris. Jesse Colvin, a former Army Ranger and business consultant has decided to enter the race. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush sat down with the candidate to talk about the race and the issues.

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Republicans in the House are moving to cut as much as $1 dollar for every $6 dollars that are now slated to help restore the Chesapeake Bay

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Virginia Congressman Bob Goodlatte has also authored a measure that would keep the Environmental Protection Agency from enforcing the cleanup plan.

The legislation has been approved along party lines but Eastern Shore Republican Andy Harris and 12 other Republicans voted against his amendment.

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Maryland Congressman Andy Harris said last night that he supports the Cassidy-Graham bill that would essentially repeal the Affordable Care Act and rely upon block grants to the states.

During an appearance on the campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore the incumbent Republican said he believed the states were the best place for shaping health policy.

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In Charlottesville, Virginia the the white nationalist violence against counter protesters has produced a number of denunciations by elected leaders.

Representative Andy Harris (R-Md) issued a brief statement on his Facebook page condemning such groups.

"I strongly condemn the hatred and racism of white supremacists in Charlottesville. They have no place in a great nation like America. That's what my parents fled from when they came to this country."

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Congressman Andy Harris has introduced a marijuana measure that would clear away some of the hurdles that now face researchers.

The bill is aimed at reducing approval times and easing costly security measures as well as unnecessary levels of review.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Eastern Shore Republican said as a physician drug policy was never intended to be an impediment to medical research.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland environmental coalition is criticizing an amendment added to legislation by U.S. Rep. Andy Harris that they say could stop two offshore wind proposals near Ocean City.

The Maryland Climate Coalition said Wednesday the amendment approved by the House Appropriations Committee this week would prohibit the Interior Department from approving project construction plans, despite six years of debate and approval by state lawmakers and regulators.

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A measure by Congressman Andy Harris to require offshore wind turbines to be at least 24 miles off the coast could jeopardize their development in the region.

The amendment by the Eastern Shore Republican was approved by the House Appropriations Committee.

And it comes after Ocean City officials said the sight of the turbines could jeopardize the resort’s tourist industry.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports Harris points out that a similar project of the Virginia coast was 27 miles away from the shore.

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Under an amendment by Congressman Andy Harris funds could not be spent to ensure the Critical Habitat designation for the Atlantic Sturgeon in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Eastern Shore Republican said that National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration did not get adequate input from local communities for the proposal.

He said the agency had not provided sufficient documentation.

The amendment was included a measure adopted by the House Appropriations Committee for the next fiscal year.

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Congressman Andy Harris has co-sponsored a bill that would create a commission to celebrate the bicentennial of the birth of famed former slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

In a statement issued by his office the Eastern Shore Republican called Douglass the father of the civil rights movement.

The measure to create the commission is co-sponsored by D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton.

Douglas was born in Talbot County in 1818 and escaped from slavery in 1838.

He later become a leader in the abolitionist movement as a speaker and writer.

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