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Senator Chris Coons called for a bipartisan discussion about taking in Syrian refugees.

During an interview with MSNBC the Delaware Democrat said that the discussion should include the refugee screening policy, an exploration of its weakness and the terrorist threats.

In addition, he said, there must be adequate funding and support for vetting them.

Fellow Democrat Congressman John Carney says he wants to suspend taking in Syrian refugees who are of military age.

We could see one of the more interesting congressional races on Delmarva next year. Mayor Jim Ireton who has just been elected to the Salisbury City Council is contemplating a run against Representative Andy Harris in Maryland's First District. In part 2 of our interview with Ireton we talk with him about the issues and his chances in this conservative district.

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Nov 5, 2015
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Fresh off his victory in Salisbury’s District 4 municipal election Mayor Jim Ireton appears to be eyeing another political job.

This time it’s a challenge to Representative Andy Harris in the Eastern Shore’s First District.

Just a few hours after winning his election on Tuesday he told WBOC that he might just take a shot at the Maryland Republican.

He told the television station that his voice would best be suited in Washington.

At Harris’s congressional office the reaction was not so subtle.

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A dispute has arisen between Congressman Andy Harris and the Easton facility for Planned Parenthood.

The Eastern Shore Republican claimed that the facility was denying women’s health care by keeping its doors open only two days a week.

But the Salisbury Daily Times reports that the group says that at one time the facility operated part-time.

However, currently it said the site is now open five days a week.

The dispute arose when Harris charged that federal dollars were pay for an empty clinic that does not delivery comprehensive care.

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Pickets showed up at the Easton Planned Parent office in the wake of efforts to defund the organization.

There were nearly 100 who were in front of the facility Saturday afternoon after a number of undercover videos were released involving the use of fetal tissue from abortions.

Congressman Andy Harris joined the protest.

The Eastern Shore Republican told WBOC that he opposes funding the organization because it is receiving money for providing the tissues.

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Eastern Shore Congressman Andy Harris pledged to ensure that homeless veterans are taken care of.

He hosted a conference in Cambridge on Saturday for veterans who face the possibility of becoming homeless again.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced that it will no longer support the Veterans Support Center of America in Quantico that assists vets in finding transitional and permanent housing.

The VA spokesperson at the conference said that the contract with the center will expire at the end of September.

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Senator Ben Cardin reacted to the new nuclear agreement with Iran by reminding his congressional colleagues they must do a judicious review of the deal.

The Maryland Democrat said congress must ensure that the agreement if variable, comprehensive and long lasting.

He added if Iran breaks the agreement it must also provide for the sanctions to snap back.

Congressman Andy Harris noted that Israeli Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has denounced the deal which could make for difficulties in congress.

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Congressman Andy Harris will be facing a former Delegate in the next year’s Republican primary.

He’s Michael Smigiel who believes that Harris has become to open to compromise in Washington.

Smigiel describes himself as a libertarian conservative but touts his time in Annapolis as someone who worked across the aisle with Democrats.The Republican was elected to the House of Delegates from 2003 until his loss last year.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and members of Maryland's congressional delegation say they are unified in their efforts to draw a new FBI headquarters to the state.

Hogan and congressional members held a news conference Monday in Annapolis after a meeting. Maryland's congressional delegation is comprised of Democrats, except for Republican Rep. Andy Harris.

Hogan and Democratic leaders are pledging to work closely together to bring the headquarters from Washington to Prince George's County.

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With Senator Barbara Mikulski’s retirement the political scramble is on and Representative Chris Van Hollen says he will be running for her seat in 2016.

Van Hollen, who has been a key leader in the House Democratic leadership has nearly $1.7 million in campaign funds on hand.

The Maryland Democrat announced his plans in an email to supporters Wednesday. His email was sent two days after Mikulski announced she would not run for re-election in 2016.

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A measure by Congressman Andy Harris that challenges Washington D.C.’s legalization of marijuana has made it into a must pass spending bill to keep the federal government open.

The provision would stop the District from spending money to enact laws or rules that legalize or reduce penalties for marijuana possession for recreational purposes.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Harris’ staff believes the legislation would keep the ballot measure approved last month from going into effect.

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Congressman Andy Harris is seek a third term in the November’s mid-term election.

And, he has been described as a true conservative   

Harris defeated the Republican incumbent Wayne Gilchrest in the 2008 primary only to be defeated by Democrat Frank Kratovil in presidential election that swept Barak Obama into the presidency.

But, Harris came back in the 2010 mid-term elections to defeat Kratovil. He now faces Democratic challenger Bill Tilghman. 

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In Maryland's First Congressional District incumbent Andy Harris is not expected to have any trouble winning over his conservative constituency in Tuesday's mid-term election.  However, Democratic challenger Bill Tilghman has been campaigning to thwart a third term for the Republican. We sat down with Tilghman to talk about the issues and the campaign.

(The campaign manager for Harris says she expects the congressman will be available later today for an interview that would be broadcast during All Things Considered.)

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Congressman Andy Harris is making a big financial contribution to attacks on Eastern Shore Democrats seeking reelection to the state legislature.

The television ad takes aim at state Senator Jim Mathias and Delegate Norm Conway tying them to President Obama and calling them “tax-and-spend peas in a giant liberal pod.”

It adds, “That’s not what the Shore needs.”

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Delaware Governor Jack Markell says there are 11 people who being monitored in the First State for Ebola symptoms.

He joined the state’s top health officials at the 3rd Annual Public Health Preparedness Symposium in Dover last night and said his administration has been preparing for the potential of any Ebola cases for months in order to keep the public safe.

So far, there have been no cases of Ebola in Delaware and the risk of transmission is low.

The Human Rights Campaign has issued a list of the most anti-equality House members when it comes to gay rights legislation.

And on that list of 14 is Eastern Shore congressman Andy Harris.

The gay rights group wrote on its blog that the Republican has gone out of his way to support anti-LGBT legislation in the House.

A spokesman for Harris told the Salisbury Daily Times that the group had just praised Harris’s work on legislation approved last year  that lifted the federal ban on the donation of HIV-positive organs to HIV-positive recipients.

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Congressman Andy Harris has decided to withdraw his name to chair the Republican Study Committee in the wake of the sudden death of his wife.

The Eastern Shore Republican was considered a serious name for chair of the coalition of conservative House members.

But the National Journal reports that he took his name out of the running before the committee began to make its decision.

Harris’s wife of 30 years suddenly died on August 28 just a few days away from her 58th birthday.

Sylvia "Cookie" Harris, the wife of Eastern Shore congressman Andy Harris was remembered yesterday as a "right to life torchbearer".

Her anti-abortion efforts ranged from the neighborhoods in Baltimore to the halls of the state capital.

Her funeral was held at a large cathedral in Baltimore where it was attended by around 1,000 people.

She died sudden last Thursday -- three days before her 58th birthday.

The wife of Congressman Andy Harris has died.

Sylvia Cookie Harris passed away yesterday after being taken to the hospital.

There were no immediate details but a spokesperson for Harris said that they were waiting for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

But one media outlet is reporting that she died from a sudden heart attack.

Maryland Republican Party Chairwoman Diana Waterman issued a statement last night expressing shock and deep sadness at her death.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Maryland congressman says subpoenas have been sent in an investigation into Maryland's badly flawed health exchange website.

Rep. Andy Harris said in a statement on Tuesday that an audit by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General has developed into "a full-blown investigation."

Chris Meekins, a spokesman for the Maryland Republican, says Harris' office received the information during an update late last month on how the audit was proceeding.

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Congressman John Carney is backing a measure that would eliminate some of the permitting requirements for registering pesticides near navigable waters.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the pesticides would still be regulated by the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act.

The Delaware Democrat says that the additional permitting process under the Clean Water Act places a burden on state agencies which does not allow them to carry out other important tasks such as mosquito management.

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Congressman Andy Harris’s office got a lot of complaints yesterday but not from the usual constituents.

These were DC residents who were angry with the Eastern Shore Republican for trying to block the decriminalization of marijuana that went into effect in the District last week.

Barbara Helmick who is a member of DC vote that organized the faux constituent service day stood outside Harris’s office in Washington yesterday.

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A measure to block the decriminalization of marijuana in Washington D.C. by Congressman Andy Harris has made it through the House of Representatives as part of legislation approved yesterday on Capitol Hill.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that House Democrats who oppose the measure made no attempt to block it since that effort would fail in the Republican led House.

The Eastern Shore Republican’s proposal was part of the spending bill for the District and some federal agencies.

That legislation was approved by a vote of 228-to-195.

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WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) - The federal government has decided not to use a vacant Army Reserve building in Westminster to temporarily house immigrant children after objections from Carroll County officials.

A spokesman for Maryland Republican Rep. Andy Harris tells WBAL Radio that the congressman was notified late Saturday that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services decided not to use the Westminster facility.

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WASHINGTON (AP)- The mayor of the District of Columbia is urging residents to boycott the Eastern Shore of Maryland this holiday, because of its congressional representative's position on decriminalizing marijuana.

Mayor Vincent Gray said at a Wednesday news conference that the city's residents shouldn't support someone who doesn't support them.

The mayor is referring to Rep. Andy Harris, who represents Maryland's Eastern Shore. Harris successfully attached an amendment to a House budget bill that would overturn the city's marijuana decriminalization law.

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Congressman Andy Harris wants veterans to be able to opt out of the Veterans health Administration to seek care from a private insurer.

The Maryland Republican’s proposal would be called the Veteran’s Choice Plan and would provide coverage comparable to what federal employees get through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.

Harris’ proposal follows the scandal that has rocked the Veteran’s Administration which has found falsified records for waiting times to get medical appointments.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland congressman says the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services plans to investigate Maryland's troubled health care exchange.

Rep. Andy Harris confirmed in a statement Monday that his office has been notified that the inspector general will begin an investigation into the exchange.

Harris, the state's only Republican congressman, says he has confidence that the nonpartisan and independent inspector general will thoroughly investigate "one of the worst exchange roll outs in the country."


Representative Andy Harris says if the state does not implement the new phosphorous regulations for the agriculture industry properly he will take action on the federal level.

During a meeting with the Eastern Shore delegation in Annapolis last week the Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Republican congressman said if the new regulations hurt farmers then he will consider with holding money from the state of Maryland.

The phosphorous management tool would alter the way the amount of phosphorous is applied by farmers.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Republican Maryland congressman says he believes the investigative arm of Congress should look into problems with the state's health care exchange website.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office on Wednesday agreed to a request from a group of House Republicans to audit how $304 million in federal grants were spent on the Oregon health exchange website. A GAO spokesman says other states with troubled exchanges will be included as the investigation goes forward.

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Another candidate has backed out of running against Congressman Andy Harris.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Bridget Kelly has pulled out of the race less than a month after entering the Democratic primary.

Earlier this month Harford County resident Joseph Werner dropped out to take a shot at county executive.

This leaves Chestertown physician John LaFerla and retired attorney Bill Tilghman still in the hunt for the Democratic nomination.