State House Democrats Propose Legislation Aimed at Trump Policies

February 8, 2017
Democratic legislators Tuesday announced package of bills aimed at Trump. Photo by Hannah Klarner.

Democratic legislators Tuesday announced package of bills aimed at Trump. Photo by Hannah Klarner.

Democratic lawmakers in Annapolis announced five priorities Tuesday aimed at resisting policy efforts by President Donald Trump’s administration and the Republican-controlled Congress.

One would withdraw all of Maryland’s past calls for a constitutional convention, another would direct the attorney general to oppose “harmful” federal policies, two would create commissions to monitor health and financial regulatory developments at the federal level, and the fifth would instruct the state’s congressional delegation and governor to resist any effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Constitutional convention

A resolution in the package would withdraw Maryland from all previous Article V Convention calls on several topics. A constitutional convention can be used to amend the Constitution if the legislatures of two-thirds of the states call for one; any amendments would still have to be ratified by three-fourths of the states.

Explaining the proposal to withdraw Maryland’s calls for a convention, House Majority Leader William Frick, D-Montgomery, said that Maryland “cannot afford to let Donald Trump rewrite the Bill of Rights.”

Because the process has never been used to amend the Constitution, the exact procedure is not clearly defined. Most states have called for a convention on one issue or another, but two-thirds of the states’ calls have never been found to be similar enough to trigger one.

The withdrawal proposed Tuesday likely reflects anxiety among some groups that Republican control over 25 states where Republicans have a majority in both houses of the legislature and the governorship, combined with a unified Republican government at the federal level, makes a conservative-driven convention a real possibility.

Defending Maryland from Trump

The Maryland Defense Act of 2017 directs the state’s attorney general to protect Marylanders from “harmful federal efforts.” The bill allocates $3 million per year and five staff members under the Maryland attorney general for this purpose.

Attorney General Brian Frosh predicted people around the nation will begin to reject the Trump Administration’s policies.

Also in the package, a newly created Maryland Financial Consumer Protection Task Force would monitor consumer protections and financial regulations at the federal level and keep state lawmakers informed of any changes.

Obamacare

The Maryland Health Insurance Coverage Protection Commission would do the same for efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and, according to a press release, “prepare Maryland to best react should President Trump and the Republicans in Congress decide to take away health insurance coverage.”

The package includes a resolution calling on Maryland’s congressional delegation and the governor to oppose efforts to repeal the ACA. The resolution argues that the ACA is critical to providing insurance to approximately 400,000 Marylanders.

Several Democratic legislators defended the role that the ACA has played in reducing Maryland’s uninsured rate. They also sought to paint the resistance to repeal as a potentially bipartisan effort, at least among voters, by highlighting that rural, traditionally Republican parts of the state saw some of the biggest gains in their insured rate under the ACA.

Among those was Del. David Moon, D-Montgomery, who said that any repeal of the ACA would be “war on rural Maryland,” employing a phrase Republicans have used in the past to accuse Democrats of prioritizing urban parts of the state and neglecting rural areas.

Reacting to the package, Senate Republican Leader J.B. Jennings, R-Baltimore and Harford counties, said, “if we do nothing to (change) the ACA, it’s going to collapse,” citing rising premiums as a principal cause.

Jennings also indicated that state lawmakers should let Maryland’s congressional delegation focus on federal issues, saying, “I think we’ve got enough stuff in our state to deal with.”

By Jacob Taylor
Capital News Service

Democratic legislators Tuesday announced package of bills aimed at Trump. Photo by Hannah Klarner.

Democratic legislators Tuesday announced package of bills aimed at Trump. Photo by Hannah Klarner.

 

42 Responses to State House Democrats Propose Legislation Aimed at Trump Policies

  1. Steve on February 8, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Cry Babies We need protection from these Clowns. Miller/Busch the Ringmaster of the Clowns!!

  2. Marcus Welby, M.D. on February 8, 2017 at 10:44 am

    And this is yet another reason why Busch & Miller must go. It’s never about what’s best for the voters of ALL of Maryland and what they want, it’s about their egos & partisan politics. This mindset of “if it’s republican, it’s automatically bad” must stop. I can’t believe how obtuse voters are keeping these 2 jackwagons in office since the 70’s/80’s. Our state deserves better.

  3. david20650 on February 8, 2017 at 11:10 am

    A bunch of cry babies. I didn’t vote for Trump, but lets give this guy a chance. If conservatives did this in 08 and 12, we would be called every name in the book.

  4. Anonymous on February 8, 2017 at 11:12 am

    We need as much insulation from the new facist regime as possible

    • Anonymous on February 9, 2017 at 9:04 am

      Do you even know the definition of a fascist? You can’t even spell it correctly.

      • JustaCitizen on February 9, 2017 at 11:57 am

        Must be a college educated millennial to have made that comment about the current administration being ‘Fascist’.

      • Anonymous on February 9, 2017 at 1:04 pm

        Either you don’t know the definition or are too indoctrinated to believe it is happening. Bow down to your great leader

        • Mad Dog 20/20 on February 11, 2017 at 12:21 pm

          Give me a break. The media treated Obama like he was a rock star for 8 years and rarely pointed out his obvious mistakes. Yes, people died over his mistakes yet we heard crickets from CNN and the like. I urge you to look past the rhetoric and see that what Trump is doing is no different than any other POTUS we have had in the last 3 decades. I am guessing you protested and marched when Obama put immigration on hold, right? I am guessing you were screaming and yelling when he was bombing countries, correct? I am also going out on a limb when he made fun of special needs kids (Special Olympics), right? Get over yourself already and read a book or something. Stop being a hypocrite.

          • Anonymous on February 11, 2017 at 1:42 pm

            Why do you think that the wrongful actions of others somehow validates those actions now? I don’t understand. Stop deflecting to other leaders and specifically respond to Trump’s own actions. Every time Trump is criticized people immediately deflect to Hillary or Obama. How about you stop putting up strawmen to knock down and categorically respond to his actions. Or is that too hard?

          • Mad Dog 20/20 on February 12, 2017 at 12:26 pm

            The difference is that I agreed when Obama did the same thing. See, I don’t blindly follow a party or a candidate. Give credit where credit is due. The problem now is that Trump isn’t getting a chance and you know it.

  5. Bobo on February 8, 2017 at 11:31 am

    The only thing the ACA did for working families was drive insurance rates through the roof. Thanks Obama.

  6. Copy and Paste on February 8, 2017 at 11:50 am

    So, for the last eight years the Democrats in MD have not opposed “harmful” federal policies, have not monitored health and financial regulatory developments at the federal level, and have not resisted any effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act?

    Hmmm…well there you have it, straight from the donkey’s mouths.

  7. Anonymous on February 8, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    This is why I hate hardcore democrats and republicans. The past 6 months have shown me that both parties have an “everybody that doesn’t think like me is an idiot and un-American” attitude. Neither party is willing to compromise for the good of the people. It started to get really bad during Obama’s push to get the ACA through at any cost and the republicans push to stop it. The ones who suffered are the middleclass. My insurance went up over $2000 a year not counting the higher deductibles and I don’t even have the family plan. If they could have worked together and compromised on a few things they probably could have found a way to implement the ACA without stepping on the wallets and necks of the middleclass. Now I see it happening all over again with the democrats playing dirty defense. Neither party is willing to be the “bigger person”, so to speak, and they all turn into infantile, acid spewing, self-profiting, babies. To hell with both parties, they both will be the downfall of this once great country that was founded on many things including compromise.

  8. JustaCitizen on February 8, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    They are doing the same thing to Marylanders they are saying the president will do to American citizens. The Democrats control the Maryland House and Senate and know this legislation will pass because of party line votes. Be damned with the citizens of Maryland because this is what the legislators want because their wicked witch from the north didn’t win the election, so they choose to obstruct. If it wasn’t for Baltimore and the Beltway counties, most of you wouldn’t be there. Most Marylanders know stink when they smell it and Annapolis stinks.

  9. MarineVet on February 8, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    how about we put an end to gerrymandering and these clowns will be out of a job…

  10. AliceW on February 8, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Yep Maryland is got it together alright now to start sweeping democrats out of the legislator. Crime in thru the roof and the rank and file are killing each other on the third rate roads. Infrastructure in most of Maryland towns is behind the rest of the country seventy years ago. You illegal drug use is beyond belief and the best you idiots can do is get a plan to resist Mr Trump! How simple minded can the voters be putting such a collection of clowns in state government!

  11. AmazingGrace on February 8, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    Libtards at finest

  12. Anonymous on February 8, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    Defend Maryland against Trump?? Really? I knew I should have moved the fk out of MD. Who is going to defend me from Maryland. Larry Hogan…where are you on this?

  13. Thomas Adams on February 8, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    These crazy delusional Democrats should try something different, productive legislation, vs obstructive. Get with the program Dems, start helping us taxpayers, instead of strangling us with taxes and restrictive legislation.

  14. Seth on February 9, 2017 at 4:49 am

    Some serious pieces of s### all in one place too, to bad we can’t just call an airstrike this state would be much better off without these snowflakes .

  15. Anonymous on February 9, 2017 at 6:30 am

    The convulsions of a failed and rejected political party. I think we at least 4 years of public and ridiculous Hissy Fits from the Dems. Very sad.

    • Anonymous on February 10, 2017 at 1:44 pm

      Remember the 8 years of obstructionism, crying, and hissy fits from republican’ts under Obama? Lets not conveniently forget or leave out things to sweeten our arguments, sweetie

      • Anonymous on February 12, 2017 at 1:05 am

        Yes I remember all the conservatives rioting, breaking windows, throwing objects at police and blocking the roads to prevent commerce and free passage.

  16. keepitreal on February 9, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Great Picture of the Scum of Maryland

  17. Buffy on February 9, 2017 at 9:00 am

    You vote for Trump Your going to get thumped by the hand of Knowledge setting You back in a smart place. Trump is a punk and need to get deled with what a disgrace to this Nation someone needs to put Him in His place. Keep you eyes open to the real Truth, Trump said make America Great again, Be carful of those that proclaim to bring Peace & Security because sudden Destruction will come. Time to rise up to fill our cup with Knowledge & Truth, taking that Knowledge we have learn taking down this media that is one of the main problems of today. Then stand up with the hand of Knowledge setting Trump & His followers in their place. Better yet forget all that I have said just – “Seize the Moment in the Beauty of today because tomorrow may not come your way”.

    • Marcus Welby, M.D. on February 9, 2017 at 10:54 am

      Someone “deled” you a poor education.

    • JustaCitizen on February 9, 2017 at 11:53 am

      Did you proofread what you wrote or was this a perfect example of how you also talk?

    • Merriam Webster on February 9, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      Huh?

    • Anonymous on February 9, 2017 at 12:30 pm

      Buffy, have you considered professional help? First off the American people spoke. They are tired of DC and professional politicians. Trump is and egotistical loud mouth, but he is not a politician. What is so wrong with putting people to work? With securing our borders? With embracing law enforcement instead of demonizing them? With coming up with healthcare that won’t put people in the poorhouse? I am not better off than I was 8 years ago. I had a great healthcare plan that was stolen from me in the name of socialism. Now I pay twice as much and have an almost unreachable deductible. Time to try something else. Oh, and you don’t capitalize “Him or His” unless you are speaking about the almighty. Trump is not the almighty.

    • Sonja on February 9, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      Looks like you should have been thumped a few times by the hand of knowledge.

    • Grande Dooquito on February 9, 2017 at 2:39 pm

      Can someone translate this into English?

    • Seth on February 9, 2017 at 11:13 pm

      Wow what an idiot. Also wth is deled?

      • buffy on February 15, 2017 at 12:53 pm

        Seth go F*** yourself You dumb Trump supporter jack rabbit, Trump going down

  18. Anonymous on February 9, 2017 at 9:08 am

    With all the complaints, with all the higher taxes and fees, the coddling of criminals, the disdain for law enforcement and the “party is more important” than the people, every one of those in that picture will be re-elected. Get out of MD while you can. We are becoming the CA of the right coast.

    • Anonymous on February 11, 2017 at 3:53 pm

      Yes I encourage you to go. Please head to Texas to save us all from your nonsense.

      • Anonymous on February 12, 2017 at 12:29 pm

        Nonsense? Name one thing in the original post that wasn’t true. I’ll wait….

  19. Anonymous on February 9, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    States rights. What republicans wanted.

  20. Tired of the Lies on February 9, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    Isn’t this where we’re supposed to come up with not-so-clever hashtag slogans?? #NotMyStatehouse

  21. AliceW on February 9, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    This thread is great, there are only two dickweeds in all. Even a couple anti trump people made responsible posts. There is hope for Maryland if the Legislator is cleaned up!

  22. Anonymous on February 9, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    When are they going to save Maryland from liberals?

  23. Rocky on February 14, 2017 at 6:51 am

    It’s horrible what the fake news CNN-like networks have done to the minds of Marylanders. Here is what you need to understand: Donald Trump is now the best chance for this USA.
    The Democrats are STILL reeling in denial over the November election. They can’t believe their hag-hog lost and has now returned to being irrelevant with the rest of her cry-baby party.
    NO – I don’t vote party lines either. That is most of the problem now with ignorant lazy voters. I have enough common sense to see who will actually protect America from the threats attempting to destroy it – and start using the wealth and tax dollars we have been giving away to rebuild OUR falling-down infrastructure, while re-creating a national level of patriotism spat on by the former administration.
    Our libby universities have miserably taught our youth, teaching them that Muslims are their friends and everyone can live happily together forever. Meanwhile Iran is burning the flags and chanting “death to America” openly and without reservation.
    The same Iran Obama GAVE the millions of U.S tax dollars to.
    Sure – Follow your local Democrat dream team with Pelosi and Schumer – right into hell.

    • Sharon T. on February 14, 2017 at 10:09 am

      Sweeeet! Will you be my valentine?!!!