Chestertown, MD — Today, President Joe Biden signed a federal budget bill that includes billions in funding for community projects requested by House Democrats and Republicans across the country — but not in Maryland’s First District, as Congressman Andy Harris failed to make any requests.
The bill provides $62 million for projects across Maryland that were requested by the state’s other seven House members, including more than a dozen projects each in the Baltimore region, the DC area, and in other parts of the state. Because of Congressman Harris’s inaction, much-needed Eastern Shore projects do not receive any funding from House requests.
An interactive map of the projects funded in the bill at the request of Maryland members of the House of Representatives can be found here.
Eastern Shore local leaders have requested federal funding for numerous projects, including making upgrades to the Port of Salisbury and dredging a navigable channel to the Ocean City Convention Center Pier Area and adding floating docks and a water taxi terminal at the convention center boardwalk, just to name a few. These projects could have been funded in the budget bill if not for Congressman Harris’s failure.
“Maryland’s First District needs federal funding for our projects, just like the rest of the state,” said Heather Mizeur, Democratic candidate for Congress in Maryland’s First District. “Regardless of policy stances or ideology, Andy Harris just isn’t doing his job. In Congress, I’ll deliver for our communities.”