Friday, June 17, 2016
Guest Speakers: Candidate for Maryland’s Congressional 8th District
Dan Cox, Republican
State Senator Jamie Raskin, Democrat
Topic: Meet the Candidates
The morning began with introductions of Mr. Cox by Leslie Weber, Vice Chair of the Legislative Affairs committee. Mr. Cox opened by stating that he is concerned about the direction of the country and the debt that is crushing us. It is important to Mr. Cox to tighten our spending now. He is a small business owner and believes that a key to strengthening the economy is focusing on small business. He would like to bring jobs back to Maryland. He is also concerned about national security.
In Congress, he would like to serve on Ways and Means, Judiciary, Transportation, National Security. He would match assignments to the needs of the district.
He indicated that he would look to experts for their advice with regard to addressing the region’s transportation concerns. He also stated that he would have someone on his staff to focus on government contracting. There was a robust discussion about the balance between reducing regulations that crush business and maintaining civil rights.
At the end of the day, he is interested in policies that bring business to Maryland and protecting individual rights.
The second hour featured State Senator Jamie Raskin in his role as candidate for Congress in Maryland’s 8th district. He spoke about his responsibility to the district with regard to federal agencies like NIH and NOAA. He has been a long-time supporter of the Purple Line and has worked closely with MCCC on a number of important issues.
In terms of serving in Congress, he expressed interest in committee assignments on Judiciary, Government Oversight, Appropriations, or Agriculture. With a large government contracting presence, he would expect to have one or two staff members well versed in procurement. He is a champion of women and minority owned businesses.
Members raised issues such as competing for government contracts, working across the aisle to support research and development, investment in infrastructure, progressive business and the B corp, reducing the amount of paperwork by simplifying and streamlining requirements, managing displaced workers, and changes to entitlements to save the program.