Letters from Ben

Capital Wheel, National Harbor, Maryland

These are regular letters to constituents about what's happening in Maryland, nationally and around the world. Beginning as a way to share information during the COVID-19 pandemic, they have become a must-read for Marylanders to connect happenings in our nation's capital to daily life.

Deja Vu All Over Again

Dear Fellow Marylanders, I have been having déjà vu for weeks, actually months, anytime I think about the economy. Similar to the fiscal crisis of 2011, Republican lawmakers allowed our country to step precariously close to the cliff’s edge as the U.S. Treasury used what are called extraordinary measures to keep paying bills and maintain the “full faith and credit” of the United States of America. For six months, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has been doing everything she can to ensure that our veterans, seniors and other vulnerable Americans could continue to receive payments on time, along with state and local governments that rely on federal payments to repair bridges...

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More Bullhorns, Fewer Bullets

Dear Fellow Marylanders, On March 27, three 9-year-olds were gunned down inside their Nashville school, along with a substitute teacher, a school custodian and the head of school. By most accounts, this was the 130th mass shooting in the U.S. this year. In total, 65...

Justin Bieber

Dear Fellow Marylanders, I’ve been writing these letters to you nearly every week since March 2020. In all this time, I’ve never had the Washington Post steal my subject line, but they came pretty close this week with their article, “Justin Bieber and Dianne Feinstein...

Capital Wheel, National Harbor, Maryland