WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin, and Barbara A. Mikulski together with U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings (all D-Md.) today met with Valerie Jarrett and other key Obama Administration, officials as well as Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Baltimore City officials to discuss ways the Administration can continue to serve as an active partner in supporting local priorities, including jobs, economic growth, education, housing and law-enforcement.
“I thank President Obama for making Baltimore a top priority. Team Maryland is committed to working with the White House and Cabinet agencies to ensure that the tools and resources outlined today — from improving housing and increasing quality jobs, to supporting our schools and small businesses, to providing citizens with second chances and expanding programs to rebuild the trust between neighborhoods and law enforcement — are brought to bear in Baltimore as a national model for the restoration of hope and opportunity in our cities,” said Senator Cardin. “It is heartening to know that the very top leaders of the Obama Administration are helping Baltimore rebuild and heal the deep wounds that have been opened for so many in our community.”
“Ever since April 21st, I’ve been in communication with the White House, who has been tremendously responsive,” Senator Mikulski said. “This meeting was part of an ongoing conversation with the Administration about how they can help with immediate issues like summer programs, and long-term issues like criminal justice reform, jobs, education, housing, mental health care and more. They had excellent ideas. I look forward to working with them as we deliver much-needed resources and implement reforms to improve the lives and expand opportunities for everyone in Baltimore.”
“I thank President Obama, Valerie Jarrett and the Administration for their unwavering commitment to ensuring Baltimore has access to the federal resources needed to rebuild,” Congressman Cummings said. “This is a transformational moment for our city and I am certain that with the continued collaboration of our local, state, federal and private partners, Baltimore will rise and become a model for the nation.”