WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Congressmen Steny Hoyer (Md.-5), Dutch Ruppersberger (Md.-2), John Sarbanes (Md.-3) and Kweisi Mfume (Md.-7), welcomed Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott to the U.S. Capitol to discuss priorities impacting Baltimore City including public safety, affordable housing, infrastructure and planning for the Red Line, which the delegation helped to revive through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The mayor was joined by Faith Leach, City Administrator and Richard J. Worley, Jr., acting Commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department (BPD).
“Baltimore is the heart of our state, and our federal delegation is united in support of the City’s success,” said Senator Cardin.
“Team Maryland – in coordination with President Biden and Governor Moore – has delivered for Baltimore City on so many issues, and we will continue to do so. I greatly appreciate the partnership with Mayor Scott, and our federal delegation will continue fighting to improve and strengthen Baltimore’s safety, infrastructure and economy.
“Baltimore is a great American city, and we are committed to working 24/7 with Mayor Scott and community leaders to ensure its success — from strengthening public safety, to investing in infrastructure, to opening more doors of opportunity for Baltimoreans. We’ve fought to deliver historic investments to help Charm City advance these goals and many others, and together we will continue working to strengthen Baltimore and the entire region,” said Senator Van Hollen.
“Maryland has the best Congressional delegation that a mayor could ask for, and our discussion at today’s meeting reaffirmed their dedication and commitment to the City of Baltimore,” said Mayor Brandon M. Scott. “Today, we discussed specifics on public safety, infrastructure, and housing — but at its core our discussions are about how we can collectively build a brighter, better future for Baltimore. All of us are working to ensure Baltimore reaches its full potential, and we all want to tap into every single resource at our disposal to build on the renaissance that is already underway.”
“When we talk about Team Maryland—we mean it,” said Congressman Hoyer. “From the time I was elected to the Maryland State Senate in 1967, I’ve had the privilege of working closely with Baltimore mayors – because Baltimore is the heart of our state. Baltimore’s health, well-being, and safety are critical to the citizens that I represent in the Fifth Congressional District. In electing Mayor Brandon Scott, the city of Baltimore has chosen a mayor who is capable, active, engaged, and focused. I’m pleased, to work alongside Mayor Scott in making sure that all Marylanders are safe and benefiting from a growing and vibrant economy.”
“As a Baltimore native who proudly represents Baltimore communities in Congress, the city’s priorities are my priorities. From affordable housing and public safety to infrastructure and lead paint abatement, the Maryland delegation is working in lock-step with the Mayor and our state-level partners to ensure Baltimore has the resources it needs and deserves. I thank the mayor and his team for working with us collaboratively to address these challenges head-on,” said Congressman Ruppersberger.
“I applaud Mayor Scott’s work to provide communities across the City with the resources needed to address the root causes of violence. These efforts demonstrate the effectiveness of approaching our public safety challenges as the health and economic challenges they are, and work hand in hand with the mayor’s other goals of increasing access to transportation and employment opportunities,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “By continuing to advance equity in all our policymaking decisions, we can further our commitment to thriving and inclusive communities in Baltimore and throughout our state.”
“We were pleased to welcome Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott, and other City officials, to the United States Capitol to discuss an array of issues our shared City of Baltimore currently faces. This productive, and essential conversation across multiple levels of government reaffirmed our commitment to utilize every resource at our disposal to protect, empower, and best serve City residents. I look forward to working with Mayor Scott, his administration, and Police Commissioner-designate Worley to help recruit and retain new police officers on the force, who ultimately will be patrolling our streets,” said Congressman Mfume.