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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2013
In Washington, what isn't said is often important, too. Without including a word in the bipartisan budget deal that reopened federal agencies on Thursday, Maryland Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin paved the way for a 1 percent pay raise for federal workers - the first such increase in three years. The Democrats were able to secure the raise without a trace largely because of the arcane way federal salary increases are set. President Barack Obama had already proposed the raise for employees, to begin in January.
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said Wednesday that the deal approved by Congress to reopen the federal government would also allow President Barack Obama to go forward with his plan to offer a 1 percent pay raise to federal employees. Federal employee pay has been frozen for three years. The Obama administration has attempted to offer small raises before, but the effort failed to capture support in Congress. In a joint statement, Mikulski and Sen. Ben Cardin said the agreement would allow the raises to take effect in January.
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September 30, 2013
When Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski was a young activist determined to stop a bridge through neighborhoods, she became our voice of the people in Baltimore. Why now has she stopped and succumbed to that which she once deplored? Obamacare is the latest of the politically motivated choices she has embraced. Please listen to the people. Health care is not a right. Health care is an incentive to pay attention in school, work toward promotion, etc. And what about this elite class Congress has created for itself?
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September 17, 2013
I cannot believe that U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski decided to support the president in his proposed strike in Syria regardless of the wishes of the people in Maryland who put her into office ("Sen. Mikulski says she supports President Obama on Syria strike," Sept. 10). She said she is concerned about the region's security, but that has nothing to do with our security here in the United States. It is sad that such a prominent figure in our state is just a political hack voting the party line as usual.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2013
In a letter sent Monday to the secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Maryland's senior senator called on the VA's Baltimore office to develop an action plan within 10 days to improve its "lackluster" approach to an initiative designed to speed up the time it takes to process disability claims. Democrat Barbara A. Mikulski asked Secretary Eric K. Shinseki to provide a schedule for additional training between the Baltimore office leadership and service organizations, such as the American Legion, that work to expedite fully developed claims.
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2013
The dean of Maryland's congressional delegation and a prominent voice in the liberal wing of the Democratic Party, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, said on Monday that she supports giving President Barack Obama authorization to strike Syria. "I believe the president's plan is the best response to protecting U.S. security interests in the region," Mikulski, the chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said during a lengthy speech on the Senate floor. "Therefore…after really great reflection and as much due diligence as I could do, I want to announce today to my colleagues and most of all to the people of Maryland who have supported me, that I will support the president's request for a targeted, limited military action against the Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime in response to the horrific, grim and ghoulish use of chemical weapons," she said.
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The dean of Maryland's congressional delegation emerged from a classified briefing Thursday persuaded that Syrian leader Bashar Assad was responsible for last month's chemical weapons attack but undecided on whether a U.S. military strike is the best response. "What we heard today made a compelling forensic case, one, that nerve gas was used and, No. 2, that it was used by the Assad regime," said Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski. But the Democratic chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and member of the Senate Intelligence Committee said she has more questions about the military response and is wary of involving the U.S. in a protracted conflict.
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August 6, 2013
I could not agree more with Holly West ( "How is Mikulski not a women to watch?" Aug. 3) and Barbara Blumberg ( "Dixon doesn't belong on the list," Aug. 3). The July 2013 edition of Sun Magazine was an excellent showcase of Maryland women marred the fact that it included one of Maryland's most embarrassing women, one who left her office in disgrace, and excluded, obviously, one of Maryland's most accomplished women. Nelly Greene Baltimore
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July 30, 2013
Although I enjoyed reading this Sunday's special issue of Sun Magazine entitled "50 Women to Watch", I was extremely disappointed at the glaring omission of Sen. Barbara Mikulski from the list. Considering all that Senator Mikulski has done for Maryland's citizens during her service since 1971 as Baltimore city councilwoman, U.S. congresswoman, and U.S. Senator, how does she not deserve a top spot on a list during which you discussed "the most intriguing, powerful and memorable personalities making an impact on the Baltimore region?"
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2013
Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski used a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday to join in calling for a federal review of safety procedures on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The Maryland Democrat said she was prompted to request a National Transportation Safety Board investigation after an accident Friday that caused a vehicle and its driver to plunge into the water. The 900,000-member AAA Mid-Atlantic called for a similar review on Monday. "As of today, I'm very strongly recommending a review, for the a National Transportation Safety Board to look at it," Mikulski said.
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