A Message From Congressman Sarbanes




Holding Trump accountable and winning the 2020 election

On the investigation front, we will press ahead with the impeachment inquiry using the oversight authority of our committees of jurisdiction. I’m proud to serve as a member of the Committee on Oversight and Reform.  

On the litigation front, Democrats will go to court as necessary to uncover any and all information regarding Trump’s misconduct, including his financial dealings before entering office.  The public’s demand for checks and balances means activating the full measure of Congress’ Article 1 power and enlisting the Article III Judiciary Branch to enforce the will of the people.  No one is above the law.

On the legislation front, we will continue the substantive policy work of Congress. I was proud to author HR1, the For the People Act, the most far-reaching democracy reform bill in a generation, which passed in March 2019 and set the table for other key measures Democrats have passed in this Congress to protect our election systems, ensure equal pay for equal work, raise the minimum wage, reduce the cost of prescription drugs, demand more humanitarian treatment at the border, close gun background check loopholes and much, much more.  These proposals are piled up at the Senate door where Mitch McConnell refuses to take action.

In November of 2020, Democrat’s strategy of investigate, litigate and legislate will prevail.  We will beat Trump, fix our democracy and rebuild America.


  • Sarbanes Joins Effort Urging EPA to Enforce Pollution Reduction Targets and Improve the Health of the Chesapeake Bay

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) in urging U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler to clarify his agency’s position on enforcing the Chesapeake Bay Agreement Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) pollution reduction targets.

  • Sarbanes Votes to Protect American Families and Communities from Toxic Chemicals

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass the PFAS Action Act (H.R. 535), a bill to help protect drinking water, air and soil from highly toxic and long-lasting per- and poly-fluoroalkyl (PFAS) chemicals.

  • In the News: Maryland lawmakers call for more protection for places of worship

    LIVE: Maryland lawmakers call for more protection for places of worship
    Tiffany Watson, WBFF-TV (Online)

    On Monday at 10:30 am, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, Senator Ben Cardin and Congressman John Sarbanes will be joined by leaders of the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian communities in Baltimore to stand united against religious intolerance, hate, and antisemitism.

    The Senators will announce their support for a new proposal to quadruple funding for the federal Nonprofit Security Grant Program, which provides security assistance to religious and community nonprofit institutions that are at high risk of terrorist attack.

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  • In the News: Maryland legislators, faith leaders back funding increase in wake of religious hate crimes

    Maryland legislators, faith leaders back funding increase in wake of religious hate crimes
    Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun

    Government funding for the protection of synagogues, mosques and churches has been on the rise in Maryland and across the United States in the past half-decade and more, but legislators and faith leaders are calling for a vast increase in such funding as threats against religious institutions persist.

    Maryland’s U.S. senators, Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes, and Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders were among those who gathered Monday at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation in Pikesville to back a proposal calling for a quadrupling of funding provided by the federal Nonprofit Security Grant Program, to $360 million in fiscal year 2021.

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  • Sarbanes Votes to Prevent War with Iran

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after voting to pass H.Con.Res. 83, a War Powers Resolution to limit President Trump’s ability to engage in a military conflict with Iran:

    “After nearly two decades of endless war, the American people are wary of additional military entanglements in the Middle East. In spite of this, the President’s impulse is to heighten brinkmanship with Iran, and to do so without appropriate Congressional authorization and in violation of established protocols for consulting Congressional leaders.