A Message From Congressman Sarbanes

I am proud to be leading the charge in Congress to limit the influence of Big Money on politics and government and amplify the voices of everyday Americans. Whether it’s the economy, energy and the environment, health care or any other critical issue, special interests and well-connected insiders are calling the shots in Washington. We need to return to a government of, by and for the people. That’s why I’ve introduced the Government By the People Act.

Updates

  • Sarbanes Statement on Yom Kippur

    “As the Jewish community gathered to begin a period of determined introspection and solemn atonement, we can all take this opportunity to reflect on the last year and find ways – large and small – to come together and repair our world. I wish the Jewish community in Maryland, across America, and around the world a meaningful fast. From my family to yours, g'mar chatimah tova.”

     

  • Sarbanes Announces More Than $2 Million in Federal Grants to Protect the Chesapeake Bay

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today announced that the Maryland Department of the Environment will receive $2,044,659 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help reduce nutrient and sediment pollution across the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

    Funding comes from the Chesapeake Bay Program, a unique and successful partnership between the federal government, the District of Columbia and every state along the Chesapeake Bay Watershed to restore the Bay and protect its health for future generations.

  • In the News: Sarbanes Prepares for Elevated Role as Leading Reformer in Congress

    Sarbanes Prepares for Elevated Role as Leading Reformer in Congress 
    Josh Kurtz, MARYLAND MATTERS

    As Democrats push to retake the U.S. House of Representatives in November, government ethics and political reform have become an increasingly important part of their message. And that means an elevated role for Maryland Congressman John P. Sarbanes (D).

    Sarbanes is House Democrats’ apostle of political reform, the chairman of the Democracy Reform Task Force. He’s the architect of the party’s multi-pronged good government agenda. If the Democrats seize the majority, he will play a leading role in shaping the suite of reform bills that Democrats will try to advance through Congress. 

    “I’m focused on trying to map out what a reform package would look like,” Sarbanes said in a recent interview in the Capitol, a few steps away from the House chamber, where votes were taking place. 
     

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  • In the News: House Democrats’ top priority if they win in November is a sweeping anti-corruption bill

    House Democrats’ top priority if they win in November is a sweeping anti-corruption bill 
    Ella Nilsen, Vox

    “I’m hoping that it’s the first or second bill this fall. It’s just that important.”

    If Democrats win back the House in 2018, a consensus is emerging on what they need to do first: Pass a sweeping anti-corruption bill. 

    One specific legislative package has emerged, largely crafted and sponsored by the chair of the Democracy Reform Task Force, Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD). The agenda — recently formalized by a House resolution — is designed to rein in the influence of money and lobbying in Washington, expand voting rights in the United States, and increase public financing of campaigns. Democrats are prepping a final version of a bill to be ready to go if they are in charge by January 2019. 
     

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  • In the News: House Democrat: here are 8 scandals Congress should investigate instead of Twitter bias

    House Democrat: here are 8 scandals Congress should investigate instead of Twitter bias 
    Tara Golshan, Vox

    Twitter’s Jack Dorsey is testifying in Congress. Democrats think it’s a waste of his time.

    Congress is wasting Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s time when it should be investigating the Trump administration’s wrongdoing, Maryland Democrat Rep. John Sarbanes told Dorsey at one of his two congressional testimonies Wednesday. 

    Dorsey spent Wednesday fielding questions in the House about how Twitter’s efforts to combat dangerous information and misinformation shared on the social media platform is actually censoring conservative voices. 
     

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