A Message From Congressman Sarbanes

INVESTIGATE                    LITIGATE                    LEGISLATE

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 led by Chairman Elijah Cummings.  

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.


  • My Statement on the Passing of Elijah Cummings

    Today, we lost a true American patriot and a fierce champion of the voiceless.

    Elijah dedicated his life to public service, working every single day to improve education, health care and economic opportunity — not only in Baltimore, but across Maryland and for the entire country. 

    Elijah was a mentor and close friend. I am devastated by his passing. My deepest sympathies go out to Elijah’s wife, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, Elijah’s family and friends and all those who have been graced by Elijah's life of service.

    We will keep his memory alive.

  • My Statement on Yom Kippur

    During this time of introspection and atonement, I wish the Jewish community a meaningful fast. From my family to yours, G’mar Chatimah Tovah.

  • My Statement on the Ukraine Whistleblower Scandal

    President Trump admitted that he illegally attempted to coerce a foreign government to interfere in the 2020 election. This is a gross abuse of power — impeachable conduct.
    My colleagues and I in the House of Representatives will vigorously investigate the White House and gather all relevant facts through an impeachment inquiry.

  • Sarbanes Statement on House Committee Action to Advance the Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization Act

    Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force Co-Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) issued the following statement today after the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee successfully advanced the Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization Act (H.R. 1620), a bipartisan bill that would increase investments in the successful Chesapeake Bay Program for the next five years:

  • Sarbanes Calls on Trump Education Department and Secretary DeVos to Fix PSLF Management Errors and Fulfill Promises to America’s Public Servants

    During a House Education and Labor Committee hearing today about the Trump Administration’s failure to administer the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) submitted a statement for the record, calling on the Trump Education Department and Secretary Devos to fix management errors and deliver student loan debt relief to America’s teachers, military members, community health care workers, public defenders, social workers and other public servants who rely on the PSLF program.