March 8, 2022
Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) Talks Voting Rights & Russia's Invasion
Democratic Congressman John Sarbanes (MD-03) joins Julie Mason Mornings to give insight into the struggle to pass voting rights legislation and the American response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
February 28, 2022
Congressman on Russian invasion of Ukraine
Protests are happening around the world in opposition against the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Some of these protests are even taking place in Russia, where the citizens attending these gatherings are being arrested. United States Representative for Maryland's Third District, Congressman John Sarbanes, joined us live to weigh in.
January 19, 2022
Freedom to vote
WYPR-FM On the Record
Since the huge voter turnout in 2020, many states are making it harder to vote: Dozens of new laws restrict who can vote; and how, when and where they can do it.
University of Baltimore law professor Gilda Daniels, author of Uncounted: The Crisis of Voter Suppression in America, says she’s not surprised.
October 12, 2021
TOWSON LOOP: Baltimore County's first free public transit service
On Tuesday, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski celebrated the official start of service for the Towson Loop, Baltimore County’s first free public transit service.
The new circulator service was described as an innovative idea to reduce congestion in the Towson area and better help residents, students and visitors move around by the County Executive.
Olszewski jumpstarted plans to bring a free circulator to Towson’s core destinations and main attractions, fulfilling a major campaign pledge.
October 6, 2021
For their next trick, Department of Ed will make 550,000 student loans disappear
Susanna Vogel, Morning Brew
When the federal government’s Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) started in 2007, the intention was presumably not to make qualification as exclusive as the Met gala. Unfortunately for the Department of Education, less than 1% of eligible borrowers have been approved. This year, a staggering 98% of PSLF applications were rejected.
PSLF is FUBAR: In 2007, the federal government struck a deal with students: commit to ten years of public service, make 120 loan payments on time, then, when the clock strikes midnight, watch your remaining student debt disappear like your clearly marked leftovers in the communal work fridge.
In the News: Maryland Congressman weighs in on Infrastructure Plan & averting the Government Shutdown
October 1, 2021
Maryland Congressman weighs in on Infrastructure Plan & averting the Government Shutdown
On Capitol Hill, Congress is working to pass President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion government overhaul.
Meanwhile, President Biden did sign a last minute deal to avert a government shutdown. That deal passed by the House and Senate is a temporary funding bill to prevent a shutdown until December 3rd.
September 27, 2021
Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) on the Freedom to Vote Act
Democratic Congressman John Sarbanes (MD-03) joins Julie to discuss his leadership on the Freedom to Vote Act as well as the ongoing debt ceiling negotiations.
September 16, 2021
Public Campaign Funding Gains Steam to Counter Big Donors’ Sway
When Christina Henderson, a new at-large member of the Council of the District of Columbia, first considered running for office, one of her worries was whether she could raise enough money to be competitive. “I was not independently wealthy. Most of my friends worked in the public sector,” says Henderson, who was previously a staffer on the Council.
September 10, 2021
U.S. lawmakers seek to protect election workers after Reuters investigation
Linda So and Jason Szep, Reuters
Democratic Congress members called for tougher legislation to address death threats against U.S. election administrators following a Reuters report that exposed a lack of arrests in response to a wave of intimidation targeting the workers since November’s presidential election.
August 18, 2021
Rep. Sarbanes, D-Md., says America should resettle Afghan refugees
The Taliban now agreeing to allow safe passage for Americans looking to evacuate Afghanistan.
July 15, 2021
Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD03) on For the People Act & John Lewis' Legacy
SIRIUS XM ('POTUS Press Pool with Julie Mason')
Congressman John Sarbanes (D-MD03) joins guest host Elliot Williams to discuss his sponsorship of the For the People Act, as well as Rep. John Lewis' legacy and inspiration of voting rights legislation.
In the News: Sarbanes secures millions for community revitalization projects across Maryland’s 3rd congressional district
July 14, 2021
Sarbanes secures millions for community revitalization projects across Maryland’s 3rd congressional district
Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) secured $7,225,000 in federal funding via three U.S. House of Representatives Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) appropriations vehicles, including the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (LHHS) spending bill, the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) spending bill, and the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies (THUD) spending bill.
“This new tranche of federal funding for Maryland’s Third Congressional District will help strengthen health care systems, public safety initiatives, job opportunities and community services for thousands of residents,” said Congressman Sarbanes, who secured funding for all ten of his Community Project Funding requests – including $620,000 for environmental projects. “I will always work closely with my colleagues in Congress to deliver vital federal resources that help improve the lives and livelihoods of Marylanders across our state.”
July 9, 2021
Why There’s Even More Pressure Now on Congress to Pass a Voting Rights Bill
Carrie Levine, The Center for Public Integrity
Congress faces growing pressure to pass new federal voting legislation in the wake of a Supreme Court decision last week that will make it more difficult to challenge a spate of new Republican-backed state-level voting restrictions.
Democrats already wrestling with a loaded agenda on voting rights now face the additional complication of how to address the ruling, beyond a slew of strongly worded statements.
June 15, 2021
Your Voice: Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md.
May 20, 2021
U.S. Department of Labor Secretary tours Baltimore training facility today
On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Marty Walsh will join U.S. Rep John Sarbanes to tour the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 37’s training site in Baltimore, Maryland.
He will also discuss the Biden-Harris administration’s historic investments in workforce training with labor leaders, apprentices and instructors.
May 19, 2021
Your Voice: Congressman John Sarbanes
May 18, 2021
Labor Secretary Walsh visits Baltimore to discuss investments in workforce training
In the News: Four Annapolis restaurant owners discuss surviving COVID-19 with Doug Emhoff, husband of Vice President Kamala Harris
May 18, 2021
Four Annapolis restaurant owners discuss surviving COVID-19 with Doug Emhoff, husband of Vice President Kamala Harris
Danielle Ohl, The Capital Gazette
Four Annapolis restaurant owners who overcame hurdles to remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic met Tuesday morning with second gentleman Doug Emhoff, husband of Vice President Kamala Harris.
Emhoff, the nation’s first second gentleman, has been traveling the country as an ambassador for the Biden administration, encouraging people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, raising awareness about various pandemic relief packages such as the American Rescue Plan and drumming up support for President Joe Biden’s jobs plan, an ambitious $2 trillion proposal.
May 18, 2021
Federal Lawmakers, City Officials Want Funding to End ‘Highway to Nowhere’
Ron Cassie, Baltimore Magazine
U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, with Maryland Congressmen Kweisi Mfume, John Sarbanes, and Anthony Brown, joined Mayor Brandon Scott on Monday to make the case for infrastructure funding to redress West Baltimore’s infamous “Highway to Nowhere.”
Built in the late 1960s, the long-since scrapped urban highway was once intended to connect I-70 to downtown and link it to I-95 and I-83. Completion of the project was finally halted amid community opposition—in part led by then-community organizer Barbara Mikulski—from threatened neighborhoods along the proposed route. By that point, however, the damage had been done in West Baltimore where more than 970 homes, 60 businesses, and 1,500 local residents were displaced.
May 17, 2021
Maryland Democrats hope to remedy damage from decades-old ‘Highway to Nowhere’
Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun
Democratic members of Maryland’s congressional delegation expressed hope Monday that — for the first time in decades — there may be an opportunity for funding to redress damage done by West Baltimore’s so-called Highway to Nowhere.
U.S. Rep. Kweisi Mfume and Sens. Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin stood in a parking lot overlooking a weed-filled field, the site of a project the lawmakers called a “monstrosity” that uprooted surrounding communities. The original plan was to connect Interstate 70 coming from the west with Interstate 95, but the project was halted in the early 1970s amid opposition from threatened neighborhoods along the proposed route and environmentalists.