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  • In the News: Kudos for Rescuing Chesapeake Bay Program

    Kudos for Rescuing Chesapeake Bay Program
    Kaitlyn Leitherer, The Baltimore Sun (LTE)

    I want to voice my support and congratulations to Rep. John Sarbanes, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and everyone who worked tirelessly to pass America’s Conservation Enhancement Act (“U.S. House passes up to $92 million in Chesapeake Bay cleanup funding; advocates expect Trump to sign," Oct. 1). The passage of this bipartisan legislation is exciting news for the future of the Chesapeake Bay watershed and is cause for celebration.

    Growing up in Federal Hill, my life has been full of waterfront memories — passing runners on scenic morning jogs and watching the sunset from a bench at the park. However, I also have memories of sweltering afternoons where the lack of shade-providing trees (and the occasional smell of dead fish due to algae blooms) made the four-block walk to my best friend’s house almost unbearable.

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  • In the News: Congressional Klieg lights could give way to restructuring of biopharma

    Congressional Klieg lights could give way to restructuring of biopharma
    Mari Serebrov, BioWorld

    Attributing recent reductions in certain U.S. prescription drug prices to intense congressional scrutiny rather than a biopharma industry commitment to affordability, Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) said Congress must put more guardrails in place and restructure how the industry does business.

    “I don’t trust the industry to do the right thing when we’re not looking at you with these Klieg lights,” he told executives from Amgen Inc., Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals and Novartis AG Oct. 1 during the second day of a House Oversight Committee hearing on drug prices.

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  • In the News: Democrats Dressed Down Dumbfounded Pharma Executives at Fiery Congressional Hearing on Drug Prices

    Democrats Dressed Down Dumbfounded Pharma Executives at Fiery Congressional Hearing on Drug Prices
    Blake Montgomery, The Daily Beast

    Several Democratic representatives blasted pharmaceutical executives over the prices of their companies’ drugs during a Wednesday House Oversight Committee hearing that caught the chief of Bristol Myers Squibb subsidiary Celgene and Teva flat-footed. Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) drew a stark connection between bonuses the former Celgene CEO, Mark Alles, had received in recent years and price hikes for the cancer therapeutic Revlimid, which has risen in price from $215 in 2005 to $763 today. When Alles could not succinctly answer whether the drug had improved alongside the price hikes, Porter replied, “To recap here: The drug didn’t get any better, the cancer patients didn’t get any better, you just got better at making money, you just refined your skills at price gouging.”

    Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) pointed to internal documents from drugmaker Teva that calculated the return on investment from charitable donations when she said, “Your pharmaceutical company makes these so-called charitable donations so you look like you give a shit about sick people.” Teva’s CEO Kåre Schultz failed so badly to win over lawmakers that one told him he “might as well get off the screen” of the virtual hearing. Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) told Schultz, “It would have been nice to come, maybe, equipped a little bit better.”

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  • In the News: U.S. House Passes Bill to Bolster School-Based Health Centers

    U.S. House Passes Bill to Bolster School-Based Health Centers
    Elizabeth Shwe, Maryland Matters

    A bill that would will help deliver primary care, dental screenings and mental health services to students in low-income and underserved communities passed by voice vote in the U.S. House of Representatives late Tuesday.

    The School-Based Health Centers Reauthorization Act, sponsored by Rep. John P. Sarbanes (D-Md.), would continue federal support for school-based health centers through 2025. The statutory authorization had expired in 2014.

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  • In the News: Sarbanes on talks about coronavirus relief

    Sarbanes on talks about coronavirus relief
    Jason Newton, WBAL-TV (NBC)

    It has been six months since Congress passed the coronavirus relief act for the coronavirus pandemic, and talks between the White House and lawmakers are stalled over another round of relief. Maryland Rep. John Sarbanes talks about what's happening in Washington now.

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  • In the News: Maryland Lawmakers Announce $5.6M To Upgrade MARC, Railways

    Maryland Lawmakers Announce $5.6M To Upgrade MARC, Railways
    WJZ-TV (Online)

    Maryland lawmakers announced $5.6 million in federal funding to upgrade MARC Commuter trains and improve the overall railroad infrastructure across the state.

    The congressional delegation includes – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all Md.)

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  • In the News: Maryland Congressional Delegation Over $240K For Chesapeake Bay Education Initiatives

    Maryland Congressional Delegation Over $240K For Chesapeake Bay Education Initiatives
    WJZ-TV (Online)

    U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressman John Sarbanes (all D-Md.), announced $242,858 in federal funding on Wednesday for the Chesapeake Bay Trust to expand environmental education programs.

    The funding, from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education and Training grant program, will help local school districts and educators create and maintain environmental education programs for students throughout the area.

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  • In the News: Maryland postal workers, lawmakers urge public to rally behind Postal Service as Frosh considers lawsuit

    Maryland postal workers, lawmakers urge public to rally behind Postal Service as Frosh considers lawsuit
    Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun

    Postal workers, union officials and Maryland political leaders urged citizens Monday to rally behind the U.S. Postal Service, saying public pressure can help reverse significant cuts at an agency “under attack.”

    “We need everybody,” said Sherry McKnight, president of American Postal Workers Union Local 181, which represents about 1,600 Baltimore-area postal workers.

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  • In the News: Postal Service reviewing staffing following complaints of mail delays in Baltimore area

    Postal Service reviewing staffing following complaints of mail delays in Baltimore area
    Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun

    Frustrated lawmakers made surprise visits Monday to post offices in Dundalk and Essex, as the U.S. Postal Service said it was reviewing its staffing following complaints of severe mail delivery delays in the Baltimore area.

    Rep. John Sarbanes, a Baltimore County Democrat, recently joined other federal lawmakers in expressing concern that the Postal Service’s new cost-reduction policies will reduce delivery trips, potentially leaving mail on docks or workroom floors.

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  • In the News: Federal Dollars Awarded for Human Trafficking Survivors in Montgomery County

    Federal Dollars Awarded for Human Trafficking Survivors in Montgomery County
    Suzanne Pollack, Montgomery County Media

    The University of Maryland Support, Advocacy, Freedom and Empowerment (SAFE) Center for Human Trafficking Survivors, which aids survivors of human trafficking in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, was awarded $500,000 in federal funding.

    “The Coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the need for stable, supportive housing for survivors,” according to U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and U.S. Representatives Jamie Raskin, John Sarbanes, Steny Hoyer and David Trone.

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  • In the News: Maryland congressional delegation requests $32 billion more relief funding for U.S. transit systems

    Maryland congressional delegation requests $32 billion more relief funding for U.S. transit systems
    Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun

    Maryland’s congressional delegation is asking for an additional $32 billion in coronavirus relief funding for U.S. public transit systems — and for a larger share to go to transit systems serving mid-sized cities, such as Baltimore, where people depend heavily on the regional buses and trains.

    Public transit is an essential government service, and additional aid “is necessary to sustain operations across the country,” U.S. Sens. Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and U.S. Reps. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, Kweisi Mfume and John Sarbanes said in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Friday.

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  • In the News: Census Door Knocking Cut A Month Short Amid Pressure To Finish Count

    Census Door Knocking Cut A Month Short Amid Pressure To Finish Count
    Hansi Lo Wang, NPR

    The Census Bureau is cutting short critical door-knocking efforts for the 2020 census amid growing concerns among Democrats in Congress that the White House is pressuring the bureau to wrap up counting soon for political gain, NPR has learned.

    Asked by Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., if he was aware that the Trump administration reportedly wants to wrap up counting quickly so that the president can receive the census apportionment numbers by the end of the year, Dillingham replied: "I'm not aware of all the many reasons except to say that the Census Bureau and others really want us to proceed as rapidly as possible."

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  • In the News: Trump’s pitch to delay election is ‘absurd,’ suggests he could try to hold job if he loses, Maryland Dems say

    Trump’s pitch to delay election is ‘absurd,’ suggests he could try to hold job if he loses, Maryland Dems say
    Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun

    President Donald Trump’s pitch to delay the Nov. 3 presidential election “reeks of desperation” and is an ill-conceived attempt to smear the sort of mail-in voting that Maryland employed in its June primary, Democratic members of the state’s congressional delegation said Thursday.

    Trump should “cease his attempts to delegitimize mailed ballots and stop sowing discord over the integrity of our elections,” said Rep. John Sarbanes, a Baltimore County Democrat.

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  • In the News: FIREFIGHTERS RECEIVE $400,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING

    FIREFIGHTERS RECEIVE $400,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING
    SUZANNE POLLAK, Montgomery Community Media

    Maryland’s federal legislators announced July 16 the awarding of almost $400,000 for firefighters in Montgomery County to continue purchasing personal protective equipment.

    Montgomery County will receive $357,800 and the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad will receive $45,780 through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters – COVID-19 Supplemental program.

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  • In the News: Maryland Congressional Democrats Question Gov. Hogan's Election Day Plan

    Maryland Congressional Democrats Question Gov. Hogan's Election Day Plan
    Tyler Waldman, WBAL (Online)

    The nine Democrats in Maryland's 10-member congressional delegation sent a letter to Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday expressing worry over his latest plans for Election Day.

    This week, Hogan said he intends for all polling places to be open and asked the Maryland State Board of Elections that all eligible voters be sent an application for an absentee ballot.

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  • In the News: Baltimore Area Gets More Than $450K To Help Minority, Women-Owned Businesses, Lawmakers Announce

    Baltimore Area Gets More Than $450K To Help Minority, Women-Owned Businesses, Lawmakers Announce
    WJZ-TV (CBS)

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  • In the News: Md. Democrats Back Reconciliation Commission to Address, Heal Racism

    Md. Democrats Back Reconciliation Commission to Address, Heal Racism
    Daniel C. Vock, Maryland Matters

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  • In the News: Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) on the GOP Police Reform and COVID-19 Response

    Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) on the GOP Police Reform and COVID-19 Response
    Sirius XM (‘POTUS Press Pool with Julie Mason’)

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  • In the News: Maryland congressional leaders urge Gov. Larry Hogan to make more improvements to unemployment website

    Maryland congressional leaders urge Gov. Larry Hogan to make more improvements to unemployment website
    Mckenna Oxenden, The Baltimore Sun

    Maryland congressional leaders are urging Gov. Larry Hogan to make more improvements to the state’s new Beacon One-Stop unemployment benefits website because they say constituents are not receiving their benefits in a timely manner.

    U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen wrote a letter to the Republican governor Tuesday, saying they hear from constituents “every day” who continue to encounter problems that are “far from resolved.” U.S. Reps. Steny Hoyer, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone also signed the letter, saying that some of the problems include errors processing weekly certifications, performance issues with the state’s new Beacon One-Stop unemployment benefits website and inaccurate denials of benefits.

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  • In the News: "DEMOCRACY, POLICING, AND VIRUS VOTING"

    "DEMOCRACY, POLICING, AND VIRUS VOTING"
    Barbara R. Arnwine, Esq., WOL-AM (Igniting Change Radio)

    On Tuesday, June 9th, 2020, 12:00-1:00 PM Eastern Time, Host Barbara R. Arnwine, Esq. founder and president of the Transformative Justice Coalition (TJC), and her Co-Host Daryl D. Jones, Esq., TJC Board Chair and Henault & Sysko Chartered Partner, conducted a special interview with Congressman John Sarbanes (D-3 MD), who represents Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Howard and Montgomery Counties, to discuss major developments in the U.S. Congress affecting American democracy, policing, and the right to vote. They also briefly covered the states holding primaries and special elections on June 9th, and the voting problems being experienced, especially and as represented by Georgia with an interview with Tricia “CK” Hoffler, incoming president of the National Bar Association and Chair of the Board of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition.     

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