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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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  • In the News: Md. Dems Sponsor New Congressional Legislation for Police Reforms

    Md. Dems Sponsor New Congressional Legislation for Police Reforms
    Robin Bravender, Maryland Matters

    Congressional Democrats outlined their vision for sweeping police reforms on Capitol Hill Monday, following weeks of nationwide protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota.

    “Never again should the world be subjected to witnessing what we saw on the streets of Minneapolis: the slow murder of an individual by a uniformed police officer,” said Rep. Karen Bass, a California Democrat and the leader of the Congressional Black Caucus, at a news conference announcing the effort.

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  • In the News: Senator holds up Trump nominations until he gets answers on fired IG’s

    Senator holds up Trump nominations until he gets answers on fired IG’s
    Eric White, Federal News Network

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  • In the News: Governors Warn Congress More Federal Help Is Needed to Avoid COVID-19 Resurgence

    Governors Warn Congress More Federal Help Is Needed to Avoid COVID-19 Resurgence
    Allison Winter, Maryland Matters

    The federal government needs to assist states with a national strategy for distribution of COVID-19 tests and medical equipment or risk a second surge of the disease, Democratic governors told lawmakers Tuesday on Capitol Hill.

    Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Colorado Gov. Jared Polis asked Congress for more federal help as states try to track and monitor the disease and brace for its confluence with the flu and cold season next fall.

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  • In the News: $8M federal grant to help reduce bottlenecks for Baltimore train commuters

    $8M federal grant to help reduce bottlenecks for Baltimore train commuters
    Ethan McLeod, Baltimore Business Journal

    A project to increase speeds for Amtrak and MARC trains currently slowed by aging rail infrastructure in Baltimore is getting a boost from an $8 million Federal Railroad Administration grant.

    The money, announced Wednesday by the agency, will help to rehabilitate and upgrade a five-mile section of Amtrak's Northeast Corridor and allow trains to travel 50% faster, up from 60 mph to 90 mph. The improvements will take place between the north end of West Baltimore Station to Winans at the southern end of Halethorpe station, which serves both MARC and Amtrak trains.

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  • In the News: Rep. Sarbanes says Bright testimony ‘adds up to one inescapable conclusion: It didn’t have to be this way.’

    Rep. Sarbanes says Bright testimony ‘adds up to one inescapable conclusion: It didn’t have to be this way.’
    John Wagner, Felicia Sonmez, Kim Bellware, Mark Berman, Adam Taylor, Steven Goff, Kareem Copeland, Michael Brice-Saddler, Teo Armus and Antonia Noori Farzan, The Washington Post

    Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) asked Richard Bright when he knew with certainly there was a problem with the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic:

    “Tell me about just one specific moment when you had that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach because you were not seeing the response you knew needed to happen,” Sarbanes asked at Thursday’s House subcommittee hearing.

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  • In the News: Voter guide: John Sarbanes, Congress, District 3

    Voter guide: John Sarbanes, Congress, District 3
    The Baltimore Sun

    Why are you running for office?


    I am running, as always, to serve the needs of my constituents. In this moment, that means being a steady and trusted voice as we navigate the ferocious challenge of the coronavirus pandemic. On the policy front, I will bring my background in the health field – seventeen years representing health care providers in Maryland – to inform our deliberations in Congress on how to address this public health crisis. Along side the full-court press on public health, I will continue my work to strengthen our democracy by ending the influence of big money in politics, protecting the right to vote and ensuring that public officials work for the public interest. To make progress on the most pressing issues we face – including designing a health care system that serves everyone -- we need a government that responds to the many, not the money.

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  • In the News: Rep. Sarbanes proposes help amid coronavirus crisis

    Rep. Sarbanes proposes help amid coronavirus crisis
    Jason Newton, WBAL-TV (NBC)

    Our economy has taken a historic hit because of the coronavirus crisis, and leaders are working to keep Americans safe and help them get back on their feet. Maryland U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes, District 3, shares what he has proposed in Congress.

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