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  • My trip to the border

    Recently, I had the opportunity to visit southeast Texas and see firsthand the humanitarian crisis taking place at the U.S. - Mexico Border. What I witnessed was unnerving: refugees, migrants and asylum-seekers held in dangerous and inhumane conditions.

  • Sarbanes, Van Hollen, Cummings, Ruppersberger Meet with Baltimore City Police Commissioner Harrison and Mayor Young

    Today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) joined U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, along with U.S. Representatives Elijah E. Cummings and Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.) in meeting with Baltimore City Police Commissioner Michael Harrison and Mayor Jack Young to discuss the Commissioner’s recently released crime plan and their commitment to the Baltimore City Consent Decree.

  • Sarbanes Votes to Raise Wages for Millions of American Workers

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass the Raise the Wage Act (H.R. 582), a bill that would boost paychecks for more than 33 million Americans by steadily increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025.

  • Sarbanes Slams Trump Administration for Inhumane Treatment of Migrant Children [Video]

    During a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) pressed U.S. Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan about his agency’s failure to address the severe overcrowding, rampant spread of disease and lack of adequate supplies at Border Patrol stations and detention facilities across the southern border.

  • Sarbanes Statement on President Trump’s Decision to Join Congress in Preventing Turkey from Acquiring F-35 Fighter Jets

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after President Donald J. Trump announced that he would – after some hesitation – join Congress in barring Turkey from receiving the F-35 fighter jet:

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Delegation Hear from Union Leaders about the Trump Administration’s Ongoing Attacks on Federal Workers

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone on Tuesday to host key leaders of federal worker unions to discuss the Trump administration’s ongoing campaign against civil servants and federal workers.

  • Sarbanes Urges Secretary Perdue to Reconsider Proposed Relocation of USDA Research Agencies

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined a bicameral letter urging U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to reconsider the proposed relocation of the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and to recognize the needs of federal employees in the National Capital Region.

  • Sarbanes Co-Sponsors Bill to Boost American Infrastructure, Combat Climate Change, Expand Broadband Access and Protect Public Health

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today co-sponsored the Leading Infrastructure For Tomorrow’s America (LIFT) Act, a comprehensive bill to invest in infrastructure projects across the country, tackle climate change, improve drinking water, expand broadband access and strengthen public health.

  • Sarbanes Statement on Resolution Condemning President Trump’s Racist Comments

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after voting for H.Res. 489, which condemns President Donald J. Trump’s racist comments directed at Members of Congress:

  • Sarbanes Statement on Turkey Acquiring Russian S-400 Missile System

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after reports that Turkey received its first shipment of an advanced Russian air-defense system, the S-400, despite security warnings from the United States and NATO:

  • Sarbanes Highlights Untapped Potential of School-Based Health Centers to Address Childhood Trauma [Video]

    During a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) urged his colleagues to invest additional resources in School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs), which have a unique ability to effectively respond to childhood trauma and improve health outcomes for children and young adults.

  • Sarbanes Highlights the Terrible Costs of Republican Efforts to Undermine Americans’ Health Care [Video]

    During a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing today, Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) highlighted the serious and harmful consequences of a Republican lawsuit, backed by the Trump Administration, to strike down the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

    If Republicans succeed in the courts, the consequences would be devastating for Americans across the country, including more than 21 million people who could lose their health insurance.

  • In the News: Ensuring elections 'free from foreign intrusion'

    Ensuring elections 'free from foreign intrusion'
    John Sarbanes and Brian Frosh, THE BALTIMORE SUN (OP-ED)

    On July 4, Americans of all political stripes join together to celebrate our nation’s independence from overseas monarchs, from foreign influence, from interference in our democracy.

    This is the moment to apply the lessons of 2016, when our election infrastructure — the core of American democracy — was attacked by a foreign adversary in a choreographed and coordinated effort. State and local election systems across the country were probed and, in some cases, breached. Outsiders exploited digital platforms to wage a full-scale disinformation campaign. And secret foreign money was deployed to influence the electoral outcome.

     

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  • Sarbanes Spearheads Passage of Critical Election Security Effort [Video]

    Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today helped lead the passage of the Securing America’s Federal Elections (SAFE) Act (H.R. 2722), a bill to strengthen election security and protect our democracy ahead of the 2020 election.

    Building on the important election security reforms contained in H.R. 1, the For the People Act, the SAFE Act helps states modernize and improve their election systems, bolster their security capabilities and ensure the accuracy and integrity of the vote.

  • Sarbanes Statement on SCOTUS Census Decision

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Trump Administration from including a citizenship question on the U.S. Census, sending the case back to a lower court:

  • Sarbanes Statement on SCOTUS Decision to Permit Extreme Partisan Gerrymandering in America

    Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 5-4 conservative ruling that allows extreme partisan gerrymandering to continue in America:

  • Sarbanes Statement on Removing Harmful Campaign Finance Riders from Financial Services Appropriations Bill

    Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after leading a successful effort to block three riders from the fiscal year 2020 Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill (H.R. 3351) that would have increased secret money in politics and handed wealthy and well-connected special interests even more power in Washington:

  • Sarbanes Excoriates Kellyanne Conway for Repeatedly Violating Federal Law [Video]

    During a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing today, Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) criticized Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to the President of the United States, for repeatedly violating the Hatch Act and breaking a federal law meant to prevent government officials from engaging in political activity.

    Congressman Sarbanes also voted to authorize a bipartisan subpoena for Kellyanne Conway, after she refused to appear before the committee.

  • Sarbanes Statement on Sixth Anniversary of Shelby County v. Holder Decision

    Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today to mark the sixth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder decision, which struck down key provisions of the Voting Rights Act:

  • Sarbanes Secures Additional Federal Funding for Maryland Families

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today helped secure millions more federal dollars for Maryland by passing H.R. 3055, an appropriations bill that would help communities tackle the opioid crisis, improve affordable housing, invest in highways, airports, bridges, railways and seaports, enhance public safety, help hardworking families put food on the table, provide veterans with the care, respect and services they deserve, ensure clean air and clean water, protect public lands and fund climate research.

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