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  • In the News: Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) on the Oversight of COVID-19 Relief Money

    Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) on the Oversight of COVID-19 Relief Money
    Sirius XM (‘POTUS Press Pool with Julie Mason’)

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  • In the News: John Sarbanes: As our nation recovers we have an obligation to build a more just America

    As our nation recovers we have an obligation to build a more just America
    John Sarbanes(Op-Ed), The Capital Gazette

    This November, I’m asking the residents of Maryland’s 3rd District to re-elect me to continue serving as their representative in Congress. I’m running because I believe that my experience and my committee assignments — in particular, serving as a senior member on the House Subcommittee on Health and as a member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee — position me well to assist Marylanders in this battle against the coronavirus.

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  • In the News: Maryland and Virginia Democrats push for more funding for state and local governments

    Maryland and Virginia Democrats push for more funding for state and local governments
    Julie Zauzmer, The Washington Post

    Democratic members of Congress from Maryland and Virginia put forward a long list of ideas on Thursday that they hope to include in the next coronavirus relief bill. Many of the members said their top priority is additional money for state and local governments, which are struggling to provide social services for their residents during the crisis as they expect to take in far less tax revenue.... Rep. John Sarbanes (Md.) pointed out that local governments need funds to hire contact tracers, as Baltimore County is doing.

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  • In the News: Malinowski hosts 'Protecting Democracy' teleconference

    Malinowski hosts 'Protecting Democracy' teleconference
    Walter O'Brien, The Bernardsville News

    Rep. Tom Malinowski , D-7, on Friday, May 1, hosted a virtual forum called "Defending Our Vote & Combating Corruption" on protecting democracy and expressing the need for voting by mail, campaign finance reform, and not forcing voters to choose between voting rights and their health.

    Malinowski was joined by Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Maryland, chair of the Democracy Reform Task Force, and Tiffany Muller, president and executive director of End Citizens United and Let America Vote, for a virtual forum on protecting democracy and defending the vote during the coronavirus pandemic and while combating the influence of special interests.

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  • In the News: Trump's inspector-general purge fuels Dems' call to fight corruption in next relief bill

    Trump's inspector-general purge fuels Dems' call to fight corruption in next relief bill
    Andrea Germanos, Salon

    Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., pointed on Sunday to President Trump's intention to oust another inspector general — this time a Department of Health and Human Services watchdog — to bolster his call for the next coronavirus legislative relief package to include measures to "forestall fraud and favoritism."

    Blumenthal, along with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Reps. John Sarbanes, D-Md., and Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., unveiled the details of their proposal to congressional leadership on Friday, urging them to "include strong oversight, accountability, and anti-corruption provisions in any upcoming legislation to provide economic aid, relief, recovery, or stimulus in response to COVID-19 in order to safeguard taxpayer funds and to bolster Americans' faith in government to respond to this crisis."

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  • In the News: Coronavirus Relief: More Than $9M Going Toward COVID-19 Housing Relief For Marylanders

    Coronavirus Relief: More Than $9M Going Toward COVID-19 Housing Relief For Marylanders
    WJZ-TV (Online)

    More than $9 million is being directed to COVID-19 housing relief for Marylanders for tenant-based housing voucher recipients.

    The full Maryland congressional delegation, which includes U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone, announced the funding on Thursday.

    The funding comes from the CARES Act, which is provided $1.25 billion nationwide for tenant-based rental assistance to help with the Housing Choice Voucher program. It includes $400 million for increased subsidy costs, which are paid directly to landlords and $850 million for administration and other expenses incurred by public housing authorities to “support or maintain the health and safety of assisted individuals and families, and costs related to retention and support of participating owners.

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  • In the News: Johns Hopkins gets $200K in federal funding for COVID-19 tracker

    Johns Hopkins gets $200K in federal funding for COVID-19 tracker
    Will Vitka, WTOP (Online)

    Johns Hopkins University’s global COVID-19 tracker, which has served as a valuable tool for tracking the coronavirus since the map was publicly released in January, is getting a $200,000 injection of federal funding.

    Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Reps. Dutch Ruppersberger and John P. Sarbanes, Democrats who represent Maryland, made the announcement Wednesday.

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  • In the News: Maryland delegation calls on Trump to allow use of federal facilities for coronavirus testing

    Maryland delegation calls on Trump to allow use of federal facilities for coronavirus testing
    Ovetta Wiggins, The Washington Post

    Members of the Maryland congressional delegation urged President Trump to allow the state to use federal facilities, such as Fort Meade and the National Institutes of Health, for coronavirus testing. In a letter to the president, the delegation said that designating the National Capital Region as a federally supported testing site is critical for the increased testing needed to reopen the region.... The congressional letter is signed by Reps. Anthony G. Brown (D), Steny H. Hoyer (D), Andy Harris (R), C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D), John Sarbanes (D), Jamie B. Raskin (D), David Trone (D) and Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D).

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  • In the News: What Comes After the Federal Relief Bill?

    What Comes After the Federal Relief Bill?
    WBFF-TV (FOX)

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  • In the News: After government funding for small businesses ran out, can a new stimulus bill help them?

    After government funding for small businesses ran out, can a new stimulus bill help them?
    Ariane Datil, WUSA-TV (CBS)

    This week on #TheQandA we’re focused on getting you answers about resources for small businesses.

    So far Congress has passed more than $2.2 trillion dollars of stimulus funding. Part of that funding is being distributed to individuals and small businesses through the CARES Act.

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  • In the News: If COVID-19 has shutdown much of the country, why hasn't the 2020 Census been delayed?

    If COVID-19 has shutdown much of the country, why hasn't the 2020 Census been delayed?
    WUSA-TV (Online)

    Larry Miller explores with Congressman John Sarbanes calls for delay of the census and what restrictions the Constitution places on this process.

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  • In the News: Md. Lawmakers Call For Consideration of Hotspots, Rural Areas in CARES Act Hospital Funding

    Md. Lawmakers Call For Consideration of Hotspots, Rural Areas in CARES Act Hospital Funding
    Hannah Gaskill, Maryland Matters

    The Maryland congressional delegation sent a letter Tuesday to the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, urging him to reconsider how future money is allocated to Maryland hospitals under the CARES Act, which Congress passed late last month.

    The delegation specifically has asked department Secretary Alex Azar to consider COVID-19 hot spots and under-served areas of the state in future disbursements, with an eye towards transparency in the decision-making process.

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  • In the News: Students at Maryland Colleges and Universities to Benefit From Federal CARES Act

    Students at Maryland Colleges and Universities to Benefit From Federal CARES Act
    Hannah Gaskill, Maryland Matters

    Maryland’s congressional delegation said Monday that the state’s colleges and universities will receive over $170 million in federal aid through a measure in the CARES Act that Congress passed late last month.

    U.S. Sens. Chirs Van Hollen (D-Md.), Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.) and Reps. Steny H. Hoyer, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Andrew P. Harris, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David J. Trone jointly announced that Maryland is in line for $170,544,958 in funding, half of which is to be applied directly to assistance efforts for students confronting emergency expenses in the face of the public health crisis. 

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  • In the News: Van Hollen, Sarbanes Say Maryland Has Received Only a Third of Fema Requested Items

    Van Hollen, Sarbanes Say Maryland Has Received Only a Third of Fema Requested Items
    Veronica Canales, Montgomery County Media

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) along with the Maryland Congressional Delegation are urging FEMA to fulfill the state’s request, claiming that Maryland has only received about a third of supplies requested.

    As of Friday morning, there are 2,758 confirmed cases in the state of Maryland and the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 are 42.

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  • In the News: Fighting corruption starts with reducing big donor influence

    Fighting corruption starts with reducing big donor influence
    John Sarbanes, The Baltimore Sun (LTE)

    The Baltimore Sun editorial board is right on the money about our city’s brand new Fair Elections Fund (“Here’s how $2.5M can help protect Baltimore residents against public corruption,” March 9). To bolster confidence in our political system, small donors must be empowered to compete with deep-pocketed special interests. Baltimore’s groundbreaking effort to institute a citizen-owned clean elections system can get us there.

    The Baltimore City Fair Elections Fund will create a multiple match system for small donations, leveraging the influence of average citizens and giving them a greater voice in the political process. The fund will also enable a more diverse group of candidates to run and compete in campaigns because merit, not money, will determine the viability of their campaigns. Once elected, their allegiance will be to the people, ensuring that they make policy for the public interest, not the special interests.

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  • In the News: Md. Congressional Dems Make Honor Roll in Green Group’s Annual Report Card

    Md. Congressional Dems Make Honor Roll in Green Group’s Annual Report Card
    Josh Kurtz, Maryland Matters

    The nine Democrats in Maryland’s congressional delegation scored perfect or near-perfect scores from a leading national environmental group in 2019, according to a just-released scorecard of House and Senate votes.

    The state’s lone congressional Republican, U.S. Rep. Andrew P. Harris, scored zero on the report card from the League of Conservation Voters.

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  • In the News: The Coronavirus Aid Package signed

    The Coronavirus Aid Package signed
    Jason Newton, WBAL-TV (Online)

  • In the News: Bill Would Boost Funding For Chesapeake Bay Cleanup

    Bill Would Boost Funding For Chesapeake Bay Cleanup
    Pat Warren, WJZ-TV (Online)

    Maryland’s greatest natural resource is getting attention in Congress.

    The Chesapeake Bay Funding Reauthorization Act provides $90.5 million a year for five years. According to the Choose Clean Water Coalition, more than two-thirds of the program’s funds are passed through to the states and local communities for on-the-ground restoration work.

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  • In the News: More Addiction Treatment Docs Needed for Opioid Crisis, House Panel Told

    More Addiction Treatment Docs Needed for Opioid Crisis, House Panel Told
    Joyce Frieden, MedPage Today

    The opioid crisis and growing addiction to methamphetamine and other stimulants won't be abated until the country trains more addiction medicine physicians, witnesses said at a House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing.

    "One of the things the opioid epidemic has laid bare is the lack of trained professionals we have to provide treatment, so we can put out all the funding dollars we want" but it won't do any good without a trained workforce, said Michael Botticelli, executive director of the Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center. "I think it's really important for us to ensure that while we're doing other activities such as integrating addiction treatment into residency training, that having a trained workforce of addiction medicine and addiction psychiatrists is critical."

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  • In the News: Lawmakers: U.S. Rep. Sarbanes: Senate must act on 2020 election security

    U.S. Rep. Sarbanes: Senate must act on 2020 election security
    John Sarbanes, The Baltimore Sun (Op-Ed)

    Recent reporting underscores the alarming vulnerabilities that exist in voting systems across the country (“Voting machines face new criticism,” Feb. 24). As the 2020 election rapidly approaches, we must act urgently to protect our elections and guard against foreign interference.

    In Congress, the Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives has made election security a top priority. As our first order of business, we passed H.R. 1, the For the People Act, the most sweeping anti-corruption bill in a generation which included significant election security reforms and resources. Soon after, we passed H.R. 2722, the Securing America’s Federal Elections (SAFE) Act, a comprehensive effort to modernize election systems in every state by increasing the adoption of paper ballots and ensuring the accuracy of vote tallies. We also passed H.R. 4617, the Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for a Lasting Democracy (SHIELD) Act, a bipartisan bill to counter foreign interference in our democracy.

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