In the News: 'Restores the people's faith': House passes a broad anti-corruption and voting rights bill
March 8, 2019
'Restores the people's faith': House passes a broad anti-corruption and voting rights bill
Ledyard King, USA TODAY
Create automatic voter registration. Force presidents to make their tax returns public. Turn over congressional redistricting to independent commissions. Bar federal lawmakers from settling discrimination cases with public money.
The House passed a sweeping anti-corruption and government ethics package Friday that would fundamentally reshape how campaigns are run, how elections are conducted and how officeholders conduct themselves.
March 6, 2019
Democrats flex power by taking aim at money in politics
Matthew Daly, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Flexing their new majority, Democrats are moving to push through the House a comprehensive elections and ethics reform package they say will reduce the role of big money in politics, ensure fair elections and restore ethics and integrity to Washington.
The legislation, called H.R. 1 to signify its importance, would make it easier to register and vote, tighten election security and require presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns.
March 6, 2019
Rep. John Sarbanes On HR 1, The House's Sweeping Anti-Corruption Legislation
John Sarbanes, David Keating and Meghna Chakrabarti, WBUR ('ON POINT')
The House votes on a sweeping anti-corruption proposal this week. It could have major implications for campaign finance, voting rights and ethics.
Rep. John Sarbanes, Democratic congressman from Maryland. He’s the lead author of House Resolution 1, and has been spearheading the bill in his chamber.
February 15, 2019
I'm excited to announce I've signed onto the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge. As the longest-running PAC-free Member of Congress in America, I know how important it is that we put the American public's interests over fossil fuel profits.
December 10, 2018
Wishing the Jewish community in Maryland and around the country a sweet and joyous final night of Hanukkah.
November 25, 2018
The Democratic majority’s first order of business: Restore democracy
Nancy Pelosi and John Sarbanes, The Washington Post
November 25, 2018
Earlier this month, Americans went to the polls and sent a powerful message: The election not only was a resounding verdict against Republicans’ assault on Americans’ health care and wages, but it also was a vote to rescue our broken democracy.
In the face of a torrent of special-interest dark money, partisan gerrymandering and devious vote-suppression schemes, voters elected a House Democratic majority determined to bring real change to restore our democracy.
During the campaign, Democrats declared unequivocally that we would clean up corruption to make Washington work for the people. We pledged to reduce the role of money in politics, to restore ethics and integrity to government, and to strengthen voting laws.
November 11, 2018
On this Veteran’s Day we commemorate our veterans, past and present, who served our country with dignity and honor. I have and will continue to support our country’s armed services.
November 7, 2018
Thank you for powering me to re-election and for giving the gavel back to Democrats in the House of Representatives. With your vote and all the other ways you helped--putting up yard signs, chipping in a few dollars, or knocking on doors--you made the difference and I am deeply humbled by your support.
For the last two years, our country--our democracy--has been sliding on loose gravel. On Tuesday, we found our footing. Now we go to work restoring checks and balances in Washington. The President's latest move dismissing the Attorney General shows why oversight is so important. You were the ones that restored that oversight and it is our responsibility to carry it out.
November 6, 2018
Happy Election Day! I stopped at polling locations across the Third District today to thank voters for exercising their civic duty.
November 1, 2018It's an honor to receive The Capital's endorsement for my reelection campaign. If elected to another term, I will continue to fight tirelessly in Congress for the communities in Annapolis, Anne Arundel County and across Maryland.
October 29, 2018
“The anti-Semitic attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh was heartbreaking. I extend my deepest condolences to everyone who has been touched by this senseless act of violence. We must join together to resist the hate and bigotry that has become so painfully common in our country.”
September 22, 2018
“As the Jewish community gathered to begin a period of determined introspection and solemn atonement, we can all take this opportunity to reflect on the last year and find ways – large and small – to come together and repair our world. I wish the Jewish community in Maryland, across America, and around the world a meaningful fast. From my family to yours, g'mar chatimah tova.”
September 21, 2018
Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today announced that the Maryland Department of the Environment will receive $2,044,659 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help reduce nutrient and sediment pollution across the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
Funding comes from the Chesapeake Bay Program, a unique and successful partnership between the federal government, the District of Columbia and every state along the Chesapeake Bay Watershed to restore the Bay and protect its health for future generations.
September 18, 2018
Sarbanes Prepares for Elevated Role as Leading Reformer in Congress
Josh Kurtz, MARYLAND MATTERS
As Democrats push to retake the U.S. House of Representatives in November, government ethics and political reform have become an increasingly important part of their message. And that means an elevated role for Maryland Congressman John P. Sarbanes (D).
Sarbanes is House Democrats’ apostle of political reform, the chairman of the Democracy Reform Task Force. He’s the architect of the party’s multi-pronged good government agenda. If the Democrats seize the majority, he will play a leading role in shaping the suite of reform bills that Democrats will try to advance through Congress.
“I’m focused on trying to map out what a reform package would look like,” Sarbanes said in a recent interview in the Capitol, a few steps away from the House chamber, where votes were taking place.
In the News: House Democrats’ top priority if they win in November is a sweeping anti-corruption bill
September 11, 2018
House Democrats’ top priority if they win in November is a sweeping anti-corruption bill
Ella Nilsen, Vox
“I’m hoping that it’s the first or second bill this fall. It’s just that important.”
If Democrats win back the House in 2018, a consensus is emerging on what they need to do first: Pass a sweeping anti-corruption bill.
One specific legislative package has emerged, largely crafted and sponsored by the chair of the Democracy Reform Task Force, Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD). The agenda — recently formalized by a House resolution — is designed to rein in the influence of money and lobbying in Washington, expand voting rights in the United States, and increase public financing of campaigns. Democrats are prepping a final version of a bill to be ready to go if they are in charge by January 2019.
In the News: House Democrat: here are 8 scandals Congress should investigate instead of Twitter bias
September 5, 2018
House Democrat: here are 8 scandals Congress should investigate instead of Twitter bias
Tara Golshan, Vox
Twitter’s Jack Dorsey is testifying in Congress. Democrats think it’s a waste of his time.
Congress is wasting Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s time when it should be investigating the Trump administration’s wrongdoing, Maryland Democrat Rep. John Sarbanes told Dorsey at one of his two congressional testimonies Wednesday.
Dorsey spent Wednesday fielding questions in the House about how Twitter’s efforts to combat dangerous information and misinformation shared on the social media platform is actually censoring conservative voices.
September 4, 2018
Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) joined more than 100 Democratic Members of Congress today in calling on Congressional negotiators to reject harsh and unfair work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
September 4, 2018
Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined more than 170 House Democrats in demanding that Secretary Betsy DeVos prohibit the use of federal education funding to buy guns for teachers and school staff. The letter comes in the wake of a New York Times report that revealed the administration’s plan to allow schools to redirect federal education funding intended for services like mental health counseling in order to purchase firearms or firearms training.
September 4, 2018
Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) announced that the Baltimore City Fire Department will receive more than $6 million in grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help hire, train and retain city firefighters.
September 4, 2018
President Trump’s latest assault on our nation’s civil servants is part of an ongoing and longstanding attack on the federal workforce. By effectively reducing federal pay, the President will hamper efforts to retain and attract talented and qualified candidates to fill the ranks of America’s civil service. If the Trump Administration can afford a $1.5 trillion tax cut for millionaires, billionaires and wealthy corporations, then it can certainly afford a modest and hard-earned pay bump for the women and men who honorably serve our country.