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  • Sarbanes, Baltimore Delegation Request FBI Briefing on Baltimore Ransomware Attack

    Today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) joined U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, along with Representatives Elijah E. Cummings and Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.), in writing a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to thank them for their work on the City of Baltimore ransomware attack and to request a briefing on the attack once operations conclude.

    The Members asked several questions regarding the attack, including:

  • Sarbanes Statement on Passage of the Consumers First Act

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after voting for the Consumers First Act (H.R. 1500):

    “Today, I proudly joined House Democrats in passing a bill to protect Americans from predatory financial companies and unscrupulous scams. The Consumers First Act will restore integrity and enforcement authority to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – the only cop on the beat to go after financial institutions and bad actors who exploit hardworking Americans.

  • Sarbanes Testifies in Support of Chesapeake Bay Gateways Program

    During a Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands hearing today, Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force Co-Chair John Sarbanes (D-Md.) provided testimony that highlighted the long-running success and benefits of the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Program and urged his colleagues to pass legislation he introduced to reauthorize the program.

  • Sarbanes Demands Action on Election Security

    During a Subcommittee on National Security hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) warned against the coming attacks on our elections by foreign adversaries and urged Republican lawmakers to join Democrats in hardening American election security before 2020.

    “Our intelligence community is obviously warning us that we’re going to be attacked again,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “The red lights are blinking. The alarm bells are going off. We’re under attack. It’s clear to everybody.”

  • Sarbanes Urges Congress to Modernize and Secure America’s Electric Grid

    During a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing today on the Leading Infrastructure For Tomorrow’s America (LIFT) Act, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) called on Congress to modernize, strengthen and secure America’s electric grid.

  • Sarbanes Statement on Passage of the Equality Act

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after voting for and passing H.R. 5, the Equality Act:

  • Sarbanes Votes to Strengthen America’s Health Care System and Lower Prescription Drug Costs

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act, a package of seven bills to lower the cost of prescription drugs, halt the sale of junk insurance plans, and prevent the Trump Administration from continuing to sabotage the American health care system.

  • In the News: Sarbanes: Need to ‘prepare against the Russians coming again in 2020’

    Sarbanes: Need to ‘prepare against the Russians coming again in 2020’
    MSNBC (Meet the Press with Chuck Todd)

     

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  • Sarbanes Statement on House Appropriations Subcommittee Vote to Prevent Turkey from Receiving F-35 Fighter Jets

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations approved a funding bill that included his language to prevent Turkey from acquiring the F-35 Lighting II fighter jet while it simultaneously attempts to purchase and integrate advanced Russian missile defense systems:

  • Sarbanes, Thompson, Lofgren Introduce Comprehensive Election Security Reforms

    Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.) and Committee on House Administration Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) to introduce the Election Security Act (H.R. 2660), a bill to help protect American elections from malevolent attacks and foreign interference.

  • Sarbanes Criticizes Big Pharma’s Corrosive Influence on Policymaking in Washington

    During a House Subcommittee on Health hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) criticized wealthy and well-connected pharmaceutical industries for flooding Washington with lobbyists and campaign donations in an effort to stave off attempts to lower prescription drug prices for the American people.

  • Sarbanes Challenges Secretary Perry Over the Trump Administration’s Drastic Cuts to Successful Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy Programs

    During a House Subcommittee on Energy hearing today about the U.S. Department of Energy’s fiscal year 2020 budget, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) questioned Secretary Rick Perry about the Trump Administration’s budget proposal, which encouraged draconian cuts to the Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and to its Solar Energy Technologies Office.

  • Sarbanes Votes to Pass the Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Act

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass the Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Act (H.R. 986), a bill to prevent the Trump Administration from weakening critical protections for millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions. 

  • Sarbanes Co-Sponsors Groundbreaking Effort to Combat Opioid Crisis

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today co-sponsored the Comprehensive Addiction Resources Emergency (CARE) Act, a landmark bill that would provide families and communities across America with sweeping, significant and sustained resources to address the opioid epidemic.

  • Sarbanes, National Capital Region Congressional Delegation Reintroduce Bill to Improve Safety and Reliability of WMATA Public Transit

    Today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) joined all the members of the National Capital House Congressional Delegation in reintroducing the Metro Accountability and Investment Act. The bill reauthorizes an existing federal capital funding source for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) for ten years and provides new federal capital and operating funds contingent on WMATA adopting specific Inspector General (IG) reforms as well as meeting metrics for safety, reliability and operating cost efficiency.

  • Sarbanes Statement on House Passage of the Climate Action Now Act

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act:

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Meet with Census Bureau Leadership to Discuss Lack of Readiness for 2020 Tally and the Chilling Effect of Including a Citizenship Question

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) joined Maryland’s Congressional Delegation yesterday to host a discussion with U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham and other experts to explore Maryland’s readiness for the 2020 count.

  • In the News: Leader McConnell, let us vote

    Leader McConnell, let us vote 
    John Sarbanes and Vanita Gupta, THE HILL(OP-ED)

    The day after our nation commemorated the 54th anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Selma, Ala., the House of Representatives passed H.R.1, the For the People Act, to strengthen voting rights, take big money out of politics, and clean up corruption on Capitol Hill.

    Before the vote on March 8, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a foot soldier for civil rights who marched in Selma, implored lawmakers to recognize their moral responsibility to restore access to democracy. He asked his colleagues, “If not us, then who? If not now, then when?” 

     

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  • In the News: Trump obstruction is ‘disrespecting American public’ – Dem Congressman

    Trump obstruction is ‘disrespecting American public’ – Dem Congressman
    MSNBC (The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell)

     

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  • In the News: It's been a busy 100 days for House Democrats

    It's been a busy 100 days for House Democrats 
    Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer, CNN (OP-ED)

    In November, the American people elected Democrats to take back the reins of power in the House of Representatives and put it back to work on their behalf. In our first 100 days in the majority, we have begun to deliver on that promise. With a dynamic, diverse and energized freshman class of 63 new members, Democrats are moving ahead with our agenda for the people: Lower health care costs and the price of prescription drugs, increase paychecks by rebuilding the infrastructure of America in a green, modern and job-creating way, and clean up corruption in Washington so that the government works for the public interest, not the special interests.

    One of the first acts of our new majority was to enable the House to defend the Affordable Care Act in court against efforts by Republican-led states and the Trump administration to dismantle it. This was soon followed by the introduction of a comprehensive bill to stabilize our health care system and lower health care costs for consumers. Already, committees are holding hearings and marking up legislation to keep Democrats' promises to take action to make health care and prescription drugs cheaper. 

     

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