• In the News: Sarbanes Working for Veterans in Anne Arundel County


    Our say: VA walks back a bad decision about clinic
    Editorial Board, Capital Gazette 
    August 31, 2016

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  • In the News: Solar energy financing program will target low-income neighborhoods

    By Sarah Gantz, The Baltimore Sun

    Baltimore signed an agreement Tuesday with the U.S. Department of Energy and the Maryland Clean Energy Center to develop a financing model to make solar energy more accessible to low-income residents.

    Existing financing options for installing solar panels require a large up-front investment or high credit ratings, which can be prohibitive for many low-income homeowners. Details of Baltimore's financing model are still to be determined, but city officials said the goal will be to eliminate some of the barriers that prevent low-income residents from making the investment — as much as $15,000 for a typical Baltimore rowhouse.

    "We want to prove the clean-energy revolution in our country can be designed to include everyone," said David Foster, a senior adviser at the Energy Department.

    The new program eventually could serve as a national model, he said.

    Foster was among the officials and lawmakers, including Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Reps. Elijah E. Cummings and John Sarbanes, who announced plans for the program outside a Belair-Edison home selected to receive solar panels as part of another city initiative to install solar panels in low-income areas.

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  • In The News: Md. Dems try to garner support for gun safety legislation

    By Lowell Melser, WBAL 

    Democratic members of Maryland's congressional delegation gather in an attempt to maintain pressure on the issue of gun safety legislation.

    Maryland gun-safety advocates met in Baltimore to support tougher laws connected to gun violence, setting up what could be an interesting debate next week on Capitol Hill.

    After last week's sit-in on the House floor, many of Maryland's Democratic members of Congress, along with gun violence prevention advocates and victims of gun violence, made an attempt to keep up the pressure on the issue, addressing a crowd in north Baltimore.

    Kate Ranta talked about being stalked by her ex-husband, who shot her and her father.

    "My son, who is 7 now, but 4 at the time, stood screaming, 'Don't do it, Daddy, don't shoot Mommy,' witnessing the whole thing. It was luck that no bullets entered his tiny body," Ranta said.

    Sheryl Baughman lost her son to suicide. She said she believes that a waiting list for the mentally unstable might have saved him.

    "Had they made him wait, maybe whatever circumstances were going on in his life that day could have been different," Baughman said.

    Maryland's Democratic political leaders also used the forum to call out Republicans for not working with them on gun legislation, but they had trouble giving reasons why no such legislation passed when Democrats had control over the House and Senate in President Obama's first two years in office.

    "I can't answer the question. I was on the intelligence committee, so I wouldn't have dealt with that to begin with, but I know it has always been an issue," said U.S. Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-District 2.

    Others blamed a supposed stronghold by the National Rifle Association over Congress at the time.

    "The tide is turning, and the intimidation factor that operated on all of Congress at one point has begun to shift," said U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes, D-District 3.

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  • In The News: Maryland Democrats among those at House gun control 'sit in'

    By John Fritze,  The Baltimore Sun 

    House Democrats frustrated over the lack of progress on a gun control measure staged a "sit-in" on the floor Wednesday, saying they would refuse to yield unless GOP leaders allow a vote on a "no-fly, no buy" proposal.

    The effort comes a week after Democrats launched a filibuster on the Senate floor in order to prompt a vote on similar legislation, which ultimately failed. Democrats have renewed their push for gun control measures in the wake of the Orlando night club shooting.

    Led by Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat, several dozen lawmakers sat on the floor of the House, which quickly went into recess -- a move that shuts off live coverage of the chamber by CSPAN.

    Every Democratic member of Maryland's congressional delegation joined the sit in, including Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin.  

    "Congress has a basic duty to protect the American people, and that means putting in place commonsense gun safety laws that could help reduce the frequency and carnage of mass shootings in America," said Rep. John Sarbanes of Baltimore County.

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  • In The News: John Sarbanes named to conference committee crafting opioid bill

    By John Fritze,  The Baltimore Sun 

    Rep. John Sarbanes will serve on a conference committee charged with reconciling the vastly different opioid addiction bills passed by the House and Senate, offering him an opportunity to help address one of Baltimore's most intractable problems.

    Sarbanes, a Baltimore County Democrat who represents portions of Baltimore City, was named to the conference committee Tuesday by House leaders. The five-term lawmaker was one of the few Democrats to shepherd a bill through the House last week intended to mitigate a national increase in heroin and prescription drug overdoes.

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  • In The News: Federal lawmakers tout House opioid abuse bills

    By John Fritze,  The Baltimore Sun 

    Members of Baltimore's congressional delegation on Monday touted a package of bills passed recently by the House of Representatives intended to address the national opioid abuse epidemic, but they also pointed to the shortcomings of that legislation -- including a lack of funding.

    The House and Senate have both approved bipartisan legislation on heroin and prescription drug abuse, but the packages are substantially different. Both measures, which now must be resolved by a yet-to-be-appointed conference committee, do not include new money to pay for the programs lawmakers envision.

    Rep. John Sarbanes of Baltimore County was the original sponsor of one of the House-passed bills. His proposal would encourage and train doctors to prescribe overdose reversal drugs, such as Naloxone, when they prescribe pain medication and other opioids.

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  • WYPR Maryland Morning Interview

    On Wednesday I had the opportunity to be on WYPR’s Maryland Morning. Click here to hear my interview with Tom Hall. 

  • In The News: A manifesto to mend our politics

    David Ignatius,  The Washington Post

    It has become a truism that the American political system is suffering from dysfunction. But weirdly, even the insurgent candidates, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, don’t talk much about how they would fix it. This is a populist insurgency without a clear manifesto.

    So it’s refreshing to hear Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) present a detailed action plan to try to repair what’s broken. This proposal isn’t a cure-all. It wouldn’t fix the immigration problem or fund Social Security or fight terrorism. But by changing the way we fund elections, this proposal could make it easier to elect the politicians who would make the U.S. government work again for its citizens.

    Sarbanes presents his proposal in the current issue of the Harvard Journal on Legislation. It’s a simple idea: Congress should free itself from big-money, special-interest domination by encouraging an alternative system of small contributions that would be matched with public funds. This isn’t a new idea — Teddy Roosevelt proposed a version back in 1907 — but it’s a good one, and a way to start curing what ails us.

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  • In The News: Around Pasadena- Fed grant to benefit Fort Smallwood Park, Hancock's Resolution

    "This will launch an educational partnership around the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail," Sarbanes said. TTEC aims to educate students about the state's role in the War of 1812 by getting them out of the classroom and onto historic sites.

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  • In The News: Towson Park Receives Grant from National Park Service

    “The Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail is an important connection to the outdoors and a vital link to our local history,” Sarbanes said in a statement. “With the support of the National Park Service, more Maryland teachers will be able to provide students with rich, hands-on learning experiences about our local history and about protecting our local trails and public lands.”

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  • In The News: New documentary takes a look at prescription drug abuse epidemic

    Now, our nation's leaders are calling it a public health crisis that has reached epidemic proportions. It is getting so bad that it is getting attention from Hollywood to the halls of Congress. Even the president is getting aggressive in the fight.

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  • In The News: Howard County Council members propose 'citizen funded campaign system

    Two Howard County Council members proposed a new publicly funded campaign system Monday that matches small campaign donations using public funds.

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  • In The News: Diluting the power of big money

    THOSE OF US who cherish the First Amendment often argue that the best antidote to offensive speech is not a ban or regulation, but simply more speech. A similar logic supports a bill in Congress that would rebalance the grotesque influence of big money in political campaigns by giving a louder voice to small donors. “We’re not restricting anyone’s speech,” said US Representative John Sarbanes of Maryland, sponsor of the bill. ‘‘We’re adding speech.”

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  • The Intercept's Series On HR 20

    Recently The Intercept's Jon Schwarz did a series of articles focusing on The Government By People Act. 

  • HuffPost Live Interview with Alyona Minkovski

    I was recently on HuffPost Live's Political Junkies dicussing money in politics and the Government By the People Act (HR 20).

    Click below to watch the interview. 

  • We the Podcast: Money in Politics

    I recently got a chance to talk about money in politics on Rep Keith Ellison's We the Podcast. Be sure to give it a listen (just 10 mins long) and let me know what you think!

  • An interview with the Washington Monthly

    I recently spoke with the editor in chief of the Washington Monthly about The Government By the People Act. 

  • Washington Post: How Democrats can make voters care about big money in politics

    Greg Sargent recently had a piece in The Washington Post, about my campaign finance reform efforts. 

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  • New York Times: Poll Shows Americans Favor an Overhaul of Campaign Financing

    The New York Times recently reported on a new poll which shows that Americans want campaign finance reform. 

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