Updates

  • Thank You

    I am deeply grateful to the voters for re-electing me to Maryland's 3rd Congressional District. As our country continues to face major challenges, I will work my hardest to ensure we have a government of, by and for the people that advances fairness, justice and a decent quality of life for every family and every community.

  • Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces Nearly $800,000 to Expand Housing Counseling Services Across Maryland

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined the Maryland Congressional Delegation in announcing $793,828 in federal funding to expand housing-related counseling, including financial literacy, property maintenance and fiscal management services, across Maryland communities.

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Delegation Members Write to Governor Hogan Expressing Concern with COVID-19 Impacts on Latino Communities

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined the Maryland Congressional Delegation in urging Governor Larry Hogan to increase the state’s focus on halting the disproportionate spread of COVID-19 among Maryland’s Latino communities and delivering targeted relief to Latino families.

  • Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $20 Million for Drinking Water Improvement Projects

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined the Maryland Congressional Delegation in announcing $20,170,000 in federal funding to improve drinking water systems throughout the state.

    “This new federal funding will help state and local governments complete urgently needed projects to enhance the quality of drinking water and modernize public water infrastructure across Maryland,” the lawmakers said. “By investing in our state’s water management and delivery systems, we can ensure that every Maryland community has access to clean and safe drinking water.”

  • In the News: House Democrats Renew Calls for Bill Giving Election Agency More Funding and Responsibility

    House Democrats Renew Calls for Bill Giving Election Agency More Funding and Responsibility
    Courtney Bublé, The Government Executive

    Following news from intelligence officials on Wednesday evening of foreign election interference attempts, several House lawmakers are renewing their calls for the Senate to take up their massive reform bill that would bolster the funding and responsibilities of the nation’s elections clearinghouse.

    Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe and FBI Director Christopher Wray gave an unexpected press briefing on Wednesday—13 days out from the election—in which they said that Iran and Russia obtained voter registration information in attempts to meddle in U.S. elections. They said that voting remains secure, but House lawmakers renewed the call for the Senate to take up their “2019 For the People Act,” which the chamber passed in March 2019 and has specific provisions to beef up the Election Assistance Commission.

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  • In the News: Your Voice: Congressman John Sarbanes

    Your Voice: Congressman John Sarbanes
    WBFF-TV (FOX)

    Another coronavirus relief bill isn't looking promising, at least not right now.

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned the White House not to make a deal with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi before the November election.

    U.S. Representative for Maryland's 3rd congressional district, Congressman John Sarbanes, joins us to explain the holdup, and talk about the second and final presidential debate.

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  • Sarbanes Statement on Renewed Azerbaijani Military Aggression in Nagorno-Karabakh

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after co-sponsoring a resolution that condemns Azerbaijan's recent military operation in Nagorno-Karabakh and denounces Turkey's role in the conflict (H.Res. 1165):

    “Azerbaijan and Turkey must answer for the unprovoked offensive launched against Nagorno-Karabakh by the Aliyev government. This attack – which has inflicted casualties deeply anguishing to Armenians everywhere – is a wake-up call for U.S. policymakers who have too often downplayed or excused Azerbaijan's aggressive actions in the region.

  • In the News: The Wealthy Getting Less Scrutiny On Taxes

    The Wealthy Getting Less Scrutiny On Taxes
    Scott Horsley, NPR ('All Things Considered')

    ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: A teacher, a small-business owner and a retiree who complained they paid more in federal income taxes than President Trump are now gracing campaign billboards in swing states around the country. The ads follow reporting by The New York Times that Trump paid little or no federal income tax in most of the last 20 years. Trump has denied that report, but as NPR's Scott Horsley reports, the wealthy are getting less scrutiny from the tax collector with each passing year.

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  • Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $1.6 Million in Federal Funding to Improve Transit Safety

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined the Maryland Congressional Delegation in announcing $1,675,000 in federal funding to improve bus safety and prevent hazards on rail systems in Maryland.

    “The safety of our regional transportation networks must be a top priority,” the lawmakers said. “This new federal funding will upgrade Maryland’s rail systems with warning technology that helps bolster safety and reliability for Maryland commuters. Our delegation will always work to deliver resources that modernize and expand public transportation in our state.”

  • Sarbanes Opposes Nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined in opposition to the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States.

  • Maryland Delegation Continues to Press State Leaders for Far Greater Transparency, Expediency in Unemployment Insurance Processing

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined the Maryland Congressional Delegation in again urging Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) and Maryland Secretary of Labor Tiffany Robinson to redouble the state’s efforts to speed up the processing of Marylanders’ Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims.

    Following up on their past efforts and conversations with state leaders earlier this year, the Congressional Delegation also requested that the state provide full and updated information about the numbers of unpaid and/or unresolved UI claims.

  • Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces $100,000 in Federal Funding for Maryland Public Television Educational Programs

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined the Maryland Congressional Delegation in announcing $100,000 in federal funding for Maryland Public Television (MPT) to develop personalized learning experiences for children, especially those in low-income communities.

    Funding comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting as part of the U.S. Department of Education’s Ready to Learn (RTL) Grant Program.

  • Sarbanes Urges Congress to Increase Funding for the IRS to Improve Delivery of Tax Refunds and Stimulus Payments to American Families

    During a House Government Operations Subcommittee hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) called on Congress to provide more resources to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to help improve the delivery of tax credits, tax refunds and COVID-19 relief checks for hardworking American families, and to crack down on wealthy tax cheats and fraudsters who continue to abuse the tax system.

  • Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $8.3 Million for Johns Hopkins University Research on COVID-19 Racial and Ethnic Disparities

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined the Baltimore Congressional Delegation in announcing $8,310,893 in federal funding for Johns Hopkins University (JHU) to research COVID-19 health disparities among underserved populations and minority communities.

  • Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $345,000 in Federal Funding to Improve Transit in Underserved Communities

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined the Maryland Congressional Delegation in announcing $346,500 in federal funding to upgrade transportation services and increase transit access in rural and low-income communities across Maryland.

  • In the News: Kudos for Rescuing Chesapeake Bay Program

    Kudos for Rescuing Chesapeake Bay Program
    Kaitlyn Leitherer, The Baltimore Sun (LTE)

    I want to voice my support and congratulations to Rep. John Sarbanes, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and everyone who worked tirelessly to pass America’s Conservation Enhancement Act (“U.S. House passes up to $92 million in Chesapeake Bay cleanup funding; advocates expect Trump to sign," Oct. 1). The passage of this bipartisan legislation is exciting news for the future of the Chesapeake Bay watershed and is cause for celebration.

    Growing up in Federal Hill, my life has been full of waterfront memories — passing runners on scenic morning jogs and watching the sunset from a bench at the park. However, I also have memories of sweltering afternoons where the lack of shade-providing trees (and the occasional smell of dead fish due to algae blooms) made the four-block walk to my best friend’s house almost unbearable.

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  • Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force Leads House Passage of Comprehensive Effort to Protect the Chesapeake Bay

    Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force Co-Chairs Reps. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), John Sarbanes (D-Md.), Rob Wittman (R-Va.) and Andy Harris, M.D. (R-Md.) today led the U.S. House of Representatives in passing the America's Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act, a bill that includes several provisions to help boost conservation and cleanup efforts across the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

  • Sarbanes Highlights Benefits of Solar Installation Programs That Reduce Energy Costs for Low-Income Homeowners

    During a House Energy Subcommittee hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) touted the success of solar installation programs in underserved communities that help lower homeowners’ utility bills and expand access to affordable clean energy.

  • Sarbanes Votes to Pass New COVID-19 Relief Package

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass an updated version of the Heroes Act, a comprehensive bill that would provide immediate relief to American families, small businesses, schools, essential workers, health care providers and state and local governments.

  • Sarbanes Again Presses Pharmaceutical Company CEOs to Lower Drug Prices for American Seniors and Families

    During a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) again slammed pharmaceutical executives for saddling American families and seniors with exorbitant prescription drug costs.

    “I don’t trust the industry to do the right thing,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “We need to put more guardrails in place and this hearing is about that.”

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