July 4, 2020
At a House Health Subcommittee hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) called on Congress to boost federal investments in mental health services across the country, especially as millions of Americans grapple with the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.
“… We know the stress of [COVID-19] is like nothing we’ve seen before,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “It’s taking a huge toll on our healthcare workforce.”
Sarbanes continued: “We’ve got to address the stigma and we have to put the resources behind these efforts.”
Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Press FEMA to Approve Additional Federal Disaster Assistance for State COVID-19 Recovery
July 3, 2020
Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today urged Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter Gaynor to approve Maryland’s request for federal disaster assistance through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).
July 3, 2020
Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act (H.R. 1425), a bill to improve access to affordable health insurance, reduce health care costs, lower prescription drug prices and protect Americans with pre-existing conditions.
Sarbanes Votes to Provide Additional COVID-19 Economic Relief for Renters, Homeowners and Families at Risk of Homelessness
July 3, 2020
Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass the Emergency Housing Protections and Relief Act (H.R. 7301), a bill to extend and expand critical economic relief and housing protections for renters, homeowners and families at risk of homelessness amid the COVID-19 crisis.
The bill would continue several expiring housing relief programs established by the CARES Act and advanced by the Heroes Act.
June 30, 2020
Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass the Washington, D.C. Admission Act (H.R. 51), a bill to admit the State of Washington, D.C. into the Union and provide District of Columbia residents with full voting rights.
The State of Washington, D.C. would include most of the District of Columbia’s existing territory, except for a significantly reduced federal district controlled by Congress.
June 29, 2020
Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act (H.R. 7120), a bill to crack down on police brutality and create greater law enforcement accountability.
Sarbanes, Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announce More Than $450,000 to Support Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses and Underserved Community Entrepreneurs
June 29, 2020
Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Baltimore Congressional Delegation today announced $450,288 to support minority- and women-owned businesses, lift up underserved community entrepreneurs, spur economic growth and create jobs across the Baltimore metro region.
In the News: Baltimore Area Gets More Than $450K To Help Minority, Women-Owned Businesses, Lawmakers Announce
June 28, 2020
Baltimore Area Gets More Than $450K To Help Minority, Women-Owned Businesses, Lawmakers Announce
Sarbanes, Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announce $3 Million to Reduce Air Pollution and Recycle Carbon Waste
June 27, 2020
Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Baltimore Congressional Delegation today announced $3 million in federal funding for the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) to develop technology that reduces air pollution and recycles carbon waste.
June 23, 2020
Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined Congressional Voting Rights Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Mark Veasey (D-Tex.), Terri Sewell (D-Ala.) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) to introduce a resolution calling for reforms to protect access to the ballot box, curb voter suppression and ensure that every American can vote.
The resolution was introduced to coincide with the 155th Anniversary of Juneteenth, commemorating the end of slavery.
Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Commend General Assembly Leaders for Examining Problems with June 2 Primary
June 20, 2020
Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen along with Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone, today applauded Maryland Senate President Bill Ferguson (D) and Maryland House of Delegates Speaker Adrienne Jones (D) for holding joint hearings about Maryland’s June 2 primary election. The hearings will examine the election’s shortcomings and outline steps to enhance the state’s election systems ahead of November.
June 19, 2020
Md. Democrats Back Reconciliation Commission to Address, Heal Racism
Daniel C. Vock, Maryland Matters
Sarbanes, Blumenthal, Warren, Coons, Jayapal Lead Effort to Strengthen Oversight of Federal COVID-19 Relief Funds and Crack Down on Corruption
June 19, 2020
Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.), U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) today formally introduced the Coronavirus Oversight and Recovery Ethics Act (CORE Act), a bill to ensure stronger oversight, accountability and transparency in the federal government’s response to COVID-19.
The CORE Act has earned strong support in Congress, with 18 House co-sponsors and 8 Senate co-sponsors, along with the endorsement of 57 national grassroots advocacy organizations.
June 17, 2020
Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) on the GOP Police Reform and COVID-19 Response
Sirius XM (‘POTUS Press Pool with Julie Mason’)
Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Announce Nearly $2.4 Million in Federal Support for Maryland Renters and Homeowners Affected by COVID-19 Pandemic
June 16, 2020
Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today announced $2,377,692 in federal funding for Maryland renters and homeowners struggling with the economic impact of COVID-19.
Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) FY20 Comprehensive Housing Counseling Grants. It will support counseling services to help Marylanders improve their housing conditions and resolve any issues with meeting rent or mortgage obligations.
June 15, 2020
Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined a bipartisan group of more than 135 Members of Congress in calling for $25 billion in emergency funding for the United States Postal Service (USPS).
The relief funding is urgently needed to offset USPS revenue losses – projected at $22 billion over the next 18 months – as a result of COVID-19. The loses could force the agency to close.
June 14, 2020
Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Baltimore Congressional Delegation today announced $2,360,998 in federal funding for Johns Hopkins University’s (JHU) Baltimore Online Algebra for High School Students in Technology program.
The program partners JHU with Baltimore City Public Schools to help 9th- and 10th-grade students strengthen their algebra skills. Research shows algebra is a major barrier to student enrollment and participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and careers.
Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Announce Nearly $19 Million in New Federal Emergency Public Health Funding to Support UMMS’ Response to COVID-19
June 14, 2020
Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today announced $18,711,424 in federal grants to help the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) cover the costs of responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) is a university-based, regional health care system focused on serving the state’s health care needs.
Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Press Gov. Hogan to Fix Unemployment Insurance System and Deliver Urgently Needed Economic Relief to Marylanders
June 13, 2020
Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today called on Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) to fix the state’s Unemployment Insurance system and improve the delivery of critical financial benefits to Marylanders during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Sarbanes Joins Historic, Comprehensive Effort to Reform Law Enforcement Across America and Crack Down on Police Brutality
June 12, 2020
Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today co-sponsored and introduced the Justice in Policing Act, a historic effort to transform policing across America and help end the patterns of racial discrimination, abuse and violence by police officers against people and communities of color.