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  • In the News: Congressional Klieg lights could give way to restructuring of biopharma

    Congressional Klieg lights could give way to restructuring of biopharma
    Mari Serebrov, BioWorld

    Attributing recent reductions in certain U.S. prescription drug prices to intense congressional scrutiny rather than a biopharma industry commitment to affordability, Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) said Congress must put more guardrails in place and restructure how the industry does business.

    “I don’t trust the industry to do the right thing when we’re not looking at you with these Klieg lights,” he told executives from Amgen Inc., Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals and Novartis AG Oct. 1 during the second day of a House Oversight Committee hearing on drug prices.

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  • In the News: Democrats Dressed Down Dumbfounded Pharma Executives at Fiery Congressional Hearing on Drug Prices

    Democrats Dressed Down Dumbfounded Pharma Executives at Fiery Congressional Hearing on Drug Prices
    Blake Montgomery, The Daily Beast

    Several Democratic representatives blasted pharmaceutical executives over the prices of their companies’ drugs during a Wednesday House Oversight Committee hearing that caught the chief of Bristol Myers Squibb subsidiary Celgene and Teva flat-footed. Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) drew a stark connection between bonuses the former Celgene CEO, Mark Alles, had received in recent years and price hikes for the cancer therapeutic Revlimid, which has risen in price from $215 in 2005 to $763 today. When Alles could not succinctly answer whether the drug had improved alongside the price hikes, Porter replied, “To recap here: The drug didn’t get any better, the cancer patients didn’t get any better, you just got better at making money, you just refined your skills at price gouging.”

    Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) pointed to internal documents from drugmaker Teva that calculated the return on investment from charitable donations when she said, “Your pharmaceutical company makes these so-called charitable donations so you look like you give a shit about sick people.” Teva’s CEO Kåre Schultz failed so badly to win over lawmakers that one told him he “might as well get off the screen” of the virtual hearing. Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) told Schultz, “It would have been nice to come, maybe, equipped a little bit better.”

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  • In the News: U.S. House Passes Bill to Bolster School-Based Health Centers

    U.S. House Passes Bill to Bolster School-Based Health Centers
    Elizabeth Shwe, Maryland Matters

    A bill that would will help deliver primary care, dental screenings and mental health services to students in low-income and underserved communities passed by voice vote in the U.S. House of Representatives late Tuesday.

    The School-Based Health Centers Reauthorization Act, sponsored by Rep. John P. Sarbanes (D-Md.), would continue federal support for school-based health centers through 2025. The statutory authorization had expired in 2014.

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  • In the News: Sarbanes on talks about coronavirus relief

    Sarbanes on talks about coronavirus relief
    Jason Newton, WBAL-TV (NBC)

    It has been six months since Congress passed the coronavirus relief act for the coronavirus pandemic, and talks between the White House and lawmakers are stalled over another round of relief. Maryland Rep. John Sarbanes talks about what's happening in Washington now.

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  • In the News: Maryland Lawmakers Announce $5.6M To Upgrade MARC, Railways

    Maryland Lawmakers Announce $5.6M To Upgrade MARC, Railways
    WJZ-TV (Online)

    Maryland lawmakers announced $5.6 million in federal funding to upgrade MARC Commuter trains and improve the overall railroad infrastructure across the state.

    The congressional delegation includes – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all Md.)

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  • In the News: Maryland Congressional Delegation Over $240K For Chesapeake Bay Education Initiatives

    Maryland Congressional Delegation Over $240K For Chesapeake Bay Education Initiatives
    WJZ-TV (Online)

    U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressman John Sarbanes (all D-Md.), announced $242,858 in federal funding on Wednesday for the Chesapeake Bay Trust to expand environmental education programs.

    The funding, from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education and Training grant program, will help local school districts and educators create and maintain environmental education programs for students throughout the area.

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  • In the News: The Dallas Piggy Bank

    The Dallas Piggy Bank
    Sarah Kleiner, The Center for Public Integrity

    In June 2017, a group of 400 conservative donors was wrapping up a conference organized by the Koch Brothers at the five-star Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs.

    The 450-acre retreat offers activities such as horseback riding, fly fishing, golfing, $260 deep-tissue massages, all situated among sparkling views of the Rocky Mountains.

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  • In the News: Maryland postal workers, lawmakers urge public to rally behind Postal Service as Frosh considers lawsuit

    Maryland postal workers, lawmakers urge public to rally behind Postal Service as Frosh considers lawsuit
    Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun

    Postal workers, union officials and Maryland political leaders urged citizens Monday to rally behind the U.S. Postal Service, saying public pressure can help reverse significant cuts at an agency “under attack.”

    “We need everybody,” said Sherry McKnight, president of American Postal Workers Union Local 181, which represents about 1,600 Baltimore-area postal workers.

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  • In the News: Postal Service reviewing staffing following complaints of mail delays in Baltimore area

    Postal Service reviewing staffing following complaints of mail delays in Baltimore area
    Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun

    Frustrated lawmakers made surprise visits Monday to post offices in Dundalk and Essex, as the U.S. Postal Service said it was reviewing its staffing following complaints of severe mail delivery delays in the Baltimore area.

    Rep. John Sarbanes, a Baltimore County Democrat, recently joined other federal lawmakers in expressing concern that the Postal Service’s new cost-reduction policies will reduce delivery trips, potentially leaving mail on docks or workroom floors.

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  • Sarbanes Statement on the Baltimore Gas Explosion

    We are grateful for Baltimore’s firefighters and first responders, who answered the call and saved the lives of our fellow community members after this morning’s terrible gas explosion. My heart goes out to the families, neighbors and friends of the victims.

  • In the News: Federal Dollars Awarded for Human Trafficking Survivors in Montgomery County

    Federal Dollars Awarded for Human Trafficking Survivors in Montgomery County
    Suzanne Pollack, Montgomery County Media

    The University of Maryland Support, Advocacy, Freedom and Empowerment (SAFE) Center for Human Trafficking Survivors, which aids survivors of human trafficking in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, was awarded $500,000 in federal funding.

    “The Coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the need for stable, supportive housing for survivors,” according to U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and U.S. Representatives Jamie Raskin, John Sarbanes, Steny Hoyer and David Trone.

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  • In the News: Maryland congressional delegation requests $32 billion more relief funding for U.S. transit systems

    Maryland congressional delegation requests $32 billion more relief funding for U.S. transit systems
    Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun

    Maryland’s congressional delegation is asking for an additional $32 billion in coronavirus relief funding for U.S. public transit systems — and for a larger share to go to transit systems serving mid-sized cities, such as Baltimore, where people depend heavily on the regional buses and trains.

    Public transit is an essential government service, and additional aid “is necessary to sustain operations across the country,” U.S. Sens. Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and U.S. Reps. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, Kweisi Mfume and John Sarbanes said in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Friday.

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  • In the News: Trump’s pitch to delay election is ‘absurd,’ suggests he could try to hold job if he loses, Maryland Dems say

    Trump’s pitch to delay election is ‘absurd,’ suggests he could try to hold job if he loses, Maryland Dems say
    Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun

    President Donald Trump’s pitch to delay the Nov. 3 presidential election “reeks of desperation” and is an ill-conceived attempt to smear the sort of mail-in voting that Maryland employed in its June primary, Democratic members of the state’s congressional delegation said Thursday.

    Trump should “cease his attempts to delegitimize mailed ballots and stop sowing discord over the integrity of our elections,” said Rep. John Sarbanes, a Baltimore County Democrat.

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  • In the News: Census Door Knocking Cut A Month Short Amid Pressure To Finish Count

    Census Door Knocking Cut A Month Short Amid Pressure To Finish Count
    Hansi Lo Wang, NPR

    The Census Bureau is cutting short critical door-knocking efforts for the 2020 census amid growing concerns among Democrats in Congress that the White House is pressuring the bureau to wrap up counting soon for political gain, NPR has learned.

    Asked by Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., if he was aware that the Trump administration reportedly wants to wrap up counting quickly so that the president can receive the census apportionment numbers by the end of the year, Dillingham replied: "I'm not aware of all the many reasons except to say that the Census Bureau and others really want us to proceed as rapidly as possible."

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  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Announce Nearly $300,000 for University of Maryland Bee Research

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined the Maryland Congressional Delegation in announcing $299,159 in federal funding for the University of Maryland College Park to support research efforts focused on predicting and mitigating honeybee colony losses.

    “Agriculture – a leading economic driver in Maryland – depends on healthy pollinators,” the lawmakers said. “This important investment in bee colony research will help deliver new and innovative solutions to protect bee populations across the state and help Maryland farmers.”

  • Sarbanes Secures Federal Funding to Support National Health Care Workforce Commission

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) secured $3 million in federal funding for the National Health Care Workforce Commission as part of the Fiscal Year 2021 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (LHHS) funding bill, which passed favorably out of the House Appropriations Committee today and will soon receive a full vote in the U.S. House of Representatives.

  • Sarbanes Secures $10 Million in Federal Funding for School-Based Health Centers Across the Country

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) secured $10 million in federal funding for School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) in the Fiscal Year 2021 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies funding bill, which passed favorably out of the House Appropriations Committee today and will soon receive a full vote in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    Congressman Sarbanes, a longtime advocate for SBHCs and a prominent member of the House Health Subcommittee, led the effort to secure this new funding commitment.

  • In the News: FIREFIGHTERS RECEIVE $400,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING

    FIREFIGHTERS RECEIVE $400,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING
    SUZANNE POLLAK, Montgomery Community Media

    Maryland’s federal legislators announced July 16 the awarding of almost $400,000 for firefighters in Montgomery County to continue purchasing personal protective equipment.

    Montgomery County will receive $357,800 and the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad will receive $45,780 through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters – COVID-19 Supplemental program.

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  • Sarbanes, Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announce More Than $6 Million for Early Childhood Education in Baltimore Area

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined the Baltimore Congressional Delegation in announcing $6,008,317 in federal funding for Head Start and Early Head Start programs at the YMCA of Central Maryland.

  • Sarbanes Opposes Trump Administration Attack on International Students Studying at American Colleges and Universities

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined hundreds of his colleagues in criticizing the Trump Administration’s latest attempt to undermine America’s institutions of higher education and denigrate international students.

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