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  • In the News: Ensuring elections 'free from foreign intrusion'

    Ensuring elections 'free from foreign intrusion'
    John Sarbanes and Brian Frosh, THE BALTIMORE SUN (OP-ED)

    On July 4, Americans of all political stripes join together to celebrate our nation’s independence from overseas monarchs, from foreign influence, from interference in our democracy.

    This is the moment to apply the lessons of 2016, when our election infrastructure — the core of American democracy — was attacked by a foreign adversary in a choreographed and coordinated effort. State and local election systems across the country were probed and, in some cases, breached. Outsiders exploited digital platforms to wage a full-scale disinformation campaign. And secret foreign money was deployed to influence the electoral outcome.

     

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  • Sarbanes Statement on SCOTUS Decision to Permit Extreme Partisan Gerrymandering in America

    Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 5-4 conservative ruling that allows extreme partisan gerrymandering to continue in America:

  • Sarbanes Statement on SCOTUS Census Decision

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Trump Administration from including a citizenship question on the U.S. Census, sending the case back to a lower court:

  • Sarbanes Spearheads Passage of Critical Election Security Effort [Video]

    Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today helped lead the passage of the Securing America’s Federal Elections (SAFE) Act (H.R. 2722), a bill to strengthen election security and protect our democracy ahead of the 2020 election.

    Building on the important election security reforms contained in H.R. 1, the For the People Act, the SAFE Act helps states modernize and improve their election systems, bolster their security capabilities and ensure the accuracy and integrity of the vote.

  • Sarbanes Excoriates Kellyanne Conway for Repeatedly Violating Federal Law [Video]

    During a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing today, Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) criticized Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to the President of the United States, for repeatedly violating the Hatch Act and breaking a federal law meant to prevent government officials from engaging in political activity.

    Congressman Sarbanes also voted to authorize a bipartisan subpoena for Kellyanne Conway, after she refused to appear before the committee.

  • Sarbanes Statement on Removing Harmful Campaign Finance Riders from Financial Services Appropriations Bill

    Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after leading a successful effort to block three riders from the fiscal year 2020 Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill (H.R. 3351) that would have increased secret money in politics and handed wealthy and well-connected special interests even more power in Washington:

  • Sarbanes Statement on Sixth Anniversary of Shelby County v. Holder Decision

    Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today to mark the sixth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder decision, which struck down key provisions of the Voting Rights Act:

  • Sarbanes Secures Additional Federal Funding for Maryland Families

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today helped secure millions more federal dollars for Maryland by passing H.R. 3055, an appropriations bill that would help communities tackle the opioid crisis, improve affordable housing, invest in highways, airports, bridges, railways and seaports, enhance public safety, help hardworking families put food on the table, provide veterans with the care, respect and services they deserve, ensure clean air and clean water, protect public lands and fund climate research.

  • My Statement on the One Year Anniversary of the Capital Gazette Shooting

    Today we mark the one year anniversary of the Capital Gazette shooting and honor the memory of Rob Hiaasen, Wendi Winters, Gerald Fischman, John McNamara and Rebecca Smith. The day after the attack, the Capital Gazette put out a paper -- a heroic act of defiance against those who would silence our free and independent press. We salute the entire Annapolis community that over the last year has come together to lift up the families, friends and co-workers of the victims in an amazing show of solidarity.

     
  • Sarbanes Statement on House Natural Resources Committee’s Unanimous, Bipartisan Support for Chesapeake Bay Gateways Bill

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after the House Natural Resources Committee voted unanimously, in bipartisan fashion, to advance the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Reauthorization Act, a bill led by Congressman Sarbanes to increase recreation, education and public access to the Chesapeake Bay Watershed:

  • Sarbanes Slams Trump Administration Attacks on Title X Health Care Services [Video]

    During a House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) highlighted the threat to public health posed by the Trump Administration’s Title X “Gag Rule,” which would block federal funding to health centers that provide family planning and reproductive health services.

  • Sarbanes Secures Millions of Dollars in Federal Funding for Maryland

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today helped secure millions of federal dollars for Maryland by passing H.R. 2740, an appropriations bill that would strengthen the state’s health care system, increase funding for lifesaving medical research, enhance education and job training programs and help protect the Chesapeake Bay.

  • Sarbanes, Baltimore Congressional Delegation Ask USDA to Investigate Withdrawal of SNAP Eligibility for Lexington Market Vendors

    Today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings and Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.), in sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service Administrator Brandon Lipps asking USDA to investigate the withdrawal of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility for vendors in Baltimore’s historic Lexington Market. Lexington Market has served as a public market since 1782 and is the oldest of its kind in the country.

  • In the News: Senator McConnell: Protect U.S. elections

    Senator McConnell: Protect U.S. elections 
    The Editorial Board, THE BALTIMORE SUN

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell does not shame easily. Ask anyone — including Jon Stewart, the former Comedy Network star who has found a second life as an impassioned advocate for the victims of the 9/11 attacks. His wilting denunciation of Congress and Senator McConnell, in particular, became must-watch viewing on a wide array of social media platforms last week. But has it softened the Republican leader’s heart? Hard to say. Mr. McConnell recently expressed support for fully funding the Victims Compensation Fund as Mr. Stewart has sought, but legislation to do so remains stalled in the Senate.

    Still, if the embarrassment Mr. Stewart heaped on the majority leader actually did the job, perhaps the former “Daily Show” host can be recruited to express similar outrage that Congress has so far done so little to protect the upcoming 2020 election from foreign interference. Maryland’s own Rep. John Sarbanes is looking to rectify that situation shortly. He’s at the vanguard of the effort by House Democrats to strengthen election security — and address many of the criticisms contained in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report that have been echoed by U.S. intelligence agencies. There’s simply no question that Russian agents attempted to interfere in the 2016 election and are expected to be at it again next year.” 

     

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  • Sarbanes Blasts GOP Efforts to Politicize the U.S. Census [Video]

    During a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) argued that adding a citizenship question to the U.S. Census would undermine the allocation of federal resources and fail to address the needs of communities across the country. Sarbanes’ criticism followed a vote to hold Attorney General William P. Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with the committee’s investigation into the addition of the citizenship question to the 2020 census.

  • Sarbanes Underscores the Importance of Federal-State Cooperation to Safeguard the Health of the Chesapeake Bay [Video]

    During a House Subcommittee on Energy hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to collaborate with Maryland on re-licensing the Conowingo Dam in order to maintain the state’s environmental standards and safeguard the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

  • Sarbanes Calls Attention to Public Health and Environmental Consequences of Trump EPA Rollbacks [Video]

    During a House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) asked several former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrators about the detrimental effects of the Trump Administration’s actions to undermine public health and environmental protections at the behest of special-interest polluters.

  • Sarbanes Statement on National Gun Violence Awareness Day

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement in recognition of National Gun Violence Awareness Day:

    “Americans from across the country today will join forces, raise voices and wear orange to demand action on gun safety. Far too many communities in this nation have been afflicted by the scourge of gun violence and action is long overdue.

  • Sarbanes Statement on the SEC’s Anti-Consumer Effort to Weaken Investment Protections for Hardworking American Families

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) – led by Trump appointee Chairman Jay Clayton – significantly weakened rules designed to provide Americans with suitable investment advice:

  • Sarbanes Statement on the Passage of the American Dream and Promise Act

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act:

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