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  • In the News: ‘We did all we could, Elijah’: After Trump impeachment, Pelosi references late Rep. Cummings

    ‘We did all we could, Elijah’: After Trump impeachment, Pelosi references late Rep. Cummings
    Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun

    Maryland lawmakers in Washington described as “sobering” a historic day that began with a House clerk solemnly reading a resolution urging that “Donald John Trump, president of the United States” be impeached.

     

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  • My vote on impeachment

    Yesterday, I voted to impeach President Trump for abusing the power of the Presidency and for waging an unprecedented campaign of obstruction against Congress. 

    As elected officials who serve in a position of public trust, we come to Congress to make life better for the American people — to reduce prescription drug prices, to raise wages, to clean up corruption in Washington. We come to serve the public interest, not to advance our own personal or political interests. And importantly, we swear an oath to protect the Constitution and defend our democracy for the people.

  • In the News: Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces Nearly $750K For Veterans’ Housing

    Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces Nearly $750K For Veterans’ Housing
    WJZ-TV (Online)

    U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes announced Wednesday the award of $748,976 for Baltimore’s Public Housing Agencies through the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing program.

     

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  • Sarbanes Votes to Lower Prescription Drug Prices

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass H.R. 3, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, a bill to reduce prescription drug prices by empowering Medicare to negotiate directly with pharmaceutical companies and making those negotiated prices available to Medicare beneficiaries and individuals with private insurance. H.R. 3 will also set a new $2,000 out-of-pocket limit on prescription drug costs for seniors and will expand Medicare benefits to cover dental, hearing and vision for the first time in the program’s history.

  • In the News: Officials tout $4.6M in public safety grants coming to Baltimore area

    Officials tout $4.6M in public safety grants coming to Baltimore area
    Brandon Weigel, Baltimore Fishbowl

    Local elected officials gathered today to tout a $4.6 million package of federal grant funding for public safety initiatives in Baltimore and Baltimore County, saying the money will help improve community policing, tackle problems like gun violence and the opioid epidemic, and create a more fair justice system.

     

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  • In the News: Feds give Baltimore area $4.6M for public safety initiatives

    Feds give Baltimore area $4.6M for public safety initiatives
    The Associated Press

    The city of Baltimore got a needed boost in federal funding to fight crime when Maryland's congressional delegation announced a $4.6 million package Monday of grants for public safety initiatives for the region.

     

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  • In the News: More Than $4.5M Coming To Baltimore To Help Drive Down Crime

    More Than $4.5M Coming To Baltimore To Help Drive Down Crime
    WJZ-TV (CBS)

     

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  • In the News: $4.6 million in grant funds will go to fight crime in Baltimore City and Baltimore County

    $4.6 million in grant funds will go to fight crime in Baltimore City and Baltimore County
    Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun

    Baltimore City and Baltimore County will receive $4.6 million in federal funding that is designed to help identify owners of guns used in violent crimes, provide services to children affected by the opioid crisis, fund body-worn cameras for police and serve other criminal justice needs.

     

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  • Sarbanes, Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer, Ruppersberger and Brown Announce $225,000 for Anne Arundel County Police Department

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, along with Representatives Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, and Anthony Brown (all D-Md.), to announce $225,000 in federal funding for the Anne Arundel County Police Department to increase the capacity of its DNA processing laboratory and to reduce the number of forensic DNA samples awaiting analysis.

  • Sarbanes Voices Support for Universal Health Care

    During a House Subcommittee on Health hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) voiced strong support for universal health coverage and refuted false Republican claims about Medicare For All.

  • Sarbanes Statement on the Introduction of Articles of Impeachment Against President Trump

    Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) introduced two articles of impeachment against President Donald J. Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress:

  • In the News: This is the silent political revolution of 2020

    This is the silent political revolution of 2020
    Lawrence Lessig, CNN (Opinion)

    As the Democratic Primary kicks into high gear, it is increasingly clear that 2020 could give America a choice that it has not had since Richard Nixon resigned: An election that promises critical change to our political system. At least 7 of the remaining candidates in the Democratic primary have committed to making fundamental government reform their first priority in office. We have not been this close to real change of America's politics since the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It is therefore time that the candidates' plans -- and how they differ --become the focus of more media attention.

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  • In the News: Eyeing 2020, House passes bill named after Elijah Cummings that would empower Medicare to negotiate drug costs

    Eyeing 2020, House passes bill named after Elijah Cummings that would empower Medicare to negotiate drug costs
    Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, The Associated Press

    Sharpening their 2020 election message, House Democrats on Thursday pushed through legislation that would empower Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices and offer new benefits for seniors.

     

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  • In the News: House Passes Pelosi Drug-Pricing Bill

    House Passes Pelosi Drug-Pricing Bill
    Jack O'Brien, HealthLeaders Media

    The House of Representatives passed the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act Thursday afternoon.

     

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  • In the News: Sarbanes: President Trump's Misconduct Can't Go Unchecked

    Sarbanes: President Trump's Misconduct Can't Go Unchecked
    Tyler Waldman, WBAL-AM

    Rep. John Sarbanes said Wednesday that Democrats are largely united behind the two articles of impeachment announced Tuesday.

    "As I think you've heard many Dems say, it's not an action that we take lightly, but I think our constitutional oath of office requires us to stand up in this way," the 3rd District Democrat told Bryan Nehman. "And if you look at the president's conduct, this idea that you would put your own personal and political fortunes ahead of the national security interests really does represent an abuse of the office of the presidency, and it's not something that we can leave unchecked."

     

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  • Sarbanes Votes to Restore and Protect Voting Rights Across America

    Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, a bill that would restore and protect voting rights across the country.

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Laud Funding for Howard Street Tunnel Project

    Following a meeting with Maryland Secretary of Transportation Pete K. Rahn, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone, in releasing a joint statement in response to the news that Maryland officials and CSX have identified additional funding to expand the Howard Street Tunnel:

  • Sarbanes, National Capital Region Delegation Urge Chairs of the Armed Services Committees to Provide All Federal Employees with Paid Family and Medical Leave Benefits

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations Chairman Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.) and Representatives Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), Don Beyer (D-Va.), Anthony Brown (D-Md.), Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), David Trone (D-Md.) and Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.) in sending a letter to the Chairs of the Armed Services Committees, who are leading the conference committee working to reconcile the House- and Senate-passed versions of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

  • Sarbanes Criticizes Big Money and Special Interests for Blocking Efforts to Curb Youth Tobacco Epidemic

    During a House Oversight Subcommittee hearing, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) denounced the corrosive influence of wealthy and well-connected special interests, who pushed the Trump Administration to abruptly abandon plans to address the youth tobacco epidemic.

  • In the News: Southern states take up fight for bold democracy reforms

    Southern states take up fight for bold democracy reforms
    Chris Kromm, Facing South

    On Jan. 3 of this year, the first day of the 116th U.S. Congress, the new Democratic majority in the House introduced as its first bill a sweeping reform of the country's elections. H.R. 1, the For the People Act, a bold package of measures aimed at improving voting access, tackling Big Money's corrupting influence in politics, and bolstering ethics rules. The Washington Post called it "perhaps the most comprehensive political-reform proposal ever considered by our elected representatives."

    The wide-ranging bill, expertly led to passage in the House by lead sponsor Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Maryland) and endorsed by a broad coalition including the Communications Workers of America, NAACP, and Sierra Club, was inspired by a key insight: that in the current political moment, marked by deep voter cynicism about corruption and rigged elections, piecemeal reforms aren't enough. What is needed, Sarbanes and other Democrats reasoned, is a far-reaching plan that outlines how all aspects of democracy can work better, and only a bill that tackles voting rights, Big Money, and ethics reform together could offer that larger vision.

     

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