Updates

  • 2018 Democratic Primary

    Tuesday marked an end to Maryland’s primary election season! Thank you so much to all the voters of Maryland’s Third Congressional District for your support. I’m excited to advance to the general election as the Democratic nominee. Onto November!

     
     
  • John Sarbanes Receives Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate Distinction

    I am proud to have been given the Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate Distinction. Thank you Moms Demand Action for your unwavering dedication to putting an end to the senseless gun violence in our country. This issue affects all Americans, and we need to make sure it is front and center during this election cycle. 
     
  • Standing with Students for #NationalWalkoutDay

    A month ago today, Americans watched in horror as another deadly school shooting unfolded before us, this time, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen people lost their life that day, the majority of whom were high school students.

    Once again, the Republicans are full of thoughts and prayers, but don’t have anything to say when it comes to real reform. Thankfully, the students at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida have other ideas. They are turning their grief into anger and their anger into a cause.

  • I'm Running for Re-Election

    Last month, I made it official - I’m running for re-election.

    But it’s not worth doing unless I do it on my own terms. First and foremost, that means sticking with my pledge to not take a dime of PAC money. I’m the longest-serving PAC-free member of Congress in the country - this will be my fourth consecutive campaign where I say “no” to the PACs because I want to power my re-election with grassroots donors, not special interests.

  • October in Review

    It's been a very busy October here in Maryland's Third District. Here are a few photos from just a handful of events I've attended in a terrific first month of fall:

     

    My dad and I had the privilege of participating in a fundraiser for Emerge Maryland in honor of my dear friend Senator Barbara Mikulski at the historic Senator theater in Baltimore City.

  • A Patriot's Mission

    A Patriots Mission from Razan on Vimeo.

  • Statement on Las Vegas

    Like all Americans, I am shocked by the violence that occurred in Las Vegas on Sunday night. My heart goes out to the victims of this despicable act, and I offer my sincerest condolences to their loved ones. We are so grateful for the countless individuals—both first responders and everyday citizens—who sacrificed their own safety to rescue others.  They represent the best of who we are. 

  • My Thoughts on Charlottesville Violence

    I want to send my sincere condolences to the victims of the violent acts perpetrated by white nationalists in Charlottesville this past weekend. Like many Americans, I am deeply disturbed by the events that took place. They are an ugly reminder of the racism, anti-Semitism and bigotry that continue to exist in American society. As a response to these dark and hateful forces, we must recommit ourselves to preserving our core American values and to fighting the hatred and extremism of white nationalist groups.

  • 22 Million Americans

    For the last few months, I've been fighting hard against Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and replace it with a TrumpCare proposal that rips health coverage away from millions of Americans. And I don't intend to stop fighting anytime soon.

  • The GOP Healthcare plan is one of the worst bills in our history

    Today, 216 House Republicans voted to torpedo the Affordable Care Act and throw 24 million Americans off their health insurance.

     

    Make no mistake, the bill that passed today is structured to harm women, the poor, older Americans and those with pre-existing conditions. It is full of fundamental flaws that will raise premiums and reduce benefits.

  • Empower. Amplify. Protect.

    Getting big money out of politics is the most important reform we can fight for to ensure our nation can live up to the values put forth in our Constitution: that we are a republic of, for and by the people. I have dedicated my career to this cause because I believe our democracy works best when we are all involved and all our voices can be heard.

     

    That's why in every session of Congress since 2013, I've introduced the Government By The People Act. This legislation will take our government back from big money, billionaires and special interest groups and empower the American people to participate more in our elections.

  • Healthcare is a Human Right

    As of 10:30 this morning, my colleagues and I on the House Energy and Commerce committee had spent 24 hours reviewing the disastrous Affordable Care Act repeal bill introduced by Republicans on Monday. We had to stay up all night because House Republicans crafted this bill in secret and forced a committee vote on it earlier today.

     

    Republicans rushed this bill through our committee hearings because their bill to repeal and “replace” the ACA is bad for the American people, and they know it won’t stand up to scrutiny.

  • Stopping the Republican Repeal of the ACA

    After crafting the bill in secret, House Republicans going to attempt to force a committee vote on this major legislation less than 36 hours after its release with no public hearings or bipartisan input. They are rushing through a proposal that will cause millions to lose health care coverage and do severe economic damage.

    This repeal bill represents so much of what is wrong with our government - it’s written not to provide better health coverage for more Americans, but instead to benefit the wealthy and well-connected special interests.

  • Trump's Unbelievable Environmental Plan

    Along with new EPA Administrator Pruitt, Trump is trying to gut the federal funds to help clean up the Bay. Under his reckless proposal, the budget for the project would be reduced by 93%, literally tens of millions of dollars, gone.

     
    We can’t let that happen.
  • Sessions Must Resign

    Late last night, the Washington Post reported that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had multiple conversations with Russian officials during Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and lied when asked about it under oath.

     

    He must resign and we need to immediately appoint an independent commission to investigate the Trump campaign’s shady ties to Putin and his cronies.

  • Kids Deserve Safe Schools

    Yesterday, the Trump administration rescinded important protections initiated by the Obama administration to guarantee the right of transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identities in public schools.

     

    Rolling back these rules is unfair, discriminatory and contradicts our nation’s core value of equality.

  • No Lobbyists on Presidential Transition Teams Act

    In order to ensure that American taxpayer dollars aren’t going into the pockets of powerful DC lobbyists, I introduced the No Lobbyists on Presidential Transition Teams Act to prevent president-elects and vice president-elects from paying registered lobbyists to be a part of presidential transition teams. 

    Keep up to date with this bill here.

  • Trump is NOT draining the swamp

    President-elect Trump spent a lot of time on the campaign trail saying he was going to “drain the swamp” in DC. So far, it looks like he is breaking that promise to the American people. 

    He is filling his cabinet and advisory roles with Big Money political donors like Betsy DeVos and DC insiders like Reince Priebus. He is also setting a dangerous precedent surrounding his business dealings; putting his assets in a “blind trust” that is operated by his children is not good enough. The American public needs to have confidence that the office of the Presidency isn’t being tainted by President-elect Trump’s business interests. 

    The only thing Trump is doing to clean up the swamp is dressing the alligators up in suits and ties. Read more about how President-elect Trump isn’t draining the swamp here.

  • That keeps me going...

    Since the election, a number of you have come up to me and said, “I’m glad you’re there.” I think that means, “Thanks for looking out for us,” and I want you to know I’m going to keep doing the best I can. 

    But I want to say the same thing back to you: “I’m glad you’re there.” I’m glad you’re there, holding strong, building a life, and all the while finding time to do things for others. That keeps me going. Thank you!

  • Sarbanes on Stephen Bannon Appointment

    I was proud to join with 169 of my colleagues in the House of Representatives to call on President-elect Trump to rescind his nomination of Stephen Bannon as White House Chief Strategist. 

    Bannon is a leader of the radical right movement and bringing him into the White House inner circle is a flashing red danger sign about where the Trump Administration is headed. 

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