Updates

  • Sarbanes Calls for Increased Federal Funding for Community Health Centers to Help Mitigate Coronavirus Crisis

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) joined hundreds of lawmakers today in calling on House and Senate leaders to boost federal funding for Community Health Centers and other vital community level health programs as part of the comprehensive federal response to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Announce Approval of Federal Disaster Assistance for Maryland Small Businesses

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined the Maryland Congressional Delegation in announcing that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved federal disaster assistance for Maryland small businesses affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

    The announcement comes after the Maryland Congressional Delegation urged the SBA to approve the state’s request for a disaster declaration.

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Urge Swift Approval of Federal Disaster Assistance for Maryland Small Businesses Hurt by Coronavirus Pandemic

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined the Maryland Congressional Delegation in urging swift approval of the state’s request for a disaster declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to help local businesses affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

  • Sarbanes, National Capital Region Representatives Call on President Trump to Prioritize Coronavirus Testing Locations in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined federal lawmakers from the National Capital Region in urging President Donald Trump to provide federally supported testing sites for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

    This new push by federal lawmakers builds on a joint request made by Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. officials earlier this week for federal COVID-19 testing sites.

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Announce $10.2 Million in Federal Funding for Maryland Coronavirus Response

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone, to announce $10.2 million in federal funding for Maryland’s response to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • Sarbanes Votes for Coronavirus Economic Relief Package

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201), an economic relief package that would provide American families with financial stability and security amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

  • Overcoming the Coronavirus

    We’re heading into a difficult period in our country -- and our world.  In the coming days, I’ll make sure to keep you updated on the steps we’re taking in Congress to address the coronavirus outbreak, as well as linking you to trusted sources of information.  

    For now, I recommend the following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Sarbanes Urges Senate Republicans to End Year-Long Obstruction Effort and Finally Vote on H.R. 1

    Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Rep. Sharice Davids (D-Kan.), Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Rep. Colin Allred (D-Tex.), and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) to mark the one-year anniversary of passing H.R. 1, the For the People Act, in the U.S. House of Representatives and to demand that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Republicans finally hold an up or down vote on the bill.

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Receive Coronavirus Update from Maryland Health Secretary

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined Members of Maryland’s Congressional Delegation to hear from Maryland Secretary of Health Robert Neall and Deputy Secretary of Public Health Services Frances B. Phillips, R.N. for an update on Maryland’s preparedness and response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The discussion also focused on how the federal government can best assist Maryland and other states during this public health emergency.

  • Sarbanes Co-Sponsors Bill to Remove Bust of Dred Scott Jurist from the U.S. Capitol

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today co-sponsored a bill led by House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) to remove a bust of Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney from public display in the U.S. Capitol and replace it with a bust of Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall. 

  • Sarbanes Calls on Senate Republicans to Pass Historic Anti-Corruption and Clean Elections Bill

    Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today marked the one-year anniversary of passing H.R. 1, the For the People Act, in the U.S. House of Representatives by calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Republicans to end their year-long obstruction campaign and finally vote on this historic anti-corruption and clean elections bill.

  • In the News: Md. Congressional Dems Make Honor Roll in Green Group’s Annual Report Card

    Md. Congressional Dems Make Honor Roll in Green Group’s Annual Report Card
    Josh Kurtz, Maryland Matters

    The nine Democrats in Maryland’s congressional delegation scored perfect or near-perfect scores from a leading national environmental group in 2019, according to a just-released scorecard of House and Senate votes.

    The state’s lone congressional Republican, U.S. Rep. Andrew P. Harris, scored zero on the report card from the League of Conservation Voters.

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  • In the News: Fighting corruption starts with reducing big donor influence

    Fighting corruption starts with reducing big donor influence
    John Sarbanes, The Baltimore Sun (LTE)

    The Baltimore Sun editorial board is right on the money about our city’s brand new Fair Elections Fund (“Here’s how $2.5M can help protect Baltimore residents against public corruption,” March 9). To bolster confidence in our political system, small donors must be empowered to compete with deep-pocketed special interests. Baltimore’s groundbreaking effort to institute a citizen-owned clean elections system can get us there.

    The Baltimore City Fair Elections Fund will create a multiple match system for small donations, leveraging the influence of average citizens and giving them a greater voice in the political process. The fund will also enable a more diverse group of candidates to run and compete in campaigns because merit, not money, will determine the viability of their campaigns. Once elected, their allegiance will be to the people, ensuring that they make policy for the public interest, not the special interests.

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  • Sarbanes Votes to Expand Workers’ Rights for TSA Officers

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass the Rights for Transportation Security Officers Act (H.R. 1140), a bill to ensure that Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) receive the same rights, protections and benefits in the workplace as other federal employees.

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Announce $500,000 in Federal Funding to Support State-Level Coronavirus Response

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, Andy Harris, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone, to announce $500,000 in federal funding to support Maryland’s response to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

    Funding comes from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These resources will help public health officials in Maryland monitor and assess possible coronavirus cases across the state.

  • Sarbanes, Connolly, Wexton Introduce Bill to Protect and Expand Telework for Federal Employees

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined House Government Operations Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Gerry Connolly and Representative Jennifer Wexton (both D-Va.) to introduce the Telework Metrics and Cost Savings Act, a bill to protect and expand federal telework.

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Discuss Public Education with Maryland’s HBCU Presidents

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer and David Trone (all D-Md.), for a roundtable discussion about public education with the presidents of Maryland’s four Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

  • In the News: The Coronavirus Aid Package signed

    The Coronavirus Aid Package signed
    Jason Newton, WBAL-TV (Online)

  • Sarbanes Urges Congressional Action to Address Shortages in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Workforce

    At a House Subcommittee on Health hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) raised concerns about shortages in the substance use disorder workforce and offered several solutions to fill employment gaps and increase opioid addiction treatment services across the country.

  • Sarbanes Releases Public Service Announcement for 2020 Census

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following public service announcement to share important information about the 2020 Census, which begins on April 1.

    “Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau counts everyone living in the United States.

    This critical tally helps us allocate programs and services – including community health clinics, schools, affordable housing, roads and other vital services – that help Maryland communities thrive.

    The census is important. It's easy. It's safe.

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