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  • Sarbanes Votes to Rein in President Trump’s Use of Military Force in the Middle East

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after voting for the No War Against Iran Act and for a repeal of the 2002 Iraq Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF):

  • Sarbanes Statement on Trump EPA’s Apathy Toward Reducing Chesapeake Bay Pollution

    Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force Co-Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) failed to fully respond to a Congressional letter, signed by Congressman Sarbanes, urging the EPA to fulfill its commitment to the Chesapeake Bay Program:

  • Addressing Rise in Anti-Semitism and Hate Crime, Sarbanes Calls on Americans to Unite Against All Forms of Bigotry, Hate Speech and Violence

    During a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing today to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day and discuss ongoing efforts to combat bigotry and hate, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) urged all Americans to stand up for one another and unite, as a community, against all forms of hate-fueled violence and discrimination.

  • Sarbanes, Scott, Wittman Spearhead Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Chesapeake Bay Restoration Efforts

    Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force Co-Chairs Reps. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Rob Wittman (R-Va.) today introduced the Chesapeake Bay Science, Education and Ecosystem Enhancement (SEEE) Act, a bipartisan bill that strengthens Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts by supporting ongoing work at the local, state and federal levels to boost Bay health, manage fisheries, restore habitats and award environmental education grants to better connect students to the Bay.

  • Sarbanes Statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today in observance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz:

    “Today, we mark the somber occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day and observe the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, where nearly one million Jews – along with hundreds of thousands of oppressed minorities and political prisoners – perished at the hands of the Nazis and their collaborators.

  • In the News: Democrats say Americans want witnesses at Trump impeachment trial

    Democrats say Americans want witnesses at Trump impeachment trial
    Stephen Loiaconi, WSYX (Online)

    As senators inched closer Wednesday to a pivotal vote on whether to hear from new witnesses in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, House Democrats argued allowing additional testimony is the only way to ensure the public considers the proceedings fair.

    “The American people understand a trial means witnesses and the admission of documentary evidence,” said Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I. “You can’t have a trial without witnesses. If you have no evidence and no witnesses, you don’t have a trial. You have a cover-up for the president.”

     

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  • In the News: Religious Leaders React to Proposed Increase in Funding to Prevent Hate Crimes

    Religious Leaders React to Proposed Increase in Funding to Prevent Hate Crimes
    Evan Greenberg, Baltimore Magazine

    Over the course of 12 days in November 2016, United Maryland Muslim Council director Mubariz Razvi and his wife were camped at the University of Maryland Medical Center’s shock trauma ward. Their adopted 23-year-old son, Ali Shah, was suffering from sepsis, on life support, and unfortunately, didn’t have much time left to live.

    Around a week into agonizing over Shah’s health, a woman saw that the ward doorway was clear, walked into the room, and rudely confronted Razvi.

     

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  • In the News: Lawmakers begin the push for a 3.5% federal pay raise in 2021

    Lawmakers begin the push for a 3.5% federal pay raise in 2021
    Nicole Ogrysko, Federal News Network

    In keeping with what’s become an annual tradition, a bicameral pair of Democrats have introduced legislation to ensure employees receive a federal pay raise in 2021.

    Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) have reintroduced the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act again this year. This time, they’re calling for a 3.5% federal pay raise in 2021.

     

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  • In the News: Citizens United decision weathers 10 years of controversy

    Citizens United decision weathers 10 years of controversy
    Alex Gangitano, The Hill

    A decade after the Supreme Court's landmark Citizens United decision, which ushered in the era of super PACs and unlimited donations, the fight over the contentious ruling shows no signs of easing.

    The case upended the campaign finance system, after the justices in a 5-4 ruling authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy on Jan. 21, 2010 found that restrictions on corporate campaign spending violated free speech. 

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  • In the News: Lawmakers: The US cannot afford another 10 years of Citizens United

    Lawmakers: The US cannot afford another 10 years of Citizens United
    Tom Udall and John Sarbanes, CNN (Op-Ed)

    Ten years ago, the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission unleashed a torrent of outside spending by corporations and wealthy donors who seized the opportunity to buy unlimited influence in Washington. The decision exponentially increased the amount of money in our politics and emboldened foreign actors to corrupt our elections. Our democracy has paid a heavy price.

    Since the Citizens United decision, just 10 individuals have injected more than $1.2 billion into our elections, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Secret money groups have poured $963 million into ads without telling voters who paid for them. And Americans have no way of knowing how much foreign money has infiltrated our elections.

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  • Sarbanes Voices Support for Medical Cannabis Research

    At a House Subcommittee on Health hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) voiced support for medical cannabis research and highlighted the obstacles that current federal regulations pose to universities and research institutions hoping to study the health benefits of cannabis.

  • Sarbanes, Matsui, Fortenberry Lead Bipartisan Effort to Help Homeowners Plant More Trees and Reduce Energy Costs

    Today, Reps. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.), John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) introduced The Residential Energy and Economic Savings (TREES) Act, a bill to help homeowners lower energy costs, reduce stormwater runoff and mitigate the effects of climate change by planting more trees.

    The bill creates a new Department of Energy (DOE) grant program that offers homeowners free or reduced-cost tree planting services to help shade homes, reduce energy use and tackle the climate crisis.

  • Citizens United 10 Years Later: Sen. Sarbanes, Shaheen, Udall, Good Government Groups Outline How the Court’s Ruling Has Changed the Political Landscape

    On a call with reporters today, Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.-3), along with national pro-democracy organizations People For the American Way, Public Citizen, End Citizens United Action Fund, Democracy 21, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law, US PIRG, and Common Cause, raised the alarm about the continuing harm caused by the 10-year-old Citizens United ruling and related court decisions.

  • Sarbanes Highlights Dangers of High-Dose Opioids

    At a House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) highlighted the dangers of high-dose opioids and called for federal action to limit access to these addictive and powerful drugs.

  • Sarbanes Spotlights Historic Effort to Fight Big Money in Politics and Clean Up Corruption in Washington

    Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Chairperson of the House Administration Committee, Rep. Chris Pappas (D-N.H.), Vanita Gupta, President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and Tiffany Muller, President of End Citizens United Action Fund, to mark the 10-year anniversary of the Citizens United ruling and to highlight recent reforms passed in the U.S.

  • In the News: ‘Your Voice’ Interview on Impeachment and Citizens United Anniversary

    ‘Your Voice’ Interview on Impeachment and Citizens United Anniversary
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  • In the News: Tree Planting Bill Dropped

    Tree Planting Bill Dropped
    Kelsey Tamborrino, POLITICO (‘Morning Energy’)

    A bipartisan trio of Reps. Doris Matsui, John Sarbanes and Jeff Fortenberry is introducing legislation today creating an Energy Department grant program to enable residential consumers to get free or discounted tree-planting services. "By creating a competitive tree-planting grant program, we can empower communities to improve green space, reduce consumer costs, and help fight climate change — a win-win-win," Matsui said in a statement.

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  • Sarbanes Joins Effort Urging EPA to Enforce Pollution Reduction Targets and Improve the Health of the Chesapeake Bay

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) in urging U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler to clarify his agency’s position on enforcing the Chesapeake Bay Agreement Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) pollution reduction targets.

  • Sarbanes Votes to Protect American Families and Communities from Toxic Chemicals

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass the PFAS Action Act (H.R. 535), a bill to help protect drinking water, air and soil from highly toxic and long-lasting per- and poly-fluoroalkyl (PFAS) chemicals.

  • Sarbanes Bill to Modernize America’s Electric Grid Passes Favorably Out of Subcommittee

    The House Subcommittee on Energy today passed the 21st Century Power Grid Act, a bill authored by Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) to modernize America’s electric grid, improve its resiliency to withstand cyberattacks and extreme weather events and enable it to integrate clean technologies.

    During the markup, Congressman Sarbanes underscored the urgent need to upgrade and strengthen America’s electric grid.

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