Updates

  • 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 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 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: 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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  • 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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  • 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 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 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 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, Nadler, Scanlon, Kennedy, Introduce Bill to Improve Equality and Fairness in America’s Civil Justice System

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), House Judiciary Committee Vice Chair Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-Penn.) and Access to Counsel Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.) to introduce the Fair Access to Legal Counsel Act (FALCA), a bill to help more Americans secure representation in civil court.

  • 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.

  • In the News: Bill Would Boost Funding For Chesapeake Bay Cleanup

    Bill Would Boost Funding For Chesapeake Bay Cleanup
    Pat Warren, WJZ-TV (Online)

    Maryland’s greatest natural resource is getting attention in Congress.

    The Chesapeake Bay Funding Reauthorization Act provides $90.5 million a year for five years. According to the Choose Clean Water Coalition, more than two-thirds of the program’s funds are passed through to the states and local communities for on-the-ground restoration work.

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  • In the News: More Addiction Treatment Docs Needed for Opioid Crisis, House Panel Told

    More Addiction Treatment Docs Needed for Opioid Crisis, House Panel Told
    Joyce Frieden, MedPage Today

    The opioid crisis and growing addiction to methamphetamine and other stimulants won't be abated until the country trains more addiction medicine physicians, witnesses said at a House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing.

    "One of the things the opioid epidemic has laid bare is the lack of trained professionals we have to provide treatment, so we can put out all the funding dollars we want" but it won't do any good without a trained workforce, said Michael Botticelli, executive director of the Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center. "I think it's really important for us to ensure that while we're doing other activities such as integrating addiction treatment into residency training, that having a trained workforce of addiction medicine and addiction psychiatrists is critical."

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  • Sarbanes Votes for Comprehensive Bill to Reduce Youth Tobacco Use

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass the Protecting American Lungs and Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act (H.R. 2339), a bill to address the explosion of youth vaping and tobacco use in America.

  • Resources on Coronavirus

    Just a quick note about COVID-19, or the Coronavirus. As we are learning more about how the virus is impacting communities across the country, I wanted to share useful information that's available from the Maryland Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • Sarbanes Assails Trump Administration’s Crusade Against LGBTQ Americans

    At a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) criticized the Trump Administration’s ongoing efforts to discriminate against the LGBTQ community and slammed a new Trump Administration proposal that would allow heath care providers to deny treatment to LGBTQ Americans.

  • House Passes Sarbanes Bill to Increase Public Access to the Chesapeake Bay

    Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force Co-Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today announced the passage of the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2427), a bipartisan bill authored by Congressman Sarbanes to help enhance public access to the Chesapeake Bay.

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