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  • Sarbanes Slams New Trump Administration Plan to Punish Hungry Children and Families

    At a House Economic and Consumer Policy Subcommittee hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) highlighted the detrimental impacts of the Trump Administration’s proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which would leave 3.7 million Americans – including 15,000 Baltimore residents – hungry and take away free and reduced-priced lunch from nearly one million students across the country.

  • Baltimore Delegation Announces $4.8 Million in Federal Funding to Support Affordable Housing for Baltimore Seniors

    Today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) joined U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, along with Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.), to announce more than $4.8 million in federal funding to support affordable housing for Baltimore seniors.

  • Sarbanes Bill to Revive and Protect the Chesapeake Bay Passes U.S. House of Representatives

    Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force Co-Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass the Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization Act, a bipartisan bill that would authorize $455 million over five years for the Chesapeake Bay Program, a decades-long partnership between federal and state governments to decrease pollution across the Chesapeake Bay, improve Bay health and protect the entire watershed for future generations.

  • Sarbanes Statement on Partisan Senate Vote to Acquit President Trump

    Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after Senate Republicans voted to acquit President Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress:

    “Today, Senate Republicans chose to defend the President instead of defending our democracy.

    “The evidence in the case against the President has not been contested. In fact, several of the Senators who voted to acquit the President have acknowledged his misconduct.

  • Sarbanes Raises Concerns About the Trump EPA’s Quiet Efforts to Undermine Clean Water Standards

    At a House Subcommittee on Energy hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) expressed serious reservations about the Trump Administration’s efforts, through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to weaken the Clean Water Act and undermine the ability of states, including Maryland, to protect water quality.

    During the hearing, Congressman Sarbanes asked Cheryl A. LaFleur, one of the longest-tenured commissioners on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, about the consequences of subverting the Clean Water Act.

  • Sarbanes Exposes Big Tobacco’s Role in Halting State and Federal Efforts to Curb the Youth Vaping Crisis

    At a House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) criticized Big Tobacco representatives and e-cigarette manufacturers for leveraging enormous campaign contributions and hundreds of lobbyists to persuade the Trump-led U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to weaken protections against youth vaping.

  • Sarbanes Calls on Congressional Colleagues to Follow the Lead of Sister Campbell and Put the Public Good Ahead of Special Interests

    At a House Subcommittee on Government Operations hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) lifted up the meaningful work of Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director of the NETWORK Lobby, and called on the Trump Administration and its Republican allies in Congress to follow her lead in putting the interests of hardworking American families ahead of the interests of wealthy donors and corporations.

  • Sarbanes Announces Dr. Eberechukwu Onukwugha as 2020 State of the Union Guest

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today announced that Dr. Eberechukwu Onukwugha, a leading pharmaceutical and health care researcher, will join him as a guest for the State of the Union Address on February 4.

    Dr. Onukwugha is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. She is also the Executive Director of the Pharmaceutical Research Computing Center at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.

  • In the News: In An Echo Of The Big Tobacco Hearings, Top E-Cigarette Execs Admit Nicotine Is Addictive

    In An Echo Of The Big Tobacco Hearings, Top E-Cigarette Execs Admit Nicotine Is Addictive
    John Daley, Colorado Public News Radio

    Leaders of the five largest e-cigarette companies in the U.S. faced a House committee and affirmed, under oath, the addictive nature of their products.

    In a moment that echoed the iconic tobacco hearings of the 90s, Rep. Diane DeGette, a Democrat from Colorado, asked each CEO, "Isn't it true that nicotine is addictive?"

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  • Sarbanes on Senate Acquittal of Trump

    Yesterday, the corrupt jury that is the Republican-led Senate acquitted President Trump in a sham trial — a trial rushed along without witnesses, documents or impartial justice.

    Despite their acknowledgement of President Trump’s reckless misconduct, all but one Republican Senator chose to put the President’s personal and political interests ahead of our country’s interests.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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: 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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  • 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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