Updates

  • My Statement on the Passing of Elijah Cummings

    Today, we lost a true American patriot and a fierce champion of the voiceless.

    Elijah dedicated his life to public service, working every single day to improve education, health care and economic opportunity — not only in Baltimore, but across Maryland and for the entire country. 

    Elijah was a mentor and close friend. I am devastated by his passing. My deepest sympathies go out to Elijah’s wife, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, Elijah’s family and friends and all those who have been graced by Elijah's life of service.

    We will keep his memory alive.

  • Sarbanes Statement on President Trump’s Decision to Withdraw U.S. Forces from Northern Syria

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today in response to President Donald J. Trump’s decision to abruptly withdraw American forces from northern Syria, opening the door for Turkey to launch a military offensive against the region’s Kurdish population:

  • Sarbanes, House Democrats Introduce SHIELD Act to Combat Foreign Interference in American Elections

    Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined Committee on House Administration Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and House Democrats to introduce the Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for a Lasting Democracy (SHIELD) Act, a bill to combat foreign interference in American elections. The SHIELD Act (H.R. 4617) will close loopholes that allow foreign spending in our elections, boost disclosure and transparency requirements and create a duty to report illicit offers of campaign assistance from foreign nations or governments.

  • In the News: House to vote this month on legislation to combat foreign interference in elections

    House to vote this month on legislation to combat foreign interference in elections
    Maggie Miller, The Hill

    The House will vote on legislation later this month aimed at limiting foreign interference in U.S. elections after a bipartisan report from the Senate Intelligence Committee this week called on Congress to take action on the issue.

    The move by House Democrats is likely to place additional pressure on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), whom Democrats have targeted on election security.

     

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  • Sarbanes, Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer, Ruppersberger, Brown Announce More Than $8.5 Million for Anne Arundel County Firefighters

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger and Anthony G. Brown (all D-Md.), to announce a recent award of more than $8,549,000 in federal funding for Anne Arundel County through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program. These funds will enable the county to hire additional career firefighters.

  • My Statement on Yom Kippur

    During this time of introspection and atonement, I wish the Jewish community a meaningful fast. From my family to yours, G’mar Chatimah Tovah.

  • In the News: Your Voice: Rep. John Sarbanes

    Your Voice: Rep. John Sarbanes
    WBFF-TV (Online)

     

  • Sarbanes, Speaker Pelosi, Chairperson Lofgren and Freshmen House Democrats Highlight 200 Days of Senate GOP Inaction on Historic H.R. 1, The For The People Act

    Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Committee on Administration Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Freshmen House Democrats to mark 200 days of Senate inaction on H.R.

  • Sarbanes, Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announce $9.7 Million to Address Lead-Based Paint in Baltimore

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings and Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.), to announce $9.7 million in federal funding to address lead-based paint in Baltimore. The funding, awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), will help the City of Baltimore reduce lead-based paint hazards in low-income private housing.

  • Sarbanes Warns Big Pharma about Out-of-Control Drug Prices, Says American People Will Deliver a Reckoning

    During a House Subcommittee on Health hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) criticized the undue influence of pharmaceutical industry lobbyists and suggested that strong public demand for lower drug prices will eventually win the day.

  • Sarbanes Highlights Benefits of Telework and Public Service Loan Forgiveness for Federal Employees

    During a House Subcommittee on Government Operations hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) discussed how policies like telework and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program can attract and retain top-tier talent at government agencies.

  • Sarbanes Warns of Looming Public Health Crisis from Vaping and E-Cigarettes

    During a House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) warned against the rising use of e-cigarettes among young adults and the impending public health crisis of vaping-related illnesses.

  • Sarbanes, Kilmer Call on POTUS to Fill Federal Election Commission Posts

    Congressmen John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.) today called on President Donald J. Trump to immediately nominate commissioners to fill vacancies at the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and restore its ability to enforce campaign finance law. With only three commissioners out of a possible six commissioners, the FEC lacks a quorum and cannot complete its most basic regulatory and oversight responsibilities.

  • In the News: Sarbanes on Impeachment and Ukraine

    Sarbanes on Impeachment and Ukraine
    Maryland Public Television (‘State Circle’)

     

  • In the News: Democrats press Senate to take up overhaul of campaigns and ethics

    Democrats press Senate to take up overhaul of campaigns and ethics
    Kate Ackley, Roll Call

    As House Democrats pursue an impeachment inquiry based largely on possible campaign finance violations against President Donald Trump, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other House Democrats sought a fresh spotlight for their stalled political money, ethics and elections overhaul measure.  

    The House passed the bill by a vote of 234-193 along party lines on March 8, 200 days ago, the California Democrat noted. 

     

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  • In the News: Update On Impeachment With Rep. John Sarbanes

    Update On Impeachment With Rep. John Sarbanes
    Tom Hall, Cianna B. Greaves and Kathleen Cahill

    It’s been quite a week in the nation’s capital, even by standards of the chaotic Trump Administration.

    On Tuesday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that Congress would begin an impeachment inquiry. On Wednesday, the White House released what they described as an “unclassified memorandum” that summarizes a call between President Trump and President Zelensky of Ukraine on July 25, 2019. The memorandum was prepared by note takers who were listening to the call in the White House Situation room. And this morning, just before acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire testified in open session to the House Intelligence Committee, the Whistle Blower report that set an impeachment inquiry in motion was released. Admiral Maguire began his testimony shortly after 9:00 this morning. That testimony will continue in closed session later today.

     

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  • In the News: Baltimore Is Getting $9.7M To Eliminate Lead-Based Paint In Low-Income Households

    Baltimore Is Getting $9.7M To Eliminate Lead-Based Paint In Low-Income Households
    WJZ-TV (CBS)

    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore will receive $9.7 million to address lead-based paint in low-income households from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

    U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes announced the funding Thursday, which will be awarded through HUD and will work to eliminate lead-based paint hazards in low-income private housing.

     

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  • Sarbanes, Cardin, Van Hollen Announce More Than $238,000 for Odenton Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment and Retention

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (all D-Md.) to announce more than $238,400 in federal funds for the Odenton Volunteer Fire Company through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant.

  • In the News: Maryland Lawmakers React To Call For Impeachment Inquiry Into President Trump

    Maryland Lawmakers React To Call For Impeachment Inquiry Into President Trump
    Ava-joye Burnett, WJZ-TV (CBS)

    A growing number of Maryland lawmakers are coming out in support of official impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

    Tuesday evening, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an official impeachment inquiry into the president, CBS News reported.

     

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  • My Statement on the Ukraine Whistleblower Scandal

    President Trump admitted that he illegally attempted to coerce a foreign government to interfere in the 2020 election. This is a gross abuse of power — impeachable conduct.
    My colleagues and I in the House of Representatives will vigorously investigate the White House and gather all relevant facts through an impeachment inquiry.

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