Updates

  • Sarbanes Demands Action from Senate Republicans to Reduce Gun Violence in America

    During a House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force forum about the impact of gun violence on children, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) demanded that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Republicans immediately hold a vote on two House-passed bills to address the gun violence epidemic in America, including H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, and H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act.

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Urge USDA to Reconsider Food and Nutrition Benefit Changes

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Representatives Steny Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.), in urging U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to reconsider a recently proposed change to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that would hurt Maryland families.

    Under the proposed Trump Administration rule, an estimated 50,000 Marylanders could lose their SNAP benefits.

  • In the News: Lawmakers Demand Answers about Nevada Telemarketer and His Clients

    Lawmakers Demand Answers about Nevada Telemarketer and His Clients
    Sarah Kleiner and Chris Zubak-Skees, The Center for Public Integrity

    A Nevada congresswoman called on federal authorities to investigate political action committees that raise funds for a cause — but plow most of what they raise back into their own paychecks and committee fundraising efforts.

    The Justice Department should hold those who run such PACs “accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” and the Federal Election Commission should have increased authority to “punish bad actors,” said Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev.

     

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  • In the News: House Holds Hearing On DC Statehood For First Time More Than 25 Years

    House Holds Hearing On DC Statehood For First Time More Than 25 Years
    WJZ-TV (CBS)

    The House Oversight Committee held a hearing Thursday on a bill that would pave the way for the District of Columbia to become the country’s 51st state.

    The hearing on H.R. 51, the Washington, D.C. Admission Act, was the first hearing of its kind in more than 25 years, the Oversight Committee’s Democratic press office said.

     

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  • Sarbanes, Cardin, Van Hollen, Cummings, Ruppersberger Announce More Than $207,000 for the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Representatives Elijah E. Cummings and Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.), to announce $207,054 in federal funding for the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue.

    The funding, awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, will be used to implement a firefighting training course that provides instruction to 375 personnel for more than 2,900 total hours.

  • In the News: Democrats press for action on election security

    Democrats press for action on election security
    Maggie Miller, The Hill

    Congressional Democrats renewed their call for election security legislation during a national day of action on Tuesday, as a Senate Appropriations subcommittee left out funding for it in its annual spending bill.

    Democrats including Sens. Richard Blumenthal (Conn.) and Ron Wyden (Ore.) argued on Tuesday that time is running out to implement election security upgrades such as replacing outdated voting machines with just over a year left prior to the 2020 elections. 

     

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  • Sarbanes, Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announce Almost $300,000 for the Baltimore City Fire Department

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Representatives Elijah E. Cummings and Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.), in announcing a $298,345 grant for the Baltimore City Fire Department (BCFD).

  • Sarbanes, Cummings, Ruppersberger Demand ICE Cease Predatory Bait and Switch Practices

    Congressmen John Sarbanes, Elijah E. Cummings and Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.) today sent a letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Acting Director Matthew T. Albence, requesting that ICE immediately cease the predatory bait and switch tactics to arrest immigrants that are attending interviews as part of their lawful immigration process related to their marriage to a U.S. citizen at the Baltimore U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office.

  • Sarbanes Votes to Protect Maryland’s Coastline from Offshore Drilling

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass three bills in the U.S. House of Representatives that would protect coastlines in Maryland and across the country, along with the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, from oil and gas drilling.

  • Sarbanes, Cardin, Van Hollen, Raskin, Trone Announce $50,000 for Montgomery County MLK Day of Service

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.), to announce a $50,000 grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to Montgomery County’s Volunteer Center.

  • Sarbanes Slams Chemical Companies for Whitewashing Dangerous Health Effects of PFAS Chemicals

    During a House Subcommittee on Environment hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) blasted wealthy and well-connected chemical companies for concealing the science linking PFAS chemicals to health risks, and for using campaign contributions and lobbyists to curry favor with lawmakers to avoid Congressional scrutiny.

  • In the News: FDA readying ban on flavored e-cigarettes amidst health scare

    FDA readying ban on flavored e-cigarettes amidst health scare
    Dan Novak, Capital News Service

    The Trump administration has announced plans to ban flavored electronic cigarettes, the culmination of a nationwide crackdown on vaping following a spike in respiratory illnesses connected to e-cigarette use. 

    Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said banning flavored vaping products like menthol and mint was essential in slowing the surge of youth nicotine addiction.

     

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  • In the News: Md. Members Divide Along Party Lines as House Votes to Ban Offshore Drilling

    Md. Members Divide Along Party Lines as House Votes to Ban Offshore Drilling
    Allison Winter, Maryland Matters

    U.S. House lawmakers approved bipartisan legislation Wednesday that would block new offshore drilling off the majority of the U.S. coast – despite pushback from many Republicans.

    The legislation would put in place far-reaching new protections, blocking drilling off most of the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Lawmakers are scheduled to vote Thursday on a similar ban for drilling in the Arctic Ocean.

     

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  • Sarbanes Statement on the Anniversary of 9/11

    Today, may we remember the victims of the 9/11 attacks and pay tribute to our heroic first responders. The memory of those who perished will never be forgotten.

  • Sarbanes, Cardin, Van Hollen, Mayor Young Announce Nearly $3.7 Million to Combat Youth Homelessness in Baltimore

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.), along with Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young (D), to announce nearly $3.7 million in federal funding to fight youth homeless. The funding, which comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program, will help the Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services develop the best strategies to meet the needs of homeless youth in Baltimore City.

  • In the News: Md. Officials Press DeVos to Fix Flawed Loan Forgiveness Program

    Md. Officials Press DeVos to Fix Flawed Loan Forgiveness Program
    Danielle Gaines, Maryland Matters

    More than three dozen Maryland lawmakers are calling on U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to answer questions about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, which has attracted attention in recent months for nearly universally denying applications from federal workers.

    Del. Lesley Lopez (D-Montgomery) spearheaded the leader to DeVos, noting the heavy presence of eligible government and nonprofit workers in Maryland.

     

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  • My interview with The Montgomery County Sentinel's Paul Schwartz

    Sentinel Exclusive Interview with Congressman John Sarbanes

    In my interview with The Montgomery County Sentinel's Paul Schwartz, we discuss the progress that House Democrats have made #ForThePeople and how we will continue to hold President Trump and his Administration accountable — because no one is above the law.

  • My interview with The Montgomery County Sentinel's Paul Schwartz

    In my interview with The Montgomery County Sentinel's Paul Schwartz, we discuss the progress that House Democrats have made #ForThePeople and how we will continue to hold President Trump and his Administration accountable — because no one is above the law.

     

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Lawmakers Urge Congressional Appropriators to Boost Funding for NIH

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Senator Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.), in calling on Senate and House appropriators to follow the recommendations laid out in a recent study by the National Academy of Sciences that calls for $1.3 billion – $700 million urgently – to upgrade older facilities at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Bethesda campus.

  • Sarbanes Statement on the Department of Education’s Failure to Follow Through on Student Loan Debt Relief for America’s Public Servants

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) issued the following statement today after a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found that the Trump Education Department, under the leadership of Secretary Betsy DeVos, has denied 99 percent of Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness (TEPSLF) applicants from receiving student debt relief:

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