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  • In the News: Maryland congressional leaders urge Gov. Larry Hogan to make more improvements to unemployment website

    Maryland congressional leaders urge Gov. Larry Hogan to make more improvements to unemployment website
    Mckenna Oxenden, The Baltimore Sun

    Maryland congressional leaders are urging Gov. Larry Hogan to make more improvements to the state’s new Beacon One-Stop unemployment benefits website because they say constituents are not receiving their benefits in a timely manner.

    U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen wrote a letter to the Republican governor Tuesday, saying they hear from constituents “every day” who continue to encounter problems that are “far from resolved.” U.S. Reps. Steny Hoyer, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone also signed the letter, saying that some of the problems include errors processing weekly certifications, performance issues with the state’s new Beacon One-Stop unemployment benefits website and inaccurate denials of benefits.

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  • In the News: "DEMOCRACY, POLICING, AND VIRUS VOTING"

    "DEMOCRACY, POLICING, AND VIRUS VOTING"
    Barbara R. Arnwine, Esq., WOL-AM (Igniting Change Radio)

    On Tuesday, June 9th, 2020, 12:00-1:00 PM Eastern Time, Host Barbara R. Arnwine, Esq. founder and president of the Transformative Justice Coalition (TJC), and her Co-Host Daryl D. Jones, Esq., TJC Board Chair and Henault & Sysko Chartered Partner, conducted a special interview with Congressman John Sarbanes (D-3 MD), who represents Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Howard and Montgomery Counties, to discuss major developments in the U.S. Congress affecting American democracy, policing, and the right to vote. They also briefly covered the states holding primaries and special elections on June 9th, and the voting problems being experienced, especially and as represented by Georgia with an interview with Tricia “CK” Hoffler, incoming president of the National Bar Association and Chair of the Board of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition.     

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  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Announce Nearly $35 Million in COVID-19 Relief for Marylanders Experiencing Homelessness

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today announced $34,985,870 in COVID-19 relief to help individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

    Funding comes from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. It will be used to support homeless assistance and eviction prevention assistance for families and individuals who are newly experiencing homelessness as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Eviction prevention activities include rapid rehousing, housing counseling and rental deposit assistance.

  • Sarbanes Calls on Trump Administration to Identify Unknown Law Enforcement Officers Operating in Washington, D.C.

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined more than 120 Members of Congress in demanding answers from Attorney General William Barr about the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) deployment of unidentifiable law enforcement officers in Washington, D.C. amid the national protests against police brutality and racial injustice in America.

    Numerous reports have found that DOJ law enforcement officers are policing the nation’s capital without carrying name plates, official insignia or agency markings on their uniforms.

  • Maryland Congressional Delegation Calls for Comprehensive Review of State’s June 2 Primary Elections

    Members of the Maryland Congressional Delegation, including Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.), issued the following statement today after Maryland’s June 2 primary election, held amid the COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide protests against police brutality and racial inequality:

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Members Announce More Than $600,000 to Expand Telehealth Services in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Members of the Maryland Congressional Delegation today announced $618,628 to expand telehealth services for residents in Montgomery County and Prince George’s County.

    Funding comes from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. It will be delivered to CCI Health and Wellness Services in Silver Spring to ensure the continuation of high-quality primary, pediatric and behavioral health care services for more than 33,000 patients quarantined at home.

  • Sarbanes, Maloney, Connolly and Carper Lead Effort to Increase Executive Brach Transparency

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined House Committee on Oversight and Reform Chair Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.) and House Subcommittee on Government Operations Chairman Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) to introduce the Periodically Listing Updates to Management Act of 2020 (The PLUM Act), a bill to increase transparency of senior leaders in the Executive Branch. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) introduced the Senate companion bill.

  • In the News: Md. Dems Sponsor New Congressional Legislation for Police Reforms

    Md. Dems Sponsor New Congressional Legislation for Police Reforms
    Robin Bravender, Maryland Matters

    Congressional Democrats outlined their vision for sweeping police reforms on Capitol Hill Monday, following weeks of nationwide protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota.

    “Never again should the world be subjected to witnessing what we saw on the streets of Minneapolis: the slow murder of an individual by a uniformed police officer,” said Rep. Karen Bass, a California Democrat and the leader of the Congressional Black Caucus, at a news conference announcing the effort.

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  • Sarbanes Leads Effort Urging USDA to Prioritize Chesapeake Bay Health and Help Farmers Reduce Pollution

    Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force Co-Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-Penn.), fellow Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force Co-Chair Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and a bipartisan group of lawmakers representing the Chesapeake Bay region in urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to continue investing in the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

  • In the News: Senator holds up Trump nominations until he gets answers on fired IG’s

    Senator holds up Trump nominations until he gets answers on fired IG’s
    Eric White, Federal News Network

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  • Thank you for your support

    As we come off a successful showing in the Tuesday primary, I wanted to thank you for all you've done. Your support means the world to me.
     
    Now we look ahead to the great reckoning in November -- a decision point like no other we have seen in recent memory.  We know what’s at stake.
     
    Literally.  Everything
     
    A generational pandemic. A president who would be king.  And the ongoing scourge of racism and violence in our country.  This is what we’re up against.

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Urge Governor Hogan to Unveil COVID-19 Testing Plan

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today urged Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) to publicly release his plan to use $205 million in federal funding secured by the Delegation to ramp up COVID-19 testing across the state.

    The Governor is required to submit the plan to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by Saturday, May 30.

  • Sarbanes, Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announce Nearly $3 Million for Zero-Emission Buses

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Baltimore Congressional Delegation today announced $2,949,750 for the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) to expand Baltimore’s fleet of zero-emission buses.

    Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) FY 2020 Low- or No-Emission Vehicle Program (Low-No). It will help Baltimore City transition to a clean bus fleet by purchasing three new zero-emission buses and charging equipment.

  • In the News: Governors Warn Congress More Federal Help Is Needed to Avoid COVID-19 Resurgence

    Governors Warn Congress More Federal Help Is Needed to Avoid COVID-19 Resurgence
    Allison Winter, Maryland Matters

    The federal government needs to assist states with a national strategy for distribution of COVID-19 tests and medical equipment or risk a second surge of the disease, Democratic governors told lawmakers Tuesday on Capitol Hill.

    Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Colorado Gov. Jared Polis asked Congress for more federal help as states try to track and monitor the disease and brace for its confluence with the flu and cold season next fall.

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  • Sarbanes Votes to Improve Paycheck Protection Program and Help Deliver Urgently Needed Aid to American Workers and Small Businesses

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act (H.R. 7010), a bill to enhance PPP and help small businesses maximize available COVID-19 economic relief.

    “Small businesses in Maryland and across the country continue to bear the brunt of this public health emergency and financial crisis,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “We must continue to increase access to federal COVID-19 economic relief and strengthen these critical programs to help American small businesses and employees get to the other side of this pandemic.”

  • Sarbanes, Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announce $8 Million in Federal Funding for Amtrak

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Baltimore Congressional Delegation today announced $8 million in federal funding to upgrade Amtrak’s primary line in Baltimore, a critical hub for commuters and travelers.

    Funding comes from the 2019 Federal-State Partnership for the State of Good Repair Program and follows a strong push by the Baltimore Delegation to support this project.

  • Sarbanes, Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announce $1 Million to Help Johns Hopkins Expand Telehealth Capabilities for COVID-19 Patients

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Baltimore Congressional Delegation today announced $1 million in federal funding for Johns Hopkins Health Systems (JHHS) to establish a remote intensive care unit and invest in telehealth equipment to care for COVID-19 patients.

  • Sarbanes Statement on the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd

    The brutal killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd have left me despondent, but also determined. Despondent and deeply angry that America cannot rid itself of the disease of racism and violence, and that police and prosecutors too often inflict pain on communities rather than protecting them. But determined not to let this moment pass without an uncompromising demand for justice on behalf of the victims’ families. I support House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler’s urgent request to the U.S.

  • Sarbanes Joins Fight to Ensure Fair and Accurate 2020 Census

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today co-sponsored the Fair and Accurate Census Act, a bill to ensure a full and correct count as the U.S. Census Bureau conducts the 2020 Census amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • In the News: $8M federal grant to help reduce bottlenecks for Baltimore train commuters

    $8M federal grant to help reduce bottlenecks for Baltimore train commuters
    Ethan McLeod, Baltimore Business Journal

    A project to increase speeds for Amtrak and MARC trains currently slowed by aging rail infrastructure in Baltimore is getting a boost from an $8 million Federal Railroad Administration grant.

    The money, announced Wednesday by the agency, will help to rehabilitate and upgrade a five-mile section of Amtrak's Northeast Corridor and allow trains to travel 50% faster, up from 60 mph to 90 mph. The improvements will take place between the north end of West Baltimore Station to Winans at the southern end of Halethorpe station, which serves both MARC and Amtrak trains.

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