Updates

  • My Statement on the One Year Anniversary of the Capital Gazette Shooting

    Today we mark the one year anniversary of the Capital Gazette shooting and honor the memory of Rob Hiaasen, Wendi Winters, Gerald Fischman, John McNamara and Rebecca Smith. The day after the attack, the Capital Gazette put out a paper -- a heroic act of defiance against those who would silence our free and independent press. We salute the entire Annapolis community that over the last year has come together to lift up the families, friends and co-workers of the victims in an amazing show of solidarity.

     
  • Sarbanes Secures Millions of Dollars in Federal Funding for Maryland

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today helped secure millions of federal dollars for Maryland by passing H.R. 2740, an appropriations bill that would strengthen the state’s health care system, increase funding for lifesaving medical research, enhance education and job training programs and help protect the Chesapeake Bay.

  • Sarbanes Statement on House Natural Resources Committee’s Unanimous, Bipartisan Support for Chesapeake Bay Gateways Bill

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after the House Natural Resources Committee voted unanimously, in bipartisan fashion, to advance the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Reauthorization Act, a bill led by Congressman Sarbanes to increase recreation, education and public access to the Chesapeake Bay Watershed:

  • Sarbanes Slams Trump Administration Attacks on Title X Health Care Services [Video]

    During a House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) highlighted the threat to public health posed by the Trump Administration’s Title X “Gag Rule,” which would block federal funding to health centers that provide family planning and reproductive health services.

  • Sarbanes, Baltimore Congressional Delegation Ask USDA to Investigate Withdrawal of SNAP Eligibility for Lexington Market Vendors

    Today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings and Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.), in sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service Administrator Brandon Lipps asking USDA to investigate the withdrawal of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility for vendors in Baltimore’s historic Lexington Market. Lexington Market has served as a public market since 1782 and is the oldest of its kind in the country.

  • In the News: Senator McConnell: Protect U.S. elections

    Senator McConnell: Protect U.S. elections 
    The Editorial Board, THE BALTIMORE SUN

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell does not shame easily. Ask anyone — including Jon Stewart, the former Comedy Network star who has found a second life as an impassioned advocate for the victims of the 9/11 attacks. His wilting denunciation of Congress and Senator McConnell, in particular, became must-watch viewing on a wide array of social media platforms last week. But has it softened the Republican leader’s heart? Hard to say. Mr. McConnell recently expressed support for fully funding the Victims Compensation Fund as Mr. Stewart has sought, but legislation to do so remains stalled in the Senate.

    Still, if the embarrassment Mr. Stewart heaped on the majority leader actually did the job, perhaps the former “Daily Show” host can be recruited to express similar outrage that Congress has so far done so little to protect the upcoming 2020 election from foreign interference. Maryland’s own Rep. John Sarbanes is looking to rectify that situation shortly. He’s at the vanguard of the effort by House Democrats to strengthen election security — and address many of the criticisms contained in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report that have been echoed by U.S. intelligence agencies. There’s simply no question that Russian agents attempted to interfere in the 2016 election and are expected to be at it again next year.” 

     

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  • Sarbanes Underscores the Importance of Federal-State Cooperation to Safeguard the Health of the Chesapeake Bay [Video]

    During a House Subcommittee on Energy hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to collaborate with Maryland on re-licensing the Conowingo Dam in order to maintain the state’s environmental standards and safeguard the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

  • Sarbanes Blasts GOP Efforts to Politicize the U.S. Census [Video]

    During a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) argued that adding a citizenship question to the U.S. Census would undermine the allocation of federal resources and fail to address the needs of communities across the country. Sarbanes’ criticism followed a vote to hold Attorney General William P. Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with the committee’s investigation into the addition of the citizenship question to the 2020 census.

  • Sarbanes Calls Attention to Public Health and Environmental Consequences of Trump EPA Rollbacks [Video]

    During a House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) asked several former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrators about the detrimental effects of the Trump Administration’s actions to undermine public health and environmental protections at the behest of special-interest polluters.

  • Sarbanes Statement on National Gun Violence Awareness Day

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement in recognition of National Gun Violence Awareness Day:

    “Americans from across the country today will join forces, raise voices and wear orange to demand action on gun safety. Far too many communities in this nation have been afflicted by the scourge of gun violence and action is long overdue.

  • Sarbanes Statement on the SEC’s Anti-Consumer Effort to Weaken Investment Protections for Hardworking American Families

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) – led by Trump appointee Chairman Jay Clayton – significantly weakened rules designed to provide Americans with suitable investment advice:

  • Sarbanes Statement on the Passage of the American Dream and Promise Act

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act:

  • Sarbanes Highlights Tremendous Benefits of School-Based Health Centers [Video]

    During a Health Subcommittee hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) highlighted the positive impact of school-based health centers (SBHCs) on students and called on Congress to maintain and strengthen its commitment to SBHCs. In addition, the Congressman stressed the importance of connecting SBHCs with community health centers in order to provide additional care and services to students.

  • Sarbanes, Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announce Federal Effort to Reduce Crime in Baltimore

    Today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings and Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.), in announcing the selection of Baltimore for the National Public Safety Partnership program. This federal program provides cities and states with support to address violent crime. Baltimore’s congressional delegation has urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) to select Baltimore and has questioned the agency’s motives behind excluding the city in the past.

  • Sarbanes Statement on Public Remarks by Special Counsel Mueller

    Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) issued the following statement today after Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III delivered public remarks about his report into Russian interference in the 2016 election:

    “Special Counsel Mueller clearly and directly stated that, ‘There were multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our election and that allegation deserves the attention of every American.’

  • Sarbanes, Baltimore Delegation Request FBI Briefing on Baltimore Ransomware Attack

    Today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) joined U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, along with Representatives Elijah E. Cummings and Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.), in writing a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to thank them for their work on the City of Baltimore ransomware attack and to request a briefing on the attack once operations conclude.

    The Members asked several questions regarding the attack, including:

  • Sarbanes Demands Action on Election Security [Video]

    During a Subcommittee on National Security hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) warned against the coming attacks on our elections by foreign adversaries and urged Republican lawmakers to join Democrats in hardening American election security before 2020.

    “Our intelligence community is obviously warning us that we’re going to be attacked again,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “The red lights are blinking. The alarm bells are going off. We’re under attack. It’s clear to everybody.”

  • Sarbanes Testifies in Support of Chesapeake Bay Gateways Program [Video]

    During a Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands hearing today, Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force Co-Chair John Sarbanes (D-Md.) provided testimony that highlighted the long-running success and benefits of the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Program and urged his colleagues to pass legislation he introduced to reauthorize the program.

  • Sarbanes Urges Congress to Modernize and Secure America’s Electric Grid [Video]

    During a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing today on the Leading Infrastructure For Tomorrow’s America (LIFT) Act, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) called on Congress to modernize, strengthen and secure America’s electric grid.

  • Sarbanes Statement on Passage of the Consumers First Act

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after voting for the Consumers First Act (H.R. 1500):

    “Today, I proudly joined House Democrats in passing a bill to protect Americans from predatory financial companies and unscrupulous scams. The Consumers First Act will restore integrity and enforcement authority to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – the only cop on the beat to go after financial institutions and bad actors who exploit hardworking Americans.

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