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  • 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, 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, 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 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Press Governor Hogan to Address COVID-19 Racial Disparities and Expand Testing

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today urged Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to use race and ethnic data to develop a plan to address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color in Maryland.

    The Members also asked the Governor to lay out his plans to expand testing throughout Maryland, especially by tapping community-based organizations.

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Announce $876 Million in Federal Funding to Support WMATA During COVID-19 Crisis

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today announced $876 million in federal funding for the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA), including $41.1 million for local transit providers in Montgomery and Prince George’s County.

    Funding comes from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Announce More Than $9 Million in COVID-19 Public Housing Relief

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today announced $9,043,232 in COVID-19 relief for tenant-based housing voucher recipients in Maryland through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

    Funding comes from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act, which provided $1.25 billion nationwide for Tenant-Based Rental Assistance to support the Housing Choice Voucher program. This includes:

  • In the News: Rep. Sarbanes says Bright testimony ‘adds up to one inescapable conclusion: It didn’t have to be this way.’

    Rep. Sarbanes says Bright testimony ‘adds up to one inescapable conclusion: It didn’t have to be this way.’
    John Wagner, Felicia Sonmez, Kim Bellware, Mark Berman, Adam Taylor, Steven Goff, Kareem Copeland, Michael Brice-Saddler, Teo Armus and Antonia Noori Farzan, The Washington Post

    Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) asked Richard Bright when he knew with certainly there was a problem with the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic:

    “Tell me about just one specific moment when you had that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach because you were not seeing the response you knew needed to happen,” Sarbanes asked at Thursday’s House subcommittee hearing.

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  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Announce $25 Million to Help Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Live Independently

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today announced $25,212,690 in federal funding to help make home and community-based services more accessible for seniors, individuals with disabilities and people with chronic illnesses.

    This new federal funding was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. It will help older Marylanders, people with disabilities and individuals with chronic illnesses to live independently and receive care in their homes, rather than relying on institutional-based services.

  • Sarbanes Votes for Bold New Round of COVID-19 Relief for American Families, Small Businesses, Hospitals, Health Care Workers and State and Local Governments

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass the Heroes Act (H.R. 6800), a critical relief package to address the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency and provide desperately needed support for American families, essential workers, small businesses, hospitals, health care providers and state and local governments.

  • Sarbanes, Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announce More Than $162,000 for COVID-19 Research at Johns Hopkins University

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Baltimore Congressional Delegation today announced $162,283 in federal funding for Johns Hopkins University (JHU) to conduct research into the replication process of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

    This research will advance efforts to design effective therapies while guarding against the possibility of drug resistance through viral mutation. The funding was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

  • In the News: Voter guide: John Sarbanes, Congress, District 3

    Voter guide: John Sarbanes, Congress, District 3
    The Baltimore Sun

    Why are you running for office?


    I am running, as always, to serve the needs of my constituents. In this moment, that means being a steady and trusted voice as we navigate the ferocious challenge of the coronavirus pandemic. On the policy front, I will bring my background in the health field – seventeen years representing health care providers in Maryland – to inform our deliberations in Congress on how to address this public health crisis. Along side the full-court press on public health, I will continue my work to strengthen our democracy by ending the influence of big money in politics, protecting the right to vote and ensuring that public officials work for the public interest. To make progress on the most pressing issues we face – including designing a health care system that serves everyone -- we need a government that responds to the many, not the money.

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  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Announce $205 Million to Expand Statewide Testing Capacity

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today announced $205,723,600 to increase Maryland’s COVID-19 testing capacity.

    Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and was authorized through the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. This new federal funding follows a recent announcement of nearly $7 million to help Maryland’s Community Health Centers increase COVID-19 testing.

  • In the News: Rep. Sarbanes proposes help amid coronavirus crisis

    Rep. Sarbanes proposes help amid coronavirus crisis
    Jason Newton, WBAL-TV (NBC)

    Our economy has taken a historic hit because of the coronavirus crisis, and leaders are working to keep Americans safe and help them get back on their feet. Maryland U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes, District 3, shares what he has proposed in Congress.

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  • Sarbanes, Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announce $4.2 Million to Reduce Crime and Improve Public Safety in Baltimore City

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.), to announce $4,258,843 in new federal funding to reduce crime and improve public safety in Baltimore City.

  • Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces $4.1 Million in COVID-19 Relief for State Fishing Industry

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today announced $4,125,118 for Maryland’s fishing industry through the Department of Commerce (DOC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

  • Sarbanes, Blumenthal, Warren, Coons, Jayapal, Unveil Coronavirus Oversight and Recovery Ethics (CORE) Act

    Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.), U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) today introduced a discussion draft of the Coronavirus Oversight and Recovery Ethics Act (CORE Act), a bill to ensure stronger oversight, accountability and transparency in the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.

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