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  • In the News: Democrats push to strengthen stimulus oversight in next round of coronavirus legislation

    Democrats push to strengthen stimulus oversight in next round of coronavirus legislation
    Benjamin Siegel, ABC News

    A group of House and Senate Democrats seeking stronger oversight of the massive coronavirus relief programs is introducing a new bill to force companies to publicly report how they're using the funds, and to beef up the oversight of the small business aid program. Introduced by Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Chris Coons, D-Del., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., the proposal would strengthen some of the key watchdog provisions in the original $2.3 trillion CARES Act, according to a review of the bill obtained by ABC News.... The proposal, which is being introduced by Reps. John Sarbanes, D-Md., and Pramila Jayapal D-Wash., in the House, would also codify the Federal Reserve's plans to release the names and amounts borrowed in their coronavirus lending programs and require borrowers to share how the funds are being used, along with information about compensation and their workforce -- such as executive salaries and bonuses.

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  • Sarbanes Joins Effort to Reject Republican Attacks on Essential Reproductive Health Care During COVID-19 Pandemic

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined Congresswomen Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), Chair of Pro-Choice Caucus’s Abortion Rights and Access Task Force, Veronica Escobar (D-Tex.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Co-Chair of the Pro Choice Caucus, and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Chair of Pro-Choice Caucus’s Providers and Clinics Task Force, and more than 150 Members of Congress in calling on House Democratic Leadership to ensure that any future COVID-19 relief packages reject Republican efforts to diminish access to comprehensive reproductive health care.

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Announce More Than $17 Million in AmeriCorps Funding

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today announced $17,133,477 in federal funding for AmeriCorps programs in Maryland. Funding comes from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency responsible for AmeriCorps, and will place more than 1,200 AmeriCorps volunteers into 10 organizations across Maryland.

  • Sarbanes Calls for Congressional Action to Provide COVID-19 Relief to State and Local Governments

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-Va.), Congressman Don Beyer (D-Va.), Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.), Congressman David Trone (D-Md.) and Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.) for a National Capital Region press call to highlight key priorities for the next federal COVID-19 response package.

  • Sarbanes, Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announce $500,000 for Morgan State University Historical Preservation

    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 $500,000 for Morgan State University to preserve its University Memorial Chapel Window through the National Parks Service (NPS) Historic Preservation Fund (HPF).

    Nationwide, NPS will allocate $7.7 million in competitive grants to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) for the preservation of historic structures.

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Announce More Than $1.5 Million in Telehealth Grants for State Health Care Providers

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today announced $1,532,697 in federal funding to support telehealth programs for Maryland health care providers and patients.

    Funding comes from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. It will help health care providers meet increased needs for telehealth services amid the COVID-19 crisis.

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Urge Attorney General Barr to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in Federal Correctional Facilities

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today urged Attorney General William Barr him to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in federal correctional facilities and protect incarcerated individuals, federal employees and surrounding communities.

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Urge Congressional Leaders to Strengthen SNAP in COVID-19 Relief Package

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today urged Congressional Leadership to expand and strengthen the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the next COVID-19 relief package.

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Announce More Than $46 Million in Additional Funding for Maryland Colleges, Including $44 Million for Historically Black Colleges and Universities

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today announced $46,702,104 for Maryland’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and colleges serving large populations of low-income students.

    Funding comes from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This new federal funding comes in addition to the $170 million in initial support that the Delegation announced for Maryland institutions of Higher Education.

  • In the News: John Sarbanes: As our nation recovers we have an obligation to build a more just America

    As our nation recovers we have an obligation to build a more just America
    John Sarbanes(Op-Ed), The Capital Gazette

    This November, I’m asking the residents of Maryland’s 3rd District to re-elect me to continue serving as their representative in Congress. I’m running because I believe that my experience and my committee assignments — in particular, serving as a senior member on the House Subcommittee on Health and as a member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee — position me well to assist Marylanders in this battle against the coronavirus.

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  • Sarbanes Joins Effort to Support USPS and Protect Postal Service Workers During COVID-19 Crisis

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today co-sponsored the Protect Our Post Offices Act (H.R. 6425), an important effort led by Congressman Joe Neguse (D-Colo.) to ensure the continued delivery of vital goods and services to Americans across the country by providing $25 billion in emergency funding for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).

  • In the News: Maryland and Virginia Democrats push for more funding for state and local governments

    Maryland and Virginia Democrats push for more funding for state and local governments
    Julie Zauzmer, The Washington Post

    Democratic members of Congress from Maryland and Virginia put forward a long list of ideas on Thursday that they hope to include in the next coronavirus relief bill. Many of the members said their top priority is additional money for state and local governments, which are struggling to provide social services for their residents during the crisis as they expect to take in far less tax revenue.... Rep. John Sarbanes (Md.) pointed out that local governments need funds to hire contact tracers, as Baltimore County is doing.

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  • Sarbanes Receives Scorecards from Defenders of Wildlife and League of Conservation Voters

    With the reality of the climate crisis, we must stand up to special-interest polluters and protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, our wildlife, our public lands, and most importantly, the Chesapeake Bay, our national environmental treasure.

    I will continue to fight alongside Marylanders to safeguard our environment. I’m proud to receive a 100 percent rating from Defenders of Wildlife and a 97 percent rating from League of Conservation Voters.

  • In the News: Malinowski hosts 'Protecting Democracy' teleconference

    Malinowski hosts 'Protecting Democracy' teleconference
    Walter O'Brien, The Bernardsville News

    Rep. Tom Malinowski , D-7, on Friday, May 1, hosted a virtual forum called "Defending Our Vote & Combating Corruption" on protecting democracy and expressing the need for voting by mail, campaign finance reform, and not forcing voters to choose between voting rights and their health.

    Malinowski was joined by Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Maryland, chair of the Democracy Reform Task Force, and Tiffany Muller, president and executive director of End Citizens United and Let America Vote, for a virtual forum on protecting democracy and defending the vote during the coronavirus pandemic and while combating the influence of special interests.

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  • Sarbanes, Blumenthal, Warren, Jayapal Unveil Oversight, Accountability and Anti-Corruption Provisions for Next Congressional COVID-19 Response Package

    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 urged Congressional leaders to include strong oversight, accountability and anti-corruption provisions in the next federal COVID-19 response package.

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Announce New COVID-19 Relief Funding for Maryland’s Mental Health Services

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today announced the approval of new federal funding for Maryland to provide community-based outreach, counseling and other mental health services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Funding comes from the the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program (CCP). Maryland became eligible for this federal assistance after the Congressional Delegation successfully urged the Trump Administration to approve a major disaster declaration for the state of Maryland.

  • In the News: Trump's inspector-general purge fuels Dems' call to fight corruption in next relief bill

    Trump's inspector-general purge fuels Dems' call to fight corruption in next relief bill
    Andrea Germanos, Salon

    Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., pointed on Sunday to President Trump's intention to oust another inspector general — this time a Department of Health and Human Services watchdog — to bolster his call for the next coronavirus legislative relief package to include measures to "forestall fraud and favoritism."

    Blumenthal, along with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Reps. John Sarbanes, D-Md., and Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., unveiled the details of their proposal to congressional leadership on Friday, urging them to "include strong oversight, accountability, and anti-corruption provisions in any upcoming legislation to provide economic aid, relief, recovery, or stimulus in response to COVID-19 in order to safeguard taxpayer funds and to bolster Americans' faith in government to respond to this crisis."

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  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Discuss Status of COVID-19 Testing with State Health and Emergency Management Leaders

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today discussed the status of Maryland’s ability to test for COVID-19 with Maryland Secretary of Health Robert Neall, Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services Fran Phillips and Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Director Russell Strickland. During the conversation, the delegation also highlighted the potential ways that it can help expand Maryland’s testing capacity.

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Announce New COVID-19 Emergency Nutrition Assistance Program for Maryland Students

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved Maryland’s plan to provide new Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) nutrition assistance to Maryland students who receive free- or reduced-price school lunches.

    With schools closed through May 15, the Maryland Department of Human Resources estimates that approximately 427,000 children will benefit from this new assistance. Maryland is one of 12 states whose plans have already been approved.

  • Sarbanes, Cardin, Van Hollen, Ruppersberger Announce $200,000 for Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Tracker

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.), to announce $200,000 in federal funding for Johns Hopkins University (JHU) through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Rapid Response Research (RAPID) grant program to support the management and development of JHU’s COVID-19 interactive online dashboard.

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