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  • Sarbanes Votes to Pass Robust Reforms to Address Police Brutality

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act (H.R. 7120), a bill to crack down on police brutality and create greater law enforcement accountability.

  • In the News: Baltimore Area Gets More Than $450K To Help Minority, Women-Owned Businesses, Lawmakers Announce

    Baltimore Area Gets More Than $450K To Help Minority, Women-Owned Businesses, Lawmakers Announce
    WJZ-TV (CBS)

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  • Sarbanes, Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announce $3 Million to Reduce Air Pollution and Recycle Carbon Waste

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Baltimore Congressional Delegation today announced $3 million in federal funding for the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) to develop technology that reduces air pollution and recycles carbon waste.

  • Sarbanes Co-Sponsors Juneteenth Resolution, Calls for Action to Protect and Expand Voting Rights

    Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined Congressional Voting Rights Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Mark Veasey (D-Tex.), Terri Sewell (D-Ala.) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) to introduce a resolution calling for reforms to protect access to the ballot box, curb voter suppression and ensure that every American can vote.

    The resolution was introduced to coincide with the 155th Anniversary of Juneteenth, commemorating the end of slavery.

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Commend General Assembly Leaders for Examining Problems with June 2 Primary

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen along with Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone, today applauded Maryland Senate President Bill Ferguson (D) and Maryland House of Delegates Speaker Adrienne Jones (D) for holding joint hearings about Maryland’s June 2 primary election. The hearings will examine the election’s shortcomings and outline steps to enhance the state’s election systems ahead of November.

  • Sarbanes, Blumenthal, Warren, Coons, Jayapal Lead Effort to Strengthen Oversight of Federal COVID-19 Relief Funds and Crack Down on Corruption

    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 formally introduced 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 COVID-19.

    The CORE Act has earned strong support in Congress, with 18 House co-sponsors and 8 Senate co-sponsors, along with the endorsement of 57 national grassroots advocacy organizations.

  • In the News: Md. Democrats Back Reconciliation Commission to Address, Heal Racism

    Md. Democrats Back Reconciliation Commission to Address, Heal Racism
    Daniel C. Vock, Maryland Matters

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  • In the News: Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) on the GOP Police Reform and COVID-19 Response

    Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) on the GOP Police Reform and COVID-19 Response
    Sirius XM (‘POTUS Press Pool with Julie Mason’)

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  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Announce Nearly $2.4 Million in Federal Support for Maryland Renters and Homeowners Affected by COVID-19 Pandemic

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today announced $2,377,692 in federal funding for Maryland renters and homeowners struggling with the economic impact of COVID-19.

    Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) FY20 Comprehensive Housing Counseling Grants. It will support counseling services to help Marylanders improve their housing conditions and resolve any issues with meeting rent or mortgage obligations.

  • Sarbanes Joins Bipartisan Call for Emergency USPS Funding

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined a bipartisan group of more than 135 Members of Congress in calling for $25 billion in emergency funding for the United States Postal Service (USPS).

    The relief funding is urgently needed to offset USPS revenue losses – projected at $22 billion over the next 18 months – as a result of COVID-19. The loses could force the agency to close.

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Announce Nearly $19 Million in New Federal Emergency Public Health Funding to Support UMMS’ Response to COVID-19

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today announced $18,711,424 in federal grants to help the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) cover the costs of responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

    The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) is a university-based, regional health care system focused on serving the state’s health care needs.

  • Sarbanes, Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announce More Than $2.3 Million for STEM Education

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Baltimore Congressional Delegation today announced $2,360,998 in federal funding for Johns Hopkins University’s (JHU) Baltimore Online Algebra for High School Students in Technology program.

    The program partners JHU with Baltimore City Public Schools to help 9th- and 10th-grade students strengthen their algebra skills. Research shows algebra is a major barrier to student enrollment and participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and careers.

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Press Gov. Hogan to Fix Unemployment Insurance System and Deliver Urgently Needed Economic Relief to Marylanders

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today called on Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) to fix the state’s Unemployment Insurance system and improve the delivery of critical financial benefits to Marylanders during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

  • Sarbanes Joins Historic, Comprehensive Effort to Reform Law Enforcement Across America and Crack Down on Police Brutality

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today co-sponsored and introduced the Justice in Policing Act, a historic effort to transform policing across America and help end the patterns of racial discrimination, abuse and violence by police officers against people and communities of color.

  • 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:

  • 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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