June 8, 2020
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.
Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Members Announce More Than $600,000 to Expand Telehealth Services in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties
June 8, 2020
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 Leads Effort Urging USDA to Prioritize Chesapeake Bay Health and Help Farmers Reduce Pollution
June 6, 2020
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.
June 5, 2020
Senator holds up Trump nominations until he gets answers on fired IG’s
Eric White, Federal News Network
June 4, 2020
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.
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.
June 2, 2020
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.
June 2, 2020
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.
June 2, 2020
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.
Sarbanes, Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announce $1 Million to Help Johns Hopkins Expand Telehealth Capabilities for COVID-19 Patients
June 1, 2020
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 Votes to Improve Paycheck Protection Program and Help Deliver Urgently Needed Aid to American Workers and Small Businesses
June 1, 2020
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.”
June 1, 2020
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.
May 31, 2020
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.
May 31, 2020
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.
May 28, 2020
$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
May 24, 2020
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
May 23, 2020
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
May 22, 2020
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.’
May 22, 2020
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.
Sarbanes Votes for Bold New Round of COVID-19 Relief for American Families, Small Businesses, Hospitals, Health Care Workers and State and Local Governments
May 19, 2020
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, Maryland Congressional Delegation Announce $25 Million to Help Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Live Independently
May 19, 2020
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.